SugarSync is ditching its free plan. Here are some great alternatives.

SugarSync, one of the earliest and most feature filled cloud storage services, is removing its 5GB free plan. If you’re an existing free SugarSync user and do not want to upgrade to one of their paid plans, we have some great free alternatives for you.


You should switch to Dropbox if…

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You want excellent cross-platform compatibility. Much like SugarSync, Dropbox has solid apps for every major operating system except Windows Phone (you can find third-party apps for Windows Phone).

You do not want too much space. Dropbox gives you 2GB of free storage, although you can quickly add mode space by completing few trivial steps, and inviting your friends. (Sign up with my referral link to start with 2.5GB space!)

You want simplicity. A big reason for Dropbox’s popularity was its simple approach to cloud syncing. You get one folder to  put all your stuff and it gets synced across devices and platforms.

Other features: automatic media backups, 30 day file revisions


You should switch to Google Drive if…Google Drive Logo


You use Google’s online services. If you have a Google/Gmail account, you’re good to go for Google Drive.

You want relatively more free space. You get 15GB of free storage from Google, and it’s shared across  Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. If you don’t get a ton of email and don’t use Google+ Photos, most of that 15GB can be used for your Drive.

You use Google Docs/Spreadsheets/Slides. Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations created in Google Drive do not count towards your free storage.

You use Chrome OS. Google Drive is the only deeply integrated cloud syncing service currently available for Chrome OS, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

You want unlimited photo backups. Technically, this is a feature of Google+ Photos, which, together with Google Drive and Gmail, shares your Google Storage (yeah, very confusing). You can set Google+ Photos to automatically backup your photos in iOS, Android, Chrome OS, and Chrome. Google can automatically resize your photos to 2048px resolution (which is plenty good) so they won’t count towards free storage. You will need a Google+ account, obviously.


You should switch to Microsoft SkyDrive if…SkyDrive Logo


You use Microsoft’s online services. If you have a Microsoft/Outlook/Hotmail/Xbox account, you are already on SkyDrive.

You use Windows and Windows Phone. SkyDrive is integrated deeply into Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone, and has excellent apps available for Windows 8 and below. Non Windows users need not worry – Microsoft also makes good SkyDrive apps for OS X, Android, and iOS.

You use Internet Explorer. SkyDrive syncs IE bookmarks and settings across devices running Windows and Windows Phone.

You use Microsoft Office on the desktop/web. SkyDrive is deeply integrated with Office, particularly Office on the web.

Free storage: 7GB

Other features: automatic media backup on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.


You should switch to iCloud if…iCloud Logo


You use only Mac OS X and iOS. If you have an Apple account on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you’re likely already using iCloud. iCloud has few configuration options, and silently syncs your bookmarks, app settings, mail, calendar, contacts, recent photos, iWork documents, and more in the background. iCloud has a complementary app for Windows.

Free storage: 5GB

Think of iCloud as a complementary service to your primary cloud syncing app.


You should switch to Ubuntu One if…

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You use Ubuntu. Ubuntu One is baked into Ubuntu and offers all the usual syncing features. It is essential for using Ubuntu’s Music Store.

Free storage: 5GB (extra space through referrals)

Apps for Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android (besides Ubuntu, of course).


You should switch to Tresorit if…

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You want absolute privacy. Tresorit will encrypt your data locally before uploading it to their servers. They can neither read your data nor retrieve it if you lose your password.

Free storage: 5GB (extra space through referrals)

Apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS. Windows Phone and Linux coming soon.

Similar services which encrypt your data before uploading to their servers include Wuala and SpiderOak. Besides Dropbox, Wuala and SpiderOak are the only services to currently support most Linux distributions.