pCloud at a Glance
4.00 / 5 stars
- Basic: Start with 10GB can get up to 20GB. FREE
- Premium: 500GB $4.99 / month, $47.99 / year
- Premium Plus: 1TB $9.99 / month, $95.99 / year
- Supports Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Offers sync, backup, and sharing of files.
- 180 day file history with paid accounts.
- Can control how synchronization happens.
- Can backup files from Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Picasa.
- iOS and Android apps for auto upload, sharing and synchronization.
- Accept Bitcoin.
- Only email support, no chat or phone options.
- Files not encrypted on server.
- Mobile app can be slow to upload.
Full pCloud Review
Backup Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Picasa
I would usually start a review like this talking about how easy it is to install the application and give a general walk through how to use it, but in this case I want to talk about a feature that helps to set pCloud out from so many of the other cloud storage service available. They offer the unique service of backing up files from several of your already existing accounts including Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Picasa.
Considering one of the largest competitors of pCloud is actually Dropbox, it is interesting to see that they have made it very convenient to backup files from your already existing Dropbox account to pCloud. This makes it easy to copy files to your new pCloud account. Unfortunately pCloud is not yet offered as an option with services like Mover.io to help move your files in from other cloud storage services, but you could always use Mover.io to move your files to Dropbox and then to pCloud if you wanted to avoid uploading them again.
Then there is the ability to backup your files from Facebook, Instagram and Picasa, some of the most popular photo storage and sharing websites. This feature alone is worth checking out if you use one of those services. A free pCloud account lets you easily backup those photos in the event your account is compromised you will still have access to those images.
It has been a long time since file sharing and sending of large files has had much attention from many of the cloud storage services. Sharing files and folders is pretty easy like most cloud storage services and allows you to easily share your files with friends and family. You can invite people to share a folder to view and modify files as if they were their own or create download links for that you can share with people to download your files.
The unique feature of pCloud sharing is the ability to create an upload link to allow people to send you large files without the need for a pCloud account. This is a unique feature that I have not seen from other cloud storage services. You can set the maximum amount of space the folder is allowed to occupy on your account and the total number of files that are allowed to by uploaded.
When you create an upload link you get a custom link and email address that people can use to upload files. This is a great feature that would be great for freelancers needing to get large files from clients on a regular basis but don’t want a pCloud account. If you would like to test this feature I have created a small pCloud upload link here that you can try.
pCloud has also realized how important it is to offer desktop clients for Windows, Mac and Linux. This has always been a big selling point for Dropbox and one of the shortcomings of many of the other cloud storage services. The software installed easily on the machine I tested on and I found it easy enough to create custom syncs to upload and download files.
Depending on what you need you can create 3 different types of synchronization folders. You can create two-way – full synchronization between your selected folders and pCloud. Download only syncs that applies changes only from pCloud to your PC or upload only where only changes from your computer are uploaded to your pCloud account. It is a fairly flexible system great for those that want control but easy enough for those that just want a service that works.
The app itself is fairly easy to use and you have most of the features that you would expect. You can access your uploaded files, upload files from your device and even stream music and video files from your account to your mobile device. There is also an automatic upload feature to automatically upload your new photos and videos from your mobile device to your pCloud account.
The only issue I had with the Android app was with the automatic upload feature. I had to regularly open the app to continue uploading files. This is different than many of their competitors where the app will run in the background and continually check for new files to upload and send them up to the cloud. Overall the Android app has been pretty nice to use and I could easily see myself using the app and the service on a regular basis.
A strong web app is a must these days and pCloud has put a lot of thought into their web based version. Not only can you many your uploaded files through the web app you can also easily upload and create download and upload shares and setup pCloud to backup your Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram and Picasa accounts.
You can also easily stream your music and video files directly from your account to your browser, great for those that want to access their media on the go from work or another location but don’t want or cannot download the files.
While I have been impressed by many of the unique features of pCloud the one area I am less impressed with is the area of security. Yes, pCloud makes use of SSL to safely ensure your data is transferred safely from your computer and devices to them but there is little to no information available on their website about how your files are stored in their data centers. If you are looking for a cloud storage service with zero knowledge and high encryption of data on the servers I would have to say pCloud is not going to be your first choice.
pCloud has some great unique features that shows innovation does not just come out of the Silicon Valley and if you want an easy to use cloud storage service with easy access on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android they could easily be a great choice. I ran into no huge problems using the service but, and this is a HUGE but, the lack of more information about the security of your files and level of encryption of your files should be a major concern. It might be possible to use an encryption service like Boxcryptor but I have not tried it.