Flash drives and external hard drives have been life savers when needing to back up files. However, as they are stored on a physical device, these can also easily be misplaced. Backing up on the internet has been another popular option. At least then, it would not be lost by any physical means. Many cloud services provide this and although they offer limited space, there are ways to maximize it.


Between all the cloud services, Dropbox provides the most opportunities to expand the free storage. Users can take a tour with Dropbox which gives 250MB while connecting to Facebook and Twitter give 125MB each. When done, people can get up to 16GB free space by inviting more friends to get a Dropbox account. Each friend invited entitles the user 500MB. Installing other apps also add more free GB’s. Downloading Carousel gives 3GB while installing Mailbox for iOS gives 1GB. Dropbox also occasionally offers big GB worth of free space when users log in to new devices.

Google Drive

Google already offers free 15GB worth of space. However, converting some other files to Google’s format can save a lot of space. Getting Play Music to store 50,000 songs, converting documents to Google Drive format, uploading pictures with resolutions below 2048×2048, and videos below 15 minutes will be stored for free. This means that the space of all of these will not be deducted from the Google Drive.


Microsoft, like Google, also allows 15GB of free space. Also like Dropbox, they increase that free storage by doing a couple of things. Linking OneDrive to the user’s Office365 will add a whopping 1TB of free space. Although getting an Office365 is not free in the first place, users can ask other people with it. Backing up photos on mobile through the OneDrive app gives 3GB free space. Lastly, setting the browser’s default search engine to Bing for a certain while will give 100GB free space.