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Alternatives to iCloud to Save iPhone Data

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, May 11, 2017

iCloud is supposed to be the first cloud storage choice for iPhone users to save data. Yet there are many iPhone owners who are thinking about ditching iCloud for various reasons. If you are one of them, you may be looking for the best iCloud alternative for backing up your iPhone.

Here we have the top 3 iCloud alternatives: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive; and we will help you decide which one you need to back up iPhone photos, files, etc. Besides those cloud storage, FonePaw iOS Data Backup & Restore also works for saving iOS data on PC.

Why Do You Want An iCloud Alternative?

Here are the 4 most common reasons why an user stops using iCloud and turns to an alternative for iCloud.

1. Running out of iCloud storage. Comparing with other cloud storage service, iCloud offers a relatively small amount of initial free storage - with only 5 GB free storage. This is far from enough, especially for users with multiple iOS devices.

2. iCloud runs incredibly slow to back up, sync and restore data. Some users complained on the Apple users forum that the restoring haven't finished for days with the message saying: restoring from iCloud backup.

3. Functionality. To some users, iCloud is not user-friendly:

  • You can't share links of iCloud files with friends like you do with other cloud storage service;

  • You can't view the contents of an iCloud backup or restore backup selectively.

4. Compatibility. iCloud is only available for iOS devices, Macs, Windows PC. It is inconvenient to access iCloud data from mobile devices of Android, Windows.

Top 3 iCloud Alternatives for iPhone to Backup Data

Google Drive

After installing Google Drive on your iPhone, you can add files and access the files from everywhere with the account. Integrated with Google office suite, Google Drive allows users to view, share, edit/co-edit documents directly from Google Drive.And with built-in Google Photos, you can back up your iPhone photos to Google Drive and organize the photos with its face recognition feature, which is much like the face recognition feature that was introduced in iOS 10's Photos App.
Google Drive on iPhone

Supported files:Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations; Microsoft office files, PDF/TXT; photos, movies, audios.

Free storage: 15 GB free storage space


  • $1.99 per month for 100 GB / $9.99 per month for 1 TB

  • $19.99 per month for 2 TB /$99.99 per month for 10 TB

  • $199.99 per month for 20 TB / $299.99 per month for 30 TB

Review: Google Drive is one of the cheapest cloud storage service out there. And it works with Gmail - you can quickly attach documents from Google Drive with Gmail. But you'll need to share the 15GB free storage space with Gmail; so you may need additional space if you're inbox is overflowing.


Developed by Microsoft, OneDrive has a big draw: it works closely with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint so that you can create, edit/co-edit Microsoft documents on the go. You can also easily access OneDrive from Microsoft apps. Like Google Drive, OneDrive supports backing up your Camera Roll in one click. And it can help you better sort out the photos by adding tags.

OneDrive on iPhone

Supported files: Microsoft office files, PDF/TXT, Media file (photos, movies, audios).

Free storage: 5 GB free storage space


  • $1.99 per month for 50 GB

  • $6.99 per month for 1 TB with Office 365 Personal

  • $9.99 per month for 5 TB with Office 365 Personal

Review: If you need to use Microsoft docs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) all the time, OneDrive is no doubt a great choice for you.


Unlike Google or Microsoft, Dropbox focuses on cloud storage and sharing since 2007. It is the first company that introduces cloud storage and sharing service. And it has gained great popularity because of its easy-to-use procedure. Also, Dropbox is compatible with almost all operation systems: Mac, Windows and Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire mobile apps.
Dropbox on iPhone

Supported files: Microsoft office files, PDF/TXT; photos, movies, audios.

Free storage: 2 GB free storage space


  • Dropbox Plus: $9.99 per month for 1 TB

  • Dropbox Business: $15/user/month for 2 TB, starting at 3 users; $25/user/month for unlimited storage, starting at 3 users.

Review: Dropbox is very neat and easy-to-use. But you have very limited free storage to start up. And it is pretty pricey to add additional storage comparing with other cloud storage options.

This is the three iCloud alternatives. Which one is your favorite? Share your opinions with us below.

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