Yes telegram. You probably know like a chat app Some use instead of – or to complement – sTandard messaging applications for iOS or Android. I’m a geek, and I don’t really wear anything but the typical ones, but there is at least one other Great reason to try Telegram: It gives you free unlimited storage for all your files.
That is nothing new, but Telegram announced yesterday you are increasing the size limit for the files you can send on your service and again store in the cloud free—A powerful 2GB. That’s crazy for a Completely free cloud storage service. And certainly enough reason to use it if you’ve never tried it before.
If you’re already using Telegram, the service going from your previous limit of 1.5GB to 2GB for individual files is probably not that important. It is still an amazing reminder that this chat application is a great tool for sharing files with friends and / or yourself.
The only trap? Your friends, or your other devices, need to have a Telegram account installed to download anything you put in a chat. There is no way to create public links to files hosted on Telegram. This is not Google Drive, after all.
Still, I appreciate that Telegram has a windows laptop application (in addition to an installable one), as well as applications for any other platform on which you want to use it. There are even a web application.
How to share files with yourself on Telegram
Setting up Telegram is easy: just provide your phone number, no username or password required (although can create a username if you want; allows others to find you in the service more easily).
Once you’ve done that, the easiest method to create a chat with yourself, which will serve as a dump for your files, is to simply create a new private channel with just you on it.
Telegram will still give you an invitation link to allow you to invite other Telegram users to join that channel, but just ignore it if all you are looking for is an impossible way to share files between your own systems and devices.
I’m using the Windows client right now, and I just dragged and dropped some files to open my Mac. It was as quick to do it as it would have been to put them in a Dropbox folder, but I really don’t have to worry about the size of the files or for the space they occupy. Charming.
Such files basically persist forever as I doubt if I ever reach the limit of “too many messages in a chat”, whatever it is, and there is no limit to the number of files you can upload. I’ve read reports of people dropping 2TB into a Telegram chat over a period of years, all searchable (often organized using hashtags in descriptions), and all immediately downloadable. And it is free.