Google Drive Features

Google Drive

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

4.76/5 (20,563 reviews)

Google Drive Feature Summary

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

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Email Integration
Full Text Search
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Access Control
Accounting Integration
Active Directory Integration
Audit Trail
Auditing
Authentication
Automatic Backup
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Collaborative Workspace
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Data Storage Management
Data Synchronization
Digital Signature
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Integration
Full Text Search
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Search Functionality
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API
Access Control
Accounting Integration
Active Directory Integration
Audit Trail
Auditing
Authentication
Automatic Backup
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Collaborative Workspace
Custom Forms
Data Storage Management
Data Synchronization
Digital Signature
Document Storage
Drag & Drop Interface
Email Integration
Full Text Search
HIPAA Compliance
Mobile Integration
Offline Access
Permission Management
Remote Access
Role-Based Permissions
SSL Security
Search Functionality
Secure Data Storage
Two-Factor Authentication
Version Control
Video Management
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Google Drive Feature Reviews

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

Hesham Gomaa Elmasry ,PMP®,IBDL®

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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Nidhi Singh

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

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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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Luca Russo

Great backup service

2019-05-04

Pros

Easy to share documents with third parties

Cons

They should implement a better drag-and-drop feature

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

Gets the job done

2018-05-14

Pros

The price tag and the ability to keep your documents in an easily accessible online storage makes Google Drive very appealing.

Cons

Keeping track of permissions is laughable.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Jay Ammon

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

More advanced versions of Google Drive offer increased storage quotas, improved workspace options for reviewing and organizing work flows and documents.

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

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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LATASHA WAGGONER

Love the integration capability

2019-06-01

Can't beat the storage, features, and integrations.

Pros

I really like the integration capabilities to their sister products or third-party software, easy-to-navigate user interface and collaboration features.

Cons

I don't like that the dashboard and folders are displayed in a similar format.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Norman Waleedej

A Useful Repository

2020-08-12

The free, personal drive is limited in storage space but the pay rates for additional storage or in line with other cloud based services.

Pros

- Easy to search or drag-and-drop files into drive. - Can access gDrive files through computer or mobile applications. - Easy sharing capability of documents with peers as well as access control.

Cons

- The regular, free drive storage space is somewhat limited.

Rating breakdown

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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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Anjani Kumar DUBEY

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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Anonymous
(Capital Markets company, myself only employees)

The reliable storage

2019-03-18

Pros

All google online apps are available You get 15 GB of storage Interconnects with all google apps Easy add on features to save on the drive

Cons

Datafile base issues File conflict management Permission issue

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Google Drive is my number one place to go for document creation and management

2018-06-06

Pros

I am constantly turning to this tool whenever I need to produce a document or a spreadsheet, and I have taken advantage of other tools' integration with GD.

Cons

Google Drive has an activity feed, but it isn't very helpful.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Mugdha Bondre

Best Cloud storage App

2018-10-18

Collaboration is the major advantage for me using Google Drive.

Pros

Additionally, you can also create new files and folders.

Cons

The files management interface can be a bit better, but no complaints as such with the present one.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Brian Craft

Google Drive - Use on iPad

2018-12-26

Love the product for use on iPad - great means of storage & accessing files & integrates with all other applications I use.

Pros

Setting up and daily use was simple and easy to maintain.

Cons

Would like to see more advanced directory/file management options.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Prashant Mahajan

Best Cloud Storage

2018-12-30

Overall it is the best cloud storage solution both free and premium.

Pros

Desktop, Mobile and integrations with 3rd party like Slack, Jira, Trello, etc.

Cons

Folder Management is not good.

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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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

Best filesharing application

2018-02-22

Pros

- Very useful permissions management tool to allow cooperation between peers - It's free!

Cons

- The interface of the mobile app can be improved

Rating breakdown

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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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Greg Norris

Google Drive - easy business document sharing

2018-09-20

Multiple team members can collaborate easily on a document, all editing as they please. Comments can also easily be added in-line, and clearly show who made the comment.

Pros

It's very easy to upload documents to our shared company Google drive account, and enable selected team members to view and edit the document, all at the same time.

Cons

It's a bit "old fashioned" in terms of document management (file/folder tree style), but also very familiar to anyone who uses a computer.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Aaliya Shaikh

The storage software

2019-02-12

. - File management and file management becomes hassle free. - The mobile application is also very amazing.

Pros

- You can keep your documents, images and excel sheet safe in your drive without loosing it. - The search bar is very accurate - Sharing the files becomes very easy with the client - You can access your documents even after years, so loosing of-important documents become less.

Cons

- It should have an offline working option.

Rating breakdown

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Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Rob Jacques

Verified Reviewer

Gdrive used to be just a document sharing platform, It's now the nervecenter of my business

2016-11-28

For this, Google drive, achieves its core mission. The commenting and inline editing with tracked changes work better and with less bloat than Office ever could.

Pros

Collaboration, comments & assignment of comments, notifications, tracked changes, complex sharing model, offline syncing & editing when unconnected.

Cons

Without governance, the tool becomes a black hole

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Google Drive

Drive for business is essentially the same as personal Drive. take it for a test spin, upload some of your Office files (they are all compatible due to open offices formats) and see for yourself.

Source: GetApp
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Ángel Enrique Mujica Oropeza

Coworking, cloudworking and cloud storage, all in one place

2018-05-23

I use it for my personal documents managements, and also for my academic activities

Pros

Perfect for daily and personal use, all the free features are exceptionala and the chance to work from multiple devices makes it perfect

Cons

It can be pretty slow when trying to access to large files, and the documents editing features could be better

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

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Alexandre Pereira

Enhanced solution for sharing and storing files

2019-03-24

Great solution to increase storage space and also back up important files.

Pros

Allows the user to upload multiple files, which can lead to diverse application as backup, sharing and expand storage space.

Cons

Could have better folders management.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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fong thien sun

Most wanted storage cloud

2018-09-19

Pros

support most kind of files.. easy use, manage and control drag and drop upload...

Cons

please add document version control add more detail security by file /folders more storage or add automatic purge file/folder

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Bryan Plocker

Great product, variety of uses

2020-03-28

Overall it's a necessity and a great tool for project management to track and store files/documents.

Pros

I use this mostly for storing files for projects.

Cons

You can search but it's not always easy to discern.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Sheikh Sheese

Easy to use cloud storage

2020-07-26

With the cost of entry being free (5GB space) and the integrations with other Google services, I'll be purchasing a G-Suite plan in the future when I run out of space.

Pros

The drag-and-drop file feature, the user access management has made it very easy to share files with others as well.

Cons

It may be possible with the use of third party apps, but direct download links would be great.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Garett Dunn

Great central online location for files

2018-07-10

Easy management of synced files

Pros

Its deep integration with GSuite is very useful and working with the Backup & Sync app makes it very easy to keep files synced and backed up across devices.

Cons

It can be difficult to find what files are taking up your storage quota.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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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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Wong Yih Kang

Review on google drive

2020-03-18

I can easily access and download my own documents wherever I am.

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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Anuj Saria

Best cloud storage for backup.

2018-11-14

It has been great. With it being the first major cloud provider, there was much anticipated but the overall experience and the simplicity of use has been a plus.

Pros

15gb of free storage. Easily accessible and ease of use.

Cons

The interface could be better as well as the search of files in the drive could be difficult sometimes.

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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