Dropbox now limits free users to a maximum of three syncing devices at one time. If you need more devices and don’t want to open your wallet, Google, Microsoft, and even Apple are superior to Dropbox.
This is a similar restriction to the one Evernote put in place. Evernote’s free account only lets you sync your notes to two devices. Both services are clearly trying to convert more free users to paying customers.
Google Drive – 15 GB Free
Google Drive is a great storage service. It offers 15 GB of free storage—although that’s shared with your Gmail account—and can sync to an unlimited number of devices. That sure beats Dropbox’s 2 GB and three devices.
Google’s Backup and Sync software even lets you easily back up and sync other folders on your computer outside the Google Drive folder. Our own Michael Crider called it “one of the best backup options around” over at Review Geek. It’s available for both Windows and macOS.
Of course, Google Drive is integrated with Google Docs so you can easily create and work with documents. Google provides mobile apps so you can access your files on Android, iPhone, and iPad. And you can access your files anywhere in a browser.
Microsoft OneDrive – 5 GB Free
Microsoft’s OneDrive service offers 5 GB of free storage, which isn’t as much as Google’s 15 GB but is certainly more than Dropbox’s 2 GB. Like Google Drive, OneDrive doesn’t limit how many devices you can sync to. You can have as many PCs, Macs, phones, and tablets as you need.
OneDrive is particularly convenient because it’s built right into Windows 10. It also uses a “Files On-Demand” system that will store your files in the cloud while showing them in File Explorer on your PC. They’ll be downloaded when you double-click them to open them. That’s optional, of course—you can disable this and OneDrive will function just like Dropbox, if you like it to.
While OneDrive is integrated with Windows 10, that’s not the only platform it’s available on. Microsoft also offers OneDrive clients for macOS, Android, iPhone, and iPad. You can access your files via the OneDrive website in a browser, too.