I am writing this article, because I have to explain to everyone exactly why pCloud is the best Linux cloud storage solution available. And believe me, I suffered a lot of frustration before I found this solution. I’m sharing my affiliate link here (only because pCloud offers one) — but I’d be more than willing to writing this article without it; believe me!
As a mater of fact, just forget about reading this article. Just go and get pCloud right now. There’s nothing better for Linux, I’m straight up telling you! But if you’re still not convinced, keep reading..
I am over the moon and excited to exclaim to you right now: “If you’re looking for a cloud storage solution, just forget about Dropbox and beeline directly to pCloud”. Don’t get me wrong about Dropbox — it’s a decent solution if you’re on Windows or Mac. As a matter of fact, if I were still using Windows, I’d probably just have stuck with Dropbox and not even thought about trying to find anther solution. But I am not using Windows, because Windows is an abomination. I can’t stand Windows. Just the thought of Windows makes me feel ill in my belly, from all the hardships I’ve suffered because of it over the years. But I digress. pCloud! That’s what I am writing about here — not how much Windows sucks.
So, to cut a long story short, I’ve been struggling with various cloud solutions on Linux for over a year. Before that, I already had OneDrive, because I am an ex-Windows user. However, I gladly OneDrive up when I found out about Dropbox. I used Dropbox on Windows for years. But then I switched to Linux full-time, and well.. Dropbox just doesn’t work properly with Linux. I tried other stuff, but I couldn’t find anything better than Dropbox (for Linux). But Dropbox has one major problem, which if you do a little searching, you’ll find a lot of people complaining about..
Dropbox doesn’t have a smart-sync feature for Linux
If you install Dropbox onto your Linux machine, it will promptly proceed to download who knows how many gigabytes of files — which is completely and utterly useless. If you want to install Dropbox into several different Linux machines, do you really want every machine to have a copy of all the files? No! That’s beside the point of “the cloud”.
pCloud Works as an External Hard Drive
To be honest, it took me a good hour or two to “get” pCloud; to wrap my head around it. As I fiddled with it, I was mostly unimpressed. I think I was stuck in the mindset that DropBox left me in. After I installed pCloud, I was uploading and downloading files, trying to find the settings that will allow me to “smart-sync”. I couldn’t find any options! I had almost given up. I was ready to tuck my tail between my legs and return to Dropbox. But then I realised that none of the pCloud files that I had access to from my computer were on my actual hard drive. Then a light bulb appeared above my head, and I was like: EURIKA! I’ve struck GOLD! Why? Keep reading..
So Here’s the Lowdown about pCloud
The first thing you need to know is that “pCloud” refers to the service that you can subscribe to online. You get access to a website where you can upload and download files. “pCloud Drive” refers to the software that you can download onto Linux (or Windows/Mac for that matter), which sets up a “mounted drive” on your machine that gives you access to pCloud files. So none of the pCloud files are kept on our computer, but you can access then just as if they were. How cool is that? If you add or delete a file on your machine or on pCloud, it will also be added or deleted vice versa. So the files are synchronised.
Four Major Benefits of using pCloud
- pCloud has an Android app on Google play which automatically syncs any photo or video you create from your Android phone to pCloud. Then those photos and videos are accessible from your “mounted drive” (read the article above to understand what that means).. and you can then load them or access them into Kdenlive or GIMP or what ever you use to turn those files into masterpieces. And believe me, I did a lot of testing and everything load, opens, saves and just WORKS with no problems at all. It’s absolutely fantastic!
- The other great benefit is that you can backup everything from Dropbox or even Facebook and various other places such as OneDrive. So if you’re switching over from somewhere else, you can import everything in a few clicks and you’re good to go. You can also backup Google Drive and Instagram.
- pCloud actually chapter than Dropbox! I was paying AUD 18 per month for Dropbox fort 2TB (because it’s the lowest plan you can buy that’s usable). I switched to pCloud and paid AUD $68.56 for a hole year for 500GB (and that’s all I need, to be quite honest). I was paying $18.69 per month for Dropbox which works out to be $224.28 per year! So pCloud is costing me even less than one third of what I was paying with Dropbox, for a solution that’s no less than ten times better.
- You can sync other folders. If you want to sync your Pictures, Documents and Download folders (or any other folders) from your machine, you can. In that case the folders will remain on your machine, as well as on pCloud. So you can use pCloud to sync files or you can literally just use it as an external hard drive. Either way, it rocks!
So as you can see, I’ve become a one eyed pCloud supporter. I can’t even express how happy I am to have found pCloud. Again, I’d freely create this post even without posting an affiliate link, but hey — I have one, so why not? If you’re a Linux user looking for a decent cloud storage solution, just forget Dropbox and head straight over to pCloud. It’s just better. It’s a lot better. It’s also cheaper.
If you’re still not convinced, go and do a search for “Dropbox Linux”, or “smart-Sync Dropbox Linux” on your favourite search engine and you’ll see nothing but problems; especially when it comes to trying to stop Dropbox from filling your hard drive with files that are intended to stay on Dropbox. And what makes matters worse is that people have been complaining about this for years. Dropbox just isn’t doing anything about it and from the lack of response to all the complaints, it doesn’t look like they’re going to do anything about it.
I’m suck and tired of trying to make Dropbox work with Linux. I’m well and truly over it. I am just glad I found a solution which is absolutely perfect. pCloud ticks all the boxes. I’m going to be screaming about pCloud from the hilltops for a long while to come, I am quite sure.