How To Use pCloud – The Ultimate Guide 2019

How To Use pCloud
How to Use pCloud

pCloud is one of the best cloud storage services that takes pride in providing the highest protection with unlimited upload and download speeds. It has been around since 2013, having benefited from the successes and failures of the competition. It is among the first cloud storage services to offer lifetime plans. I have always recommended pCloud to anyone seeking for excellent cloud storage since there is no limit to the size of your files or the download speeds.

It has top-notch security with a backup feature. Like other cloud storages e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox etc, you can back up your social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, and Picassa) and your WordPress websites. You can also add your files as “favourites” to access them when offline. In this guide, I will show you how to use pCloud and all of its features.

How To Use pCloud Interface


How to Register

There are two ways in which you can create a pCloud account – Using your email address or your Facebook profile.

How To Use pCloud Register

Using your email address
  1. First, open www.pCloud.com and click the “Sign up” button.
  2. Enter a valid email address and your password (Use different characters to enhance security)
  3. Verify your account by clicking the link sent by pCloud to your email.

How To Use pCloud Interface

Using your Facebook Account
  1. First, open www.pCloud.com
  2. Select “Continue with Facebook”
  3. Confirm your registration and you are done.

Pricing Options

There are several options you can choose on pCloud depending on your preferences. The free plan offers up to 10 GB and you can always increase your limit to 20 GB by sharing their page, friend referrals or backing up your files from social media accounts. Your sensitive files can be encrypted using additional Crypto protection. For heavy users, all you need to do is to upgrade your plan to the Premium or Premium Plus plans.

They also offer a 10-day money-back guarantee! You can choose the lifetime plans i.e. special or mega offer for a one-time payment which includes lifetime storage.

Lifetime Plans
Premium 500 GB
Lifetime
€175
500 GB Storage
500 GB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
Premium 2 TB
Lifetime
€350
2 TB Storage
2 TB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
2 TB Family
Lifetime
€500
Up to 5 users
2 TB Storage & Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
Monthly Plans
Free
No payment
Free
Up To 20 GB Storage
50 GB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
Crypto
Per Month
€3.99
Up To 20 GB Storage
50 GB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
Premium 500 GB
Per Month
€3.99
500 GB Storage
500 GB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud
Premium 2000 GB
Per Month
€7.99
2000 GB Storage
2000 GB Download Link Traffic
Go To pCloud

How to sync files

The pCloud app and web interface allows multiple file-sharing options and you can always send your files to any destination you choose. The additional virtual drive allows you to expand your computer and all files uploaded to that folder can be accessed to you in any device. Just make sure you “accept and approve” any pop-ups while you download and install their client.

Open your pCloud drive in your file manager with a quick left-click or right-click on the indicator. Open your crypto folder if you have already subscribed and then add new folders to the Sync. Other options include checking your account status and notifications.

To add a new local folder to the sync:How To Use pCloud Sync

  1. Open the pCloud panel and click “Sync”
  2. Click “Add New” and then choose the local folder
  3. Navigate to the folder you want to sync
  4. Choose the pCloud Drive Folder
  5. Select in your pCloud directory hierarchy where you want the local folder to sync
  6. Click “Save” and the “Add Sync”.

The sync will start immediately and will be available to all devices connected with your pCloud account. You can add several sync folders provided you don’t run out of space. Note that the synchronization process makes your folders available even in offline mode if you choose to do so. Just right-click on the folder and click “Offline Access(Sync)”.

You can select the pCloud Drive folder or the local folder. Click the “Save” button once you are done with your selection to save the synchronization folder.

How To Use pCloud Sync Save


How to upload files

How To Use pCloud Upload

How to upload files through the website

  1. Click on the “Upload” icon.
  2. Select “File upload” or “Folder upload”.
  3. Click on “Browse for files” or “Pick folder”.
  4. Find the files or the folder, mark them and click “Open” or “Ok”.

