Google Drive

Cloud storage and backup for files, photos, docs, and more

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Google Drive Overview

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a cloud storage and backup platform to access files, docs, photos & more, store them in a safe place, and collaborate with other people. The Google Drive platform can be accessed wherever the user is at the time, from in their home to on-the-go, or in the office, meaning files can be accessed, shared, edited, collaborated on, and more.

The security and backup features within Google Drive mean that files are protected and safely stored even when technological disasters occur. No matter what happens to the users' devices, their files are safely stored in Google Drive.

Google Drive allows users to do more than just store their files. Users can share files with exactly who they want and edit them together, from any device. Google Drive gives instant access to Google Docs, a suite of editing tools that makes working together easy—even when your teammates are miles away.

Google Drive Overview

Pricing

Starting from
$1.99/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Total storage - Monthly rate
15 GB: Free
100 GB: $1.99/month
1 TB: $9.99/month
10 TB: $99.99/month
20 TB: $199.99/month
30 TB: $299.99/month

Google Drive for teams: $10.00/user/month


Google Drive Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch and 14 others, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Media

Integrate with email to attach documents with ease
Store and access files using the advanced search functionality
Multiple users can collaborate on file editing at the same time
Manage user permissions to control who can view, comment, or edit files
Access, upload, or download files on any device
Google Drive video Google Drive screenshot: Integrate with email to attach documents with ease Google Drive screenshot: Store and access files using the advanced search functionality Google Drive screenshot: Multiple users can collaborate on file editing at the same time Google Drive screenshot: Manage user permissions to control who can view, comment, or edit files Google Drive screenshot: Access, upload, or download files on any device

Google Drive Reviews

Google Drive Reviews

Overall rating
4.8
/
5
Excellent
16328

Very good
4046

Average
406

Poor
35

Terrible
6

Value for Money
4.7
Features
4.6
Ease of Use
4.7
Customer Support
4.4
98% recommended this app
Aleksandar I.

The right cloud for everyone

Although nowadays having a cloud to back up all the important files is nothing new, having a stable solution as Google Drive really makes everyday life easier.

We share files, documents, spreadsheets, images withing our organization by just pasting a link. Most important thing is that whoever opens the link, gets the latest version of the document. It was a long time ago when we had to attach documents and send them over e-mail and go through the same hassle every time a document has been changed.


Mirza R.

Best option to keep your documents synced with you on the go

This software has been very helpful throughout the past couple of years, the team drive option is very handy. You don't need to carry a USB drive with you, just log on to your google drive and upload your data in an instant. I would recommend everyone to get this software.


Camillia C.

Drive Drives you crazy

Drive is good for storaging things on your phone or computer. For backuping up information or data its top to none.

So if something happens to your harddrive or External you know your things are safe. It also has a Auto Backup feature that can be used on the phone side of things. I looked and I had pictures from old phones back in 2015 I didnt even know backed up to Drive. I was a happy person looking at that stuff.
So it's good in that aspect. But for group projects. I remember my boss sharing his files with me for beginners training.

But it's functionality on project group side is not as practical as Dropbox or I-Cloud in my experience of it. They may have improved over the years.


Rebecca C.

Software Sharing

The drive itself is great because I can upload things to it that I need at multiple locations without notice. When I’m Not unavailable, I can share the document very easily.


Jonathan W.

Probably the easiest to use, full featured, cloud file storage system on the market

I needed a place to store documents that I'd be able to access securely from any device. I also wanted to be able to use this storage system to collaborate with other people on storing and/or delivering documents. This software is perfect for that need.


Aleksandar I.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

The right cloud for everyone

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2/25/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Although nowadays having a cloud to back up all the important files is nothing new, having a stable solution as Google Drive really makes everyday life easier.

We share files, documents, spreadsheets, images withing our organization by just pasting a link. Most important thing is that whoever opens the link, gets the latest version of the document. It was a long time ago when we had to attach documents and send them over e-mail and go through the same hassle every time a document has been changed.

Pros

Easy way to share files using one of the several options through:
- The web interface,
- The desktop uploader (windows)
- The android mobile app
And a decent amount of space even in the free account.
No complex setup nor complex configuration

Cons

Sorry to say, but I don't think I have some particular cons to share here. I have found myself in different situations using google drive and I haven't had a bad experience at all.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Mirza R.
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Best option to keep your documents synced with you on the go

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/18/2020
Review Source: Capterra

This software has been very helpful throughout the past couple of years, the team drive option is very handy. You don't need to carry a USB drive with you, just log on to your google drive and upload your data in an instant. I would recommend everyone to get this software.

