How to get free gigabytes in cloud storage

All owners of Apple devices have at their disposal 5 GB in the “native” cloud service iCloud. Due to various restrictions, it is not always convenient to use this cloud, and the allocated space ends quickly, and iCloud does not get along well with other systems.

Prices for additional space in iCloud:

50 GB: 59 rubles. 
200 GB: 149 rubles. 
1 TB: 599 rubles. 
2 TB: 1 490 rub.

For convenient exchange of data between different platforms, gadgets and users it is better to connect to a third-party service. The choice of clouds today is very extensive, there are both old-timers of the market, and daring newcomers, corporate players and small companies.

Conditions and tariffs for each service change quite often, we offer the most current information as of the moment.


One of the most popular services is not very willing to distribute a place in the cloud. When the company supported and developed the Carousel and Mailbox applications, it was possible to get several gigabytes of disk space for connecting programs to their account and uploading data.

Another 3 GB was given during testing of the function of automatic data upload in the application.

Dropbox also had prize gigabytes when buying Android smartphones. However, they were issued for a year or two.

Now this generosity and does not smell, to get extra space will have to invite friends. Finding someone who has not yet registered with Dropbox is another quest. There are schemes with creating fake accounts and changing the MAC address of a network card, but sooner or later, fake friends are revealed, and a place in the cloud is taken away.

Prices for additional space in Dropbox:

1 TB: $ 9.99 ($ ​​8.25 if paid for a year) 
2 TB: $ 15 ($ 12.50) 
Unlimited space: $ 25 ($ 20)

How many GB can be obtained free of charge: 2 at registration + up to 16 GB (500 MB per friend).

The bottom line: the most common cloud service is not as generous as several years ago. Expanding the space is possible only with the help of real friends who do not have an account yet.

Google drive

Google initially provides 15 GB in the cloud (against 2 GB in Dropbox), this will be enough for most users. In terms of popularity and prevalence, the services were almost equal, although initially the advantage was on the side of the “blue box”.

Most applications that support synchronization through the cloud today work with both services.

If 15 GB is not enough, you can expand the place right up to 1 TB! It is easy to make, we even have detailed instructions . From my own experience I will say that in a week or two you can contribute to the development of the map service and get a bonus place.

Unfortunately, the space in two years will have to be freed.

Sometimes Google holds one-off promotions that coincide with holidays or memorable events. Referral program is not provided.

Prices for additional space in Google Drive:


100 GB: 139 rubles. 
1 TB: 699 rubles. 
10 TB: 6 990 rubles. 
20 TB: 13 920 rubles. 
30 TB: 20 990 rubles.

How many GB can you get for free: 15 at registration + 1 TB for 2 years.

Bottom line: the cloud is most integrated with other Google services (mail, documents, photos) and the Android operating system, and during registration they give a solid 15 GB. You can expand the place, but for a limited time.

Cloud Mail.Ru

A few years ago, the service literally blew up the cloud storage market by distributing 1 TB to users. With all the drawbacks of the cloud (low data transfer speed and lack of WebDAV), many now use this place to store their family photo archive or music collection.

There were other manifestations of generosity, when at registration they gave 25 or even 100 GB. Now new users provide only 8 GB in the cloud for free. More space is available only for a fee.

Considering that is a very popular mail service and the majority of active Internet users have long been registered, many have already received 100 GB or more for everything they need.

Prices for extra space in Mail.Ru Cloud:

64 GB: 69 rubles. (57.5 rubles. When paying for the year) 
128 GB: 149 rubles. (125 rub.) 
256 GB: 229 rub. (190 rub.) 
512 GB: 379 rub. (315 rub.) 
1 TB: 699 rub. (582 rub.) 
2 TB: 1 390 rub. (1 158 rub.) 
4 TB: 2 790 rub. (2 325 rub.)

How many GB you can get for free: 8 GB at registration.

Bottom line: not the most convenient cloud with unstable speed. Mobile application only gets a comfortable and functional look. If you have not pumped a cloud here before, now there is no sense to start.


At the moment, Yandex is the most active player in the cloud market. Promotions are held regularly and bonus space is distributed to expand the initial 10 GB.

Users can receive bonuses when buying and using equipment of different brands or by connecting to the Yandex service partners. About all current and past promotions can be read here .

Now passes the next “distribution of clouds”, you can get +32 GB to the already existing space. To do this, it is enough to enable automatic photo upload in the mobile application. A few minutes after the activation of the option, the bonus will be received and you can disable the upload.

More details about the conditions of the action can be read here . You can get space until July 3.

Prices for additional space in Yandex.Disk:

10 GB: 30 rubles. (25 rubles. When paying for the year) 
100 GB: 80 rubles. (67 rub.) 
1 TB: 200 rub. (167 rubles)

How many GB can be obtained free of charge: 10 at registration + 32 GB per share.

Bottom line: a great domestic player in the cloud storage market with good speed and convenient application. Promotions are held regularly for free pumping your cloud.


Microsoft service recently cut down space for new users and threw many old ones who did not have time to confirm their desire to use the same volume. So instead of 15 GB in OneDrive, only 5 GB is now available.

Serious corporate service is not engaged in such nonsense as referral links and promotions with partners. You can get a bonus place only when you buy devices or applications from Microsoft.

Prices for extra space in OneDrive:

50 GB: 72 rubles. 
1 TB: 269 ​​rubles. (224 rubles. When paying for the year) 
5 TB: 339 rubles. (283 rubles)

How many GB you can get for free: 5 GB at registration.

Bottom line: it’s convenient to use the OneDrive service in extremely rare cases when there is no need to synchronize data with mobile operating systems (competing solutions clearly win there), and emphasis should be placed on working with Microsoft products, in particular, with Office 365 service.


Cloud service originally from New Zealand offers 50 GB at once for all new users. No restrictions and pitfalls, just take it and use it.

There is a convenient mobile application, encryption at a good level, and a paid extension can be paid for using Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Prices for extra space in Mega:

200 GB: € 4.99 (€ 4.16 if paid annually) 
500 GB: € 9.99 (€ 8.33) 
2 TB: € 19.99 (€ 16.66) 
4 TB: € 29.99 (€ 25)

How many GB you can get for free: 50 GB at registration.

The bottom line: for those who need a lot of space at once and without additional movements.

What to choose

What cloud to choose in 2017, if you have not used anything like this before?

  • If there are still 10-15 people like you who did not use the clouds, choose Dropbox – immediately upgrade your account using the referral program.
  • For use in conjunction with the Android-device and services from Google, Google Drive isperfect . 15 GB out of the box is given far from everywhere.
  • To quickly share photos in My [email protected] or Odnoklassniki, connect to the Mail.Ru cloud .
  • If you need a good high-speed cloud for the future, your choice is Yandex.Disk . Immediately get 10 GB + 32 GB per share.
  • Microsoft fans recommend only OneDrive.
  • When you need to quickly “merge” a large amount of data into the cloud, choose Mega . 50 GB without file size limits and with good speed.

This is how the main players of the “cloud market” now look. Some have already increased a sufficient customer base and are trying to force them to switch to a paid subscription, others are only increasing the number of subscribers, and still others do not understand why they need all this.

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