Do you self-host "cloud" storage? If yes, how?

I have been considering installing termux and nextcloud on an old phone to use it as a "server" for cloud storage. The phone is old, but not too old: 3 gb ram, 64 gb storage, 1.9 ghz octa-core, android 10. The phone should work fine, as the only reason I stopped using it was because the company we use for calling did an offer and gave a better phone for free. I am not sure how viable my plans to do this are nor if I will even succeed, but I want to give it a try when I have a bit more free time to be less dependent on microsoft with onedrive (as shared storage between computers that aren't always connected to the same network is a must have for me at the moment).

But, with how common I've seen the topic of self-hosting is in the linux community, I got a bit curious: how many of you do it? And those of you who do, how? Do you have a dedicated server, repurposed old pc/laptop, host it in your phone with termux, run it in a container inside your daily-use pc...?

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Never come across it myself.
There is no "Cloud"
It's somebody else's computer.
Why would you leave your stuff on the machine of a stranger ?

Self-Host cloud storage ?
I think that used to be called a spare HDD or SSD for storage, that you kept on a shelf or in a drawer somewhere.

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My intention is to use it not just at home, while not reducing portability on the laptop and being compatible with tablet and phone, so a spare HDD/SSD alone wouldn't cover my use cases

But I can see how it could be enough for most people, and I will most likely do just that when I finish university and I have no need to move files between different devices so frequently

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I seldom have a need for that facility, but I do see your point.
I believe that Gmail gives about 5GB of space with each account ?

I have an old cheap NAS from WD specifically called My Cloud. I used to be able to access it from the internet. It was pretty cool while it lasted. I still run it as a local NAS, but it no longer has remote access capability. It's so old they withdrew support for it and removed the remote functionality to prevent unauthorized access. There are better solutions, but it worked okay for what it was. I didn't store unencrypted sensitive data on it.

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I have an old cheap NAS from WD specifically called My Cloud

Are you sure about that? I have My Cloud Home Duo (2 disks), its about 4 years old now and it was a great purchase imo. They did abandon the software, so users wouldn't have to map network drives manually.

These days i just do that myself, remote access works beautifully as well. You may just have an ancient device.

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Yeah, mine is about twice that old, if not more. Even if they technically had not made it impossible to use remotely, the security warnings were enough to convince me. They even recommended just shutting it down completely. But I'm pretty sure they completely disabled remote access on it. I'm just surprised it still works at all, I've gotten more than the expected number of years usage out of it.


Google Drive gives 15 GB and OneDrive gives 5 GB

Each has its pros and cons (Word online is limited, but feels like a full-featured document editor when compared to Google Docs), but overall they are both free... at the cost of privacy, which becomes even more of a concern when both of them are developing their own AIs (Microsoft with copilot and recall may be the most heard about one, but Google also has an AI that can actively look at your photos, as long as they are saved on Google Drive, specifically...)

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