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Degoo

Rated 2.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

$0.00 Premium Plan 2000GB $9.99/month

Degoo offers a large amount of free backup storage and for those in a very tight budget might be worth looking into. The free storage does come at a price though, with the desktop app trying hard to install other apps as well at the option for the desktop app to also mine cryptocurrancy for the company. There are better cloud backup services available out there but if you are on a very tight budget or just love the idea of having 100GB of free space then Degoo is for you.

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Our Review

Pros:

  • 100GB of free backup space.
  • Easy to use.
  • Deleted files kept for 14 days for free accounts. 60 days for premium accounts.
  • Stores Files using 256-bit AES Encryption.
  • Restore easy to do.
Cons:

  • Tries hard to have you install other apps on desktop.
  • Mines cryptocurrancy using your spare CPU cycles.
  • No iOS app (as of this writing)
  • Windows and Mac free version requires a credit card.
  • Need to spam friends and family to download.

The number of cloud backup services offering large quantities of free space can be counted on one hand, and that list is getting shorter all the time. For this reason I was interested in Degoo since 100GB of free backup space is enough to store a fairly large quantity of data. Considering my photos alone are well over 50GB in size it can get expensive to backup and store data. While the draw to Degoo was the large amount of free space it became very obvious that they are doing everything they can to find ways to make money from offering you free space.


The first offer from Degoo before I even started downloading the application.
As you can see in the video I have embedded below of my testing if the sign up and setup process on a Windows 10 machine the sales start the minute you click the download now button on their website. The first option I encountered was an option to manage my search providers before I started the download. It would be very easy for someone not reading closely to easily install this option and have some browser plugin installed. While it is a little sneaky at least they give you the option to skip or ignore the added install, while other service might just do it for you, I would say just be sure to pay attention to what they are trying to do.

The second offer during the setup wizard. How many more there are I don’t know because I clicked Skip All.
Once you download the installation file and start the setup wizard I was presented with the license agreement and then, surprise surprise, with another option to install even more software that I was not interested in. The nice part was the option to Skip All but the questions did seem confusing on purpose seeming to try and trick a person into installing something they really don’t want. This all before I even got the application installed on my Windows 10 machine. Not a good start to trying this service.

When the setup completed I was presented with the option to create an account I used a temporary email address but you could also use your Google account, which would be handy if you are planning on using the service for awhile. Of course the push of other products continued after I setup my account with a push for Mailbird from their sister company. When the Degoo main application finally started I was presented with the main screen and able to add files the backup, check my account and do other tasks. I easily added some folders to the backup and ran the backup.

I had some issues with my recording software but I was able to do a restore of the downloads folder. You can see the restore process in the video below. I edited the video to take less time than it actually did. The restore process was fairly simple and you can select what folders and files you want to restore.

For the most part the backup and restore process was smooth and quick. I did have some problems getting the app to backup new files that I added to the folders I included in the backup but I did not investigate what the problem was. It could be as simple as I did not wait long enough for the application to start again. According to their website it does appear I was just impatient, since backups are suppose to occur once every 24 hours.

One of the unique features the application does have is the option to get some extra free space in exchange for letting the application mine scrypt based cryptocurrencies. On their website they specifically mention Litecoins, but there are several other scrypt based cryptocurrencies that you can see on Wikipedia that Degoo could mine. When I checked the button my account as automatically granted an extra 10GB of free space. It is an interesting idea for a company that offers free space to use users spare CPU cycles. I can’t imagine they make a great deal from most peoples computers but if they have hundreds of thousands of computers all working together it might make Degoo some extra cash. Personally it is nice to see the company up front about it, they could have just hidden it in the code and turned it on, but if I am going to mine cryptocurrencies I would rather just do it myself.

Android App

I also installed the Android app on my phone and gave it a spin for a week or so. To my surprise I was not bombarded with extra apps to install. In fact I was pleasantly surprised with the Android app and wished that the Windows desktop app was more like the Android one. Installing the Android app from the Play Store was not problem and I was able to set what to backup and use the app to browse the existing files from the account on my phone.

The only problem I had with the Android app was browsing files from the existing backup. I noticed that several of the larger files simply were not available to view on the phone. The files were large so perhaps the app was hiding them because there was no way I would have been able to download the files on to the phone. But it could also be the app has a bug and was not showing me everything. If you are using Degoo as a backup I would test it more to make sure it is accurately uploading and restoring files.

Overall

I am not overly impressed with Degoo as a backup service. The desktop version, while upfront with offers, seems more interested in installing other software than making the install and backup process run smoothly. The Android app is better but other than offering users a very generous 100GB I see no great benefit to using Degoo for backup. If you are very short on cash and cannot purchase a reasonable account with a better provider or are a poor student, then Degoo is perhaps a good option to consider, other wise I would recommend you look at another service.

