Reports, presentations and other documents used to be on paper, but now they’re on word processors. There can be a lot of them and if someone steals your laptop or USB stick or your hard drive crashes, you will lose them. It’s best to back them up so we’re going to show you how to get free online backup for presentations and documents.
Online backup services are useful because no matter what happens they will keep your files safe thanks to the redundant architecture many of them employ in their data centers. If you worry about security you should know that online backup services use encryptions, transfer protocols, such as TLS, and other methods to secure your important files.
For a quick rundown of backup services, read our best online backup list. Backup is not storage, so if you’re confused about the difference, read our explanation. If you need storage, refer to our best cloud storage comparison.
There aren’t many services that backup documents online for free, but we’re going to go through a few that do. If you want the full list, read our best free cloud backup article. First in line, in no particular order, is CloudBerry Backup with Google Drive.
The combination of two services might have you scratching your head, but it’s normal because CloudBerry Backup is not a standard cloud backup service. Rather, it is a command center that lets you control your various cloud accounts. That makes it possible to use CloudBerry Backup’s freemium product to oversee several free cloud storage accounts.
We’re going to partner it with Google Drive because that service offers 15GB of free storage, is easy to use and great for collaboration and productivity thanks to its office suite. You can find more details about it in our Google Drive review.
CloudBerry Backup is powerful, has many setting options and is a good fit for advanced users, so if you don’t fall into that group, you will find other services in this article more appealing. Those who do, though, should read our CloudBerry Backup review.
We’ll show you how to connect to Google Drive using CloudBerry Backup freeware, which is limited to 200GB. That is enough for documents, though.
To start, download the desktop client that corresponds to your system. It works on Windows, macOS and Linux. If CloudBerry Backup isn’t your cup of tea, and you want something that plays well with the penguin read our best online backup for Linux piece.
Install the client and run it.
You’ll see the CloudBerry Backup welcome screen and a couple of tabs. Click the “backup storage” tab, then the button that says “new account.”
Google Drive won’t be on the next window, so click the “show more” link and find it. Once you do, you’ll see a window asking you to link your account. You can do that by clicking the “sign in” button. That will launch another window where you can enter your Google credentials.
Enter them and click “ok.” Once the process finishes you’ll see your registered account.
That’s all there is to it. You’ve set up your free Google Drive storage space to act as a backup for your documents.
IDrive sits at the top of our best online backup list thanks to its many features, competitive pricing and the ability to backup unlimited devices. Its free plan only offers 5GB of storage, but that is enough space for our purposes.
To get it, navigate to the IDrive’s pricing page and choose the free plan.
The next page is the registration form for your free account. After you’ve filled it in, you’ll be sent to the web app.
Hit the “download IDrive” button to download the desktop app. Install it and launch it from the system tray icon.
On the IDrive welcome screen, enter your credentials to start your backup. After you log in, you can tell IDrive which folders you need to backup.
To learn more about why IDrive is our top pick, read our IDrive review.
Zoolz Home used to offer 100GB of backup space, but now you can only sign up for a free plan through BigMIND Home. It looks and feels the same, but includes advanced features that you won’t find with its older brother.
To start, sign up for the BigMIND Home free plan. Once you do, you’ll be sent to a window that shows different versions of the app you can download, so choose the one you need for your device.
We’ll be going with the Windows version.
After you install the app, log in. The next window lets you use smart select to choose the files you want to backup or browse your computer to select them. If you find BigMIND Home appealing, you should read our BigMIND Home review.
Jottacloud comes from privacy-friendly Norway and offers 5GB of free backup space. It’s not rich with features but considering the barren landscape of free backup solutions, it’s a fine option to consider.
Navigate to Jottacloud’s download page to get the client. Once you do, launch the app and create an account.
When you’ve done that, you’ll be able to choose the folders you want to backup.
Then, you’ll be able to sync your content on Jottacloud’s servers to your computer by choosing a sync folder.
To learn more about Jottacloud and why it’s no match for bigger names in the market, you can refer to our Jottacloud review.
There aren’t many providers that let you backup documents online and those that do don’t offer much free space. That said, they offer enough because you won’t need a lot of storage for documents and presentations.
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