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8 Cheapest Cloud Storage Providers

Ben Stegner 30-01-2020

Whether you’re interested in cloud storage to sync files across devices or because you don’t have enough local space, you probably want to find the cheapest cloud storage possible. After all, who wants to pay more than necessary?

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Let’s take a look at the cheapest online storage options available. We’ll look at the pricing in both absolute terms and per-gigabyte so you can choose what’s best for you.

1. The Most Generous Free Cloud Storage: Google Drive

Google Drive Home

Pricing: 15GB for free

The cheapest online storage doesn’t get any more cost-effective than free. If you don’t want to pay, Google Drive provides the most storage at no charge with a generous 15GB.

However, you should note that this storage is shared across your Google account. Thus, if you also use Gmail or Google Photos, you may find your storage disappears faster than you’d like.

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If that’s the case, give pCloud a look. The service provides 10GB of free space, but you can easily increase that to 15GB by completing simple tasks after signing up. These include verifying your email address, downloading the software on your computer and phone, and enabling automatic photo upload.

2. The Best Budget Cloud Storage: iCloud

Pricing: 50GB for $0.99/month ($0.0198 per GB)

Our next category is budget cloud storage, meaning the lowest price you can pay (aside from free) for any amount of storage. That distinction goes to iCloud, which is the only major cloud storage provider to offer a 50GB plan.

50GB isn’t much space, but a dollar per month is the lowest absolute price you’ll find for cloud storage. This is probably enough to back up your iPhone or give you some room to move files between devices. Of course, being an Apple product, it’s best-suited for those who primarily work on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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Its price per GB is one of the highest on the list, but that’s to be expected for such a small amount. If you purchase one of the plans with more storage, you can share the storage among your family. See the best uses for iCloud storage 6 Nifty Uses for Spare iCloud Storage Have more iCloud space than you know what to do with? Here are several great ways to get more out of iCloud. Read More if you go with that.

3. The Cheapest 100GB or 200GB Cloud Storage: Google One

Pricing for 100GB: $1.99/month ($0.0199 per GB) or $19.99/year ($0.01666 per GB)

Pricing for 200GB: $2.99/month ($0.01495 per GB) or $29.99/year ($0.0125 per GB)

In case 50GB isn’t enough or you don’t use Apple devices, Google Drive (through Google One) provides the cheapest cloud storage for the next step up.

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If you’re interested in a 100GB plan, you can save 16% over monthly pricing by signing up for an annual plan and paying just $1.67 per month. Meanwhile, the 200GB tier works out to just $2.50 per month when you pay annually.

As mentioned, Google now provides storage upgrades through its Google One program instead of buying it through Google Drive directly. In addition to the extra storage, this service also grants access to Google experts, the option to add family members to your plan, and “extra member benefits.”

These additional benefits include discounts on hotels, plus a percentage back on purchases made in the Google Store if you upgrade to the 200GB plan or above. This makes it the best cloud storage for heavy users of Google services. And if you need a massive amount of space, Google One plans go all the way up to 30TB.

4. The Cheapest 500GB Cloud Storage: pCloud

Pricing: 500GB for $4.99/month ($0.00998 per GB) or $47.88/year ($0.00798 per GB)

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We gave pCloud’s free plan a shout-out earlier, but it’s also the only major cloud storage provider to offer a 500GB plan. This is the first storage tier where prices fall below $0.01 per gigabyte, making it more cost-effective.

Of note is that pCloud limits you to 500GB of download link traffic, which is used when people stream or download content from your public links. As long as you don’t primarily use your cloud storage to host files for others to access, this shouldn’t pose an issue.

We’ve looked at pCloud in detail This Dropbox Alternative Frees Up Device Storage Without Deleting Anything pCloud's simple and secure cloud storage makes it easy to free up space on your devices without deleting anything. Here's how. Read More before, so take a look at that for more info. If you really like it, you can upgrade to a lifetime 500GB plan for a one-time fee of $175.

5. The Cheapest 1TB Cloud Storage: MediaFire

MediaFire Plans

Pricing: 1TB for $5/month ($0.005 per GB) or $45/year ($0.00375 per GB)

Many people use MediaFire primarily for sharing files with others, but it works as a personal cloud storage solution, too. Its 1TB pricing is the cheapest you’ll find, but it unfortunately has some issues that might make you look elsewhere.

MediaFire doesn’t offer desktop apps, so you’ll have to sync everything using the website or mobile apps. Its security and privacy features are lacking compared to other providers, and it skips on some power features that make other cloud storage so handy.

Give it a look if you only care about price, but for most people, there’s a much better option at the 1TB level…

6. The Best 1TB Cloud Storage: Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive Storage Plans

Pricing: 1TB for $6.99/month ($0.00699 per GB) or $69.99/year ($0.00583 per GB)

If you’re a Microsoft Office user, the best value in cloud storage is Microsoft’s Office 365 Personal plan. In addition to a terabyte of cloud storage through OneDrive, you receive fully featured versions of Office for your PC, Mac, and mobile devices. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—plus Access and Publisher on Windows only.

