File sharing is really important nowadays and there are plenty of sites for it. Does not matter if you work in an office, or a freelancer, every now and then you share files. But as I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of options out there, so choosing the best one for you is kind of hard and time taking. That is why here I have compiled a list of the best 15 file-sharing sites and all the up and downsides of those which you want to use in 2021 for free.
Best Free File Sharing Sites
1. Google Drive
You are already familiar with Google Drive and maybe already using it. But still, we are starting the list with it as it is one of the best and easiest ways to share files to colleague and clients. Google Drive is a cloud storage service where you can upload any kind of files like documents, audio, video etc. You can also easily share the link of any file to make it available for your friends or clients.
For free you can use up to 15 GB of storage, which is a lot for free to be honest and for more, there are multiple subscription options available. As it is from Google, if you are using an Android smartphone, the app for Drive is already installed on your phone and you can get it in any platform you can think of.
2. Microsoft OneDrive
Just like Google Drive, Microsoft is on the second on the list with their OneDrive cloud storage service. It basically works the same way as Google Drive and comes pre-installed in every Windows computer. There are also smartphone apps available for both Android and iOS platforms.
For free you will be able to store up to 5 GB of files and for more, you have to go for a monthly subscription. You can share any files to anyone with a link and they will download it right away. Also, if you use any Samsung device, there is a huge chance that you have more free storage, so do check that out before purchasing any subscription.
Next we have DropBox which is one of the well-known cloud storage and file sharing service. The developers offer desktop and smartphone apps, so you can get your files anywhere you want. People love DropBox so much mainly due to its beautiful user interface and reliable service.
Another great feature of DropBox is it allows integration with over 100,000 third-party apps. Sadly, there is 2 GB of free storage, which is far less comparing to the previous 2 options. As you reach the limit, there are multiple subscription options.
4. Amazon Drive
Amazon is a well-known company but very few people really use their cloud storage service, which is Amazon Drive. It has apps for both iOS and Android and you can set auto back up option to save your local files like images and videos. But we are mainly here for file sharing, so if you are an Amazon Prime Member, it offers unlimited photo storage and 5 GB of video storage.
If you need more storage for other files, you can get their 1 TB plan for only $60 which is very competitively priced. You can also share your files with anyone with a link and the person will be able to download it in no time.
Next on the list, we have MediaFire which is another well-known file sharing and cloud storage option. Just like the competitors, it has smartphone and desktop clients for easy file sharing. It is mostly known for file sharing rather than cloud storage, unlike the other sites.
For free, you will be able to upload files up to 10 GB, which is not bad at all. But there is a limit of 4 GB for every file. If you need more, you can always go for the subscription options. More than 840 million people are using the site to share files and the download speed is also pretty fast.
If you are looking for a file-sharing site curated for the IT sector, Box will be a good choice. It allows seamless transfer from your computer and Box cloud and you can invite teammates and clients to collaborate. You are in charge of who can see, edit and delete the files you have uploaded, so there is nothing to worry about.
10 GB storage and 250 MB upload limit for a single file is what you get for the free variant. Yes, the 250 MB upload limit is not that great. Their business plan starts from $15 per user per month where you will get unlimited cloud storage and 5 GB of file size limit. Moreover, you will be able to integrate it with Microsoft Office 365 plan and get custom branding features.
Do you only care about sharing the files and cloud storage? Especially for free, WeTransfer is a good option. You can upload and share files without even logging in, and the files will be available to download for 72 hours. If you want to store files you can always sign up.
For free, at once you will be able to upload files up to 2 GB and with WeTransfer Pro you will get 20 GB storage per transfer. While uploading files you will get an option to share files via an email or with a download link. So for informal transfers, this is a great solution.
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8. pCloud Transfer
2 GB of transfer limit is not great everyone, so with the almost same functionality as WeTransfer we have pCloud Transfer on the list. Here you will be able to send files up to 5 GB at once without registration. If you go for the subscription-based option, you will also get features like encryption and password protection.
