[Windows] Get up to 10GB of free cloud storage space with pCloud [Android, iOS, Mac, Linux]

pCloudThe good thing about having a cloud storage is that you can access your files on any device. Thus, it makes things a whole lot easier since you don’t have to go through all those troublesome process of copying or moving your files from one device to another. Everything is synced in an instant so it doesn’t matter if you’re on your phone, tablet or computer. It’s just that you have to carefully choose a secure and reliable cloud storage or else, your data will be compromised. Speaking of which, let’s find out if pCloud can actually live up to your standards.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Like any other cloud storage service, pCloud is intended to store and backup all of your data. It offers up to 10GB of storage space for free but you can increase it to 20GB by doing some friend invites. What’s great about this service is that it’s cross-platform, which means that you can access your files on any device or computer. As of now, you can use pCloud on iOS, Android, Web, Linux, Mac and Windows. We reviewed the Windows version for the purposes of this review.

Pros

  • Cross-platform – supports iOS, Android, Web, Linux, Max and Windows
  • User-friendly
  • Neat, well-designed, stable and responsive UI
  • You can upload any type of file may it be photos, music, videos, documents, APKs, programs, applications, presentations, data backups and a whole lot more
  • No speed limits, no limit in file size
  • You get up to 10GB of free storage space – can be increased to 20GB given that you do the friend invites (you get 1GB of free storage space per invite)
  • Auto-sync – you files will be automatically synced and you even get to view their current and previous revisions
  • You can share your folders and files with other users – you also get to control the user permissions
  • You can share the download link and upload link for your files and folders
  • Has a built-in image viewer, you can also use its built-in audio and music player to load your favorite songs and videos

Cons

  • None that I can think of but it would be nice if it can minimize and make its audio player run in the background so that its users can still upload, update and manage their files while listening to their favorite songs

Discussion

pCloud for WindowsAs I’ve already mentioned, pCloud is a cross-platform cloud storage service so you can access it on any of its supported platforms. However, in this review, I am only reviewing its Windows (desktop) version. Anyways, I find this cloud storage service really reliable plus it’s really easy to install.

When launching pCloud for the very first time, it will ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, just launch it from your desktop and it will then ask you to log-in using your email and password. If you still don’t have an account, then all you need to do is to create one. The registration is free so you don’t need to pay even a single dime.

Once you’re properly logged-in to your account, the said cloud storage service will automatically keep its icon minimized in the system tray area. So all you need to do is to right-click on its icon to view its context menu. If you want to access your pCloud folder, just click the “Open pCloud Folder” option and you will immediately see your files. By default, there will be a couple of sample files stored in your cloud storage so it’s up to you if you want to keep them or not.

Functionality wise, this cloud storage proves to be very reliable. Your files are also secured since it uses TLS/SSL for data encryption. I also find it very easy to upload and share large files. It is also important to note that this cloud storage service does not have any file limit so you can upload large files with ease for as long as they don’t exceed the storage limit.

All in all, pCloud has proven that it has what it takes to provide its users with a secure, reliable and user-friendly cloud storage service. Moreover, the 10GB storage space is already good enough for personal use but if you do want to get more space, you can opt to subscribe to its monthly plans. While I don’t really have any serious issues with it, I just think that it would be much better if its built-in music player can be minimized in such a way that it doesn’t get in the way while you upload or manage your files.

Conclusion and Download Link

If you’re looking for a good alternative to your current cloud storage service, then I highly recommend that you check out pCloud. This cross-platform cloud-based file storage and backup service has all the essential features and tools that you need to store, manage and share your files. So go ahead and give it a try.

Price: Free, Paid – starts at $4.99 per month

Version reviewed: 1.0.1

Supported OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 (also supports Android, iOS, Web, Linux and Mac)

Download size: 9.4MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/49

Is it portable? No

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17 comments

  1. vandamme

    [@sgrams] There’s plenty of freebies that offer like 2 GB and up, hoping that you’ll run out of that space and pony up for more. Well, I mostly work day to day with Dropbox, but for longer term storage I split up the rest between Copy, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive UbuntuOne, and a few others. I keep the URLs in one bookmark folder in XMarks, and the passwords are automatic (LastPass). You can set descriptive properties in bookmarks (“Reunion movies on UbuntuOne”).

  2. vandamme

    I’m using openSUSE right now and there’s no rpm package, just deb for the Debian/Ubuntu/Mint family. But the web interface is pretty easy to figure out. Hey, I can always use another 10 gigs of storage. The problem is, I’m like a squirrel who forgets where he keeps his nuts.

  3. Bruce

    Does anybody know whether the 100 gB Share service, reviewed here last week, offers this same automatic upload facility, or is it totally manual? I couldn’t find anything about this on their website.

  4. Tom

    One thing I forgot to mention re: Bitcasa… if you are a Chrome user, the Bitcasa extension allows you to download web files directly to you cloud account. That is very FAST. No need to download them to your machine, and then upload them to Bitcasa.

    @Bruce… yes the Bitcasa sign-up link
    http://l.bitcasa.com/zM31Stc3
    helps my “evil twin” … Thank you for offering

  5. Bruce

    [@Ashraf]
    Yes, but with the added ability to set up backup on any folder, not just a dedicated one like Dropbox. I’m using Spider Oak, and it does have this capability.

    Per Tom’s response above, I checked out Bitcasa, and it does seem to do this. Tom – your link takes me to a signup page and says that I was referred by ‘Bob’. I don’t want to give the extra space credit to somebody else since you were the one telling us about this. Or are you and Bob the same person?

  6. Tom

    Thanks for this writeup… checking it out next… You should give a look at Bitcasa…
    http://l.bitcasa.com/zM31Stc3

    You get 10GB free upfront (another free 10GB available w/promotions).

    In addition to “syncing you various folders, you can just store stuff in the cloud to get it off your drive. That’s where I keep all the software I purchase from Ashraf.

    It’s accessible by phone apps, and will stream your movies/music.

    I’ve been using it for almost 2 years, beginning with the beta roll-out.

  7. Bruce

    Does it allow selection of files for automatic upload when updated, or is the upload process always a manual one?

    I wondered the same thing about the 100 gB Shared service that was reviewed here a couple of weeks ago.

  8. Howard Mann

    Hi Boss (err … I mean Mr. Asharf-San!)

    Thanks for your excellent review. Now, if only I can download the software and try it myself. No luck though.

    The “download link” for Windows version on the body of their web page goes nowhere! The “download link” at the bottom of the page simply reloads the page and do nothing else.

    Great software, really, if only it can be installed and tried! Please ask them to get their act together before promoting their great service.

    Adios amigo. Hacha la vista!

  9. Al

    I use Win8.1
    (even it does not say supported)
    I tried to install and got error message saying
    :pCloud supports Windows 2003, Vista, 2008R@ Win7 and 8 for x64
    It states Win 7and 8 for x64 (which I have)
    Any help?
    Thanks.
    Al Lipsky