You can also go for the “Remote upload“.  This feature allows you to download files directly from the web. Once you have the link to the video, paste it into pCloud and click on the “Upload” button. It is essential to have a preselected “Remote Upload”. It downloads the video to your pCloud storage. You can achieve greater speeds of up to 100 megabytes if you have a fast internet the fact that you are downloading the file directly from the provider’s servers.

How to upload files through pCloud Drive

  1. Simply drag&drop or copy any file or folder to the pCloud imaginary drive or to a folder that is synced with pCloud.

How To Use pCloud Drive


How to Share files

You can share files with anyone you want as shown in the pCloud panel. There are three sharing options; invite to a folder, share upload link and share the download link.

Invite to a folderpCloud share options

This feature allows you to share folders with your family, friends, and colleagues. It is set on whether they can edit or view the content. They can use the permissions you give them after accepting your invitation. Your existing shares are managed through the pCloud web platform.

Download and Upload links

You can generate upload and download links through pCloud that can be provided to anyone. Users can easily download your data by generating download links to their computers or mobile devices. Your friends can upload files to your pCloud account when you provide an upload link.

 


Direct links

The public folder allows you to create direct links to files and other folders. You can create embed images and share your files at any time. You can also create static HTML websites using your pCloud as a hosting service.

pCloud Public Folder


How to retrieve your files

It is very simple to get your files back in a situation where you delete them. They’re stored for 15 days in the free version. Deleted files can be retrieved for 90 days in the premium version and 180 days in the premium plus version. You can also choose to delete the backups permanently.

 How To Use pCloud Trash


Ease of use

PCloud is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It has a simple user interface that makes it easy to use.

Simply click on the upload button if you want to upload something or drag the file inside. It also offers easy file sharing as discussed above. The service offers decent download and upload speeds with a very responsive interface.


Security and encryption

pCloud uses SSL/TLS encryption to guarantee the safety of the files. It is applied when data from your device is transferred to the pCloud servers. It stores your files in more than three server locations to enforce top-notch safety measures.

The client-side encryption ensures you only you have the keys for file decryption. Your files are hidden safely from any unauthorized access with pCloud’s unique client-side encryption. The pCloud Crypto subscription encrypts your most essential files while also protecting your password.


Accessibility

A cloud service needs to cover as many devices as possible to be effective and user-friendly. pCloud aims at integrating their product on any device. pCloud web platform can be accessed through any browser, on any computing device.

pCloud Drive allows you to access, synchronize and store your files in the cloud by creating a secure virtual drive on your PC. pCloud for mobile allows you to access and store your files anywhere and at any time.


File versioning

pCloud stores personal files for a specific period so you can always find the previous files. The ‘Revisions‘ feature allows you to restore previous versions and changes made to specific files if necessary.

Click the gear button to access File Revisions and choose the ‘Revision’ option. File versions can be kept on the Free plan for 15 days and 30 days for users upgrading to Premium, Premium Plus or Lifetime.

pCloud Rewind allows you to go back in time and check your previous version files. You can always browse through your account at a specific date and time in the past. If you removed the shared content accidentally, you can rewind the process to restore or download all non-encrypted files.

Existing Premium users that have upgraded to Premium before 12/09/2017 can make use of the following features:

  • File Revisions – 90 days (pCloud Premium); 180 days (pCloud Premium Plus)
  • pCloud Rewind – 90 days (pCloud Premium); 180 days (pCloud Premium Plus)

pCloud Rewind


Integrations

pCloud offers a great service for you if you are uncertain about your photos’ security on social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Picassa. Use pCloud to back up your valuable memories with a click of a button. You can always resume or stop it at any time.

It also develops a variety of plugins to simplify or integrate your work with other platforms. PCloud allows you to back up all your WordPress website with all media, files, and databases.


How to use pCloud Transfer

pCloud Transfer is a feature you can use to transfer files (up to 5 GB) without making an account with pCloud.

Simply add the files, add up to 10 recipient emails, your email and an optional message. The files will then transfer to their servers and will be available to download by all recipients.


