Verizon Cloud adds online storage for iOS devices

Verizon's cloud-based backup system now supports iOS devices as well as more Android phones.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

iPhone and iPad owners can now use Verizon Cloud to back up key information from their devices.

The cloud-based system debuted late last month for Verizon subscribers using specific Android devices. As of yesterday, an app is also available for iOS users.

Owners of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's Droid DNA can also now access Verizon Cloud through its Android app via Google Play. Verizon provides a full list of compatible devices via the Check your Device button on its Verizon Cloud Web site.

Before you can tap into the app, you first need to sign up for Verizon Cloud access at the Web site. You can choose among four plans: 500MB for free, 25GB for $2.99 per month, 75GB for $5.99 per month, or 125GB for $9.99 per month.

After your account is active, you can trigger the app on your device. Verizon Cloud offers Verizon customers their own private online storage with several features.

You can back up and sync photos, videos, and contacts. You can stream music and view documents stored in the cloud through your phone. You can access your online files from a computer or another compatible device. And you can back up files from your computer through the Verizon Cloud desktop client.

The iOS app is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and requires iOS 5 or higher. The app is also optimized for the longer screen size of the iPhone 5.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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