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Google Drive Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Google Drive's features:

Nidhi S.

Cloud Storage & Backup

2018-09-11

Integrity with the third party application make the life simpler.

Pros

Integration with the other application like slack, Zapier and Gmail make it IT Professional first choice. Permission are also easy to manage compare to other Cloud based storage provider.

Cons

Permission management should also little simpler and it must pop a warning when you share some link and one have permission to it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Hesham Gomaa Elmasry ,.

Verified Reviewer

Perfect document management system

2019-07-04

It helps us a lot in project management documentation, document management, and meetings management.

Pros

It avails 15 GB on the cloud to save anything, it helps us manage projects documentation, meetings recording documentation, and organize everything in a specific hierarchy with specific access privilege to specific team members, so every team sees their only related projects, the grid view is very helpful as it supports visual search and help to remember the Doc's content without opening it.

Cons

It doesn't support Metro style, as I prefer to organize a specific dashboard with specific project folders with a specific order, and I can drag and drop any folder in a specific position in the dashboard, so any time I can access the same current project folders from the same place.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: GetApp
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Anjani Kumar D.

Google drive is efficient collaboration tiil

2020-08-22

We use Google drive as our main document storage and collaboration tool so I am using it preety much every hour and like.

Pros

Easy to upload or create Google documents Office mode Version control Very easy sharing of documents Good permissions control

Cons

It should integrate with other Google collaboration tools like Google meet like all Google meet data should be automatically saved to some folder in Google drive

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Allan K.

One of the most productive tools we have

2021-08-16

This allows for easy control and management of who sees what and does what.

Pros

For professional use, I find Google Drive’s drag and drop file upload feature extremely handy and user friendly.

Cons

I guess better integration with social media platforms for quick file attachments wouldn’t be that bad.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 11-50 employees)

Easy to organize and collaborate

2021-03-02

Can be used for organizing storage and help clear local storage space.

Pros

Team collaboration using comments Version Control Permission settings Download in various formats Ability to share using different links for access levels

Cons

Also if you open an Excel document with Images within, they are almost often displaced through the document.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jeremiah S.

Solid and simple document storage

2020-12-23

Drive provides a basic platform for sharing and collaborating on non confidential or critical data that doesn't need to have access controls and identify management done by your IT

Pros

Google Drive provides a solid yet simple platform for document storage and collaboration. If you need something that is a low cost solution without significant tools for identity management and control, this could be the product that fits your needs.

Cons

This is still limited in the full features and functionality you can get w/ paid solutions so we used it sparingly when documents were non confidential or critical.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Yasangi S.

Great platform to store, share and manage files conveniently

2018-11-07

You will never think of using attachments when you can simply share the link to the file and access/modify files simultaneously.

Pros

It allows file management and access control options so users can decide who can access which file. Easy to use folder structure is a plus and all the features of Drive are very simple and easy to use even by a non-technical person.

Cons

The speed of Drive, accessing files are heavily dependant on your internet connection.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rashid D.

Most Versatile product

2021-01-05

Its a good Business SaaS product, very easy to handle, like documents, images or pdfs in terms of editing.

Pros

controlled way of sharing & accessing files/Documents over internet is made very easy is available to any web / mobile users.

Cons

Activity Rule based action on blocking /sharing data is not set Copy /duplicate a document with image is still an issue, the image goes missing in the duplicated document.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Talha K.

Google Drive an essential tool for sharing your files securely and edit documents online

2020-01-08

It has been fantastic file sharing and editing platform for us.

Pros

Group sharing of docs and images and setting up of access control for viewing, editing a document (Word, Excel, Power Point). Version control of documents stored on Google Drive is another fantastic feature.

Cons

There are not particularly much things that need to be changed but the arrangement of the folders and lack of filter options on the on the dashboard is something that can be improved.

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Russ H.

Google Drive is a must have for collaboration

2021-09-14

Graphic design file sharing.

Pros

Easy to access from any device from any location. Integrates well with other Google apps.

Cons

Interface feels very basic, but this isn't a deal breaker for me.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Alexander C.

Used everyday, not spending a penny!

2021-02-23

The cheap 100 gigabyte storage solution has seen me through multiple hardware failures.

Pros

Non-intrusive desktop app with very easy to use interface.

Cons

Difficult to share project documents compared to other version control methods of file storage and sharing.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Publishing company, 1-10 employees)

Easy file storage!

2019-11-06

File storage, file sharing, easy file management especially with teams.

Pros

Its easier to access than other file storage places and it's easy to upgrade it you find yourself needing more storage!

Cons

IF you find yourself running out fo storage, you do have to purchase more!

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jon D.

Easy to use online storage and collaboration

2020-08-30

Online cloud-based storage, file sharing and collaboration.

Pros

Google Drive is an intuitive to use cloud-based file storage system.

Cons

Having used other cloud-based file storage systems before, I don't see any cons that aren't common to other similar systems.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jay A.

Google Drive is my favorite network file serving storage program.