How to use pCloud App
  1. Search for “pCloud” in your “App Store” or “Google Play Store”, download and install the application.
  2. Launch the pCloud application.
  3. Create a new account or log in to your existing account.
  4. Swipe from left to right to bring up the additional menu or use the “Upload Files”, “Create Folder” to manage your data.

How To Use pCloud App Register

How To Use pCloud App How To Use pCloud App 2
  • Files – Here you can find your synchronised data and your folder structure.
  • Crypto Folder – All the files you saved in this department are protected with client-side encryption.
  • Offline files – Folders and files that you marked for offline usage will be shown here.
  • Shared folders – You can find folders you shared with people and folders people shared with you in this section.
  • My Links – All download and upload links you created will be shown here.
  • Notifications – Special offers and notifications from pCloud will be posted here.
  • Settings – You can check your available storage, change the password, edit notifications, enable passcode lock, enable automatic upload, see deleted files, clear cache and more under this tab.
  • Help – FAQ can be found here.

Conclusion

pCloud surpasses several other cloud storage services with its unique features. You can always begin with the free version and advance to premium plans if needed. pCloud is a decent service that offers great download and upload speeds when compared to its rivals. The reason why I have always recommended this cloud storage is that it aims at keeping your files safe and secure while still keeping it simple and easy to use. Feel free to check my full review on pCloud if you wish to know more.



Do you have any questions on how to use pCloud? Let me know in the comments section down below and I’ll answer them shortly!

Dejan Miladinović

Hey there! I am the founder of cloudstorageinfo.org. My website is dedicated to people that are interested in cloud services and anything related to them. Hopefully, you found the post written above useful and intuitive. I would be happy to discuss it more in the comments section. If you have any questions ask them down below and I'll answer them shortly.

29 thoughts on “How To Use pCloud – The Ultimate Guide 2019

  • October 15, 2019 at 00:27
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    I am a pcloud user and really like it. However, I am no longer able to right click on a folder and copy and upload or download link like I used to be able to. I used to be able to just open the folder on my desktop, click the pcloud drive and then right click and copy an upload/download link easily. Now that option is no longer available. I hate having to login online to do copy a link. Do you know what the issue might be?

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    • October 15, 2019 at 00:31
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      Hello Nic!

      You should definitely still be able to do that. Windows and other platform updates can mess with cloud storage applications. I would suggest you contact the pCloud support directly via their email options or directly on the social media, they’re very responsive there as well. Keep me updated on how it goes down please, thanks!

      Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Dejan

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  • October 2, 2019 at 20:41
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    I’m trying to free up space on my iPhone, so I downloaded pCloud. My photos are automatically uploading. Will I all of a sudden have to pay for storage if my files take up too much room? I want to try the free version, and I don’t want to pay, yet.

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    • October 2, 2019 at 20:47
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      Hello Dianne,

      If your files take up too much room you will either get a notice to lower the files uploaded on the cloud or you won’t be able to upload above the limit in the first place. In any case, you can be safe in thinking that they won’t force you into buying anything. You can safely test the free version without any fear. If you then like it you can choose to upgrade to a higher capacity. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      Dejan

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  • September 10, 2019 at 18:50
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    I’m super excited.  I’ve signed up for the free membership to give this cloud storage a try.  I think it offers a better platform for less money than what I’m using now, so I just wanted to pop in here and say thank you for providing this great information.  As I’ve mentioned to you in previous comments, I understand the real value of cloud storage, and I take it and my business information very seriously.  I like that I can back up my social media files, too.  That’s awesome!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 18:09
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    «Keeping safe and secure Data is crucial for all internet users, and fortunately this product, with its (SSL/TLS)encryption feature, seems to be able to reassure its users. in terms of its storage capacity,10GB would be enough for regular users, but it’s probably not enough for people like me who are going to be storing multi websites data safely.It clearly appeasers that 10G is not sufficient and ones will have to be upgraded to Premium option sooner than later. But in general, since it is clear that you have carefully scrutinized this platform, it looks like a reliable and safe product in comparison to another platform in the market.Thanks

