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The advantages and disadvantages of working in the cloud on a Chromebook

Chromebooks are laptops that work with Chrome OS, which is based on the Google Chrome web browser. Because of this, you work in the cloud with apps and programs, and also save your files there. Working in the cloud has its advantages and its disadvantages. On this page, we tell you about the pros and cons of working in the cloud on Chromebooks.

In short


  • Free 100GB online storage space
  • Online file backup
  • Open your files on any device connected to the Internet


  • No physical file backup
  • You can only synchronize online

Storage space in the cloud

Save in Google Drive.

If you own a Chromebook or if you're buying one, you'll get 100GB of storage space in Google Drive right away. That way, you can still save all your documents, tables, and even holiday pictures. Isn't that enough? You can always expand the online storage space. The options include 100GB, 1TB, or even 10TB of extra storage space. That way, you can be sure you'll have room for all your files in the cloud.

Online file backup

Back up all your files online.

Your chances of losing a file on a Chromebook are pretty small. Because you work in the cloud, all your documents and tables are automatically synchronized. That way, you won't have to click save if you've just written a few hundred words for your thesis. Files are automatically saved, and will always be backed up. That way, you won't lose a single file on your Chromebook again.

Access your files anywhere

Chromebook connected to the internet.

Another advantage of keeping your files in the cloud is that you'll be able to access them anywhere. That is, if you're connected to the Internet, of course. This way, you can open all your cloud files in the train, at work, or at home. You can also open your files on a different device, such as your smartphone or tablet, for example. As long as a device is connected to the Internet, you can use it to access files in the cloud from any location.

No physical file backup

Save files on the Chromebook.

Your Chromebook saves backups to the cloud, but can't make physical backups on a hard drive. The storage capacity of a Chromebook is usually not large enough for this. If you want to make a backup of your files on a drive, a Chromebook might not be the right laptop for you. Most Chromebooks have a flash storage capacity of less than 100GB, so you can't save a lot of files. In that case, a Windows laptop or MacBook might serve you better.

You can only synchronize online

Synchronize a Chromebook.

While a number of Chromebook apps can technically be used offline, they work best if you're online. You can type an email if your Chromebook is offline, but it will only be sent once you're connected to the Internet. You can also write a few paragraphs of your essay, but the changes will only be synchronized once you're online again. Apart from a few offline functionalities, you need an active Internet connection for your Chromebook.


By working in the cloud on a Chromebook, you'll have access to your files anywhere, and you can be sure backups will be made by default. On top of that, you'll get 100GB of free storage space to get started. If you need more, you can simply expand the capacity via Google. You do need an Internet connection at all times in order to effectively work in the cloud on a Chromebook.

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