Pros

The best thing about using drive is the ability to have your documents available to you everywhere if you have an internet connection. An added feature that lets you make documents of your liking to be available offline is also very powerful. You can also install drive for desktop on your computer (or Drive Filestream if you have a business/educational account). All your files stay synced. You can also sync the photos you take on your phone with you google drive account. You have the ability to upload folders as well, not just individual files. If you're looking to share stuff on your drive, you can allow certain individuals access (other's wont be able to see it), so your privacy is safe. You can also create different team drives for different projects.

Cons

The thing that I dislike about google Drive is that when you try to upload a folder that contains thousands of small files, the upload tend to fail to complete 75% of the time. So you have to zip and upload them, I sigh google could fix that. The sync across all devices doesn't happen instantly, it takes about a minute or two to appear everywhere, I find that too slow.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Camillia C.
Industry: Media Production
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Drive Drives you crazy

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 5/13/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Drive is good for storaging things on your phone or computer. For backuping up information or data its top to none.

So if something happens to your harddrive or External you know your things are safe. It also has a Auto Backup feature that can be used on the phone side of things. I looked and I had pictures from old phones back in 2015 I didnt even know backed up to Drive. I was a happy person looking at that stuff.
So it's good in that aspect. But for group projects. I remember my boss sharing his files with me for beginners training.

But it's functionality on project group side is not as practical as Dropbox or I-Cloud in my experience of it. They may have improved over the years.

Pros

I like that you can upload your files to Drive and storage things on it. It saves space on the phone and potentially on the computer. It has a Auto-Backup feature that works perfectly so you don't have to manually store things to it.

Cons

It's very disorganized compared to other storage platforms. With dropbox you can create folders and everything is accessible neatly. And while drive does categorize things by dates . It doesnt necessarily allow you to organize everything by project or category. If it does it's not as easy to do as other platforms. Although I havent used the software consistantly in over 3 years.

For example: I'm doing edits for some flyers.

Some edits are finalized so I wanna put them into a finalized folder. Other edits are in-Progress so I wanna put those into a "In-Progress folder" While others might be for another persons project on my team.

They may very well have those features but it wasn't very clear on how to do it. They should have pop-up and tutorials when you first download the software to give people ideas on how to get the most outta their software.

Most times I found myself scrolling through Hundreds and hundreds of videos and photos just to find the one I was looking for.

Also it takes up alot of space on your phone. I remember having google drive and it took over 700MB of space this was about 3 years ago. It was alot to deal with so eventually I took it off my phone. But still used it for recieving shared files on my computer from my boss. I didnt like the functionally of it after using other platforms of equal capacities.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Rebecca C.
Industry: Environmental Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Software Sharing

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 6/29/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The drive itself is great because I can upload things to it that I need at multiple locations without notice. When I’m Not unavailable, I can share the document very easily.

Pros

What I like most about this software is I can share files with people in other countries or locally. I can share small program files, pictures, documents; the list goes on and on.

Cons

What I like least about this software is that it can be a little tricky to delete something from it. Sometimes I need to go to three different spots to make sure something is deleted completely. It’s not a big issue for me since I rarely need to delete anything, but when I do, I find it a bit tedious. Overall it’s worth it.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Jonathan W.
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Probably the easiest to use, full featured, cloud file storage system on the market

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/1/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I needed a place to store documents that I'd be able to access securely from any device. I also wanted to be able to use this storage system to collaborate with other people on storing and/or delivering documents. This software is perfect for that need.

Pros

Google Drive is probably the easiest software to use for cloud file storage. It has apps for phones, tablets, mac, and pc. I mostly use the web interface for managing my files and permissions because it seems to have the most robust and consistent feature set. It's remarkably easy to upload a file and then share that file with another person or get a public link to that file to post anywhere. I like that you can share entire folders and make collaborating on file storage downright simple. You can upload multiple files at once and it handles it in the background. It's mac and pc apps make it possible to sync a folder (or your entire drive if you want) with a folder on your computer. It has very generous storage allotments and a payment structure for upgrades that's neither complex nor expensive. Another awesome feature is the ability to preview most documents. Most only storage systems just allow you to view a file type thumbnail and download the file. When looking through hundreds of files, it's cumbersome at best. But with Drive, you can easily preview most documents without having to open them in a separate window.

