pCloud$4.99/month 500 GB
Pricing & Plans10.0/10
Ease of Use9.0/10
- Up to 10 GB of free storage
- Amazing sycing solutions
- Unlimited transfer speeds
- Easy to use
- Unlimited file sizes
- Client-side encryption
- Innovative lifetime plans
- US & EU Servers
- No client-side encryption in the free plan
- No dedicated live chat/phone support
pCloud is a great cloud service that takes pride in offering the highest protection available with unlimited download and upload speeds. It’s a service that I would recommend to anyone searching for excellent cloud storage. During this pCloud review, I realized that the security is top-notch, there’s no limit to download speeds or the size of your files. The backup feature is there as well, but it’s not one of the features that they take pride in. It’s still quite useful and will satisfy your basic needs.
It’s also important to mention that you can backup your WordPress website and your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Picassa). Backing up other cloud storages is also available (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive).
One of the best things about pCloud is that they don’t use the storage of your PC to host files. With pCloud Drive, you have access to the files that are actually in the cloud. You can always “favourite” your files and that way store them for offline usage.
Read the full pCloud review down below.
|Pricing & Plans|
|Free storage||5 GB (Up to 10GB)|
|Payment methods||Credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin|
|Ease of use|
|Open in-browser||Office, PDF, Music, Images, Videos|
|Mobile apps||Android, iOS|
|Supported systems||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Block-level file sync|
|Sync any folder|
|Share download links|
|Link password protection|
|Link expiration dates|
|Link download limits|
|Share upload links|
|Set folder permissions|
|File versioning system|
|Server location||US, EU|
|Encryption protocol||256-bit AES, 4096-bit RSA|
|Live chat support|
pCloud offers us some interesting options to pick from. It’s amongst the cheapest cloud storage providers out there while also maintaining quality. If you’re satisfied with your 10 GB mark you can stick with the free plan. After the registration you’ll do a few steps to unlock that free storage such as confirming the e-mail, installing the client,…
It also offers additional Crypto protection that will encrypt your sensitive files additionally. If you would like to get more storage you will just have to upgrade your plan which I think has decent prices.
Download Link Traffic – This is the traffic generated when other people stream/download content from your public download links. Once the limits are surpassed they won’t be able to download from your links anymore, until you either upgrade your plan or the next month begins.
They also offer a 10 days money-back guarantee. In terms of payment methods they offer credit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin.
pCloud also offers lifetime plans. You can either go with their special or mega offer which includes lifetime storage for a one-time payment. You can read more about pCloud Lifetime Special & Mega offer here. They have recently added a pCloud Lifetime plan for families.
The prices above are displayed if you pay Yearly. If instead you go for monthly payments, you end up with $4.99/month for 500 GB and $9.99/month for 2000 GB.
If you wish to check out the business side of pCloud click here.
pCloud is a cloud storage appropriate for any user. Whether you’re a businessman or just an average user you’ll be satisfied with this product. While we can say it’s Dropbox’s little brother I believe that will change sooner or later. It offers a lot of features and is available on almost all platforms.
The backup feature isn’t the best out there, but you can definitely backup your photos and videos from your mobile or even backup Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms. What is interesting as well is that you can backup the Dropbox itself. How ironic is that?
While there are so many good sides to this service, there will always be a bad side. It misses some sharing features (teams and groups) in the free version or even the premium version of the model. You will have to choose the business plan for that.
Apart from that pCloud is a great service that takes pride in assuring it’s users the best security measures that are currently available. I guess I could also mention the pCloud Crypto challenge. The founders of pCloud have given hackers around the world a challenge to hack into their Crypto protection. Nobody managed to pass their protection. Click Here to read more about the crypto challenge.
The registration procedure is very straight-forward. You can also use Google or Facebook to sign up.
It is very easy to use, just like Dropbox. The interface is very friendly and looks nice. If you want to upload something you just simply click on the upload button or drag the file inside. The UI itself feels very responsive to our clicks. Switching between list and grid view is also possible.
On the left we have the main menu with all the options:
- Browse: Displays all the files in their structure.
- Public: Allows you to set certain files public which makes them accessible via embeds,…
- Rewind: An advanced pCloud feature that lets you go back in time.
- Backups: Allows backup of Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and OneDrive.
- Crypto folder: Displays all your files which use client-side encryption.
- Shared: Displays all your shares and folders, files shared with you.
- File requests: Lets you manage file requests.
- Audio: Displays all the sound files in the cloud. Sortable by songs, artists, albums and playlists.
File previews & edits
pCloud allows you to preview Office and PDF documents directly in the dashboard.
You can also listen to music, preview images and watch videos. pCloud has an integrated player for playing music. It offers all the great features such as shuffling songs, creating, saving and loading playlists. I especially like that I can browse through all the files without interrupting the music at any point, the music player simply drops to the bottom right corner where I can still keep an eye on all the music currently playing.
pCloud is available on Windows, Mac and Linux. pCloud Drive is a desktop application that they have developed for their users to make the syncing process easier. It allows you to expand your computer with an additional virtual drive. The main feature of their pCloud Drive is that it doesn’t take up any of your local storage capacity unless you mark specific files or folders for offline usage. This makes it perfect for quite literally expanding your capacity in a way that doesn’t hinder your productivity.
