Pricing & Plans9.5/10
Ease of Use9.0/10
- Up to 20 GB of free storage
- Secure storage
- Amazing internet speeds
- Easy to use
- Unlimited file size
- Client-Side Encryption
- No local encryption in the free plan
- Lacks certain team features in the free plan
pCloud Review - What Is pCloud And Is It A Scam Or Legit?
pCloud Review: Is pCloud a scam? Definitely not. But what is pCloud? It's a great cloud service that takes pride in offering the highest protection available with unlimited download and upload speeds. While it had some bumps in the history it has improved a lot to the point where I can even say that it's one of the top cloud services. It's a product that I would recommend to anyone searching for an excellent cloud storage. 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.
You can read the full pCloud review down below.
pCloud offers us some interesting options to pick from. If you're satisfied with your 10 GB mark you can stick with the free plan. Even more, you can increase that limit to 20 GB by doing various tasks like friend referrals, sharing their page or backing up your files from Facebook, Instagram etc.
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.
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.
If you wish to check out the business side of pCloud click here.
- Up to 20 GB Storage
- 50GB Download link traffic
- Up to 20 GB Storage
- 50GB Download link traffic
- 500GB Storage
- 500GB Download link traffic
- 2TB Storage
- 2TB Download link traffic
Limited Time Offers
(This post is up to date with all the available limited time offers)
pCloud Christmas Offer
With this Christmas offer you receive 2 TB of storage, extended file history and the crypto protection. Click here to get the offer.
pCloud Black Friday Deal
This is the 2017 Black Friday offer that you can claim by clicking here.
pCloud Premium Plus Bundle
This is the latest time-limited offer from pCloud. You basically get 2 TB of storage and their crypto plan for half the price. Click here to claim the offer.
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 of this service, there will always be a bad side. It misses some sharing features (teams and groups) in the free version or even 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.
pCloud is available on Windows, Mac and Linux. It is relatively easy to use, just like Dropbox. It is in many ways similar to Dropbox. The user 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. It also offers easy file sharing and encryption of your files, which will be explained further in the review.
The interface itself feels very responsive and the service itself offers decent upload and download speeds.
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. All the files that you upload to that folder are then available to you on any other device, even in offline mode.
One additional interesting feature that this has to offer is for you to share your files directly from that virtual drive.
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.
Like it's already shown in the screenshot above you have the option to share your files with anyone you want. There are 3 share options:
- Invite to a folder - This allows your friends to view and modify the files as if they were their own.
- Share upload link - People will be able to upload files to your folder through the link that you have sent to them.
- Share download link - People will be able to view and download anything from the folder.
One interesting feature that comes with this is that you can stop the sharing at any moment. You just press the "stop" button and the link gets terminated.
Pro users can also password-protect their links or add an expiration date to them, which is a very useful feature.
Getting your files back after you have already deleted them is a simple task. Your deleted files are in the free version stored for 30 days, however, you can't retrieve them after 24 hours unless you upgrade to premium. Files are retrievable in the premium version for 90 days and in the premium plus version for 180 days. The same timings can be applied for retrieving older versions of your files. You can also delete your backups permanently.
pCloud also has a Rewind feature which is explained further down the post.
Is pCloud safe to use? The answer lies in their Crypto protection and good backup system.
Servers are mostly located in the US, with cache and proxy servers in several points in EU. 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. With pCloud, your files are stored on at least three server locations in a highly secure data storage area. Optionally, you can subscribe to pCloud Crypto and have your most important files encrypted and password protected. They provide the so-called client-side encryption, which, unlike server-side encryption, means that no one, except you, will have the keys for file decryption.
pCloud offers no two-factor authentication.
They have no security breaches on their record and it looks like it will stay that way.
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. 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 - Extension/Add-on
pCloud Save is an extension for Google Chrome and add-on for Firefox that 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.
pCloud Rewind is a feature that allows you to go back in time for up to 180 days 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 30 days back, however, you won't be able to restore any files unless you upgrade to Premium or Premium Plus.
- Premium - Downloading and restoring files that you see with Rewind up to 90 days.
- Premium Plus - Downloading and restoring files that you see with Rewind up to 180 days.
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.
Remote upload feature
pCloud offers you a feature that allows you to download files from the web directly. What does this mean? Let us say you find a video that you wish to download. You just take the download link and paste it into pCloud's upload manager. While you're doing this you need to have the remote download button preselected. The video then gets downloaded to your pCloud storage. Since the file is being downloaded directly from the servers of the provider, it allows you to achieve greater speeds (up to 100 megabytes/s if your internet provider is good).
Many people don't even know that this feature exists.
The pCloud mobile application is available for iOS, Android systems and Windows Mobile. You can also get the non-official app for Blackberry here.
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 do whatever you do on your desktop, in the application as well.
pCloud is a decent service. It came to the market a lot later than Dropbox did and we can say that it quite matches it if not even more. In some of the fields, it lacks some additional features in the free version, but that negative aftertaste can be minimised when we consider how much the company gives into making sure that your files are kept securely. It also offers great upload and download speeds, compared to its rivals.
While pCloud remains the underdog it already has 7.600.000+ users and that base continues to grow. I believe that they will keep working on improving their features and will sooner or later outrun Dropbox. 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.
Hopefully, we've gone through everything that you wanted to know about pCloud within this pCloud review. If you have any unanswered questions feel free to ask them in the comments section down below and I'll answer them shortly!