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  • September 10, 2019 at 17:10
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    This is a great tool! I have signed up and it’s very handy. I was having some concern as to where to store my pictures and videos from my phone and free up space; now I have this and I am glad it come along. Thank your for sharing it. The cloud technology is a revolution that is very hands on useful. More of this

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  • September 10, 2019 at 17:00
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    Hi, Dejan.
    Thanks for your informative article on PCloud storage.
    I work mainly on outlook mails which does not allow attachment delivery beyond specified limit set by my IT Department.
    Free version with 20GB storage seems promising and I would love to opt it.
    Can I maintain 20GB Storage space for a lifetime  by deleting used/not important files at regular intervals or once in a week?
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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    • September 10, 2019 at 21:23
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      Hello Gaur,

      That’s certainly possible. You get 10GB of free cloud storage right from the start. You can then expand that by another 10GB if you invite friends. There’s no time limit on the free storage. You’re able to upload to it and delete from it as you please.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 16:30
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    This is yet another one of your very in-depth, thorough and highly informative posts, I am interested in adding storage to my PC because I really don’t want to lose any of my documents etc, my IT knowledge is quite basic really and I do get a little bit confused about cloud storage, I don’t fully understand it, however, if the best option is for me to get more storage I will, however, I will try the free version first, which brings me to something else that I don’t quite understand, having looked at the options I see that the free (basic) is 20GB storage 50GB download traffic, while the $3.99 per month (crypto) is also 20GB storage 50GB download traffic, I don’t think many people will be taking advantage of the Crypto option, thank you for sharing.      

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    • September 10, 2019 at 21:21
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      Hello Russ,

      The Crypto option gives you nothing more in terms of capacity. It just provides you with an encrypted folder that makes your files encrypted client-side. So if anyone wants that added security and privacy he can go for it.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 16:29
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    This article is a nice one. It has really widen my idea about cloud storage. Pcloud is one of the safest, largest and functional cloud storage services and it’s unique in it unlimited upload and download speeds. It Is very safe and it has different plans which varies according to your preference, there is free cloud plan too. I like the extra protection given to sensitive files by using additional crypto protection. Pcloud is a reliable cloud storage and it has a  very simple user interface and this makes it easy to use. This article is really useful and lovely.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 16:21
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    What is the main difference between the Free Plan and the Crypto plan, they look exactly the same? I get that I have to share their page to get the 20GB, but is there a requirement that someone signs up or something? I could understand that If I bring in a user I get a bonus 10GB, and that is enticing, but at first glance, the two plans look exactly the same. Is there a major difference? 

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    • September 10, 2019 at 21:16
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      Hello Jonathan,

      The two plans are exactly the same in terms of cloud storage space. There’s only one difference. With the Crypto plan, you get access to the Crypto folder which is client-side encrypted. That allows maximum protection for your files. 

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  • September 10, 2019 at 16:21
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    There’s also an app? Wow, that’s a big deal. I like that there is encryption for people who have sensitive content and they want to separately protect. There is also an option to share up to 5G without having to open an account. That’s very good honestly. Thank you for sharing this information on how to make use of pcloud. The payment price isn’t so bad but I want to make use of the life time offer.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 16:16
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    The registration process is quite easy as I believe almost everyone has a facebook and email account.I really like that I can sync all my devices and access files from whatever device. This is great especially when I do not have to carry my laptop everywhere I go.

    Thank you for the step by step demonstration on how to use pCloud. Thank you too for the offline mode pointer. That was direct and easy to follow. I have bookmarked this page. Much appreciated!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 18:33
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    Greetings,

    Sorry, I am very new to computers and cloud drives and my questions may be naive.

    1. My computer has Window 10 but I also use it with XPro PC and Tails – both replace OS to Linux. So, what version of PCloud should I download? (Unless it is one for all)

    2. Files are encrypted during transfer/uploading. If I upload them to Crypto Folder they remain encrypted. But when I decrypt/open files in Crypto folder are they become visible to anyone for the time I view/work with files or this anyone still needs a password to access Cryptofolder?