The only reason it is so down on the list is the slow download speed. As I tried their service, I also faced issues like a broken link and cancellation of the download halfway. Maybe with the subscription, you will not face those issues, but personally, I did not try that.
9. Transfer XL
Next on the list, we have Transfer XL which is a file-sharing site with a beautiful user interface. When it comes to reliability, the site is not bad and the upload speed is really fast. You also do not need to sign up to send files, so it is great for casual usage.
For free, there is 5 GB size limit for every transfer and in a day you will be able to send files up to 10 GB. Those files will be saved for a whole week and later deleted. You will also get an email notification about it if you sign up of course. Their most popular plan cost $9.99 per month where the transfer limit is 25 GB and per day you will be able to send up to 50 GB.
Then we got FileTransfer.io which works almost the same way as Transfer XL. The user interface is good and also the transfer speed. For free, without creating an account you will be able to send files up to 6 GB and that can be downloaded 50 times. The files will be saved for 21 days, which is much more than other file transfer websites.
When it comes to professional work scenario, their business plan costs $49 per month, excluding VAT where you will get 500 GB storage, no expiration and maximum of 100 GB of file transfer at a time. Another great feature is you can customize the branding, like Box.
Another great file-sharing site is JumpShare which is a platform for visual collaboration. It combines features like file sharing, screenshot, video recording, GIF creation etc. For free you will get 2 GB of file space limit with 250 GB of limit per files. It also has Windows, Mac and iPhone apps so you will be able to get the files wherever you want.
For more professional work, they have a Business Plan which includes 2 TB of storage and there will be no file size limit. A great feature of JumpShare is you will be able to recover deleted files up to 1 year. They guarantee 99.99% uptime SLA with priority support with this plan.
Next on the list, we have ZippyShare which is an already popular file sharing and hosting website. For free you will be able to upload files up to 500 MB and there are no download limits. Also, there is no need to sign up for that. After the last download, it will store the file for another 30 days and it will be deleted.
With all these great features, the only downside I can point is the old and outdated user interface. Recently they have also introduced their file uploading application for Windows. So there is no need to use a browser every time you upload a file.
13. Apple iCloud
How can someone forgot when it comes to filing storage and sharing, so here we have Apple iCloud. If you are using a Mac or iPhone / iPad their application should be already there. For free you will be able to upload and share files up to 5 GB without any file size restrictions. After that, there are multiple subscription options.
On iCloud, you will have to provide your name, credit card information, likes, dislikes, passwords, friends, family trips etc which I do not like to be honest if you are only interested about sharing files for free. So if you do not use any Apple devices, iCloud is not the best solution, to be honest.
Then we got MEGA as one of the best cloud storage and file-sharing site. It also has smartphone and PC programs, so you do not need to use their website every time you upload a file. The user interface is pretty straight forward and clutter-free. The best part of MEGA is you get up to 50 GB of free cloud storage and sharing option, but that depends on your participation in our achievements program.
If you need more storage and want to use it for your business, it will cost €10.00 per user per month and you will get 15 TB of file storage and unlimited transfer size. Other than sharing files you can also communicate with your team members and collaborate with them.
We are going to end the list with SendGB which is a file-sharing site and works like Transfer XL. For free you will be able to upload files up to 5 GB and you can select email or link sharing option. A good feature of SendGB is you can select for how much time those files will be hosted, starting from 1 and up to 7 days.
If you need to send more files at a time, you can opt-in for their subscription-based file sharing option SendGB Extra where you will be able to send 20 GB of files at a time and 1 TB of storage. Another thing to mention, the free variant comes with adverts. Other than that, it is a great solution.
So these are all the top free file sharing sites you might want to use. Most of them come with a good amount of free upload size and great download speed. Also, most of the site on the list can also be used as a cloud storage option.