Apple iCloud vs Dropbox: Which One is Better

Stuck on the problem of which one is better between iCloud and Dropbox? Check this article and you’ll get perfect solution to this answer.

By iMobie | Posted on: Jun. 26, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2018
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Recent years, there are growing numbers of users tend to use cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive and more. For many iPhone, iPad and Mac users, iCloud can’t be more familiar, while Dropbox is also one of the leading pioneers that brings cloud computing to the mainstream. So if you are struggling between iCloud and Dropbox, just check on this article and choose the best one for you.

iCloud vs Dropbox

iCloud vs Dropbox

Also Read: OneDrive vs Google Drive: Which One is Better

Apple iCloud vs Dropbox: Which One is Better

Here we’ll make a comparison between iCloud and Dropbox about their prices, features, safety, and privacy.

1. Brief Introduction to iCloud and Dropbox

iCloud is a cloud storage service from Apple Inc, and it helps users to sync data like photos, contacts, music, videos, and files between all Apple devices. Many Apple users have store all kinds of data in iCloud and it has 700 million users all over the world.

Dropbox is an industry-leading app released by Dropbox Inc. and it enables to store, share and sync files on all devices as long as you connect to the Internet. It has more than 500 million users by 2016.

2. Devices Supported

iCloud: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Windows.

Dropbox: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows phone and tablet, Web-based.

3. Storage and Price

iCloud:  It provides 5 GB storage for free, To get more, you can upgrade to a larger storage plan. The prices vary from country to country. If you are in the United States, it will cost:

$0.99 per month for 50 GB

$2.99 per month for 200 GB

$9.99 per month for 2 TB

Dropbox: It will offer you 2 GB of free storage. If you need more storage, it will cost:

1 TB: $9.99 per month and $99.00 a year. ( Dropbox Plus)

1 TB: $19.99 per month and 199.00 a year. (Dropbox Professional)

4. File Sharing and Syncing

iCloud: It helps users sync settings, photos, music, contacts, calendar and others among Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and Mac. Also offers collaboration through Pages and Keynote. All those features work well if you are an Apple user or your coworkers also use Apple products.

Dropbox: It lets users sync and share files across all kinds of devices and platforms including Linux computer. But Dropbox won’t allow others to edit the files you share unless you create a sharing folder that you can enable the edit permissions.

5. Security and Privacy

iCloud encrypts your data when it is being transferred, SSL transit encryption from the web, AES 128-bit protection from mobile device apps. But iCloud does not encrypt emails, if you are worried about this, you can choose to turn off sync option for mail.

Dropbox encrypts your data to a 128-bit AES standard while files are in motion, and then to a 256-bit AES standard when at rest. And you can also turn on two-factor authentication to prevent others access your account.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Files from iCloud to Dropbox

What if you have both iCloud and Dropbox account and want to keep them at the same time? Here we’d like to introduce a cloud data management tool call AnyTrans for Cloud, which is capable of managing multiple cloud drives at one place. Now let’s check some main features of this tool:

  1. Supports transferring files from iCloud to Dropbox directly without any barrier, and you don’t need to sign in two cloud accounts separately.
  2. Supports managing multiple cloud drives like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, pCloud, OneDrive and more.
  3. Enable you to share files and folder with other people or publically via email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, message, or WhatsApp.

Now just free sign up AnyTrans for Cloud and follow the steps below to transfer files from iCloud to Dropbox easily.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans for Cloud to your computer and open it. Log in your AnyTrans account.

How to Transfer Files from iCloud to Dropbox - Step 1

How to Transfer Files from iCloud to Dropbox – Step 1

Step 2. Click on the “+” button and choose iCloud Drive and Dropbox to add to AnyTrans for Cloud. And the screen instructions to finish the authorization.

How to Transfer Data from iCloud to Dropbox - Step 2

How to Transfer Data from iCloud to Dropbox – Step 2

Step 3. Hit the iCloud Drive icon on the left sidebar, click “Sync to Cloud” icon and select a file/folder in the source, for example, the Photos. Then check the Dropbox and hit the “Next” button.

How to Move Files from iCloud to Dropbox - Step 3

How to Move Files from iCloud to Dropbox – Step 3

The Bottom Line

That’s all about Apple iCloud vs Dropbox and we’ve listed several aspects that users concern most. Just read through the detailed comparison above and choose the best one for you. Also, you can try AnyTrans for Cloud to manage your multiple cloud accounts with ease.Let’s get it now and have a free trial >


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