    3. May I upload zip/rar files and uncompress them in PCloud? It would save a lot of time.

    Thank you.

    Emilian

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    • September 5, 2019 at 20:13
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      Hello Emilian,

      No worries, your questions aren’t naive at all!

      1. It’s not one version for all systems. I would say you should use the Windows 10 version since it’s the core system. Though if that fails to work go for Linux as you’ve said.
      2. Once you open the files in the Crypto folder by typing in your password they become accessible on your device only. If someone else was to try and access the files on a different device they would need to re-enter the password.
      3. You can create and extract archives directly in the cloud! As such, it does save you a lot of time when zipping them first and uploading them. Extract

      Hope that helps and if you have any more questions feel free to ask!

      Kind regards,
      Dejan

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  • August 26, 2019 at 15:55
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    Dejan,
    A critical component to cloud storage that is only briefly touched upon by a few major free storage providers is “Access After Death”. The notion of designation of a beneficiary of the digital safe needs to be addressed comprehensively and rationally so that anyone storing their estate plan documents with a particular cloud storage service can rest assured that upon their passing a designee will be able to obtain access to their account by way of proof of death to the storage provider. I am aware of FidSafe.com, DocSafe.com and Google Drive’s mechanism for providing access (i.e. Inactive Acct Mgr). The latter not being even close to adequate in my opinion. Are you aware of any other companies that provide similar capabilities?

    Max

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    • August 26, 2019 at 16:33
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      I don’t believe there are any other cloud providers (or at least the ones I am aware of) that have a technical system in place to deal with that situation. Having said that there are procedures in place that can help relatives retrieve the information after a person dies. For example, with Dropbox, you’re required to send them a few documents via mail. While this is a very specific request I would be happy to check with pCloud representatives what is their procedure in such an event. Or with any other providers that you might be interested in. Let me know your thoughts.
      Dejan

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:57
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    Any new experiences since these mentions above?:)
    I just want to use it for storing my own videos as backups and inbed in my private website… in 2019 techradar names it No2 and best for media files apparently….
    I would appreciate all feedback’s thanx

    Rob

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  • June 2, 2019 at 11:48
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    Honestly as a pCloud family lifetime user my experience with this provider is pretty positive. I strongly believe that when it comes to evaluate if a service/product is good or not it all depends on your personal perspective. Just think about mobile carriers. You will always listen people disputing about one carrier being better than others, but the truth is that all of them are probably right. It really depends on the way you use your mobile line and, most of all, where you have to use it the most. Same thing when we talk about cloud services. Of course, there are some objective features that make a product stand out or, on the contrary, be inadequate. I am a big fan of privacy but even if my psychosis is something the majority should agree with me, there is still plenty of people using Facebook.
    Moving to pCloud i find their platform very interesting because of Crypto. I agree on the lack of 2FA when you want to use WEBDAV or Broswer extensions but, as far as i am aware, it all depends on the technical limitations with making all these features coexist. Maybe in a future we could see some evolution on that. Their customer service works fine for me as i always get replies within 24 hours. I appreciate their business model in a moment when the market is all focused on monthly subscriptions. I understand this is probably not susteinable in long term perspective but i also think that, when it comes to find your place in a jungle of mainstream cloud services, you have to build the foundations, develop the structure and let people buzz positively.
    Other things i like about pCloud:

    1. Branding: you can customize the landing page of your shared content. Not only you can set this up as a global setting for all of your files/folders, but you can also choose different branding for specific content which won’t be affected by the global banding settings. The downside is that you cannot extend a specific branding to all the files contained in a folder, so you need to edit every single file you want to share with a different branding.
    Let me highlight you can currently edit custom branding thorugh the web interface only and not with the mobile app.

    2. Expiry date/ Password protection: you can set the day/hour when your shared link won’t be available anymore. You can also set a password in order to acces a shared link

    3. Public folder: you can share links to images that you want to show up in your html mail signature (just an example)which is something you cannot do with some other services

    4. Media management: the way pCloud manages audio and video content is way better than many other competitors. As a music producer i definitely love that.

