Dropbox Alternatives?

May 22, 2021

I'm finally getting around to upgrading my increasingly ancient, first-generation Google Pixel smartphone. In so doing, I'm going to have to figure out what kind of file synchronization service I can switch to. Dropbox has been my go-to for this kind of thing for years, and it suits my relatively simple needs pretty well (I primarily use it to sync my KeePass password database). However, Dropbox now caps the free tier of service to a maximum of 3 devices. I have more than three devices that I use it on (they were all grandfathered into the new rules), and activating my new smartphone will mean I no longer have support on my phone.

The primary competition that I see to Dropbox is both Microsoft's OneDrive and Google Drive. The former has better OS integration than the latter (from what I can tell), and neither one has such strict limits on the number of devices that can be used. Does anyone have experience with either of these services in terms of syncing files between devices? If so, I'd enjoy hearing about your experience. Are there other similar services I should know about?

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12:31 PM on May 24, 2021

I too had to leave Dropbox after that 3-device limit was imposed. I use it for sharing files between my home PC and work PC, and I also use it to get photos from my phone and my wife's phone onto my laptop. So that makes four devices. I switched to pCloud (https://www.pcloud.com/) which works a lot like Dropbox and has the ability to sync photos from mobile device into the cloud. It seems to work fine, except the mobile app occasionally acts like it lost all local settings so I have to log in again, and it has forgotten which photos it has already synced so I have to enable syncing again and manually upload whichever photos are new since the last sync.

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