Ethical alternatives to Dropbox, Google Drive and Google Docs


Nextcloud is an easy-to-use service which lets you store files, edit them and share them with other people.

Nextcloud is the most popular ethical file storage service with many large customers. The German government recently started using it for all official business due to the high level of privacy it offers.

The Nextcloud software is open source and free, so any website owner can set up their own Nextcloud site. If you don’t have a website but you want to use Nextcloud, you can sign up for an account at the sites below.

Once you’ve got a Nextcloud account set up, you can use the Android and iPhone apps to upload files or manage your storage space. (Many people use the app to upload photos from their phone, for example.)

NEXTCLOUD SITES – OwnDriveIndieHosters, Disroot Cloud,, wölkli, and many others.

ANDROID APP – Nextcloud

iPHONE APP – Nextcloud

(Note that Nextcloud sites often use the brands and logos of the companies that run them, but they all run on Nextcloud software, so they all work with the Nextcloud phone app. Most of them offer free accounts up to a certain storage limit, then charge a fee if you want to store more than that.)

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