    5. Built-in url shortener: i know most of the people can do this by using external services but i think this is a good feature to rely on within the same interface, very convenient.

    I think they should improve native integration with other apps, but also with iOS itself. For instance, currently you cannot download multiple photos to your camera roll because the option “save to camera roll” is going to disappear from the menu as soon as you are selecting more than a single photo.

    in conclusion (my personal conclusion): Any service needs time to reach full maturity

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  • February 27, 2018 at 01:10
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    Be wary of pCloud.

    1. No two-factor authentication. This should be a BIG red flag.

    2. End-to-end encryption add-on does not work with most features (and costs extra). For example, with it enabled you can only download files up to 200 MB in size. Other features simply do not work.

    3. They claim to be based in Switzerland, but their certification page says Bulgaria, and their datacenter is in Texas. This is a compliance nightmare, and it’s kind of false advertising for them to say they are Swiss based, when legal jurisdiction of your files is USA.

    4. Data is replicated only in the same datacenter. They do not have location failover.

    5. Technical support is extremely slow to respond most of the time.

    6. They do not provide event (or audit) logs.

    7. Anyone who purchases the lifetime fee is going to be disappointed in the future, as there is no “service level guarantee” or refund. That means there is no incentive for pCloud to keep your service fast, or continue to add new features down the road. In fact, from a business standpoint this type of pricing hints that pCloud may have a cash flow problem, or they are going to sell soon. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

    Dejan, I really like your website, and I trust your reviews.
    Do you really want to stake your reputation on this company?

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    • February 27, 2018 at 15:22
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      Hello Adam,

      1. You’re right about that. I updated the main review of pCloud to include that.
      2. The pCloud Crypto is meant more for personal files in that sense. Certain features will be disabled as they aren’t compatible/can’t be merged with client-side encryption without compromising it (Sync.com has a better system in that regards).
      3. As posted on their certification page (https://www.pcloud.com/company/certification.html) they have departments present in multiple countries that operate for different things.
      4. I wasn’t aware of that. Could you post the source of that information please?
      5. I’ve always received a reply the following day. I guess it depends on your expectations, as a personal user that is fine by me. As a company, you would probably want a quicker response.
      6. They provide audit logs in the business version. I’ve personally tested it (you can find the review here.
      7. I would be generally inclined to agree with you in any other case. It doesn’t make sense to provide lifetime plans from a long-term perspective for a company. If I didn’t know the company better I would say you’re right. I still think that with their growth it’s fairly hard to mess up a thing like that. They provide quality features for decent prices and gain a million or two users per year since I started following them. I truly don’t believe this company will one day just close down. Their income must be going over the roofs.

      Anyways, as always and with every review, I post my own opinion on the cloud storage while trying to keep it completely objective. I focus on their features and compare them to other cloud storages. I do believe I am right in this case though.
      And thank you for stopping by. I look forward to your reply!
      Dejan

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  • January 27, 2018 at 19:26
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    I have never heard of pCloud before, this is great. I am always looking for ways to back up my data. I will sign up for this service to get 10 GB for free and see what it’s like.

    Being able to share files with others is just what I was looking for. Knowing the files have security and encryption is great.

    I work from home and have an Online Business so backing up files is a must for me.

    Great Information
    Ann

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    • January 27, 2018 at 20:21
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      Hello Ann,

      Let me know if you run into any problems or questions.

      Dejan

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  • January 8, 2018 at 10:59
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    How did I not know about this. With Pcloud I can store all of my lesson plans for all classes without fear of running out of place. I especially like the deletion feature. I am constantly accidentally deleting things. Now even if I get the free version I will have 15 days to retrieve it. I do have one question though, the post mentions lifetime access. What do you mean “Lifetime Plans?” Do you mean I pay for one year and never pay again or what?

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    • January 25, 2018 at 19:26
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      Hello Shannon,

      You pay a one time fee for a lifetime storage. Here’s a quote from their website:

      We have defined a lifetime account as 99 years or the lifetime of the account holder, whichever is shorter.

      Dejan

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