Storing important pictures and videos on local storage can be risky. I can’t remember how many great pictures I lost because I was naive and stupid. Now thanks to an iCloud app for Android, I don’t have to worry about saving pictures to the PC or even burning discs for the sake of safekeeping. I know an iCloud app for Android is not actually an “iCloud” app. They are called cloud storage apps but as we all know iCloud is generally the name given to it by casual users. For the sake of ease, I will be using the term iCloud app for Android for the rest of the article.
Note: The 5 best iCloud apps for Android were used on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. App number one and three are permanently under my usage and have proven to be lifesaving. The rest of the apps also performed admirably and no problems were faced while using them. An active internet connection and an account are always needed when using any of these iCloud apps for Android. Joy of Android has already compared some of the best cloud storage apps; check the article out if you need in-depth technical information.
1. Dropbox – Free With In-App Purchases
Feel free to drop by
Dropbox is perhaps the most used and well renowned iCloud app for Android. I was at first a little skeptical about paying for online storage but its great and accessible rates made me take the plunge. Dropbox is not just an iCloud app for Android; it is basically an online storage service which is accessible from any device you own.
You can upload your data including photos, documents or videos directly from your smartphone or tablet. Or you can upload and backup important stuff directly from your PC. The app also gives a few GB worth of storage for free so you can test out the waters. All in all, this iCloud app for Android has been in my life for almost 2 years and has served me extremely well. It also works extremely well with any one of the camera apps we have listed.
- Always have the stuff you need on you.
- Sharing photos and documents is very easy.
- Secure in almost every way.
The app automatically detects new photos which are taken and uploads them to your Dropbox account. You can turn on automatic upload and even tell the app to upload only on WiFi connectivity (to save data charges).
2. G Cloud Backup – Free With In-App Purchases
I need backup!
You might think that G Cloud backup is made by Google, but it is not. Now that we have that cleared, the app itself is amazingly designed and provides an excellent service. It’s one of those apps that just feels right at home on both tablets and phones. The interface and usability are top-notch and that is why it is ranking above Google’s own cloud storage offering. The prospect is simple; if you need anything saved you can upload it to the G Cloud servers and forget to worry about it. There is also a dedicated online gallery for you to view the photos you have saved and download only the necessary ones.
- An incredibly smooth experience.
- You get 1 GB free storage and can gain more.
- Protect the application with a password.
You can save SMS messages, contacts, settings, music and even call logs on G Cloud Backup app. These advanced features are hard to come by on an iCloud app for Android.
3. Google Drive – Free With Optional Monthly Plans
Not it can’t drive
Google Drive is the official cloud based storage service for Android. So security, stability and reliability are top-notch and provide a great service. The app allows you to upload almost anything which then can be retrieved from anywhere and from any device. I use this app to back up the content I write. I travel a lot and sometimes I need to search the archives for information I wrote a while ago. For example I forgot I rooted a Nexus 4 and a simple search lead me to an article I wrote. Similarly you can save photos, documents and videos on the service.
This iCloud app for Android is recommended to all the students and bloggers who want to save text-based, and all other files, on the cloud. The app has some serious search features and can even find a word written inside a document.
- Can quickly access recent files.
- Can save selective files on local memory.
- You can trace file details and history easily.
The app has some amazing sharing features and the whole team at Joy of Android enjoys them. You can make a document from the app and share it with any number of other users. They simply have to click the shared tab to see the content.
4. Box – Free With Optional Monthly Plans
What’s in the box?
Box is one of the best iCloud apps for Android and it clearly shows with its speed and reliability. The app has won numerous awards and has been known to bring all your files to your fingertips. The apps allow you to access your content online from anywhere you want and from any device you have on hand. For example if you want to upload a nice presentation you made on your PC and retrieve it on your smartphone later, you can do that.
- Sharing important photos, videos and documents is very easy.
- 10 GB of storage space to store almost everything (not Bluray movies, sorry).
- The built-in file viewer is surprisingly robust.
Make a box and invite all your friends to see its content. Collaboration with colleagues is made easier with this magic box you made and shared. The best part is you can even leave notes about the progress and the others will see it almost instantly.
5. OneDrive – Free With Optional Monthly Plans
OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive, is a cloud storage solution from Microsoft. Some people prefer Microsoft over everything else and why not, since they have been providing quality products for as long as I can remember. OneDrive is also one such great product and does what it is meant to do. If you are invested in the Microsoft Office ecosystem and need to augment the experience with more comfort and practicality, this is the app made for you. You can make custom folders to save things on OneDrive and even manage items after they have been uploaded. As an added security measure you can also set a PIN to limit access to your personal files. Checkout our comparison of OneDrive and Google Drive.
- A well-rounded interface which is easy to learn.
- File editing and management with a full online office suite.
- Automatically backup photos and videos.
You can select certain files for download. For example if you only need your brother’s photos from the huge wedding album for printing, you can do that by selecting them (via thumbnail view) and simply download. Now you won’t have to download the full album to your phone.
6. Amazon Cloud Drive Photos – Free With Optional Monthly Plans
Save all the memories
Amazon is quickly rising though the technological ranks; it’s a wonder to see a company grow so rapidly. Amazon Cloud Drive Photos is made primarily to store important photos automatically and painlessly. The app works really well in uploading your taken photos and is very fast in the process. The app also has a clean interface which can be mastered in no time at all. You can even arrange photos in neat albums for future reference and ease of retrieval. Now you can rest easy knowing that even if you change phones or lose data, your precious memories are saved somewhere easy to access. This app is tailor-made for those who like to take selfies. The only problem is you need an Amazon account to log into the service.
- A solid interface which can be used with one hand (on smartphones).
- 5 GB worth of storage space, that translates to thousands of photos.
- Quick and easy sharing buttons.
If you are a user of Fire TV or a Kindle Fire tablet, this is the best app for you. The uploaded photos show almost instantly on your other activated devices. I use this feature to show my photos to mom and dad while I’m away for work.
Honorable Mention – Google+ Photos
Google+ Photos is another app which automatically saves all the pictures you take online. They are not shared with the rest of the world though. It is however not a traditional iCloud app for Android, it is a social network. Regardless of its nature it does provide a quality service. It never hurts to upload pictures to at least two places.
So with a good iCloud app for Android installed on your device, you don’t have to worry about losing photos and documents. Some friendly advice though: Almost everything online can be hacked. Always remember to have a strong password which includes special characters. Also if you are worried anyone will hack and see your important death ray document, make a password protected .zip file and you will be great. Now have fun saving stuff and obsessing over giving folders exciting names! Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about these cloud storage apps.