Forget your hard drive — it’s all about the cloud these days.
In this tech-saturated age, it’s incredibly easy to overstuff your cloud storage to the point where you don’t have any room left. And considering these services aren’t all free, it’s imperative to make the most of them.
From earning free space to storing photos strategically, there are a couple of easy things you can do to maximize your space.
1. Figure out music loopholes.
Depending on which service you’re using, you can find some sneaky freebies out there.
- For Apple users, iTunes Match is the best way to store your jams. The service lets users upload their entire libraries to their iCloud account. It costs $24.99 per year, and lets you access your music across all devices.
- Google Play lets users add up to 20,000 songs to its servers when you use the Music Manager service.
2. Tuck photos away in Dropbox Carousel.
Dropbox’s photo and video app Carousel offers users a pretty neat deal. If you’re already using a basic Dropbox account (which offers 2 GB of storage), download Carousel for photos and you’ll get an extra 3 GB.
3. Pick and choose what gets saved.
The casual cloud user will just let all of her files automatically upload to the cloud without a second thought. But, that’s a quick way to run out of space. Depending on the service you use, you can pick and choose which stuff gets uploaded.
For example, Dropbox offers users Selective Sync, which allows a user to pick exactly which files get saved, as long as they’re on her desktop.
4. Bring all your files together.
If your files are all over the place — documents in Drive, music in iCloud, photos in Dropbox — a mainstreaming services is a helpful tool to get organized.
That’s where companies like ExpanDrive come in. The tool gathers all of your cloud files, no matter where they’re stored, and uploads them all into one package. You can access your files anywhere, all in one place. A single user drive costs $49.95.
5. ‘Earn’ free space.
If you really don’t want to crack open that wallet for more space on Dropbox, there’s an alternative. The site lets users earn more room if they complete tasks like referring family and friends, completing a “Get Started” guide, or sending feedback.
Storage service SugarSync also offers users a similar deal, offering users up to 40 GB of extra space.