pCloud is a cloud storage for photos, videos, documents, music and any small or large file.
pCloud starts with up to 20GB of FREE storage or you can also opt-in for a Premium or Premium Plus account to get access to even more storage and additional features.
pCloud Premium - 500 GB of storage - $3.99/mo*andnbsp;
pCloud Premium Plus - 2 TB of storage - $7.99/mo*
The service is available for all operating systems - Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux.andnbsp;
All your files are immediately synchronized between all your devices, making it easy to access them anytime you need. What’s more, pCloud imposes no file size and type restrictions, so you can upload anything that your storage space allows.
Sharing content is very simple, too! You can create a download link to any file or folder in your pCloud account and send it to your colleagues and friends. Sharing folders with other pCloud users is as easy as it gets. You can effortlessly modify permissions you grant to every single user (some can have Read-Only access and others can have editing permission too). On top of that using files shared with you is just like working with your own files – simple!andnbsp;
You can Backup data from Social Media networks and other cloud storage apps.
Built-in audio and video player together with HD streaming makes the experience with your media files extremely nice.andnbsp;
If you are concerned about security, pCloud is strong here too, All data transfers between the pCloud servers and your machine are handled with TLS/SSL encryption, so they should be safe on their travels.
And if you need another layer of protection you can use pCloud Crypto. This is a special folder encrypted locally on your device, and not even pCloud employees can read it without your key. pCloud uses 256-bit AES encryption for the files and folders, while the encryption key uses 4096-bit RSA, meaning that both are very secure. Since pCloud Crypto does not come as a standard feature so you can add it to your account at the price of $3.99/mo*.
pCloud is a great price/quality ratio cloud storage that you should really take in consideration.andnbsp;
*Note: All prices that are mentioned are for a yearly payment.
While it seems there’s nowhere else to go nowadays but the cloud, an IDG Research survey cited in a CIO article found that 56% of IT leaders are still identifying suitable IT operations to move to the cloud. The same article quotes technology solutions provider PC Connection, Inc. as “seeing more movement to cloud storage and disaster recovery” because these services provide immediately tangible benefits to both end users and the IT department.
In the age of remote workers, mobile staff, and virtual teams, it comes as no surprise that cloud storage usage is on the rise. With cloud computing becoming the norm rather than the exception, more and more businesses and individuals alike are turning to cloud storage services to store, share, backup, and manage their data.
As such, this review will focus on pCloud, a versatile online storage solution with a focus on usability, convenience, and data security.
Founded in 2013 by a Switzerland-based technology company, pCloud has a user base of more than 5 million and still growing. It’s a handy data storage tool, with available features that include file management, file sharing and synchronization, data encryption, 24/7 access, file versioning, and easy integration with third-party services.
Users can access pCloud in several different ways – via your web browser, the desktop app, or the mobile apps designed for Android, iPhone, and Windows Mobile platforms.
No need to install anything if you’re accessing pCloud using a browser. Just enter “pcloud.com” in your address bar and log in. Of course, you first need to sign up for an account to start storing and sharing your files.
To use it on your mobile device, download the mobile app from the Google Play Store, iTunes, or the Windows Phone Store, whichever applies. The desktop app, which works on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers, can be downloaded and installed using this download link.
pCloud Drive, pCloud’s desktop app, functions as an additional hard drive but without the added hardware cost on your part. Your files eat up no physical space on your computer’s hard drive but are accessible to you anytime, anywhere – even while you’re offline.
With pCloud Drive on your computer, you can work on a file using any installed application, and all changes are saved to your virtual drive. Files and folders can be created and updated even without an internet connection and are automatically synced across your devices as soon as the connection is restored.
Quick right-click shortcuts enable you to collaborate on folders with colleagues, assign access permissions, and even use their data as if you own them. This strategy is known as fair sharing.
pCloud Crypto is pCloud’s data encryption feature that lets you protect your sensitive files so that only you can access them, as long as you keep your encryption keys safe. Through the pCloud zero-knowledge policy, not even anyone from pCloud can access your encrypted files.
A hard drive in the cloud, pCloud offers 10 GB of free cloud storage space upon signup, which can then be increased to as much as 20 GB when you invite your family and friends to sign up for the service.
pCloud ensures your files and folders are available when you need them, and a built-in search field lets you locate your files in an instant. For easier file management, the tool filters your files according to type. Just click on the corresponding icon on the menu’s left-hand side to see what you’re looking for: documents, archives, images, video, or audio. The icons and the search field can be found on the web and mobile interfaces only.
Your Trash folder isn’t automatically emptied when you delete files, which can be a lifesaver if you delete something by mistake. Deleted files or folders stay in the system for a prescribed number of days. Depending on your chosen subscription plan, they’re retrievable within 30 days for the free account and 180 days for any of the paid plans.
pCloud’s file backup service lets you back up your files from other online services, including OneDrive, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, and CopyCloud. Once authorized, pCloud creates appropriate folders that can easily be shared with other users. You may copy, move, rename, or delete files as necessary.
All changes made to your files or documents are saved to your virtual drive, regardless of the device used to make those changes. No need to proactively perform additional operations to make the edits appear on your other devices. As long as you use the same access credentials on each of your devices, whether you use a laptop or smartphone, rest assured you have the updated file version.
Now, what if you’re somewhere without an internet connection, like the basement of a building or a remote location with no Wi-Fi service, and changes need to be done to a mission-critical document you share with the rest of your team? Go on. Make those changes, and pCloud will push all offline edits to your team’s devices the moment you’re back online.
There are multiple ways to share files with pCloud – via a download or upload link, or by inviting other users to a folder.
Download and upload links can be shared with anyone. Download links allow people to download your files into their devices, while an upload link lets them directly upload documents and other files to your pCloud account.
pCloud even provides a 100% free transfer service, no registration required. You only need to indicate your recipients’ email addresses. Large files up to 5 GB can be sent to a maximum of 10 recipients.
When you invite people to a folder, you may assign editing and view-only privileges as you deem fit.
pCloud is an online data storage solution suited for personal and business purposes.
While relatively new to the game, pCloud can give more established cloud storage providers a run for their money. With its clean, user-friendly interface, mobile access, and multi-featured approach to file management in the cloud, it’s a cloud storage option worth considering.
Cloudswave Score for pCloud
Rating based on 16 Critic Reviews
Melissa Pardo Bunte, on BetterBuys
All in all, pCloud is a new document management solution that provides enterprise-level security.
Pros : No limit to file size upload, advanced security, unlimited cloud storage space.
Bishwajeet Mahato, on Comptalks
it becomes clear that pCloud is an awesome cloud storage provider, on which you can depend. Particularly, we loved features such as Upload Link, Download Link and option to upgrade file storage by following simple steps that does not consume money. Evidently, we would say all our readers should check out this service, and you will love this, we bet. In addition, through features such as upload link, it has become clear that pCloud is also capable of handling business-based works, and they are getting ready with an enterprise type plan, which would be suitable for business-based purposes.
John McNamara, on The App Review Zone
The pCloud app is very useful, easy to use, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cloud storage option for their iPhone.
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