Taking the iPhone to the CloudYou’ve got a shiny new iPhone or maybe you’ve already had your iPhone for a while. Whatever the case, you’ve probably noticed that the iPhone doesn’t have a memory card slot. If you buy a 16GB iPhone, that’s all the on-board storage that you’re going to get. But what if you need more? What if you want to watch tons of movies, take tons of pictures, and listen to tons of music? And what if you want this all synchronized with your devices?

What’s great is that we have this thing called the Internet and our access speeds — either through 3G/4G or WiFi — are getting faster than ever. That’s why it’s even more viable than ever to consider iPhone cloud storage apps as a means of expanding the capacity of your Apple mobile device. Because it’s all synchronized in the cloud, this also means that these apps can be a good way to back up all your content and files too.

Amazon Cloud Player

Steaming Music with Amazon Cloud Player

Steaming Music with Amazon Cloud Player

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While not quite as versatile as other iPhone cloud storage apps, the Amazon Cloud Player is a fantastic way to enjoy your massive music library, assuming that you got it through Amazon’s MP3 download service in the first place and not iTunes. The app can stream music that you have associated with your account or you can download your library from the cloud for offline enjoyment. Single songs start at 99 cents with albums starting from $7.99.

Box for iPhone and iPad

Box Cloud Storage

Box Cloud Storage

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Giving you the ability to access, view, edit, share and manage your files directly from your iPhone or iPad, Box starts you off with 5GB of free online cloud storage and you can pay for additional capacity as needed. If you use Box OneCloud, you can even edit Box files in other apps that you have installed on your device. There’s also support for AirPrint, letting you print documents and files wirelessly to compatible printers.

Dropbox

Dropbox for iPhone

Dropbox for iPhone

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No conversation of iPhone cloud storage would be complete without mentioning Dropbox. The free account starts you out with just 2GB of storage, but there are several free ways to get more space, plus the ability to buy more storage on a subscription basis. You can set it up to automatically back up every photo that you take and you can directly share a link to your stored files, eliminating the need for email attachments. Make sure you enable 2-step verification for added security too.

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud

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Apple’s native cloud computing solution is suitably named iCloud. They say that it “does more than store your content,” because it “lets you access your music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents and more from whatever device you’re on.” It’s already built into new iOS devices, working natively with existing apps like Mail, iTunes, and Calendar. If you buy a new song in iTunes, it can be automatically downloaded to all your connected devices.

Google Drive

iPhone and Google Drive

iPhone and Google Drive

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Even though Apple and Google don’t really get along, you can use Google Drive as a cloud storage solution for your iPhone. This is the evolution of the legacy Google Docs product, so you can both create and edit all of your Google documents and spreadsheets from directly within the app. With this expansion, Google Drive also supports all sorts of other file formats and it supports offline viewing too. You get 5GB for free to start.

SkyDrive iPhone Cloud Storage

SkyDrive App for iOS

SkyDrive App for iOS

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Just like Google, Microsoft isn’t exactly the best of friends with Apple either. Even so, their SkyDrive product works just fine with the iPhone and iPad. It also offers the most free cloud storage of the providers on this list, starting you out with 7GB. You can quickly and easily upload your content to SkyDrive and then share a link with your friends and colleagues. The built-in photo viewer makes it easy to organize your pictures too.

SugarSync

SugarSync iPhone Cloud Storage

SugarSync iPhone Cloud Storage

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Like the other iPhone cloud storage apps on this list, SugarSync lets you access and manage the files that you have saved to the cloud, but you can also manage the different devices that you have connected to your account too. You can download files or entire folders for offline viewing and it is possible to back up your photos and videos to the cloud, synchronizing the files with any folder on your computer. The free account gets you started with 5GB of storage.

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