Google Drive vs. OneDrive

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Drive
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Google Drive is a cloud file storage, synchronization, and collaboration platform and service, that features Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for document editing and presentation.
$6
per month
OneDrive
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
OneDrive from Microsoft is a cloud storage and file syncing service.
$5
per month
Pricing
Google DriveOneDrive
Editions & Modules
Basic
$6.00
per month
Business
$12.00
per month
Enterprise
Contact Vendor for Quote
per month
OneDrive for Business Plan 1
$5.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Microsoft 365 Business Basic
$5.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
OneDrive for Business Plan 2
$10.00
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Microsoft 365 Business Standard
$12.50
Per Month (Annual Commitment)
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Google DriveOneDrive
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscounts are available for students, educators, and non profit organizations.OneDrive can be purchased as a standalone tool, or as part of a Microsoft 365's business suite.
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Community Pulse
Google DriveOneDrive
Considered Both Products
Google Drive
Chose Google Drive
I really like to use all of them together in order to achieve different goals in my job, hobbies, and other personal activities like sharing trip photos, backing up videos, and important job data. My main cloud services tool for work is OneDrive, but when something comes up I …
Chose Google Drive
I feel Google Drive is much better than OneDrive but inferior to MediaFire. I prefer using Google Drive, as it is much easier to use and much more secure for the sharing of various important documents. Although MediaFire provides much more storage, Google Drive is the most …
Chose Google Drive
Both OneDrive and Google Drive give a similar cloud administration identified with capacity and record sharing. The two organizations' answers let you access your documents and envelopes from any place. Thus, our distributed storage examination depends on a few variables which …
Chose Google Drive
Unlike OneDrive, Google Drive provides a great user experience with its easy-to-use file sharing and storage feature. Creating folders, adding files, and sharing files are very seamless compared to its competitor. The service facilitates accessing our files and documents …
Chose Google Drive
Google Drive is easier to use than OneDrive. It has better UI, it is much more intuitive and it's easier to learn to use. It also have data security policies that are comparable to OneDrive. On the other hand it doesn't have such a good integration with Microsoft Windows.
Chose Google Drive
In short, Google Drive is better for independent users who store a normal amount of stuff. OneDrive makes more sense for businesses and teams that are doing heavy-duty storage or large-scale syncing. Realistically, though, most users will fall somewhere in between the two, …
Chose Google Drive
We are also a Microsoft school in addition to GSuite. The Microsoft products don't seem to flow as well in my opinion. I also have had serious synchronization issues with OneDrive. I found OneDrive a little more difficult to navigate when looking for files within folders. On…
Chose Google Drive
Feature-wise, Google Drive is at the bottom of its peers. However, due to its Google Mail user base, Google Drive has wide acceptance and penetration. Its ease-of-use feature is probably somewhere in the middle, lower than Dropbox but higher than OneDrive. It is free but so are …
Chose Google Drive
Easy access and save files. I simply copy the link and send it to the receiver then [they] can access my files.
Chose Google Drive
Google Drive works with a Google account. So I don't need to use multiple account credentials. And it is easy to remember one account. And one more thing which motivated me to go for Google Drive is its speed for performing multiple tasks.
Chose Google Drive
The free plan takes Google Drive at the top of the stack, paying nothing you can store data up to 15GB. This could be really important for a startup that has to consider how to manage the initial budget. I selected Google Drive because I had already a Google account, before …
Chose Google Drive
The best part of Google Drive is that it provides 15 GB of space, free of charge. Moreover, since Google Drive works seamlessly with every other device smartphone, switching from one device to another is very easy and convenient which is a big plus point. Moreover, Google …
Chose Google Drive
Google drive is easier to use and integrates well with different applications. It is also less expensive.
Chose Google Drive
Google Drive provides the following features that at least one of the others lack:
  • Wide storage plans.
  • Fast file transfer.
Chose Google Drive
Box and Dropbox, two other significant names in the online file syncing service industry, also provide their document kinds for collaboration: Box with Note and Dropbox with Paper. Both integrate the Google and Microsoft editors into their services, allowing you to create a new …
Chose Google Drive
For the free version, the storage capacity being offered is by far the greatest as compared to any other collaboration software. However, if your company has the capacity to pay for the software then there are more features being offered by the paid versions of other software …
Chose Google Drive
Google's own data and a word processor is the main factor in choosing Drive. Another thing I like about Google over Microsoft is the shareable link, which is more interpretable and helps me avoid sharing the wrong link.
