How to Set Up Mega Cloud Storage

Introduction

Mega allows you to share your files easily between all your devices, as well as access them from anywhere in the world on any other computer you can access.

This guide will walk you through setting up the Mega client software on your devices, to make it easier to get to your files from everywhere.

Mega

1 Create Account

First, you will need an account with Mega to use their services.

  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address Bar at the top, type in mega.nz and press return or enter.
    Browser address with address bar highlighted.
  3. Select Create an account.
    Mega page with Creat an account highlighted.
  4. Follow the instructions on screen to sign up for a Mega account.
    Mega is a third-party provider of services, with both free and paid-for services. During setup you will be given choices and options that may change depending on Mega. Read and follow the instructions to complete the setup.
    Mega account creation.
    Be sure to make special note of the username and password you've setup for Mega, you will need your username and password every time you wish to access your files remotely.
  5. Once setup, you will be shown your Mega account page.
    Mega account page.

2 Type

For our next step, we need to determine what kind of device you are using.

? What kind of device do you have?

  1. Desktop
  2. Laptop
  3. Smartphone
  4. Tablet

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Mega allows you to share your files easily between all your devices, as well as access them from anywhere in the world on any other computer you can access.

This guide will walk you through setting up the Mega client software on your devices, to make it easier to get to your files from everywhere.

Mega

First, you will need an account with Mega to use their services.

  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address Bar at the top, type in mega.nz and press return or enter.
    Browser address with address bar highlighted.
  3. Select Create an account.
    Mega page with Creat an account highlighted.
  4. Follow the instructions on screen to sign up for a Mega account.
    Mega is a third-party provider of services, with both free and paid-for services. During setup you will be given choices and options that may change depending on Mega. Read and follow the instructions to complete the setup.
    Mega account creation.
    Be sure to make special note of the username and password you've setup for Mega, you will need your username and password every time you wish to access your files remotely.
  5. Once setup, you will be shown your Mega account page.
    Mega account page.
For our next step, we need to determine what kind of device you are using.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for personal computers currently available, Windows and macOS.

Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address Bar at the top, type in mega.nz/sync and press return or enter.
    Edge browser with address bar filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select Download to download the MegaSync client.
    MegaSync client page with Download highlighted.
  4. Depending on which browser you are using, you may be asked what to do with the download. Select Run, or open the file once it has finished downloading.
    Download prompt with Run highlighted.
  5. Windows will ask for permission to run the installer, select Yes.
    UAC prompt for MegaSync with Yes highlighted.
  6. Select your language, then select OK to continue.
    Language selection with OK button highlighted.
  7. A welcome screen will appear, select Next.
    MegaSync setup welcome screen with Next highlighted.
  8. Carefully read the License Agreement. Once you have read the terms, select I Agree to continue.
    MegaSync licence agreement with I Agree highlighted.
  9. You will be asked whom you want to install MegaSync for. If you are the only person who uses your computer, select Install just for me. If multiple people log in separately to this computer and you want them all to be able to use their own MegaSync accounts, select Install for anyone using this computer. Then select Next.
    Installation options with Next button highlighted.
  10. You will be asked where you want the MegaSync icons. The default location is fine, select Install.
    Installation location with Install highlighted.
  11. Installation is complete. Select Finish.
    Complete installation with Finish highlighted.
  12. MegaSync will open, to get your user information. We just setup an account on their website. Select Login.
    MegaSync Login welcome page with Login highlighted.
  13. Enter your Mega email address and password; the ones you just created, then select Next.
    Login prompt with Email Password and Next button highlighted.
  14. Select Full sync so all your files will be in sync, then select Next.
    Install type with Full sync and Next buttons highlighted.
  15. MegaSync will create a special folder for files to sync to. The default is an excellent choice. Select Next.
    Folder selection with Next highlighted.
  16. Setup is now complete, select Finish.
    Installation complete with Finish highlighted.
  17. You can check the status of MegaSync from your System Tray. You may have to click the arrow to show hidden icons.
    System tray expanded with MegaSync icon highlighted.
  18. Here you will see the status of MegaSync, if it's copying files for example. Select Mega at the bottom-left.
    MegaSync status window with Mega button highlighted.
  19. You will be shown the Mega folder on your computer. You can copy files here, and they will automatically sync with your Mega account, and be available instantly on the web or other computers with Mega.
    Mega folder.
Once you have the Mega client setup on your home computer, any files you place into the Mega folder will be accessible from any other computer with an Internet connection, using the web browser.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address Bar at the top, type in mega.nz and press return or enter.
    Browser with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select Login in the top right corner.
    Mega page with Login highlighted.
  4. Log in with your Mega account information, then select Log in.
    Mega login with Email Password and Log in button highlighted.
  5. You will be shown your Mega account page. You can access your files from here from any computer.
    Mega account page.
  6. If you are on a public device accessed by multiple people, it's best to log out once you are done. Select the Menu icon in the top-right of the page.
    Menu.
  7. Select Logout to log out of your account.
    Menu with Logout highlighted.
  1. Open your preferred browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the Address Bar at the top, type in mega.nz/sync and press return or enter.
    Safari browser with address entered and highlighted.
  3. Select Download to download the MegaSync client.
    MegaSync client page with Download highlighted.
  4. Open the file you downloaded from your browser.
    Safari downloads with download highlighted
  5. Drag the MegaSync program into the Application shortcut.
    MegaSync application install.
  6. MegaSync will install.
    MegaSync installing.
  7. Open Applications (you can double-click the shortcut in the MegaSync installer), and select MegaSync.
    MegaSync highlighted in Applications folder.
  8. macOS will ask if you want to open MegaSync the first time, select Open.
    MegaSync requesting permissions with Open highlighted.
  9. You will be asked for your Mac password. Enter your Mac username and password, then select OK.
    MegaSync Mac password prompt with Username, Password, and OK button highlighted.
  10. You'll be asked to setup. You have already created an account, select Login.
    MegaSync setup with Login highlighted.
  11. Enter your MegaSync Email address and password, the ones you just created, then select Next.
    MegaSync login with email password and next button highlighted.
  12. Select Full sync to ensure every file is synced properly, then select Next.
    Install type with Full sync and Next button highlighted.
  13. MegaSync will create a special folder to copy information back and forth to your computer in. The default location is a perfect choice. Select Next.
    Location selection with Next button highlighted.
  14. Setup is now complete, select Finish.
    Setup complete with Finish button highlighted.
  15. MegaSync can be accessed by the Circle with M icon near your clock. Select this icon to see the status of MegaSync, if any files are being uploaded or downloaded. Select the Mega button in the bottom left to show your MegaSync folder.
    MegaSync tray icon with Mega button highlighted.
  16. This will show the folder on your computer. Copy files into this folder as you normally do, and they will be synced with your MegaSync account, allowing access from the website, as well as any other computer with MegaSync installed.
    MegaSync folder.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen

