Cloud storage is a convenient way to access your files on multiple devices. It also provides tons of free space to back up your data. So, no matter what happens to your computer, your files will be safe.
Cloud storage is easy to set up. All you need is an internet connection to get started. For more than 25 years, Asurion has helped customers protect, connect and enjoy the tech they love and rely on. Our experts share the most popular cloud storage options and show you how to set each one up.
This could service offers 5GB of free space — enough for about 1,700 photos, or thousands of documents. If you need more storage, you can increase that amount to up to 6TB for an extra charge. Microsoft OneDrive also lets you access files both online and offline — so you can keep using the cloud without interruption.
1. Sign in to your account on Microsoft OneDrive. If you don’t have an account, click Sign up for free and follow the steps to create a username and password.
2. Click +New to create a new folder, Word document, presentation or workbook.
3. To upload files, click Upload > Files, select the ones you want to add to the cloud and click Open.
This cloud service offers 15GB of free space, but the storage spans across all of Google’s websites (Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos). Use it to share and store up to 5,000 photos or thousands of Google Docs, presentations and forms. Although it’s a Google service, it works on all browsers.
1. Go to drive.google.com and sign in to your account. If you don’t have one, click Create account.
2. To add a file, click +New in the top-left corner > File Upload.
3. Select the files you’d like to upload, then click Open. To upload multiple files, highlight them in the window.
iCloud and iCloud for Windows
Like Microsoft OneDrive, this cloud service offers 5GB of free space. But it’s easy to upgrade to a higher storage plan if you pay a monthly fee. iCloud comes pre-installed on Apple devices, but the service is also available for PC users.
1. Go to System Preferences > iCloud.
2. Sign in with your Apple ID and turn on iCloud. If you don’t have an account, click Create Apple ID.
3. Click Options next to iCloud Drive, then select Desktop and Documents Folders > Done. Now, all your current files will automatically be transferred to iCloud.
1. Download iCloud for Windows on your PC, if you haven’t already. Then, restart your computer.
2. Open iCloud for Windows and sign in with your Apple ID. To create a new account, click Create Apple ID.
3. Select iCloud Drive and any other features (Photos, Bookmarks, Mail) you’d like to include, then click Apply.
This could service offers 2GB of free space. You can increase that amount to up to 3TB for a fee. Dropbox is a great tool for storing your personal files and sharing them with multiple people, even if they don’t have an account.
1. Open a web browser and sign in to your Dropbox account. If you don’t have one click, Create an account.
2. To upload a file, click Upload > Files. To upload an entire folder, click Upload > Folder.
For larger uploads, you’ll need to use the Dropbox desktop app.
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