Chose Google Drive
Google offers other tie ins that made it a more viable option for a school. Google classrooms seamless integration as well as email integration made this a no brainer choice for us. One drive has some capabilities as well however they also came with a higher price tag.
Chose Google Drive
Google Drive is a very simple and practical tool. The others are also, but I really like the Google brand and its products. This one in particular because I have been using it for some time and it has helped me a lot since then. I still have documents for 7 years and are very …
Chose Google Drive
Being available in Android by default makes it our first choice compared to its competitors due to the impressively huge user community.
Chose Google Drive
Because Google is a popular and reputable, and most of the time I am using their products like Chrome, Gmail, Google Sheets, so I prefer Google Drive because all the products I use most of the time are in one place and I didn't want to sign up for other products (which would …
OneDrive
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is the best option for us to use because we use PCs / Microsoft. The next best version would be Google Drive, and in my opinion Dropbox would be fine for sharing video files, or anything large, but doesn't have the great collaboration features that Google Drive and …
Chose OneDrive
Extremely poorly. There is no reason to use OneDrive unless you're being forced to by your employer. Otherwise, use Box or similar software for files requiring a high degree of security and Google Drive for anything else. Maybe if everyone stops using OneDrive and SharePoint …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is overall a strong contender whereas only the cost is more compared to Google Drive. Another additional strength compared to Dropbox or Google Drive is the capability of OneDrive to connect with other Microsoft applications smoothly and seamlessly, thus, allowing …
Chose OneDrive
For me, it is easiest to use One Drive if you are working primarily with Windows, Google Drive if you are working with Android devices or Chrome OS, but Dropbox works well on all platforms and has more business features and control over file access, etc.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive and Google Drive offer the same essential functions, and whichever product matches the larger network of your organization ought to be preferred first. Google Drive offers faster and easier switching between accounts and more reliable document syncing. OneDrive is more …
Chose OneDrive
After our analysis, we found OneDrive superior to Dropbox and Backblaze, considering our specific scenario of use. We also found OneDrive very similar to Google Drive when comparing features, ease-of-use, etc.(both are in the same level). Google offered more storage space, but …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive gives powerful security and gives sufficient protection to our valuable data over Google Drive. It saves much of our precious time by synchronizing various files automatically. This auspicious tool lets us make privacy changes in each and every folder where there is a …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive has a specific file syncing technology which is otherwise known as the block level copying and [t]here the files would be broken [into] smaller packages whereas Google Drive would mine the user data from that of the files being uploaded to Google Drive.
OneDrive gives a …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is ideal for document management and security of remote access to data and other important company data. I consider it secure and reliable as compared to Google Drive even though Google Drive offers more storage space for free.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is my go to solution because included in the price of OneDrive is full access to the Microsoft Office suite of programs. It also includes all the same features as Google Drive and Dropbox, but includes those programs and even an email account if you want, so its the …
Chose OneDrive
I used Google Drive for my personal cloud storage and I prefer it to OneDrive, but my business chose OneDrive and that's what I use. OneDrive is synced to my Microsoft-hosted email account and is integrated into my workflow and work devices, including a laptop, iPhone and iPad. …
Chose OneDrive
The most similar in functions would be Google Drive, however I chose One Drive because first, it allows to use all of office 365 software, which is universally used and preferred because of its trajectory. One Drive syncs directly with windows, which allows to use the desktop …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive feels native is you are a Microsoft 365 user. The integration aspect of being a Microsoft customer and using all platform tools together helps with driving adoption, ease of learning, and overall efficiency. While Google Drive is widely used as well, there is a ramp …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is integrated with O365 and Outlook, as well as Windows is really the game-changer. Dropbox and Google pioneered the way, but Microsoft has a tightly integrated, dead simple solution here that I struggle to find complaint with. Google gives some better options for …
Chose OneDrive
"Describe how OneDrive stacks up against (alternatives) and why you selected OneDrive." It doesn't, except it's more secure than Gdrive. Definitely wouldn't select OneDrive for anything important.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive stands out above these services in the integration it has with other Office 365 applications. There is no cloud storage solution that integrates as well with these applications that most users use on a daily basis. OneDrive has also made it easy for users to …
Chose OneDrive
I would not recommend OneDrive to anyone. Buggy and unreliable. Frequently corrupts files.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive is included in our Microsoft suite of products so there was no additional cost for us to use it. We use OneDrive for that reason mainly. For the most part, it does what you expect a cloud storage system to do, and it does it fairly well. For a larger group (10 or more …
Chose OneDrive
I believe OneDrive was selected due to Microsoft's proven record on information security. It is easily integrated with other apps that employees use within the office suite. Google and Dropbox services do not seem as secure as Microsoft O365 products. In a highly regulated …
Chose OneDrive
Tight integration with Office 365 is the main reason. Besides, Microsoft has a good reputation for supporting enterprise customers. Smartsheet does not have that reputation. We also have a long, stable relationship with Microsoft. Microsoft provides 1 TB of storage for each …
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive was a perfect fit for our use case. Sharepoint was too robust and complicated, Dropbox too simple. Not an Apple shop fo iCloud was out. Not a Google shop, so less appealing. OneDrive fit the bill perfectly.
