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Google Drive

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

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Google Drive Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Google Drive product 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.

Key benefits of using Google Drive

  • 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.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    FAQs/Forum
    Email/Help Desk
    24/7 (Live rep)
    Knowledge Base

    Training options

    Webinars
    Documentation
    Live Online

    Google Drive pricing information

    Value for money

    4.7

    /5

    22,8k

    Starting from

    $

    1.99

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    Per Feature

    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

    Value for money contenders

    Google Drive features

    Functionality

    4.6

    /5

    22,8k
    Total Features23 6 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Collaboration Tools
    Access Controls/Permissions
    Document Management
    Search/Filter
    Alerts/Notifications
    File Sharing
    API
    Document Storage

    Functionality contenders

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    Google Drive users reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8

    /5

    22,8k

    Positive reviews

    98%

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    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend9.25/10
    Rating distribution

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

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    4,378

    454

    38

    7

    Pros
    The best part of google drive is that I can save my personal files, images, docs, videos and anything else which is very important for me and I can use these everywhere through this drive.

    Saqib S.

    I like this software ! it helps me a lot when I have to send teaching videos with big size files. The integration systems in the software are amazing.

    AR

    Anonymous Reviewer

    It's super reliable, easy enough to use (might need to be shown the first time), uncluttered and effective. Sharing permissions are great, making it clear who has access to what.

    PD

    Paul D.

    Cons
    There is some frustration for lack of support for older devices which sometimes are just used for storage themselves.

    MS

    Micah S.

    There isn't much I don't like about google drive. The offline work can be a little tricky at times and I have lost a few sentences due to this feature.

    KS

    Kendra S.

    I am unsure of the encryption and how hard it would be for someone to hack in and obtain my files. As I am aware it is very hard but everything in the cloud these days has some risk.

    LP

    Lisa P.

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    Overall Rating

    Must Get !

    Reviewed 3 months ago

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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    The best cloud storage service

    Reviewed 2 years ago

    Three years ago I decided to use google drive and so far my experience on this is absolutely perfect. As station masters we are dealing with documents up to a certain extent and the help google drive gives me throughout my career is great. Specially it made my mind peaceful of knowing that I won't forget any document to carry and all my documents are stored in a safe place. I do mobile photography as one of my hobbies and I don't need any additional SD cards for my phone because I can store them in drive. I have never experienced any loss of files that I stored due to software failure. My overall experience of using google drive is really positive and I would like to recommend anyone who is willing to use a cloud storage which works flawlessly almost 100% of the time.

    Pros

    Google drive is the best advanced cloud storage service which gives us free 15GB storage. As a station master I handle lots of confidential files that cannot be saved in a local machine with the fear of being stolen. Laptops and hard drives can be destroyed or stolen and anyone who has access to it can view and modify files. Also if there is meeting and if I forgot to take my pen-drive which contains...

    Cons

    The uploading and downloading time is bit high for the larger files and it highly depends on the internet speed as well. Sometimes it's bit confusing to figure out which files I have shared publicly and which files not. To be honest that is the only issue that I have experienced with google drive.

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Save and share eveything from this cloud storage

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    It has proven to be highly beneficial in a variety of ways. We use it regularly, and we're still discovering for new ways to use it. It keeps a large group of users onboard regardless of where they are, making our job much simpler and more fluid!

    Pros

    Google Drive has proved to be the best forum for all types of remote collaboration. My organization uses it to save and exchange files, work on files in real-time when anyone in the meeting can access and update the document simultaneously, safely share files with customers, plan group meetings, and much more. It's all in one location, and everyone can get to it using their phones or another mobile computer. This is a fantastic tool that makes workplace flexibility a breeze!

    Cons

    For people who are new to the cloud storing, learning how to share files and document can be challenging at times. It necessitates security checkpoints (which is a good thing), but they can make it hard to access files and folders before you understand how to grant correct permissions to each one.