2019-07-28

I'd highly recommend Google Drive for Enterprise, in working with higher-functioning needs in storage management, sharing, use, and retrieval.

Pros

There are various versions that are offered at different levels of need, and every established account is given 15 GB of storage for free, forever.

Cons

The established workflow goes well, though, in being capably Incorporated in to other file management apps that are available on mobile; which is my current preferred platform.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Amro M.

A great cloud drive for SMBs

2020-10-12

It's a great product from a great corporation, mostly intended to serve as a personal storage drive.

Pros

1- Perfectly easy to use 2- Mobile App (Available on both iOS and Android mobile devices) to have access to my important files on the-go 3- Ability to restore deleted files 4- The integration with google apps such as (Tasks, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) which make it very useful for an all in-one collaboration solution 5- The ability to add a large add-ons from third-party tools

Cons

3- Confusion between Google Drive Windows desktop application, there are actually two (Backup and Sync, and Drive Stream) both have slightly different features, but eventually do the same thing, there should only be one desktop application to use. 4- Inability to share files with non Gmail users, sharing only work with Gmail E-mails.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Sean P.

Great Storage in a Simple Format

2018-09-12

Additionally it is used to store lots of our project based files that we don't track with version control.

Pros

Google Drive makes your file storage and integration with Google App Suite (docs, sheets, etc.) quick and easy.

Cons

Because Google Drive is "no frills", it can be difficult sometimes to find specific documents you need if you are browsing a large list. The search feature has come a long way to help with this, but sometimes I find myself slogging through folders and documents if I haven't favorited it or given it a good name.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Danny Y.

Google Drive: Mostly excellent

2019-12-03

I can work on documents anywhere in the world, as long as I have either a mobile device or access to a computer. The UI is slick and usually intuitive.

Pros

Like anything Google, GDrive is enhanced by a powerful search tool that makes even the most disorganized filing systems more streamlined and workable.

Cons

While I am able to store hundreds of PDF files in my Drive and read them in-browser, GDrive's PDF viewer lacks an edit/annotation function, prompting users instead to install a third-party plug-in.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Alex H.

The best free and cheaply-priced storage

2021-09-01

I'm able to share files, control who can access them, and collaborate with teammates.

Pros

Where do I start? The drag and drop functionality on desktop, the ability to access my files from any device?

Cons

One of the only things I dislike is that there doesn't seem to be a way to have complete control of how documents appear on the main page.

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Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam S.

Powerful but simple storage & collaboration

2021-03-09

Overall very satisfied. Quality for money invested.

Pros

Even with the most basic access you get powerful storage and collaboration tool with version control.

Cons

Lack of alerts for people added as collaborstors to any kind of document if they have no Gmail account.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Marketing and Advertising company, 1-10 employees)

A Cloud solution for businesses of any size

2021-09-09

With the free option being generous in the space given away it's easy to recommend vs other options especially considering compatibility is not an issue.

Pros

Ease of access and control.

Cons

Some file search and management options could be worked on but they're good enough.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Jeremy M.

Cloud Storage

2020-12-01

Real time collaboration on files is the real winner here.

Pros

Unlimited storage (on business plan currently); Real time collaboration with co-workers; Folder management; Offline access; Included as part of GSuite (Google Workforce).

Cons

Folder management is somewhat tedious.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Luis Enrique H.

Google Drive, all your content on the same place

2019-05-26

The mobile application has a great integration with Google Drive, you can upload your photos and videos automatically when a wi-fi netwrok is detected. Permission management is easy to use and allows to keep a tracking of all the changes over a file or document.

Pros

. - You can manage permissions over the documents for read/write if you need to share or collaborate. - Allows you to use mobile applications for accesing the content from anywhere.

Cons

- You need to be connected to internet for using / syncing the content on Google Drive. - Free space is limited and is shared with Gmail attachments.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Wong Y.

Review on google drive

2020-03-18

I have a very good experience with google drive, i helps me to store my file, which is very huge size and able to share with other.

Pros

I like the most of google drive is the ease of use of the user interface, the storage of documents become very easy just simply drag your document to the website.

Cons

I am worrying the security and the privacy of google drive, since i uploaded my document online, if i would share my document with others, my file can be easily access by other party without my permission, and i am unable to track the access.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Sean C.

more convenient than drop box, particularly for users who already use google docs to collaborate

2018-07-03

Free online storage. Quick and easy to email large files.

Pros

The amount of free storage space is generous., especially compared to DropBox.

Cons

Organization of files stored on drive can get a little cluttered without regular management.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Casey T.

Can't go wrong with this one

2019-07-27

The ability to go into the field with my phone and collaborate with fellow crafters, then load the files into google drive has been invaluable to my productivity.

Pros

Free cloud storage and access to any device that you can sign into google from Devoted app for mobile devices to access and update files Ability to organize and create folder for easy data management Accepts a wide variety of file types

Cons

the free amount of storage is limited for people who need to store a large amount of data

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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