One of pCloud’s main advantages over its competitors is the option to pay a flat, one-time fee for lifetime access. These are the most generously discounted rates, too, with a lifetime 500GB plan costing $175 and a 2TB costing $350.
The family plan, meanwhile, currently costs $500. That’s 2TB of storage for up to five users – or, to put it another way, $100 each for a lifetime of storage and other premium features. Not bad.
In most other respects, pCloud does exactly what you’d expect in a competent cloud storage service. Through a simple, unglamorous, no-fuss interface you can upload, store, access, and share anything from music to documents.
pCloud lets you either share password-protected links for collaborative access, or request files directly to a folder. It lets you backup your local folders to the cloud in real-time, too, including your camera roll, and you can backup from other clouds.
For media files, pCloud comes with its own media player, but you can also choose to open files in the software you have on your phone, as well as renaming, exporting, and so on. There’s a useful sorting mechanism where you can file music by name, artist, and album too.
While some tools, such as video editing, are not supported by pCloud, the app still provides these services as menu options and opens the relevant programs on your phone if you choose them.
Another of pCloud’s distinguishing features is its Crypto folder. This has nothing to do with cryptocurrency, but rather with encryption. If you’re a paying customer, you can upload your files to a Zero Knowledge encrypted platform.
pCloud also lets you access previous versions of files. By default you get 15 days’ worth with the free version and 30 with the paid one, but you can extend this period by up to a year for an additional fee. The desktop pCloud Drive also has a full suite of options such as syncing and backing up data, which compliments the app.