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

Cost

Starting from
USD 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, Turkish, Thai

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
16258

Very good
4037

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
Yadah K.

Documents Safe-Haven

After losing A LOT of important files a few years ago when my hard drive crashed, I was looking around for software that would be the best 'back up' option. After trialing Drive I was so impressed that I even upgraded my storage option and have loved it since.


Verified Reviewer

"Best tool for work at home or anywhere with only a single lappy or smartphone & internet"

The benifits are numerous. As i already pointed out about the easy share link for different roled people of your work monitors. One more best thing is that the storage capacity. I almost stored around 10GB of my docs and sheets along with inportant client folders with images and data in my drive. The problem of sharing the folders and worked on data through mail is easily being solved in just a click of sharing link using this tool.


Sara L.

Great for File Sharing and File Loss Protection

The overall ease of access and sharing on Google Drive makes work easier. Files are protected, easy to organize, and easy to access. Having essential media files backed up in case of a computer crash is paramount to the protection of hours of work as a musician. Losing hours of work is devastating and attempting to recreate the material from scratch is extremely difficult. Every musician knows it is essential to back up your files!


Becky M.

I couldn't run my business without Google Drive!

The greatest benefit of Google Drive is that it's a simple, user-friendly solution to cloud storage AS WELL AS an office suite. No more expensive upgrades for software to create documents!


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.


Yadah K.
Industry: E-Learning
Company size: Self Employed

Documents Safe-Haven

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 21/04/2020
Review Source: Capterra

After losing A LOT of important files a few years ago when my hard drive crashed, I was looking around for software that would be the best 'back up' option. After trialing Drive I was so impressed that I even upgraded my storage option and have loved it since.

Pros

Whether it's music, videos, images or documents they can all be stored Drive.
Files can be separated into folders so it's really easy to organise and keep track of everything.
Drive syncs across all my devices, so I have access to important information whether using my mobile, tablet or PC.

Cons

When you download multiple things at a time it automatically downloads them into a 'zip' folder, which is an additional cost to use software to 'unzip'. VERY frustrating!
You have to double-check when you've uploaded multiple things at a time that it all really did upload - sometimes files are missed. It's better to upload smaller quantities of files at a time, which is annoying and time consuming.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Program Development
Company size: 11-50 Employees

"Best tool for work at home or anywhere with only a single lappy or smartphone & internet"

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 14/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The benifits are numerous. As i already pointed out about the easy share link for different roled people of your work monitors. One more best thing is that the storage capacity. I almost stored around 10GB of my docs and sheets along with inportant client folders with images and data in my drive. The problem of sharing the folders and worked on data through mail is easily being solved in just a click of sharing link using this tool.

Pros

All my work is stored in the form of excels and docs so i just share the link of my work sheet with the client directly. This particular feature of sharing the link of our worksheet with only viewing access or if needed, with editing access is the best feature from this drive tool.

Cons

As far as i am aware i am usingng this tool from the past 3 years and i never disliked something so strong but yeah i dislike some functions that are not required in the excel sheet when we are at hurry. Like when i select some cells, some times it automatically calculates the sum of these cells together for which i always face trouble in enteringng the cell values separetly in every cell in numerics.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Sara L.
Industry: Music
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great for File Sharing and File Loss Protection

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 07/04/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The overall ease of access and sharing on Google Drive makes work easier. Files are protected, easy to organize, and easy to access. Having essential media files backed up in case of a computer crash is paramount to the protection of hours of work as a musician. Losing hours of work is devastating and attempting to recreate the material from scratch is extremely difficult. Every musician knows it is essential to back up your files!

Pros

Google Drive is a service that gives you a large amount of free space (15 gigabits) and additional storage for a monthly fee. As a musician, I upload files onto Google drive to share to my bandmates and anyone in the world. Beings that media files are typically large, the benefit of a large amount of storage for a small fee is a great value. This service also gives me peace of mind that my files will stay safe in the event of a computer crash (files stay on the cloud). I can share access to my Google Drive so the rest of my band can access entire folders of files.

Cons

The compression of the files can lower the quality of the media.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Becky M.
Industry: Consumer Services
Company size: Self Employed

I couldn't run my business without Google Drive!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/07/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The greatest benefit of Google Drive is that it's a simple, user-friendly solution to cloud storage AS WELL AS an office suite. No more expensive upgrades for software to create documents!

Pros

Google Drive is the backbone of my business. It's important that I be able to share important docs with my clients and contractors. GDrive makes it so easy to do that. We can create, update, and share documents, spreadsheets, media, etc. and never have to worry about what kind of computer someone has or specialized software.

Cons

I honestly can't think of any negatives for Google Drive. Maybe it would be nice to have more storage? But it's so affordable to add a little more when you need it! Google Drive was easy to integrate with my business because almost everyone has a Google account these days.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

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 01/09/2020
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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9.3/10
Based on 20,742 user ratings
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Google Drive Pricing

Google Drive Pricing

Starting from
USD 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
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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
Customisable 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: USD 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:

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    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