Update

The comment by Chris (see user reviews) had me go and take a quick second look at Degoo. The latest experience in trying the free version of Degoo for Windows did not go well. Creating an account was no problem but I was not able to actually download the Windows desktop client without doing one of two things. Giving them my credit card, and to be honest I don’t trust this company enough to give them my credit card. Or I had to spam my friends and family. I opted to spamming my own email accounts to see if I could at least get the desktop client downloaded. No luck. After entering in 10 email accounts and submitting them I was simply redirected back the same page.

Personally I would not use this service. Requiring a credit card for a free account is not free, and you don’t know what they are going to do with that information. The fact that they want your friends and family email addresses and then still don’t let you download the desktop application seems shady. There are simply to many red flags going up and to many road blocks to trying the service. There are better alternatives that you can try that are free, and better alternatives that cost less.

(Jan 2018)

6 reviews for Degoo

  1. Rated 1 out of 5

    KobusJHG

    Degoo is messed up. I lost my info. Carl and the other founders do not respond to review posts or e-mails. NEVER use this messed up program. You are going to lose data.

    • Cloudee

      Sorry to here about your trouble with Degoo.

      While I am sorry you have lost data I did edit your comment to be a little more friendly. Try to keep the language civil.

      Thanks.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bikram

    Hi,

    I dont know Y this Fuss…
    Degoo is clearly for BACKUP… not Sync, as Gdrive/OneDrive/DropBox etc are…. you need to understand concept of these both terms before opting for these services. Also, it has 14 days of recycle-bin… I dont know how you lost your data.. and dont wana comment on it too… Sorry for your your loss, but you should never your important data for testing… always use Dummy data and do thorough testing before trying/implementing any such solutions.

    I am using Degoo from past 5 months and I am pretty impressed… taking backup of my production Databases and pushing it to Degoo everyday, My remote teams download it and test the sanity of the data along with using that for testing and building further on it. everyday approx 4 GB o data is Auto transferred …not even a single file missing.

    The review was good… just simple explanation of installation and process of uploading/downloading and 24 hour auto cycle for uploading yout local data to degoo cloud storage.

    THIS IS NOT SYNC DRIVE….. BUT BACKUP OPTION/STORAGE…. cant compare Both…

    I am highly satisfied and opted for 2TB storage and bought 3TB for my family.. thats how much I am satisfied. PERIOD.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Degoo works very well and a lot of these reviews would appear to be old. Degoo no longer uses your processor for other activities such as mining or weather and it also allows multiple devices even on the free accounts. I have never had an issue with degoo and been using for about 3 months so far. In my opinion it’s better for mobile devices and allows you to Chromecast your media files right in the app which is handy. Also I haven’t had any ads outside of the app and inside the app they are bearable and don’t pop up all over the page blocking your use of the app. In my opinion it’s a great app and free which is awesome. Also it auto updates any files and folders you select to keep updated.

    • Cloudee

      Thanks for your comment. Glad it works well for you. The review is not that old, but I did go and see if I could update some information. Unfortunately my experience was less than stellar. I have added it to the review.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ayushman Singh

    Cloudee I already have 40 GB free space on ONE drive and I am extremely happy with it. It is a blessing for me. But here I would like to inquire more about Degoo from it:
    1.) Why people call it less reliable as they report loss of data stored on Degoo servers?
    2.) As of present is company following any shady practices that puts a question on the character of the company in a service where trust is the key?
    3.) There android app, allows to extend the free storage by watching sponsored advert. videos and gives extra 1GB for each video…………UNBELIEVABLE!! I have installed their android app, is their anything about which I should be careful?
    4.) Personally I will not install it on PC. Will you recommend me to install it for a better experience?
    5.) Does it still mine cryptocurrency?
    6.) Does it still try to install useless soft wares on PC?

  5. Rated 1 out of 5

    Slawek

    Degoo is more a joke than a service… I’ve read some reviews and opinion before I bought 3TB storage. Many of them pointed very poor functionality of the service but it’s OK for me. I needed just for backup my most important files. However it’s really hard to believe that this is solution intended for backup when my whole backup just disappeared… the second time!
    If you buy it than probably you don’t know what to do with your money because I don’t believe you buy it for backup:-)
    Support does not reply at all.

  6. Rated 1 out of 5

    Thomas Morgan

    Not impressed with the services at all. Please beer in mind the time it can take to backup a large volume of data – mainly precious home vids and pictures, after getting over 1.6 TB backed up of my allocated 2TB of storage Degoo decides just to delete everything… EVERYTHING! No explanation to why or what’s happened nothing. This is seriously crap.

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