One additional interesting feature that this has to offer is for you to share your files directly from that virtual drive. All the options available in the web browser are accessible from the desktop client as well.
You can also access your pCloud Drive from the taskbar directly from where you can manage your Drive and set it up, however, you want to. You can also sync any folder that is on your device to the cloud.
There are no hard limits on file transfer speeds. They entirely depend on your internet provider and your location in comparison to the server locations and proxies. You can limit those speeds though. The “Settings” tab also allows you to manage “LAN Sync” which speeds up synchronisation between devices connected to the same network – This is a great feature for office usage.
The “Disk Usage” tab allows us to manage the cache stored on our computer. pCloud does implement the “Imaginary Drive” feature but files still need to be downloaded when they’re accessed, for example, Office documents. When that happens the files get stored to the cache. The tab allows us to select the cache location, clear cache, set on-disk cache size and set minimum disk space size.
The app also allows us to upload screenshots to the cloud automatically which is great for sharing them in a quick fashion.
pCloud also introduces no limits on file sizes which is perfect for anyone uploading and syncing larger files.
They also provide block-level sync which shortens upload times of files that are already in the cloud (updating files).
Sharing files is one of the primary advantages of cloud storage. Different providers provide various levels of support when it comes to this feature. We can divide sharing with pCloud into 2 main types: Sharing of specific files and sharing folders. What’s the difference? Sharing folders brings you additional options and functionalities. Let’s look at the different ways we can share folders with others:
- Invite to Folder
- Share link
- Request files
Inviting folks to a folder is a great way to collaborate with someone. They’ll need a pCloud account to use this feature. It’s possible to assign 2 different levels of permissions when using this method: “View” and “Edit“. The “View” permission allows them to both view and download the files while the “Edit” one allows them to also change, delete or upload files to the folder.
Once access is given it can be revoked or changed at any point through their “Manage share” UI option. It’s important to know at all times who has access to our folders which is why we give a big thumbs up to this feature.
Sharing a link, on the other hand, presents a whole new world in terms of possibilities. Once a link is generated for a specific folder you can share it with your friends, family or coworkers (they won’t need a pCloud account). It’s important to point out that the link can be deleted at any time. Different properties can also be assigned to that specific link:
- Upload – Allow users to upload files to the folder or not. Presents with 3 different options: “Nobody can upload”, “Anyone can upload”, “Only selected users can upload”.
- Password protection [Premium] – Protects the generated link with a password which should then be shared with the people that should gain access to the folder.
- Expiration date [Premium] – It allows us to put a time limit on the link which is great for setting up a link and then easily forgetting about it. Awesome from the security and privacy perspective.
- Branding – Allows for a custom title, description, logo image and background image to be used for the sharing link. Works great and looks professional, especially suitable if you plan to use pCloud as part of your business.
- Short link – Great for sharing on social media such as Twitter where we’re limited with character number.
- Link Stats – Displays the weekly stats for a specific link. Includes the link creation date, total downloads and total traffic.
Requesting files is another cool feature that has been made accessible in recent years. Instead of granting any type of view or upload access to a folder you’re just generating a space that people can use to upload files. This is great for gathering any types of documents, birthday wishes, funny videos or pretty much anything else. It’s also possible to set an expiration date and a file size upload limit.
How are things different when sharing a specific file? There is no option to “Request files” or “Inviting people” to collaborate – it wouldn’t make sense to include those two methods here. Instead, we’re left with the “Share Link” option that works in a pretty much the same way as the folder one does with the exception of the “Upload settings” which once again wouldn’t make sense here.
The person receiving the shared files does not need an account to download them. The bandwidth limits are based on your plan and are explained under Pricing & plans. There is no limit on the size of shared folders or files.
Getting your files back after you have already deleted them is a simple task. Your deleted files are in the free version stored for 15 days. Files are retrievable in the premium versions for up to 30 days. The same timings can be applied for retrieving older versions of your files. You can also delete your backups permanently.
Extended File History
Getting yourself extended file history will allow you to retrieve files and versions for up to 360 days.
pCloud Rewind is a feature that allows you to go back in time and revert all the changes that were made during that time. Consider this as “visiting” your old account, and you can bring back any file that existed at that point.
- Free – You can browse up to 15 days back.
- Premium & Premium Plus – Downloading and restoring files that you see with Rewind up to 30 days.
