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What is Google Drive?

"Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service that offers its users 15 GB of free space."

In Google Drive online storage users can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, and videos.
All files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer, with possibility to invite others to view, download, and collaborate on a set of files.
The service works with Drive, Gmail and Google Photos, so it is possible to store files, save email attachments and back-up photos directly to Drive.


Google Drive scored 96/100 (Top 3 in Cloud Storage) in the Cloud Storage category. This is based on user satisfaction (95/100), press buzz (86/100), recent user trends (rising), and other relevant information on Google Drive gathered from around the web.

The score for this service has improved over the past month. What is this?

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Google Drive Product Overview

  • Metadata: There is a Description field available for both files and folders that users can use to add relevant metadata. Content within the Description field is also indexed by Google Drive and is searchable.

  • Save to Google Drive: Google offers an extension for Google Chrome, 'Save to Google Drive', that allows users to save web content to Google Drive through a browser action or through the context menu.

  • Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations can be created in Google's format, or uploaded files can be converted to this format from types such as .doc or .ppt.

  • File Viewing: The Google Drive viewer on the web allows viewing a number of different file formats.

  • Third-party Apps: These apps are available from the Chrome Web Store and are compatible with all supported browsers. To use an app, users are required to sign in into Chrome Web Store and add the app to their extensive database.

  • Sharing: Files or folders can be shared privately with specific users, using their @gmail.com addresses. Sharing files with users who do not have a Google account requires making them accessible to 'anybody with the link'.


Languages: English

Google Drive Pricing Plans


Other pricing information:

15GB - Free, 100 GB - $1.99 per month, 1 TB - $9.99 per month, 10 TB - $99.99 per month, 20 TB - $199.99 per month, 30 TB - $299.99 per month.

Credit card required: N/A

Google Drive FAQs

What is Google Drive generally used for?

This service is used for storage, synchronization, sharing and editing files, as well as for work collaboration.

What platforms does Google Drive support?

Google Drive client software is available for the following devices: PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 with NTFS partitions, or Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher; Android smartphones and tablets with Android 2.1 (Eclair) or higher; iPhones and iPads with iOS 5.0 or higherGoogle. It can also be accessed through Linux via open source projects such as Grive.

What are some applications Google Drive is commonly used in tandem with?

This service is commonly used in tandem with other Google products, like Gmail, Google Photos, Google Calendar, Docs etc.

Does Google Drive integrate with any other apps?

It integrates with large number of other apps.

Does Google Drive offer an API?

The Drive platform offers a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help develop apps that integrate with Drive.

Does Google Drive offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

It offers Teamwork accounts.

Who are the main user groups of Google Drive?

Users of Google Drive are all computer and internet users who want to easily store, access, edit, and share files across many devices.

Does Google Drive offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

It offers tutorials, guides, a help desk and a help forum.

Google Drive User Reviews

Average User Rating:
4.77/5 based on 2554 user ratings.
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Google Drive: everything in ONE place

// Marketing & Event Manager at i-team Global

What do you like about Google Drive?

Google Drive is a very easy to use storage program. It’s easy to install and you only need a Google account to do so. After installing (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone) your ready to go. You can easily add folders and ‘drag&drop’ files to these folders. Assigning rights to multiple users is just as easy. This way you can work in the same document with multiple users and keep track of changes made…All changes at the drive are automatically updated if a internet connection is in place. If not, no problem, the program stores all changes and syncs when the internet connection is restored.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Unfortunately, Google Drive has no private encryption and block-level option.
Regarding the pricing I find it steep pricing; You can buy 100GB for 1,99 per month.
After that you jump to 1TB for 9,99 per month (which is not enough for a lot of people who want to store personal photos and videos at normal resolution).
If you want to do so you will pay 99,99 per month for 10TB…
Concerning the user interface; It can be a bit confusing sometimes navigating the many features and options/rules in the program. It will take some time to explore but when you master this Google Drive is a great program.


Usefulness
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Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
3/5
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A good alternative to Dropbox, but still not there in terms of security.

// Chief Operating Officer, and HIPAA Privacy Officer at dmi Networking

What do you like about Google Drive?

