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Best Photo & Video Backup for Your Phone 2021

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Losing your precious files isn't an option. Luckily, keeping them safe and secure is very easy. We have tested the top backup app for your smartphone and picked the best of the best.

Stefan Racic Writer
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Best Photo & Video Backup for Your Phone 2021

Introduction

The smartphones and tablets of today nearly always have limited capacity. A year worth of photos will max out on their storage space easily. A few larger video files and your portable device will start slowing down to a crawl. What can be done? Unless phone makers start showing more mercy towards us, regular users need to find a different way to fix this problem.

Photo and video backup services are a great way to go around it, not to mention that they single-handedly solve another issue - data loss occurring due to device failure. With more and more people working online, this sort of software is becoming a "must-have." If you're wondering which ones have survived our rigorous testing, please, do read on.

Our Pick

Think outside the box but keep your files in it

  • Box for Android lets you view and share files from anywhere!

    4.6 Ratings 330K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free
    Free In-App Purchases

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When it comes to important files - only the best will do. A safe, secure, and trustworthy platform is just what you need and Box seems to fit this role down to a T.

Why we chose Box:

  • The free plan offers no less than 10 GB of free space
  • It is extremely easy to set up, even for inexperienced users who have never backed up their files
  • It covers not only videos and photos but all other types of files in existence
  • The search function allows you to trawl through the contents of all your PDF and DOC files

In short, you can't go wrong with Box, especially if you are looking to save a bit of your hard-earned cash.

Spring for the upgrade if you need more than 10 GB of storage space and want to backup a genuinely large database.

Read Box's Full Review
Runner Up

As cool as ice

  • Get free cloud storage and device backup with Icedrive

    4.3 Ratings 3K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Box is as straightforward as it gets. The beauty of Icedrive, however, lies in the details. With a wealth of options, it is an amazing solution for those who like a diverse offer.

Why we chose Icedrive?

  • 10 GB of free space to play with - and fairly affordable paid plans
  • Great attention to detail and a good selection of options
  • The ability to backup your entire device - files and settings included
  • A way to stream media on the go

Positioning itself somewhere between personal and business use, Icedrive offers a fine balance that just about anyone can benefit from.

Read Icedrive's Full Review
Also Groovy

Pretty great for business

  • Access and share your photos, docs, and more from anywhere for free.

    4.5 Ratings 3M+ Reviews 1B+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Good old Microsoft still has a trick or two up its sleeve. OneDrive is not the one you should miss, especially if your main aim is to use it for business.

Why we chose OneDrive?

  • 5 GB of free space available - up to 1 TB with Microsoft 365
  • Good integration with Windows and the ability to easily sync files between your phone and desktop computer
  • Great platform for working in a team
  • Strong password protection

A fairly decent option for the casual user and a powerful tool for business, OneDrive is well worth exploring - and potentially investing in.

Read Microsoft OneDrive's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    Box

    4.6 Ratings 330K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Winner of PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Award: "There are plenty of excellent file-syncing storage services, but, on Android, the Box app takes the cake."

    Securely store, manage and share all your files, photos and documents with 10GB of free cloud storage from Box.

    With Box, you can easily:
    * Access and work on all your files at your fingertips
    * Access your content online, from your desktop, and on your Android phone or tablet
    * Share important documents, contracts, visuals and more
    * Preview 200+ file types with full screen quality
    * Give feedback from anywhere by commenting and mentioning colleagues and partners

    Box for Android features:
    * 10GB of free cloud storage to back up all your docs
    * Upload PDFs, Microsoft Office files, photos, videos and other files to Box
    * View and print 200+ file types, including PDF, Word, Excel, AI, and PSD
    * File-level security controls
    * Offline access to files and folders
    * Share huge files with just a link - no need for attachments
    * Add comments to documents to send feedback
    * Real-time search
    * Search within PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, Word files
    * Updates feed to find recently viewed or edited files
    * Open files in hundreds of partner apps that let you annotate, e-sign, edit and more

    Box helps you get work done on the go. It's fast, secure and simple to use, so you can be productive from anywhere, which is the reason 57,000 businesses, including Eli Lilly and Company, General Electric, KKR & Co., P&G and The GAP securely access and manage their critical information with Box.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    $79.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Backup your photos, documents and videos with Icedrive, the coolest cloud storage and backup service to hit the scene.

    Need a quick solution? Instantly backup your entire device with our backup wizard.

    Never lose a photo again with our auto camera uploading feature.

    Stream your media on-the-go with our built-in audio and video streamer.

    Busy professional? We've got you covered. Preview & Share all popular document and vector file types with our built in document preview tool.

    Keep your friends, family and colleagues in the loop with our advanced file sharing options. Send files instantly to other Icedrive users or create a public page with a link.

    What are you waiting for? Make the switch to Icedrive today!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $179.99 per item
    $3.99 - $349.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Microsoft OneDrive keeps your photos and files backed up, protected, synced, and accessible on all your devices. This OneDrive app lets you view and share OneDrive files, documents, and photos with friends and family. Plus, you can use the app to automatically back up your phone’s photos and videos. Start with 5 GB of free cloud storage or upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription to get 1 TB of storage.

    Microsoft OneDrive offers the following features:

    Back up photos & videos
    • Automatic photo backup when you turn on Camera Upload
    • Find photos easily thanks to automatic tagging
    • View photos on your phone, computer, and online

    File sharing and access
    • Share files, photos, videos, and albums with friends and family
    • Get notifications when a shared document is edited
    • Set password-protected or expiring sharing links*
    • Access selected OneDrive files on the app without being online

    Document Scanning
    • Scan, sign, and send docs right from the OneDrive mobile app
    • Scan and markup docs, receipts, whiteboards, and more

    Search
    • Search photos by what’s in them (i.e. beach, snow, etc.)
    • Search docs by name or content

    Security
    • All OneDrive files are encrypted at rest and in transit
    • Personal Vault lets you protect your important files with identity verification
    • Restore files with version history
    • Stay protected with ransomware detection & recovery*

    Works with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook
    • Use Microsoft Office apps to edit and collaborate in real time on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files stored in OneDrive.
    • Back up, view, and save your Office documents.

    The OneDrive app for Android offers 5 GB of free cloud storage to sync photos and files across your devices, share photos and docs, and keep your digital life backed up in the cloud.

    Upgrade to a Microsoft 365 subscription
    With a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription you get 1TB of storage (1TB of storage per person for up to 6 people with the Family subscription), OneDrive premium features, and access to all features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote on mobiles devices, web browsers, PCs and Macs.

    To make an in-app purchase of a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription: open the app, tap the Me tab, then tap your storage or the diamond icon. Subscriptions begin at $6.99 a month in the US, and can vary by region. Microsoft 365 subscriptions and OneDrive standalone subscriptions purchased from the app will be charged to your Google Play store account and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period, unless auto-renewal is disabled beforehand.

    To manage your subscriptions or to disable auto-renewal, after purchase, go to your Google Play store account settings. A subscription cannot be cancelled or refunded during the active subscription period.

    Using this OneDrive app for work or school
    For you to sign into your work or school account on OneDrive, your organization needs to have a qualifying OneDrive, SharePoint Online or Microsoft 365 business subscription plan.

    Privacy
    This app is provided by Microsoft. Data provided through the use of this store and this app may be accessible to Microsoft and transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States or any other country where Microsoft or its affiliates maintain facilities.

    Privacy Policy: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=507539
    Terms of Use: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=246338

    *Requires Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item

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