- With EFH up to 360 days.
pCloud has their servers (owned by them) located both in US and EU. Upon registration, you’re free to choose where you wish your files stored and they will remain there. No files will be transferred from the chosen location to another without your permission or knowledge. Your files are stored in at least 3 different server locations within highly secured storage areas. Every single file is divided and stored in 15 different racks and servers. The system is live with up to 5 racks/servers down. To guarantee your files’ safety, pCloud uses TLS/SSL encryption, applied when information is transferred from your device to the pCloud servers. You can also optionally subscribe to pCloud Crypto which encrypts your files client-side. That means nobody but yourself is able to access those files, not even the cloud storage administrators or government authorities.
pCloud Crypto is the thing you should pay attention to here. In fact, pCloud is the first cloud storage provider to offer both client-side encryption and server-side encryption. You might ask yourself, what are the advantages of that? Why not simply do client-side encryption across all files and with that disable any sort of access by the government authorities? There’s one big downside. Encrypted files can’t be accessed by anyone. Even the servers and processors don’t understand the data. That way all possible applications such as image previews, playing videos and music directly in the cloud, previewing documents,… aren’t possible.
pCloud uses 256-bit AES encryption for per-file and per-folder keys. For users’ private keys they use 4096-bit RSA.
It is for that reason that pCloud has both the client-side encryption (zero-knowledge) where you can place your important files and the server-side encryption where you can place music, videos and other stuff. That is if you wish to view them directly in the cloud. You can still opt-in to upload everything to your Crypto folder and unlock that whenever you need it.
pCloud also offers two-factor authentication.
They have no security breaches on their record and it looks like it will stay that way. All of this makes pCloud one of the most secure cloud storage providers in the market.
pCloud offers an extensive FAQ base with hundreds of questions answered. There’s a high chance that one of the questions you have will be amongst them. If your question isn’t there you can still contact their support team which usually answers the same day, unless you sent the e-mail in late hours. They’re usually very helpful and provide useful feedback. I’ve also observed their support team in action on their social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) where they are very active and eager to help their users. After contacting them personally they made a great impression on me, proving that they do care about their own customers. What it does sadly lack is the option for you to call them directly if you need technical support.
pCloud allows you to manually set your upload and download speed limits in the settings tab. This is very useful in case you’re downloading something else in the meantime. By default these settings are set to unlimited which is a great feature, unfortunately, that’s not the only thing your download and upload speeds depend on. It all comes down to the speeds achievable by your internet provider.
The public folder can be used to replace the popular image hosting websites like Imgur.com. Every image that you upload to this folder has its own link which means you can use it to embed it in your website, forums or send it to your friend. It’s also important to mention that you need to have Premium access to use this feature. They also give you a 7-day trial.
pCloud Save & Remote Upload
pCloud Save is an extension for Google Chrome, Opera and Firefox. It allows you to save images from the web directly to the cloud. You can also select any paragraph or a bunch of text and save it as a Word document directly to the cloud. I find this tool to be extremely helpful and it just works as explained.
Remote Upload is pretty much the same feature but located directly in the pCloud upload manager. Simply paste the link of a video or an image to the upload manager. Since the file is being downloaded directly to the servers of the provider, it allows you to achieve greater speeds and removes the need to save the files locally first.
Free accounts get 15 GB of one-time Remote Upload traffic while premium users get an unlimited amount.
While pCloud isn’t meant as a cloud backup solution for your computer, it’s possible to backup multiple platforms directly within the pCloud dashboard: Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and OneDrive. An interesting feature to have (you can even backup other cloud storages which is quite amusing).
When compared to Dropbox it has a few differences. While Dropbox offers features like “Teams” and “Paper” in the free version already, those features come with pCloud if you choose to upgrade to a business plan. To be honest with you I, for example, don’t need those features in my line of work. But I do believe that there’s a lot of you that do.
You can try out the Business plan for 30 days and then decide whether it’s worth upgrading to that. It gives you access to creating your own teams and team-specific folders. You can then create shared folders and allow your workers to comment on the files as they work. All activity is recorded in activity logs from where you can also get older versions of the files. The pCloud Crypto plan comes for free with any Business plan, to make sure your files have the highest level of security.
The full review of the business side of pCloud can be found here.
The pCloud mobile application is available for iOS and Android systems.
The interface itself looks very organised and friendly. The application gives you the ability to automatically backup your photos and videos which is always a good thing. You also have the option to automatically delete photos on your mobile when they’re uploaded to the cloud and that way saving up precious storage.
Apart from that, you can watch videos, preview images, Office and PDF documents and listen to music directly from the app.
pCloud is a great cloud storage service and it falls onto the first spot as the best cloud storage here at Cloudstorageinfo.org. It came to the market a lot later than Dropbox did and I can guarantee it has come further in many areas such as security & privacy. Your files are kept securely which is what matters in today’s world. It also offers great upload and download speeds, compared to its rivals. The syncing features and their client are simply perfect and deserve the 100 score in that area.
While pCloud remains the underdog it already has 10.000.000+ users and that base continues to grow. I believe that they will keep working on improving their features. Hopefully, we discovered all the little things that pCloud has to offer within this pCloud review. You should try it out, it’s free after all.
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