Today, you have tons of websites to store your files. You don’t even need to shell out any hard cash to do so, most of these services are free, and some offer free as well as paid features. The best part about these file sharing sites is that they are robust, secure and provide the functionality to share files across various social media channels. You can easily store your files and send the links to your contacts.
Here are the Best File Sharing Sites
The look and feel of Dropbox feel quite similar to Google Drive, but it is much simplistic and refined. The basic account provides 2 GB of free space, which you can extend by inviting your friends to join the service, installing the Mailbox app for iOS or Android, and installing third-party apps that Dropbox provides from time to time. The Pro version of this file sharing website starts at 8 pounds a month, with 1 TB of storage.
Apart from its functionality similar to other file sharing sites, Dropbox has introduced a new feature – Paper, similar to Google Docs, where you can natively view doc files in the browser itself. With the new Showcase feature, you can showcase your work to your clients with just one click.
Dropbox occasionally comes up with offers bundled with third-party re sellers. I got a 50 GB pro account with my new purchase of HP Pavilion Series Laptop. So, watch out for new offers on the website. Here’s a video tutorial on the working of Dropbox file sharing:
MediaFire is among the trusted file sharing sites used by over 50 million people. The best part about this file hosting service is that the free account comes with 10 GB of storage which you can increase all the way to 50 GB inviting friends through referrals. The maximum file size allowed is 4 GB though, and there won’t be any bandwidth restriction on downloads.
However, they will be ad-supported. The uploaded files can be easily shared across your social media handles with one secure download link.
These links are in the form of a ‘one-time’ link so that the recipient can’t share those with anyone else. It supports multiple uploads, and you can easily organize them using the built-in file explorer.
If this much space is still not enough, and you want more space, you can always upgrade to a pro account with 1 TB of storage and ad-free experience for $3.75 a month.
4shared has been in operation since 2005 and is still going strong. You can upload all sorts of files, whether it is an mp3, video file, app, image or ebooks. The best part of 4shared is the social sharing page, where you can discover the latest trends in music and video, the books people share, the most recent apps and games. It is quite an exciting proposition.
4shared is also available in the form of mobile and desktop app so that you can access your files from anywhere. The free account comes with 15 GB of storage, with a maximum file size of 2 GB, albeit with ads.
The premium version is priced at $77.95 a year, and monthly plan starting at $9.95 and comes with 100 GB of storage and an ad-free experience.
Zippyshare is different from the other file sharing sites in the sense that it is an entirely free service. It offers users fast download speeds, with maximum file size to 500 MB. Zippyshare has unlimited disk space, as long as the max file size stays under 500 MB. The uploaded file can be downloaded anytime and as much as you need.
The lifespan of the file is up to 30 days without any activity. You can also upload files without signing into the service, and there is a mode for private upload so that only you can view those files.
You can select photos, videos, audio or documents or anything else you like. Once you upload the file, the file sharing link will automatically generate. And you can share it across your social media accounts.
Responding to user queries, Zippyshare has recently launched a beta uploader where you can use a downloader tool to upload your files on to the system.
Zippyshare is one of my personal favorites. I often use it to download my files both on my PC and smartphone.
File sharing sites faced significant DDOS attacks back in the day. Megashare got taken down by the authorities a couple of years ago. Mega is back in their second iteration after its founder, Kim Dotcom got arrested a couple of years ago due to piracy charges.
Megashare is now Mega, with a much simplified and cleaner version, and a complete cloud interface. All uploads and download happen on the web browser interface and offers users up to 50 GB free file hosting.
Mega prioritizes privacy, and keeps all your files secure with end-to-end encryption. If that doesn’t satisfsy you, you can also get a pro account starting from 5 pounds a month and all the way up to 30 pounds a month, and offering anywhere between 200 GB to 8 TB of storage.
If you want to stay with the free account, worry not as there are many options to increase your data limit. Each friend invite earns you 10 GB, and installing their mobile and PC app gives another 35 GB of total space. Reason enough to cheer?
Google is among the most trustable brands in the world. Google’s services are widely used, be it YouTube, Gmail, or Google Drive. Google Drive was launched in 2012, and now it offers 15 GB of free file sharing for your photos, documents, and videos. You can access it from any device, be it your PC or smartphone.
You can invite others not just to view your files but also collaborate on the same. Google also has native support for your documents and photos in the form of Google Docs and Google Photos, so you don’t need to rely on any third party apps.
You can decide to access Google Drive through any web browser. Or you can also download its app to backup and sync your data.
Depositfiles is a perfect place to store your files securely and easily share them. You can create a free account and get unlimited file storage time and space, with a maximum file size of 10 GB.
The files are easy to manage with its free built-in file manager, and you can password protect the files to protect it from unwanted intrusions. Free users get only a single connection though and come with ads.
If you don’t want any of these, you can get a Gold Account which doesn’t have such restrictions. Starting at $11 a month all the way to $75 a year.
Box lets you securely share and edit your files on the go. It is necessary if you are working on a team project and you need to share your work with others. With Box, all your team files are in the cloud so that you can access it anywhere real-time across any device.
Box also comes with Microsoft Office 365 integration, so if you are on a PC, you can seamlessly access your files.
The free account comes with a 10 GB storage and 250 MB file size limit. The personal pro version is available at Rs. 785 and comes with 100 GB of storage and 5 GB file limit. You can forget email attachments as you can share the files straight through a link or right through Box.
The best part is that you can preview your files before downloading them, as it supports over 150 file types.
Apart from the standard file sharing option, they also provide collaboration. Where you can invite others to work on the project and edit it along. File uploading is easy and secure, which can be done through drag & drop or import from other URLs.
Just like Box, you can also preview your files, be that mp3 files, images, videos, docs, etc. You can even password-protect your content and share them only with a specific group of people.
The service also has download tracking feature, so you know who has accessed your files. You can also set time limits, by which the files you wish to access. The basic account comes with 2 GB of storage and uploads limit of 250 MB.
The pro account starts at $8.25 a month and offers unlimited storage with a maximum file size of 25 GB. There is also a custom pricing for work groups and teams, with unlimited storage and maximum file size of 100 GB.
With pro account, you get recipient tracking and access codes to protect your files.