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    • Ease of use
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    • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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    Google Drive my all-time cloud storage software

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    I have tried different software but I always end up choosing Google drive. It's safe, comes with a huge space, and it's free.

    Pros

    I have used Google Drive for more than 5yrs now and I have never regretted making that choice. It has really proved to be the best cloud storage software to date. What I like most about this software is that easy to deploy and use. Whenever I upload my files I am ensured that they are secure because google has a strong security system. It integrates perfectly with other software like Google docs.

    Cons

    What I least like about Google Drive is how disorganized it is, when you save a document it can take you a while before you find where the document was saved. after editing a document or file it saves it as a new document again which can confuse you when it comes to uploading or sharing files.

    Overall Rating
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    • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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    Google Drive, Easy to Use, almost too easy...

    Reviewed 5 months ago

    Our organization defaults to it since it is so readily available and accessible to the common person. This is to a fault due to privacy / security gaps with permissions and the inability and lack of controls to reset said permissions. The product is too simple and lacks any decent admin control of data that would make it easy to audit. I am making a push to move to OneDrive / Share Point in the upcoming few years which had more granular controls.

    Pros

    Google Drive is a nice platform that we have used to offload our data backup to for the last few years. It's nice because we have not had to worry about on-site backup mechanisms and the maintenance and hassle it is to utilize an on-site system and the training for staff in order to utilize it. All content gets dumped online and is continually backed up year to year and as teachers work on content. Plus as we capture good teaching we use it to house our video archive for training purposes. It's used to with "Backup and Sync" to help backup local files to the drive as well so that teachers who do not use the product directly on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Google is eliminating the free storage. This is unfortunate as we will now need to either on-site our information or find ways & time to audit what is online and develop new practices for how we archive and work with our data in an online remote environment. Also unfortunately, they defaulted permissions to make anything uploaded publicly searchable in our organization so we've had to emergency privacy audit admin and leadership files and folders because things were default public on Drive, which makes NO SENSE. Plus, there is no way to bulk change these permissions so reverting or changing them is a pain and requires file by file permission changing. Not great as there isn't a way to bulk change permissions, which would make sense.

    Overall Rating
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    • Ease of use
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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    My choice for cloud storage

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    Moving around my files, document and media is the best to do with this cloud storage software. Sometimes, i need to do some work from my smartphone and the files is in my tablet. I can easily access to the files because the files is linked to the Google Drive and i can access it from everywhere as long there are internet connection.

    Pros

    Google Drive is free for anyone with an account with Google. It is available in smartphone, tablet and computer which is very critical for cloud storage software to has this kind of flexibility. It is also very compatible with Google Docs product, and it will saves the document automatically if the document original location is in the drive storage.

    Cons

    What i dislike with Google Drive is, the process of sharing the files on the software is quite confusing. It also need to person that i am sharing the files also has email account with the gmail, and it is impossible for them to view the files if they don't have google email account.

    Google Drive FAQs and common questions

    Google Drive has the following pricing plans:
    Starting from: $1.99/month
    Pricing model: Free, Subscription


    Google Drive has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Google Drive supports the following languages:
    Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, English, Russian, Swedish, Arabic, Danish, Hebrew, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Polish


    Google Drive supports the following devices:
    Android, iPhone, iPad


    Yes, Google Drive has an API available for use.


    Google Drive integrates with the following applications:
    Less Annoying CRM, PayPal, Aircall, Zoho CRM, Insightly, Zapier, DocuSign, Trello, Zoho Books, FreshBooks, Uberflip, Bookedin, SimplyCast, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Close, Slack, Nimble, Erply, Zendesk Sell, Lucidchart, Zinc, Wave, BuiltWith, Yesware, vcita, Mailchimp, Wrike, Asana, FreeAgent, Xero, Cube, Smartsheet, Cyfe, Zoho Invoice


    Google Drive offers the following support options:
    FAQs/Forum, Email/Help Desk, 24/7 (Live rep), Knowledge Base

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