Office 365 subscriptions also include 60 minutes of Skype calls per month, in addition to Microsoft tech support. If you were interested in Office anyway, this is a no-brainer.

Families can get an even better value through an Office 365 Home subscription. For $9.99/month or $99.99/year, you’ll receive the above benefits for up to six people.

7. The Cheapest 2TB—4TB Cloud Storage: Sync.com

Pricing for 2TB: $96/year ($0.004 per GB)

Pricing for 3TB: $144/year ($0.004 per GB)

Pricing for 4TB: $180/year ($0.00375 per GB)

Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, pCloud, and lesser-known Sync.com all offer a 2TB plan. They’re close in pricing, but pCloud and Sync.com have the edge at $8/month each.

We’ve spoken about pCloud above, so let’s focus on Sync here for large amounts of cloud storage.

Like pCloud, Sync has a focus on privacy and offers plenty of solid features that make it worth a look. The service places no limits on the amount of data you share per month, and offers an impressive 180 day file recovery (365 days on the 3TB and 4TB plans), compared to 30 days for pCloud.

Since the two services are similar, it’s worth trying a free account for both and seeing which you like better before you decide to upgrade. If you need even more storage, Sync also offers a 3TB plan for $144/year or 4TB for $180/year. Each are the most cost-effective at their tiers.

Note that iDrive, a backup tool (not affiliated with Apple), offers a 2TB plan for $69.50/year, which is a significantly lower cost. However, since it offers cloud backup and not cloud storage, we didn’t include it here. Have a look at the best online backup services The 7 Best Online Backup Services to Keep Your Data Safe Want to keep regular backups of your data? The best option is to store them online, using one of these online backup services. Read More if you’re looking for something like that.

8. The Cheapest Massive Cloud Storage: MEGA.nz

MEGA.nz Cloud

Pricing for 8TB: $22.17/month ($0.00277 per GB) or $221.81/year ($0.00231 per GB)

Pricing for 16TB: 500GB for $33.26/month ($0.00208 per GB) or $332.72/year ($0.00173 per GB)

If you need an absolutely massive amount of cloud storage space, the cheapest cloud storage you’ll find is on MEGA.nz. This longtime cloud storage service was once known for offering 50GB of free space. While it no longer does so, it offers the best value at this storage tier.

MEGA might not have quite the level of familiarity as services like Dropbox, but it’s certainly usable and offers solid features. Considering that Google One charges $99.99/month for a 10TB plan, these prices are a steal for the few that need them.

The Cheapest Online Storage for Your Files

Now you know what the cheapest cloud storage provider is at every tier. Whether you’re just looking for free cloud storage or need a huge amount on a budget, you can find the right one for your needs.

While we mainly went by price here, it’s important to consider the ease of use, feature set, and integration of your cloud storage service as well. It might be worth paying a few extra dollars per month for those benefits.

Don’t forget about other options for storage, either. In many cases, buying one of the best NAS units The 4 Best NAS for Home Media Servers and Shared Storage We tell you what to look for in a NAS to get the best media server and recommend a handful of the best NAS devices to get you started. Read More could work out to a lower cost than paying for cloud storage.

Explore more about: Cloud Storage, Google Drive, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive.

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  1. Pino
    April 25, 2020 at 3:20 am

    "This longtime cloud storage service was once known for offering 50GB of free space. While it no longer does so, it offers the best value at this storage tier."
    The Mega website CLEARLY says:
    "MEGA provides free cloud storage with convenient and powerful always-on privacy. Claim your free 50GB now!"

    • Ben Stegner
      April 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      There's an asterisk next to that line, which states "Subject to your participation in our achievement program."

      When you sign up for an account, you actually get 15GB of permanent free storage. You can complete certain achievements on your account, like installing the mobile/desktop apps and adding your phone number to your account, for more storage. But those only last for a limited time, so I don't consider that proper storage.

      Claiming 50GB of free storage is more of a marketing ploy than a true claim, unfortunately.

  2. Doug
    February 25, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Hey, may also want to mention Mega.nz. 50GB for free and of course more terabytes for a few bucks more.

  3. Richard
    February 22, 2020 at 9:14 am

    The best value for paid cloud is Microsoft Office 365 Home . Refer to the left most choice in article picture. For $9.90 per month or $99 per year, you get 6TB (1TB over 6 accounts!). That works out to be just $1.33 per month. My friends have been known to club together to buy 1 subscription for sharing.
    Not to mention you get free Office 365 and skype credits!
    Only problem - make sure you are in control of whatever goes into the OneDrive.
    Microsoft auto scan your contents for 'prohibited' contents and it could trigger a lock down on your OneDrive & MS account - getting it lifted is a PITA.

  4. Gonik
    February 2, 2020 at 8:59 am

    I would also like to recommend Allsync.com. the company is based in The Netherlands and offers pretty cheap plans in NextCloud implementation.

    For example, they offer their 50GB plan priced at 0.96€/year.