Free cloud storage is all the rage. If you want to upload a school or work document, or share a simple family photo album, there’s no need to spend money on an expensive paid service. Most people don’t need terabytes of storage to sync and share files. Many cloud services can fit your needs, with a cost of zero.
iCloud is Apple’s homegrown cloud storage and syncing service. It was finally released in 2011 after years of speculation and rumoring, and has since picked up 782 million users. Since Apple bundles the service with their massively popular iOS devices, most users know of iCloud as the thing that backs up their phone stuff.
While you may have the 5 GB of free iCloud storage by virtue of your iPhone or iPad, you may be asking whether iCloud is a good cloud service to invest in to sync your digital life. Well, we ran it through our paces so you don’t have to. Check out how it stacks up below.
Backing up your data is important for any iPhone user. This can be done using iTunes and iCloud. iTunes handles the local backups, and iCloud handles the cloud backups. However, not everyone wants to use iCloud, due to concerns about the privacy of data stored on Apple’s servers. It can also be easier to use the same service to back up iOS devices that you use to back up desktop computers, and iCloud doesn’t support Linux or Android.
IDrive is an online backup service that can backup desktop computers and mobile devices, all on the same account. IDrive gives users 5GB free to backup photos, videos, and contacts on your mobile device. An unlimited backup plan is available for $4.99/year, with a limit of 5 mobile devices. IDrive customers on the personal or business plans can backup their mobile devices at no additional charge.
In this article, I’ll show you how to backup your iPhone with the IDrive mobile app.