Top 5 iCloud Alternatives to Back Up Your iPhone iPad iPod touch

Posted by Winnie to iCloud, Apple Resources | Posted on Aug 21, 2017

In the event of your iPhone get lost, damaged, or iOS 11 updated, the last thing you want is to lose your important data. iCloud is supposed to be the first cloud storage choice to backup iPhone data. However, there are many iPhone users who are considering abandon iCloud for various reason especially when the 5GB free storage used up. They don't want to pay for extra iCloud storage space or delete iCloud backups to free up space of iCloud. If you are one of them, iCloud alternative will be your next choice.

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What to Do If the Free 5GB iCloud Space Used Up?

Run out of iCloud free space and don't wanna pay for any extra space? Just turn to an iCloud Alternative! MacX MediaTrans makes it possible to backup all kinds of iPhone files (music, photo, video, ebook, podcast, ringtone etc.) without any limits.

  • Photo
  • Music
  • Video
  • iBook
  • Ringtone
  • Flash Drive

Why Do You Search for An Alternative to iCloud?

● Running out of iCloud free storage. Only 5GB free space are provided by iCloud, which is exceedingly small amount compared to other iCloud alternative servers. And iCloud storage full issue can be happened over and over.
● It takes a long time for iPhone backup by iCloud. At least 2 hours are needed to backup iPhone to iCloud, not to mention many users complained that the restoring cannot be finished for days.
● Not user-friendly at all. You can't share iCloud files link with friends or view the contents of an iCloud backup or restore backup selectively.
● Compatibility. iCloud is only accessible for iOS devices, Mac and Windows computers. When it comes to Android mobiles or Windows phones, it can be helpless.

Top 5 iCloud Alternatives for Backing up Data from iOS Devices

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1. Google Drive

Google Drive offers 15GB free space for you to store photos, documents, voice mails, videos and more, far more than iCloud's 5GB. And the built-in Google Photos makes it an iCloud alternative for photos, which is able to transfer iPhone photos to cloud and organize the photos with its face recognition feature.

Supported files: Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations; Microsoft office files, PDF/TXT; photos, movies (mp4, avi, mov), audios.

Price and storage space:
Basic: 15GB free storage space
Upgrade: $1.99 per month to enjoy 100 GB, $9.99 - 1 TB, $99.99 - 10 TB, $199.99 - 20 TB, $299.99 - 30 TB

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2. Microsoft OneDrive

As you expected, this iCloud alternative is primarily aimed at Windows and Office users. If you're an Office user who likes to have ongoing access to the latest versions, OneDrive offers a free Office 365 subscription for less than competing services charge for their 1TB tier without freebies. You can also view, upload and share photos, videos and documents on the iCloud alternative server anytime and any where.

Price and storage space:
Basic: 15 GB free storage space
Upgrade: $1.99 per month for 100 GB, $3.99 - 200GB, $6.99 - 1TB

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3. MacX MediaTrans

Strictly speaking, MacX MediaTrans is an iCloud alternative for Mac & iOS indeed but not similar to above mentioned Google Drive, OneDrive. Why? Unlike storing data backups to cloud, this iCloud alternative for Mac transfers iOS files to Mac or Windows computers directly. So there are no accurate limits of storage space, since it all depends on your computer storage. In this respect, this is also the difference between iCloud backup and iTunes backup.

Supported files: photo, music, ringtone, video, iTunes purchases, podcast, ebook, voice memo etc.

Bonus features of the iCloud alternative for Mac

Actually, MacX MediaTrans can do more than backing up files as iCloud does between iOS and Mac, it's also known for its salient features:
Two-way sync, not only transferring files to Mac, but also restoring music, video, photo, ebook, iTunes purchases from Mac to iPhone iPad as well.
Compared to other alternatives to iCloud, MacX MediaTrans can backup iTunes purchased files with DRM protection, or you can remove DRM of audiobook, music tracks, videos as you like.
Access to what you have backed up on Mac/Windows computers without hassle, and selectively choose a file type for backup or restoration.
Blazing fast for iPhone data backup. Only 8 seconds for 100 4K photos transfer, far faster than iCloud backup speed.

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4. Dropbox

Compared to other alternatives to iCloud, Dropbox is more experienced since it foucus on cloud storage and sharing since 2007. And it has gained great popularity because of its easy-to-use steps of backing up iOS files. Still, Dropbox is the most compatible iCloud alternative in our list, supporting data backup on Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire mobile apps.

Supported files: Microsoft office files, PDF/TXT; photos, movies, audios.

Price and storage space:
Basic: 2 GB free storage space
Upgrade: Dropbox Plus: $9.99 per month for 1 TB; Dropbox Business: $15/user/month for 2 TB, starting at 3 users, $25/user/month for unlimited storage, starting at 3 users.

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5. Box

Box is changing the way you share and manage content across your business, allowing you to make a copy of docs, photos, and videos in the cloud. And you are also allowed to access these data backup anytime, anywhere with the iCloud alternative for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android. It supports 100+ file types, including PDF, Word, Excel, All, PSD etc.

Dropbox storage and price:
Free - 10 GB storage and 250 MB max file size.
$11.50 per month for 100 GB storage and 5 GB max file size.

Finally, no matter what iCloud alternative you will choose, the ultimate goal is to backup files so that you can restore what you've backed up in case of any data lose. So back up your iPhone iPad iPod touch files regularly even if you're not planning to update iOS, change a new iPhone 8. Nip it in the bud, and you will be able to keep your data safe regardless of iPhone get lost, damaged, or upgraded.

Also see: How to get iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus/SE/5 data recovery

iCloud Alternative - Free Back Up & Restore iPhone iPad iPod

MacX MediaTrans, an awesome alternative to iCloud, can transfer and backup movies, videos, photos, music, books, ringtone, DRM contents, iTunes purchases, documents and many other types of files on iPhone iPad iPod to computer simply by drag and drop. No 5GB free storage limits.

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