Google Drive has a really nice interface and is very intuitive. Sharing files through Google Drive is easy to do. It also encrypts your files on their servers and offers 2-step verification for security. Customer service at Google is surprisingly great for a big company. The techs know what they are talking about!

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Google Drive manages your encryption key, which means that the data isn't really private. Since you can't encrypt the data prior to sending to the Google Cloud, there's a security concern there. I don't advise that you put any financial or personal information into Google Drive. There are cheaper options which do offer local encryption, so it's hard to recommend this one. This does not meet HIPAA compliance standards.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

Google Drive helps our clients share their photos, xrays, and de-identified patient data to multiple machines and integrates well over email. 15 GB is plenty of space for what our clients use it for.


Usefulness
3/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
5/5
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Google Drive: You have to use it

// Analista at Consejo Federal de Gobierno

What do you like about Google Drive?

Internet advances quickly and Google Drive helps you in that process.
It is a program that gives you, free of charge, 15GB of storage for data.
It also allows you to transfer files larger than 25MB.
You can use the app in your cel phone
It's fast, reliable and you just have to have a Gmail account

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

15 GB of storage are good, but few. I think it should be increased to 50GB or, at least, 25GB.
They should also create an application to access your data when you do not have an Internet connection.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

In our work days, Google Drive has allowed us to store information and manage a common account with the entire team. That allows our productivity to be better. I am also a musician and DJ and thanks to Google Drive storage we can have some songs that we have edited safe. It is simply great.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Google Drive is a great collaborative tool

// Graphic Designer at Anthony Garcia

What do you like about Google Drive?

At first, I was resistant to the basic idea of cloud-based documents and files like you use on Google Drive — I wanted to keep my documents safe and keep control of them. But eventually, through projects where I collaborated with others, I found that it was a great way to work. Using the whole suite of tools (docs, slides, and sheets, especially) is so seamless and easy that I have started to keep certain kinds of work organized exclusively on Google Drive. I can access it from anywhere, share them with anyone, and I don't have to worry about backups or saving files.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

There are times when the user experience is confusing. It is like they were trying to make it as clean and simple as possible but in the process took too much away, or cleaned it up too much. There are options that are hidden unless you right click on them and get the contextual menu, there are things that are in unintuitive places, and there are some things that are different from what we are used to in other apps but for no good or readily apparent reason. Also there seem to be some features missing that should be part of the suite and would be a deal breaker for some users.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

I use Google Drive to manage and organize files for projects I am working on with other people, as well as projects that I work on in remote places, like when I teach a class — I use Google Drive to store my lesson plans, reference docs that I share with students, and the slide presentations I use to project during my lectures.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
4/5
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Can't believe this is free

// Cofundador at Sensacional Chile

What do you like about Google Drive?

The technology behind this is AMAZING. How can 4 people be working on the same file, with 10 different sheets, on real time?
This is a very powerful software and solution for anybody who wants to avoid duplication of information, document comparison or conflicts between versions.
This centralize all your documents and makes it easy to change anything.
Right now we love how easy to use, the price (free!), how easy it is to share anything with people outside of our company and in particular, how you can use scripts and other powerful automation to generate even more powerful scripts.
The CSV importer is way better than any other.

I personally pay for the 100GB. I believe Google will keep my files way safer than me. For $24 a year I didn't have time to think about it.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

When the sheets or files get bigger, it can have performance issues.
The Slides, at least last time I tried, isn't as complete as PowerPoint.
Mainly the customization is a bit poor on every platform. Some functions are not there, but it's understandable: this is online software!
Apart from those details, I think it works amazing.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

We use it in our company for shared sheets and documents. We don't use it much for presentations because adding some effects doesn't work good on Drive.
This makes it very easy for anyone to start a document and give it to somebody else, who will add more text or correct anything. We got used to just creating new files and sharing to anybody. It's SO easy!


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
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It is good!

// Managing Director at The Recruitment Geeks

What do you like about Google Drive?

Plenty of space and easy to use intergrates with everything google that you might uise. Accessable from anywhere you android phone etc also. Good product and cant really fault it to be honest. Worth a look if you want a file sharing or data cloud store solution.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Pricing wasnt the best and also some third party intergration we needed wasnt available without development. But overall this is a good product and amble storage space for anyone needs

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

No oissues


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Great for collaboration

// Public Relations Specialist at Jive Communications, Inc

What do you like about Google Drive?