Cons

It is very difficult (possibly impossible) to collaborate with users who don't have a Google account. Also, when trying to implement Google Drive via a custom software product, their API documentation is very complicated. Their examples are almost useless. Finally, it's not a version control system. While Google Docs and Sheets allow users to see the history of their edits, it's not simple (it may not be possible) to recover a document from Google Drive that was changed/deleted in the past. There is a trash system, but it's not for recovering different versions of a file. None of these were deal-breakers for me, so I love the software.

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.3/10
Based on 20,821 user ratings
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Google Drive Pricing

Google Drive Pricing

Starting from
$1.99/month
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Total storage - Monthly rate
15 GB: Free
100 GB: $1.99/month
1 TB: $9.99/month
10 TB: $99.99/month
20 TB: $199.99/month
30 TB: $299.99/month

Google Drive for teams: $10.00/user/month

Total storage - Monthly rate
15 GB: Free
100 GB: $1.99/month
1 TB: $9.99/month
10 TB: $99.99/month
20 TB: $199.99/month
30 TB: $299.99/month

Google Drive for teams: $10.00/user/month

Value for Money
4.7/5
Based on 20,821 user ratings
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Google Drive Features

Google Drive Features

API
Access Control
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Chat
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Commenting
Customizable Branding
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
File Management
Permission Management
Projections
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4.6/5
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Additional information for Google Drive

Additional information for Google Drive

Key features of Google Drive

  • Access control
  • Access files everywhere
  • Automatic backup
  • Collaborate with others
  • Collaboration tools
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Custom forms
  • Data storage management
  • Document conversion
  • Document storage
  • Email integration
  • Free for up to 5 GB
  • Offline access
  • Permission management
  • Photo albums
  • Remote access
  • Role-based permissions
  • SSL security
  • Search functionality
  • Secure data storage
  • Security & encryption
  • Store you files
  • Version control
  • Version management
  • Video management

Benefits

  • Create & collaborate on photos, videos, presentations, PDFs, Google Docs, and more.

  • Google Drive can be used alongside existing apps such as email and calendar to create streamlined workflows.

  • The powerful search functionality uses intelligence to identify objects in photos or text and presents the most relevant results for keyword searches.

  • Open over 30 file types including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Forms, Google Drawing, and more, right within the browser.

  • Create, open and share files from a variety of apps directly in Google Drive, even when offline, and changes are automatically synced when internet connection is resumed.

  • Google Drive FAQs

    Google Drive FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Google Drive.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Google Drive offer?

    Google Drive offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $1.99/month

    Pricing model: Free, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Total storage - Monthly rate 15 GB: Free 100 GB: $1.99/month 1 TB: $9.99/month 10 TB: $99.99/month 20 TB: $199.99/month 30 TB: $299.99/month Google Drive for teams: $10.00/user/month

    Q. What are the main features of Google Drive?

    Google Drive offers the following features:

    • Access control
    • Access files everywhere
    • Automatic backup
    • Collaborate with others
    • Collaboration tools
    • Collaborative workspace
    • Custom forms
    • Data storage management
    • Document conversion
    • Document storage
    • Email integration
    • Free for up to 5 GB
    • Offline access
    • Permission management
    • Photo albums
    • Remote access
    • Role-based permissions
    • SSL security
    • Search functionality
    • Secure data storage
    • Security & encryption
    • Store you files
    • Version control
    • Version management
    • Video management

    Q. Who are the typical users of Google Drive?

    Google Drive has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Large Enterprises, Public Administrations, Non Profit, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Google Drive support?

    Google Drive supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Google Drive offer?

    Google Drive has the following pricing plans:

    Free, Subscription

    Q. Does Google Drive support mobile devices?

    Google Drive supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Google Drive integrate with?

    Google Drive integrates with the following applications:

    Azendoo, Clarizen, Comindwork, Device Magic, JotForm, RationalPlan, SeamlessGov, Sellsy, Teamwork, Workfront

    Q. What level of support does Google Drive offer?

    Google Drive offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support