Install Mega Client

  1. Open the App Store.
    iOS App Store
  2. Select Search in the bottom right corner.
    App Store Search Button.
  3. Type in Mega, and select Mega from the list.
    App store search with Mega highlighted.
  4. Select Get for Mega.
    Mega app store page with Get highlighted.

Configure Mega Client

  1. Open Mega.
    Mega
  2. Enter your email address and the password you used to create your Mega account, then select Login.
    Mega login with email, password, and Log In button highlighted.
  3. Mega asks for permission to use your camera, to take photos directly to your Mega account as well as back up your photos for you. Select OK.
    Mega camera access with OK highlighted.
  4. Mega asks for permission to use your Microphone, to provide voice chat over their service as well as record voice memos to your Mega account. Select OK.
    Mega Microphone access request with OK highlighted.
  5. Mega asks for permission to send you notifications, to let you know when files have been changed or uploaded to your Mega account. Select Allow.
    Mega notifications request with Allow highlighted.
  6. Mega will offer to automatically configure it to backup your photos and videos from your smartphone. You can turn on video uploads if you wish, then Enable the camera backups.
    Camera uploads option with upload video and Enable highlighted.
  7. Mega will request permissions to your existing photos to back them up. Select OK.
    Mega Photos request with OK highlighted.

Use Mega Client

  1. Open Mega.
    Mega
  2. You'll be shown the files on your drive here.
    Mega Cloud Drive
  3. Along the bottom are further options for the program.
    • Cloud drive - Returns you to your Mega Cloud drive main view.
      Mega Cloud Drive
    • Camera uploads - A special folder created to store pictures you take with your phone.
      Camera
    • Chat - Allows you to chat with your contacts on Mega.
      Mega Chat
    • Shared folders - Folders shared with you by other people on Mega.
      Shared folders
    • Preferences - Adjust settings.
      Preferences

Install Mega Client

  1. Launch the Play Store on your smartphone.
    Google Play Store.
  2. Select the search bar at the top.
    Google Play Store with Search bar highlighted.
  3. Type in mega, then select Mega from the list.
    Play Store search with Mega entered and highlighted.
  4. Select Install.
    Mega store page with Install highlighted.

Configure Mega Client

  1. Open Mega.
    Mega App
  2. You will be asked if you already have an account, or wish to create one. We just created one that we will be using. Select Login.
    New Account prompt with Login highlighted.
  3. Enter the email address and password you created earlier, then select Login.
    Login screen with Email, Pasword, and Login highlighted.
  4. Mega will request permission to add files to your device. Select Allow.
    File permissions request with Allow highlighted.
  5. You'll be given an offer to purchase increased storage. Select Cancel.
    Pro account prompt with Cancel highlighted.
  6. Mega will ask what content you'd like to automatically backup from your phone, and how to transfer files. Make your choices, then select OK.
    • Upload Videos - Any videos you take with your phone will be saved to your Mega account.
    • Use cellular connection - Mega will use your cellular connection to upload files, using your cellular data plan.
    Camera Upload options with switches and OK button highlighted.
  7. Mega will request permission to use your camera. Select Allow.
    Mega Permissions for camera with Allow highlighted.

Use Mega Client

  1. Open Mega.
    Mega App
  2. You'll be shown the files on your drive here.
    Mega Cloud Drive.
  3. From the Menu on the top-left, you can access additional areas.
    Menu
    • Cloud drive - Returns you to your Mega Cloud drive main view.
      Cloud drive symbol
    • Saved for Offline - Files you have copied to your phone, so you can access them if your phone goes offline. Mega syncs these files automatically whenever it is online.
      Saved for offline.
    • Camera uploads - A special folder created to store pictures you take with your phone.
      Camera Uploads
    • Shared folders - Folders shared with you by other people on Mega.
      Shared folders
    • Contacts - Allows you to share files and folders on your Mega drive with people on your contacts list.
      Contacts
    • Chat - Allows you to chat with your contacts on Mega.
      Chat
    • Settings - Adjust settings.
      Settings
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