pCloud is a young and very promising cloud storage provider with its headquarters located in Switzerland.
pCloud managed to gain good feedback from both professionals and common users in a short time. The developers initially stated that their service was intended equally for business and private individuals, and therefore they did their best to make it very convenient for both. The technical side of the service allows even ordinary customers to enjoy all the benefits of storage and not feel disadvantaged in any way.
While other similar file storages unnecessarily complicate their services, pCloud tried to focus on making the cloud storage as convenient as possible. At the same time, the service provides really rich functionality. Having started its work in 2013, pCloud managed to attract more than 6 million active users and their number is constantly growing. It is worth mentioning that most pCloud reviews on Reddit are positive, but some have minor issues with their software.
Managed to gain good feedback from both professionals and common users in a short time. The developers initially stated that their service was intended equally for business and private individuals, and therefore they did their best to make it very convenient for both. The technical side of the service allows even ordinary customers to enjoy all the benefits of storage and not feel disadvantaged in any way. While other similar file storages unnecessarily complicate their services, pCloud tried to focus on making the cloud storage as convenient as possible. At the same time, the service provides really rich functionality. Having started in 2013, pCloud managed to attract more than 6 million active users and their number is constantly growing.
How Much Does pCloud Cost?
pCloud provides attractive prices and an easy procedure of registration. If you do not have an account yet, go to the homepage and select the Create Account feature. There are several options: you can register using your email address or use the one-click registration using your Facebook account.
We preferred the second option. If you are already logged in into your Facebook account in your browser, the system will automatically detect your account. Having clicked on the Continue with Facebook button, confirm linking your account and agree with the service rules. All the processes will take literally only a few moments. Several seconds later, you will get an email notification and a message in Facebook Messenger. That’s all, your account is ready. You will be able to download the desktop application or continue with the web interface.
Before getting a subscription, you have a free plan. In the very beginning, the available storage is 3 GB. You are able to expand it to up to 20 GB. They will give you additional space for the following actions:
- 1 GB For uploading a file;
- 1 GB for downloading and installing pCloud Drive;
- 1 GB for downloading and installing the mobile app;
- 1 GB for turning on the automatic upload;
- 1 GB for each invited friend or family member.
If you run out of free space and need more, get a paid subscription. The prices are affordable and more attractive than those of most competitors. There are two major tariff plans: Premium and Premium Plus. The first one gives you 500 GB of storage, while the second offers 2 TB. You are able to pay for your subscription monthly or annually. Of course, if you choose an annual subscription, you will save 20%.
Moreover, pCloud is the only cloud storage provider offering the option to get a lifetime license. At the moment, the company offers a great discount of 65%.
The family plan allows for sharing the storage space between 5 family members. You can allocate the necessary amount of memory for each of them.
How can you pay for the subscription? They accept bank cards, PayPal, and even Bitcoin. So, again, the company proves its approach to protecting the privacy of its users. Using Bitcoin, you are able to remain anonymous. The transaction is absolutely secure and safe.
Does pCloud work with iPhone, Android & Desktop?
To be the best service, pCloud supports almost every possible platform. It has a web application, a desktop app for Windows, Mac OS, and even Linux, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS, a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera, and a Lightroom plugin. So, you can literally use it on any device. Now, let’s take a closer look at the features of each platform.
pCloud Synchronization and sharing
pCloud offers several options to share your files with other people:
- Invite to a folder. Create a link to the folder with files and share it with your friends, family, and They will be able to view or edit the content, depending on the settings. This feature is available on any platform.
- Download and upload links. By sharing the download and upload links, users will be able either to download the files to their computer or upload their files to your pCloud account. They don’t even have to be pCloud users.
- Direct links. This feature allows using your account as a hosting service for images, HTML pages, and other files, as well as easily sharing them with other people online.
To avoid data loss on your devices, pCloud offers the synchronization and backup features on multiple devices. This means that you can use an unlimited number of devices with one cloud storage account. The application will constantly synchronize the files between the devices and the pCloud Drive desktop app will do it automatically and act as a local drive. On mobile devices, the Automatic Upload feature will back up your files. In the settings, you will be able to configure whether you want to upload all media files or just the newly created ones.
