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Top 5 Cloud Storage Apps for Android

Top 5 Cloud Storage Apps for Android
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A good cloud storage service is essential for business people who use their smartphones or tablets for work. Since these Android apps back up your files and documents to the cloud, they ensure you'll always have the most up-to-date versions of the files you need, right when you need them. But not all cloud storage platforms are created equal. They vary widely in pricing, features and compatibility. Before you pick one for your small business, read on for five of the best cloud storage apps for Android.

Dropbox is a reliable and easy-to-use cloud storage platform that lets you drag and drop your documents to sync them across all your Web-connected devices. It's also a good way to back up your files to the cloud, since you can recover deleted files and revert to previously saved versions by signing into your account on the Dropbox website. When you need to access a document on the go, just launch the app on your smartphone or tablet to view all the files you've stored in the cloud. The app also lets you designate individual files as your "favorites" to cache them for offline viewing. For business subscribers, Dropbox allows you protect your files in secure folders, and lets you alter file-viewing permissions on the fly. You also get two-step verification for added security, as well as an activity log so you can see which team members edited which files.

2 GB: Free
100 GB: $9.99/month
200 GB: $19.99/month
500 GB: $49.99/month
Unlimited business plan: $15/month (five user minimum)

In addition to its solid file-storage system, Box offers handy project management tools, including shared project timelines to keep all your team members on task. You can also assign tasks and track file versions as team members edit them. Additionally, the Android app allows you to share large files by sending a download link, which could provide a good workaround when you need to send a document or file that's too large to attach to an email. And the option to save files for offline viewing could help when an Internet connection isn't available. For individual business users, though, Box's pricing might be its standout feature; it offers more free storage than most other cloud storage platforms on Android. Box offers another perk in its home screen widget for your Android phone or tablet, which helps you stay up to date on shared files and documents.

10 GB: Free
100 GB: $5/month
Unlimited: $15 monthly (per user, requires three users)

The standout feature of Google Drive is its tight integration with Google's Office apps, including the Android versions of the Docs word processor and Sheets spreadsheet editor. Both of those apps are full-featured mobile versions of Google's Web-based office tools that let you edit documents from anywhere on your Android smartphone or tablet. The Google Drive app itself can also open a wide variety of file types, including videos, images, PDFs and more. This comes in handy if you don't have the right software installed to view a particular file type on your mobile device. Another perk of picking Google Drive is that most Android users already have a Google account, so no additional signup is necessary; just sign in using your Google credentials, and you'll have all of your new and edited documents uploaded to the cloud. And by installing Google Drive on your desktop computer, you can ensure that your files are backed up and synced across all your Web-connected devices.

15 GB: Free
100 GB: $1.99/month
1 TB: $9.99/month
10 TB (and up): $99.99 monthly

If you lean heavily on Microsoft Office for work, Microsoft's OneDrive could be the cloud storage service for you. The service features tight integration with the desktop version of Microsoft Office, so any documents, spreadsheets or presentations you create on your office PC or Mac can be automatically uploaded to your OneDrive account. If you have an Office Online account, team members can collaborate on files in real time. And Windows 8 users have even more incentive to choose the app, since it's built right into the File Explorer in Microsoft's newest operating system; just click the OneDrive icon in the File Explorer sidebar, then drag and drop files to sync them to the cloud. When you're on the go, you can view the files using the OneDrive app, and edit them using Microsoft's mobile Office app. The service also offers reliable backup tools, like the ability to roll back to a previously saved version of a file at any time.

7 GB: Free
50 GB: $25/year
100 GB: $50/year
200 GB: $100/year
1 TB: $2.50 per user/month

SugarSync is a cloud storage service for Android with solid features for businesses. That includes an administrator dashboard that lets you set limits on your how employees use their accounts. You can add seats or additional storage at any time, monitor user activity and assign storage limits for each user. SugarSync also provides a good collaboration tool for teams, since it lets you send up-to-date files of any size from any of your devices, and set the permissions to determine who can see the files you share. It makes a good disaster recovery tool, too, in case a hard drive crashes, since multiple copies of all your files are stored on the SugarSync servers. Syncing a file your account is as simple as dropping it into your SugarSync folder, and accessing it on the go is as easy as launching the app on your smartphone or tablet.

60 GB: $75/year
100 GB: $100/year
250 GB: $250/year
1 TB: $550/year (1-3 users)

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.