Want to get more iPad storage?
Last updated: 2 June 2016
If you’ve got an iPad, then you probably love taking pictures, downloading movies, playing games and trying out the latest apps. And you’ll want to be able to store all your stuff without worrying about whether you’ve got enough space.
Although it’s not technically possible to ‘upgrade’ your iPad storage, thanks to The Cloud there are plenty of other ways you can crank up the capacity. So which option is right for you? If The Cloud says more about Cumulus to you than it does online storage, you might want to read on…
What is The Cloud?
The Cloud is a buzzword these days, but in a nutshell it’s a form of online storage.
Without getting too techie, it’s a network of servers that allows you to virtually store your data (be it pictures, films etc) in a place that doesn’t physically exist.
What’s the benefit?
Storing your data in this virtual way allows you to free up space on your iPad (or phone, PC or laptop) without having to delete anything. More importantly, you can access your data anywhere and at any time.
Is this new technology?
Cloud storage technology has actually been around since the 1950s, but it’s been continually refined. Today, most well-known Cloud storage services are safe and offer a generous storage limit for free. Just don’t forget to set a secure password!
You’re probably using Cloud technology of some sort on a daily basis. For example, if you’ve taken a picture and saved it to your phone, then you’re using your phone’s memory. But if you then upload that picture to Facebook, the image will be stored in a Cloud of some sort.
Which Cloud storage service should I use?
Before deciding, it’s worth putting data into context so you can think about how much space you need. As a general rule, 1GB of storage space is enough for around 500 digital photos. You should also make sure you have a good look at exactly how each service works.
Here’s a top-level view of some of the most popular Cloud storage solutions…
Dropbox - iPad - (free storage limit: 2GB)
It’s safe and almost universally recognised as the benchmark Cloud storage service. And Dropbox is one of the only services to cater for people with a BlackBerry (along with the usual devices). Though at 2GB, the basic account is probably not for you if you’re a film buff with a movie collection that spans a few decades.
iCloud - iPad (free storage limit: 5GB)
As you’d expect, the service is closely linked to all things Apple, so if you’ve got an iPad and an iPhone this may well be the best option for you. When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage for backup, documents and mail. Just bear in mind that your purchased music, movies, apps, books, TV shows and photo streams don't count against that free storage.
Google Drive - iPad (free storage limit: 15GB)
If you’ve already got a Google account, setting up a Google Drive will be super-fast. There is also a massive 15GB of Cloud storage space available for you for free, so you can file documents away to your heart’s content. However, if you’re a keen photographer, it’s worth noting that this service won’t accept any photos which have a resolution of less than 2048x2048, so you’ll just need to make sure you tweak your images before you upload them.
Facebook - iPad (free storage limit: 5GB)
Some 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, so if anyone knows about storage, it’s Facebook. Facebook tends to be used for sharing social pictures and videos, so it may not be the ideal place to store professional or confidential documents.
Amazon Cloud Drive Photos - iPad (free storage limit: 5GB)
Amazon Cloud Drive Photos has a very simple design which is easy to navigate, although some say it lacks some of the functionality of its competitors. If you want additional storage space for your photos above the free 5GB, we hear it’s a very cost-effective option.
Microsoft One Drive - iPad (free storage limit: 7GB)
Formally called “SkyDrive”, this service has been integrated with Microsoft Windows, so the moving around of files is very fluid and painless. What’s more, you can also earn extra Cloud storage by referring a friend.