By Nicky / Last Updated September 29, 2020

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About Box cloud storage

Founded in 2005, Box is an online cloud storage service that focuses on cloud content management and file sharing for businesses. With it, you can easily backup files to the online cloud and store it away from your local physical storage devices. Meanwhile, it offers convenient clients and apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android to help you get access to your files anywhere, on any device.

Box

Anyone can sign up for a free tier with 10GB of cloud storage space and a 250MB file size limit. Box also offers a lot of paid plans: Platform, Business, and Individual. You can choose a paid plan according to your needs. And besides storage services, Box also has many advanced features such as secure and reliable synchronization, easy file sharing as well as team collaboration.

Price and Plans

Why choose to backup files to Box?

Since 2005, Box cloud storage has been one of the most popular cloud storage around the world and accumulated more than 41 million users. Generally, users choose Box as a storage solution and backup files to Box for reasons below:

Easy sharing: With Box, file sharing is incredibly easy. You can grant members the ability to invite users via email or with a link. people with a link can access shared folders and files without the same limitation.

Convenient files access: Box can be accessed on most platforms via a browser. Meanwhile, it also released the Box Sync application for users of Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. You can access your files anytime on any device.

Generous free storage: As mentioned above, the first 10 GB of Box storage is free, which is a generous amount compared with other cloud storage like Dropbox, OneDrive, and so on. You can take full use of free storage and free up your local storage space.

High control of your data: Box gives you a lot of control over the privacy of your files. For instance, you can decide who in your business can view and open specific folders and files, as well as who can edit and upload documents. You can even password-protect individual files and set expiration dates for shared folders.

How to backup Windows and Mac files to Box?

After learning the benefits of backing up files to Box, you can read on to learn how to backup files to Box from Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android phone with simple steps.

Way 1. Use Box web app for file backup

Like other cloud storage, Box also has an official web app. From there you can upload files to the Box cloud and download files from Box cloud to the local computer manually. Let’s see how to use the Box web app for file backup:

Step 1. Go to the website of Box and sign in your account.

Box Sign Up

Step 2. On the main page of Box, click on the Upload button in the upper right corner to select files or folder from your local computer and backup them to Box cloud.

Box Upload

Way 2. Use Box Sync for file backup

Box has a "Box Sync" client that you can install on your computer. After installing, you will have a folder locally on your computer, and whatever is put in there will be automatically synced to the cloud. The steps below will show you how to use Box Sync for backup:

Step 1. Download Box Sync on your Windows PC or Mac from the Available Box Apps page.

Step 2. Open the Box Sync Installer file when the download is complete and follow the installation instructions.

Step 3. After setting up, you will have a folder in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. You can drag and drop files or folder to this folder and the files or folder you put in it will be synced to the cloud.

Box folder in Windows Explorer:

Box Folder in Windows

Box folder in Mac Finder:

Box in Mac

Way 3. Use a third-party tool for file backup

Besides the official web app and desktop app that provides by Box, there are also many free and useful third-party backup tool that can help you back up files to Box easily and quickly. Here, we will take AOMEI Backupper Standard, a free tool that allows you to add the Box folder on your computer as the target path of file backup and file sync, to show you how to use a third-party tool to backup files to Box.

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Backupper Standard, and then go Backup > File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to add files you want to backup.

Add File Or Folder

Step 3. Select the Box folder location as the destination path. The Box folder location typically located in C:\Users\UserName\Box in Windows computer.

Backup to Box

How to backup iPhone and Android files to Box?

Step 1. Go to the Download page of Box and download Box Drive on your iPhone or Android phone.

Step 2. Open the Box Drive app and Sign in your account.

Step 3. Click the “+” icon to upload files from your phone to Box.

Backup to Box Phone

Bonus tip: How to protect more files at a lower cost?

As cloud storage, Box is a good choice for its advanced file sharing and management features. But if you only want to use it as a cloud backup tool, the paid plans of it are not very reasonable. As you can see the plans in the form above, the storage choice for you is 100 GB or unlimited. If you need more storage than 100 GB but the price of an unlimited storage plan is not affordable, you can try another cloud backup service with more reasonable prices and storage plans.

The cloud backup service we want to recommend to you is CBackupper, which is a professional cloud service that focuses on PC to cloud backup, cloud to cloud backup as well as cloud storage integration. It offers a web version for free and a PC client version for $6/month with 1000GB AOEMI Cloud storage space. CBackupper PC client provides users with a 15-day free trial, you can download it from the website and try it now:

Step 1. Download and install the CBackupper PC client for free.

Download CBackupper

Step 2. Create a CBackupper account and sign in.

cBackupper Sign Up

Step 3. Click on the Task tab and click on the New Task button.

Create Task

Step 4. Click on Add Source to select the PC files that you want to backup to AOMEI Cloud. After selecting, click Start Backup.

Add Source

Summary

In the contents above, we have explained how to backup files from PC and phones to Box. If you meet any error in the process of using Box or the paid plans of Box is not suitable to you, you can switch to another cloud backup service like CBackupper at any time.