Backblaze Mobile for iOS is a free app to view, download, and share files you have backed up to your Backblaze Personal Backup account. Easily access your files from devices running iOS 8.1 and up.
* Access files backed up to Backblaze Personal Backup
* Touch ID access supported for login
* Search for specific files and download to your iOS device
* Thumbnail preview of downloaded image files
* Share files via text, email, etc
* Founded in 2007
* 400,000,000+ GB of customer data under storage
* Recommended by About.com, The Verge, Lifehacker, re/code, Macworld... and hundreds of thousands of customers across over 175 countries
"You will sleep so much better knowing you have Backblaze." - John Gruber
"I've used other online backup, Backblaze is my favorite." - Marco Arment
"I like and can recommend Backblaze." - Walt Mossberg
For version 3.0 of our mobile apps we've reworked some of our mobile framework, and now with Backblaze Cloud Backup v6.0 and iOS version 3.1 some of the our functionality is being released! Please enjoy the below improvements and bug fixes!
- Increased download file size limit
- Downloads in progress now visible on the Downloads screen
- Added warning text for insufficient storage space
- Added warning text for downloads over a cellular network
- App is now more stable when searching through the Downloads screen
- Fixed incorrect timeout error messaging
- Fixed TouchID and 2FV error resulting in multiple SMS sends
- Downloads screen is now more responsive
Ratings and Reviews
Great service. Weak App.
I really like the Backblaze service, but the app is terribly limited in at least two ways that impact it's usability for me:
1. The app is incredibly reluctant to grab updated summary information from the Backblaze servers. I have a Mac Mini with a large external drive that's still trying to finish the initial upload after a couple months. Consequently, while away from home on business I like to pull up the app to check my upload process (not to mention occasionally retrieve files). Unfortunately, I find the upload total rarely updates. After a week or so of refreshing the app or killing the app using the multitasking/app-switcher/app-killer function then re-starting the app. I'll finally see a new total and it'll be a couple dozen more gigabytes. Clearly the uploads continue but the app just isn't gathering/reporting it well at all.
2. The second is short and sweet. I don't believe there should be a bandwith cap on downloadable files. Is there a necessary or unavoidable technological limitation causing this? If it's just a proprietary business decision, drop it. More often than not I've needed a file on mobile while on the road yet been unable to access it for download because it's size is reportedly too large.
Seems to work fine for me
It saved my userid and password for use with TouchID. Allowed me to download a spreadsheet, an .mp3, and a 5MB .pdf file. No issues. Allows sending to other iOS apps. Backblaze is not a Cloud Sync’ing service like Dropbox. It’s a backup protection service. This extra feature that they provide access too all my files while on-the-go is really appreciated. They don’t stream large files like movies, but, that seems like a lot to ask of a backup provider. Use your own Plex server if that’s what you want. I was forced out of CrashPlan like a lot of fellow users, and honestly, I did like CrashPlan a little better. But, I also know they didn’t feel like what I paid them was worth it for the service they thought they provided so they exited the business. Not much I can do about that. Backblaze is adequate and at a reasonable price. And this app, while not feature rich, works fine for accessing my files on the go and in an emergency.
Better than I thought
This is an edit of my previous review, which said there was no way to sign out, which would be a security problem on a mobile device you take everywhere & might get stolen. It's true that the feature to turn off automatic login is NOT within the main app interface. But an astute other reviewer pointed out that you can turn off auto-login from within the Settings app (if you have Backblaze installed). That raises my review by a full star, to almost as much as I like the Backblaze service overall!
Also noticed that if a file has a name ending in something other than a file extension (like "….jpg COPY" for example), then the app couldn't figure out what to do with it. Though I'm not sure if the developer should be responsible for fixing that; it COULD be an iOS limitation. It may be worth Backblaze looking into, though.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.