I’m calling them top because they’re the only easily workable ones available. Other than that, Google Photos is and will always be among the best cloud storage tools one can ever find, though it doesn’t mean there aren’t any other good alternatives available.
You must already know by now that Google Photo’s unlimited storage plan is coming to a close by June next year, and if you don’t, you can check out our article for more information. So, if you’re one those that are already looking for an alternative, then we have some good news for you.
There are many Google Photos-like storage services out there. And the bad? Well, the bad is that NONE is as good as Google Photos. We are not saying that they are terrible services but because of Google’s monopolistic nature and the need to suffocate out the competition, it makes seem like their service is the best out there.
If you’re familiar with Google Photos, you must be knowing that its unlimited storage feature was one of the many things that made it cool. But also, just to be clear, the service allowed you to create, save, share animations, and collages with your photos. At times, Google Assistant will do this automatically for you in some cases.
The service also lets you free up your phone’s storage by offloading all your pictures to the cloud. Needless to say, it uses Artificial Intelligence to allow you to do a quick search through your photo library by location, date, or whatever keyword matches your search. No other cloud storage service offers features close to this.
Nonetheless, before you probably think of exiting this article, here’s a take on a few easy to use storage tools to substitute with Google Photos.
Top 6 cloud storage alternatives to Google Photos
1. Amazon Photos
As the name suggests, Amazon Photos is owned by Amazon. This storage service offers you 5GB for your photos and videos. And if you’re Prime member or a subscriber of the Prime Video plan, it offers you unlimited photo storage, and 5GB for videos.
Amazon Photos has a few keyword search features like Google Photos, and also automatically syncs your photos. You can also cancel your Prime subscription anytime. However, if you cancel your subscription, your photos may be inaccessible, let alone be lost forever. Permanently.
For its non-prime members, AP’s pricing is at $11.99 (UGX 44,452) yearly for just photos and $59.99 (UGX 222,410) per year for everything. And for Amazon Prime, its monthly subscription is $12.99 and $119.99 (UGX 444,857) for an annual subscription while Prime Video membership is $8.99 per month.
This Microsoft service is by default, the first choice for business users because it is unified with Office apps. It can auto-sync media, allow searching, and can automatically tag a photo-based on its content. Handy, right?
One Drive has a free version that’s limited to only 5GB but one can get up to 100GB at $2 (UGX 7,414) per month. It’s MS-365 Family users get 1TB of storage as part of their $9.99 (UGX 37,037) per month subscription plan or $99.99 (UGX 370,708) yearly plan.
Dropbox, like any other, automatically syncs your media files. Its limited free version comes with 2GB of storage. Its paid plans are a little more expensive but this in return comes with additional security to your media files.
Its paid plans cost $9.99 (UGX 37,037) per month and $99.99 (UGX 370,708) per year for 1TB of storage. It also charges $12 (UGX 44,489) per month for its Plus account (next tier after Dropbox Basic and comes with 1TB free storage) and $20 (UGX 74,149) monthly for Professional accounts (gets you up to 3TB of storage).
Only a few people know how great a photo storage place SmugMug’s Flickr is, its primary users being photographers. And this goes without saying, but Flickr too, automatically syncs media and your photos can be set to private according to your liking. It also has a few search tools too.
Flickr used to offer 1TB free storage but is now limited to 1000 photos. One would have to upgrade to Flickr Pro to have unlimited storage, and upgrading to Flickr Pro would mean paying $6.99 (UGX 25,915) on a monthly basis, or $69.99 (UGX 259,484) yearly. The non-pro version on the other hand charges $5.99 (UGX 22,207) per month and $49.99 (UGX 185,335) per year.
Mega is a cloud storage and file hosting service offered by Mega Limited, an Auckland -based company. The service is offered primarily through web-based apps but Mega mobile apps are also available for Android users and iOS.
Mega was known for its large 50GB storage allocation for free accounts, but now offers 15GB for free accounts. It is the sequel to the now-dysfunctional Megaupload, which was taken down a few years ago. It comes with a range of storage options that span from 200GB to 8TB with the basic Pro-Lite package starting at 4.99 € (UGX 21,991) per month giving you 400GB storage and 1TB transfer.
The app is quite flashy but there are a few bugs here and there that some people have experienced. Its biggest feature is that it encrypts all files uploaded to it for added security and protection.
6. Create a personal cloud server
This should have come in as number one. I mean, it’s a bit handy. You can customize your cloud server to whatever you want it to do for you. But because of its complexity, let’s just keep it here.
So, creating your own cloud server gives you complete dominance over your files so you don’t need to subscribe to any damn service whatsoever. It’s tiring, for a fact. Because it will take more than just time and hard work. There are a lot of technicalities involved but, it’s worth a try and you can use tools like OwnCloud or Synology.
As for those of you that are not quite ready to jump off the ship, there’s a Google One subscription fee. You can always subscribe to it for unlimited storage as it comes with different pricing models. Or you can buy a Google Pixel phone that comes with unlimited storage for uploads.
However, future Pixel phones won’t be exempted from the change of policy too. You can read more about Google Pixel phones and the pending storage policy here.
Some of the cloud storage tools services listed above have significantly expensive paid storage plans, even more, expensive than Google One. So, depending on your needs, choose a service that is convenient and works best for you.
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Author: Simran Hajara
Hajara is an IT student, an aspiring web developer, and an up-and-coming writer. She is enthusiastic about learning and trying new things, coding, and filming. She believes it’s always best to take action than to wait for inspiration. That’s what makes one genius.