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sugarsync ios appSugarSync is an app much like any other standard cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Google Drive A Look At Google Drive, Google's Long-Awaited Cloud Storage Service A Look At Google Drive, Google's Long-Awaited Cloud Storage Service After more than 6 years of rumors and a long-ago cancellation because "files are so 1990", Google Drive is finally here. Coming with 5 GB of free storage space, a Dropbox-like desktop sync client, and... Read More , Windows SkyDrive How To Sync Any Folder To SkyDrive, And How To Use SkyDrive On Windows XP How To Sync Any Folder To SkyDrive, And How To Use SkyDrive On Windows XP Microsoft’s new SkyDrive is a great entry in the cloud storage wars -- it competes toe-to-toe with Dropbox, Google Drive, and the rest. However, it has some limitations. We’ll show you how to overcome these... Read More , iCloud Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive Which Is The Mobile Cloud Option For You? iCloud vs. SkyDrive vs. Google Drive It seems the cloud is hard to escape these days - both in your daily tech life, and on websites such as ours. Only last week I wrote an article about cloud-based PowerPoint alternatives, the... Read More , etc. However, its developers have taken a close look at these services and realized that they all do one thing – confine you to a box.

SugarSync does its best to take you outside of the box that most cloud storage services confine your shared files to. By offering potential access to the entirety of your computer’s files via any device, you can do so much more (like creating an automated backup of your files).

The iPhone version of the app depends quite a bit on your home station, and while it is true that you potentially have access to the entirety of your computer, you must manually select the folders that you want to be synced. If you haven’t done this before, this can definitely take some time, but fortunately, files are accessible from your iPhone as they are uploaded to SugarSync’s servers.

In short, SugarSync itself is a wide and vast service with many features, but the SugarSync iOS app merely complements it. For a more detailed rundown on SugarSync as a whole, you should check out Aaron’s article that explains why he thinks SugarSync is the most well-rounded free file backup and syncing service. SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service SugarSync: The Most Well-Rounded Free File Backup & Syncing Service File backup is not a new conversation or topic by any means. If you search Google for “file backup” you will likely be overwhelmed by services and articles on the topic. It is a vast... Read More

The Functionality

Like I said before, the iPhone app is just a part of SugarSync as a whole. Besides allowing you to access any synced file, you also can access any device that you have connected to SugarSync. Furthermore, you can take these files and do whatever you want with them: email them, copy them, open them in your Google Drive, open them in DropBox, etc. You can even open them in the Bump app for fast sharing with someone else.

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In a way, SugarSync for iPhone allows you to have everything that you work on right in your pocket. Granted, there are some limitations with storage plans, and for your information, below are all of SugarSync’s personal pricing plans:

  • 5 Gigs: Free
  • 60 Gigs: $74.99/yr or $7.49/mo
  • 100 Gigs: $99.99/yr or $9.99/mo
  • 250 Gigs: $249.99/yr or $24.99/mo
  • 500 Gigs: $399.99/yr or $39.99/mo

Practically speaking, you likely would not purchase a plan that really allows you to backup your entire computer. But then again, you might, and for those of you who have a computer with low storage (like a MacBook Air), the pricing just might be worth it.

Furthermore, SugarSync offers unlimited storage for businesses, but that involves entirely different pricing tiers.

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But think about it. The ability to access these files (and even view them) from your iPhone is quite amazing. You can even download certain files to be viewable while offline!

The Practicality

I keep reiterating that SugarSync allows access to the entirety of your computer, and this is true. However, you can only access a certain amount of files at a time based on storage limitations. Even still, this a great step up compared to the original features offered by similar services. Typically, you would have access to one folder that was tied to your account, and you would dump all of your desired files into this folder.

With SugarSync, you can select multiple existing folders that you would normally use to do this.

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Regarding the actual files you sync, there are a number of practical reasons you could have for them. For one, almost everyone has forgotten to email a certain file to a certain someone and put themselves in a situation where they either have no WiFi or have left their PC at home. If you have – for instance – synced your computer’s Documents or Desktop file with SugarSync, you can easily email that file right away from your iPhone.

Furthermore, like Dropbox, SugarSync allows you to share certain files with other SugarSync users right from your iPhone – perfect for collaboration.


SugarSync is a great cloud storage and backup service with great iPhone app. While the service is great as a whole, one must view the iPhone app as just one extension of it. It implements quite a few other factors, so you have to take that into consideration.

For those of you who already use SugarSync iOS app, what do you think of it? Should it have made our Best iPhone Apps list?

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  1. macwitty
    April 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I do like Sugarsync and think also their mobile apps are good. Good service and nowadays also a support that is working (more or less) properly

    (Saying that the 2.0 desktop app for Mac is not an improvement. Thankfully, you can downgrade - or "upgrade down".)

  2. James Hansen
    April 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

    SugarSync is an outstanding program that is far superior to dropbox - as a professor, I recommend it to all of my students. If you would like 500mb of extra free space when you sign-up for SugarSync, email me at jthansen at and I will send you a referral link.

  3. Ksavai
    April 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

    For me sugarsync always comes before dropbox just because of ability to choose multiple folder. That way I dont have to move things around. User of sugarsync since it came out.

    Tried dropbox 3-4 times just because reading great reviews over the years but I think sugarsync beats Dropbox by simplicity.

  4. Sazid Anik
    April 16, 2013 at 5:17 am

    is sugar sync offers client side encryption????

  5. Gustavspeed
    April 16, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for recognizing Sugarsync. I have always been baffled by the number of reviewers that always say Dropbox is the best when Sugarsync is far better. I have used it for several years and think they do a good job of updating and refining the sync and access abilities.