Using pCloud for media files
pCloud is one of the best cloud storages to work with media files. Very few competitors offer the same rich functionality. What do these capabilities include? Let’s start with the web app. You are able to view the images in thumbnails or in list view mode. In addition, you can view the pictures in a slideshow and change its duration, as well as download them with changed resolution. It is the same for videos. In addition, you will be able to watch them right in the browser or stream them in the mobile app without downloading them. As for music, pCloud is the only service allowing to build playlists and playing them online.
Is pCloud fast?
The upload and download speed is the key factor of each cloud storage service. More and more users have access to a speedy Internet connection, that’s why it’s logical that they want to work with their files at the highest speed possible. At the same time, it is the hardest thing to achieve, especially for companies with limited server infrastructure.
Despite being based in Switzerland, pCloud has the only data center located in Dallas, Texas, USA, making it obvious that it will work faster for users from North America than for Europeans. When doing this test, we are physically located in central Ukraine. Our Internet service provider offers a connection speed of up to 50 Mbps. It is enough to download or upload a 1 GB file in about 3 minutes. We did 2 tests. First, we uploaded one video file of 1.2 GB and downloaded it back to the hard drive. Second, we uploaded a folder consisting of different files with a total size of about 1 GB.
Here are the results:
|One video file via browser||3 min 40 sec||6 min 45 sec|
|One video file via pCloud Drive||5 min 5 sec||21 sec|
|Folder via browser||4 min 25 sec||6 min|
|Folder via pCloud Drive||4 min 36 sec||22 sec|
We can see that uploading the files via browser is a bit faster than via the pCloud Drive app. We cannot explain why this is, but it is obvious. Another interesting fact is that downloading files using the pCloud Drive works like copying the files from a local disc. As a result, it is much faster than using the browser. We must acknowledge that in general, pCloud is indeed a fast cloud storage system.
Is pCloud Safe and Secure?
To reliably protect your data, pCloud uses TLS/SSL encryption while transferring the files to the remote servers. Also, they store all your files on at least 3 server locations in the highly protected data center. The pCloud Crypto feature encrypts the files on your device and no one else will be able to access the decryption keys.
For the best encryption results, pCloud encrypts all the personal files before uploading them to the server. So, they store already encrypted files. Due to the zero-knowledge privacy, the encryption keys are not stored on the servers so, no one can read your files. pCloud is the first service to provide both encrypted and non-encrypted folders in the same account. The user is able to select the files and folders to encrypt.
pCloud uses 4096-bit RSA for users’ private keys and 256-bit AES for per-file and per-folder keys. They use several ways to decrypt and encrypt files for better and more reliable results. At the moment, pCloud technologies are considered to be unbreakable.
Technical Support is available only via email. To contact them, send a message to email@example.com or fill in an online form. How to find it? Click on the profile picture and then select Help — Request Help or just Contact.
We asked the following question:
I have an issue on my Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus smartphone. When I quit the app killing the process and run it again, the automatic upload doesn’t work. I have to disable it and then enable again in the settings. There is no such problem, for example, in the OneDrive app.
Could you help me with that, please? I suppose I am not the only user with such a problem. Thanks
Having sent a message, we got a notification that the request was successfully sent:
It took too long to get a reply. We are sure they must respond faster. In addition, they did not provide any practical help and could not help with our problem. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Technical Support is bad. However, it is obvious that there are areas where they should definitely improve.
pCloud Usage scenarios
pCloud vs Dropbox
Dropbox is one of the industry leaders, it was launched more than 10 years ago. Can pCloud be a good replacement? Let’s make a quick comparison of both services.
We uploaded and downloaded the same video file of about 1.2 GB via a browser. It took us 4 min 30 sec and 3 min 47 sec respectively. So, the upload speed is a bit slower while the download speed is significantly better. Most likely, this is because Dropbox has much better server infrastructure.
pCloud offers two subscription options: annual and lifetime. You can get 500 GB for €3.99 per month and 2 TB for €7.99 per month. The same volumes are available for €175 and €350 respectively per lifetime licenses. In turn, Dropbox offers annual and monthly subscriptions that cost $8.25/$9.99 per 1 TB and $16.58/$19.99 per 2 TB respectively. Not being a worse service than Dropbox, pCloud has much more attractive prices.
pCloud is the overall winner with a score of 2:1.
- Attractive prices.
- Zero-knowledge encryption.
- Fast upload and download speed.
- Virtual local drive to access the files without using the device memory.
- Convenient media files streaming.
- Mobile apps.
- Payment with Bitcoin.
- Lifetime license.
- No document editor.
- Additional payment for pCloud Crypto and Extended File History.