Chose OneDrive
OneDrive was firstly integrated into our Office 365 license and integrates very well with our Microsoft Windows and Office environment. It provides good integration with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Having the ability to allow multiple users to edit the same Word, Excel files …
Chose OneDrive
It's roughly the same as Googe Drive but underperforms when compared to Box and Dropbox.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Google DriveOneDrive
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Google Drive
8.6
202 Ratings
2% above category average
OneDrive
7.6
113 Ratings
10% below category average
Versioning8.3178 Ratings8.289 Ratings
Video files8.0171 Ratings6.5100 Ratings
Audio files8.1165 Ratings7.194 Ratings
Document collaboration9.2199 Ratings7.9107 Ratings
Access control8.9197 Ratings7.9108 Ratings
File search8.9201 Ratings7.9113 Ratings
Device sync9.0188 Ratings8.0111 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Google Drive
8.3
196 Ratings
4% below category average
OneDrive
7.4
108 Ratings
16% below category average
User and role management8.3185 Ratings7.396 Ratings
File organization7.9195 Ratings7.7108 Ratings
Device management8.799 Ratings7.391 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Google Drive
8.7
196 Ratings
3% above category average
OneDrive
7.3
112 Ratings
15% below category average
Performance8.7194 Ratings8.0111 Ratings
Reliability9.1196 Ratings7.1112 Ratings
Storage Reports8.587 Ratings7.086 Ratings
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Google DriveOneDrive
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(203 ratings)
7.6
(113 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(5 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(36 ratings)
8.0
(12 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(7 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(48 ratings)
8.0
(36 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google DriveOneDrive
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
It is possible to share files and folders with up to 200 email addresses, as well as with persons outside the company.Use the drop-down arrow to select who may see, comment on, or change the file or folder before sending out an invitation.I am very much impressed with this feature
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Microsoft
I'll start with what I would not use OneDrive for! I would not use it as a primary source for code repository, there are other more robust tools out there that can help you with storing and making available code repos. Where I would use OneDrive is in a platform for managing files, and with that I mean any file that can be saved offline and access a OneDrive access point, share, or mount. This could be personal, business, or data from a system that is saved in a standard file format. The OneDrive platform is great for documents collaboration as well, with the ability to allow for share and links to be provided to for easy access and collaboration. I would also recommend if you are someone who likes to use cloud services and rely less and less on offline storage. OneDrive excels in this area!
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Pros
Google
  • Any user with access can store a file using different platforms like Android, IOS, Windows, or Ubuntu (Desktop version)
  • You can share files with any number of different users with different access rights or you can even keep it public by providing the access link and assign different rights for public access
  • You can open Excel/Word files using google software Sheets/Docs in the browser environment without having to install software like Microsoft Office etc on your Windows OS
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Microsoft
  • Sync functions allow to access work virtually anywhere
  • Collaboration options make working with others easier, increasing productivity
  • It works seamlessly in different devices
  • The one drive online functions allows to use office programs like work and excel without having them installed in a device
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Cons
Google
  • Having a little bit more control and clarity over what is shared and how it is shared would be a useful improvement.
  • Could be more robust and flexible as far as assigning restrictions.
  • Google Sheets could be enhanced because Excel really is not there yet as a product with equal capabilities as there are still quite a few limitations to the functionality.