I can easily access my documents from anywhere (even my phone when I'm on the go). It's also easy to collaborate with everyone on your team (and I work remote). You can make edits at any time, and create slides, documents, spreadsheets, and more.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Viewing on mobile can be difficult at times. When I'm sent a doc that's not supported it can be hard to change it into an editable document.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

Since we create a lot of content, it helps us all collaborate on specific documents. Our processes are more streamlined and it's easy to find and sort everything.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Multipurpose

// Legal writer at Upwork

What do you like about Google Drive?

Google Drive doesn't only store my medias, it also saves me the fear of losing them in a second

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

So far, I cannot fault any problem as I type. The makers of the app knew this had to be done.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Wonderful Software

// Mumps/VistA Senior Developer at 7Delta

What do you like about Google Drive?

Google Drive is top notch and second to none. Very user friendly interface. If you're looking for an online storage solution, look no further.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

I have no complaints or issues with Google Drive. Solid product with no issues in my opinion.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

I use Google Drive to store important documents that I need access to no matter where I am.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Collaborating and communication tools

// Network & Server Engineer at Rubico IT Pvt Ltd

What do you like about Google Drive?

In my opinion, google drive is best for the sharing documents to the organization. It also integrates the google docs where every team members work at the same time in the single document. This is one of the best features in the google docs. Apart from that Google Drive has the 15GB storage which is enough for the documents. They also have the Google Photos option which is sync on your mobile phone. They can upload your photos as a backup on the Google Drive.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

If we are talking about the dislike features, I dislike only security. There is no security option over there. Its needs to be improved.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

I can easily communicate with the client using Google docs and google drive. I had shared the project documents through google drive to the client. Sometimes the client is using other drives but I suggest to use google drive for the better documentation.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
4/5
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Best Storage and Performance

// Freelance Tech Content Writer at freelancer, author, journalist

What do you like about Google Drive?

There are many good things like Google Docs integration, Many third-party apps, In-app collaborations, Strong customer support and most important in terms of security Two-factor authentication is best part

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Few dislikes are Sync speeds vary; File format issues and Weak file-sharing security
No private encryption option

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

For day to day backup support and synchronization of works.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
5/5
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Great way to share documents

// Executive Director at Lido Labs

What do you like about Google Drive?

Easy to collaborate with other team members, storage space, ease of use with Google Suite

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

I work with companies overseas in China and they have issues using Google products in general

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

Mostly collaboration on work documents, document management and high level data analysis


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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EFICIENCIA

// Diseño at Graficas AV

What do you like about Google Drive?

la facilidad con que se fusiona y actualiza en mis equipos tanto laptos pc y telefono

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

en este momento pues no veo ningún dato erróneo de la aplicación funciona perfectamente al menos para mi hasta en el smart tv no he tenido problemas

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

para guardar documentos txt o otro formato fotos video mp3 y demas lo malo seria la velocidad de subida pero eso depende de mi red


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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Cloud service to keep and backup your files


What do you like about Google Drive?

The use of "cloud" technologies is no longer a fashion, not a know-how, it is a daily necessity. We are surrounded by so much information that we are no longer able to keep it not only in our heads. But we do not have enough room for it on our gadgets. Therefore, we need constant access to our information. Google drive lets you synchronize all of your files across all of devices. It is easy to use, stable and useful in many other ways software.

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

I do not like the idea that Google could have access to all my personal sensitive information. It looks to be useful but you never know what could happen in the future.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
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Google Drive

// Social Studies/U. S. History/World Geography/World History Teacher at Georgia Virtual School

What do you like about Google Drive?

I love having a place within Google to store files. My computer died recently after 4 years and I had stored work on Google Drive and was able to recover it thanks to Google Drive. As a die-hard Google fan, I am so glad I used the storage there!

What do you dislike about Google Drive?

Nothing! It's great! I know we would all love for everything to be free in a perfect world! But that's not realistic! The security of knowing my files are safe is worth it!

What have you been using it for and what problems did Google Drive solve?

File recovery and storage!


Usefulness
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Customer service
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