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Microsoft
  • I wish OneDrive would allow you to sync multiple personal/individual accounts to your computer. At this time, you can only sync one account at a time. That means that my personal OneDrive and individual corporate OneDrive can't be synced to my computer at the same time.
  • OneDrive has a file size limitation of 15 GB. I know that that is a very large amount, but I have several files that are larger than 15 GB that I wish I could get to sync. I'm hoping that file size limitation changes in the future.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
For its compatibility, easiness, quick responses, user interface, storage capacity, files management and file listings. These are some of the reasons for giving higher ratings and Google Drive has become an integral part of my professional life. We use this software on daily basis and most of the time saving lot of time.
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Microsoft
Due to its tight integration into the Microsoft ecosystem and its bundling into the Office 365 service, continued use of the product is all but guaranteed. Unless there's a shift away from Microsoft, I can see no competing product offering the same ease of use and integrations taking the place of OneDrive
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Usability
Google
It's easy enough to use for computer users of all ages and skill levels. I am an advanced user, and I think the hardest part might be showing someone how to download and set up the app on their device if they weren't too familiar with computers, but overall it is very easy to understand.
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Microsoft
Using OneDrive is very intuitive and has been improved over the years. It's just like using native file management on either your Mac or PC. It's drag and drop functionality is easy and it clearly shows when files are uploaded to the cloud or if there are errors
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Reliability and Availability
Google
Always available
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Performance
Google
The documents load fairly quickly and also update in real time, especially given the fact that multiple people can be using it at once. The "Offline" feature works great to allow the user to make edits and access the document without access to the internet, and then sync changes later once they're back.
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Microsoft
It has a good performance, the pages load normally, access to the files, management, reports, everything is working well. With regard to integration with other systems, we have not done so yet.
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Support Rating
Google
It takes a few days for customer support to get back to you. Although, I have not had to use support too often. Once you get an email back, they are very thorough and work hard to fix the problem quickly. It is a really great resource and a great way to get the help you need if you're stuck. A phone call also works quickly but you have to call during specific times.
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Microsoft
It's a Microsoft product so there is a wealth of information online both from Microsoft directly and from millions of users but as a corporate user we also have access to direct Microsoft support through a variety of avenues (phone, email, etc.). This makes finding answers to issues more accessible, however, it does also mean that any new feature requests will get buried.
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In-Person Training
Google
The effective google workspace using training that my organization received and was conducted by me (as a team lead of the ICT team) was mind-blowing and as a result, our staff is performing well in terms of using the application for their daily jobs than before. Now, in my institution, all teachers and all the administrative personnel are very much interested in cloud storage facilities, in previous my institution was afraid of losing all important documents in the cloud storage. But, after having received the training they are now realized that if anyone has only one google account then he or she can use 15GB of cloud storage freely and they are now happy because now it is not necessary for anyone to carry the traditional pen drive.
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Google
It's an extremely easy software to implement, once you sign up for a google account you automatically have access to google drive with a set amount of storage space. The business or Google Suite accounts have more storage space than a regular free account, but setting up and accessing google drive is very easy in both cases
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Google
In short, Google Drive is better for independent users who store a normal amount of stuff. OneDrive makes more sense for businesses and teams that are doing heavy-duty storage or large-scale syncing. Realistically, though, most users will fall somewhere in between the two, where either platform would meet their needs.
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Microsoft
Box is another file-sharing application that is very similar to OneDrive. Box falls short of OneDrive in its syncing capabilities. OneDrive is very quick with syncing so you never have to be concerned that you are not using the most up-to-date materials. Box was always a bit delayed and did not always accurately sync across systems. OneDrive benefits from being backed by Microsoft, so you expect the connection across applications that it allows. OneDrive also provides consistency for use and intuitive understanding because of that Microsoft consistency. I'd prefer OneDrive over Box.
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Scalability
Google
I have always been able to access
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Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Google
  • It has given our operation remote capabilities
  • Easier to access and understand client's need through collaborative enviroment
  • availability to digital resources fast and easy
  • saved our operation hundreds of dollars in physical storage (both investment and maintenance)
  • our operation became easier for new staff to get onboard: small learning curve to use it
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Microsoft
  • OneDrive allows us to save much time on creating and archiving backup copies of our data. Microsoft gives a guarantee on the possibility of recovery of files or folders even from 30 days ago. It provides a great comfort of work.
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