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Google Drive

Overview

What is Google Drive?

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.

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Google Drive has become a go-to solution for users looking for a convenient and reliable cloud storage system. Users have praised its …
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Love our Google Drive

9 out of 10
October 28, 2022
Google Drive is one of the tools we use to share files and projects easily. I use it for a project storage drive for quick access to the …
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Popular Features

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  • Document collaboration (198)
    9.2
    92%
  • Reliability (195)
    8.9
    89%
  • Access control (196)
    8.8
    88%
  • File search (200)
    8.7
    87%

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Video Reviews

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Google Drive Makes Collaboration Easier for New Users
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Google Drive: Flexible Cloud Storage Unlocks Collaboration
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Included Features Set Google Drive Apart
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Pricing

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Basic

$6.00

Cloud
per month

Business

$12.00

Cloud
per month

Enterprise

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Cloud
per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
For the latest information on pricing, visithttps://cloud.google.com/drive…

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Product Demos

Using the Google Drive Presentation App

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Features

File Sharing & Management

Features that allow collaborators to view, work on, and organize files.

8.5
Avg 8.4

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Features related to security and administration for cloud storage platforms

8.3
Avg 8.6

Cloud Storage Platform

Features around the functionality of the cloud storage platform.

8.7
Avg 8.4
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Product Details

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, which are a part of an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.


Google Drive Features

File Sharing & Management Features

  • Supported: Versioning
  • Supported: Document files
  • Supported: Image files
  • Supported: Video files
  • Supported: Audio files
  • Supported: Document collaboration
  • Supported: Shared folders
  • Supported: Access control
  • Supported: File search
  • Supported: Device sync
  • Supported: Web interface
  • Supported: File change notifications
  • Supported: Simultaneous editing

Cloud Storage Security & Administration Features

  • Supported: Single sign-on
  • Supported: Two-step verification
  • Supported: User and role management
  • Supported: Storage limit management
  • Supported: File organization

Cloud Storage Platform Features

  • Supported: Performance
  • Supported: Reliability
  • Supported: Multi-language

Google Drive Screenshots

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Google Drive Videos

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To learn more about how Drive can help your team collaborate more effectively, take a look at our website. And when you're ready to get started, sign up for a free trial. Links: Website → https://goo.gle/drive-enterprise Start your trial now → https://goo.gle/37pwbjR
To learn more about how Drive can help your team collaborate more effectively, take a look at our website. And when you're ready to get started, sign up for a free trial. Links: Website → https://goo.gle/drive-enterprise Start your trial now → https://goo.gle/37pwbjR
To learn more about how Drive can help your team collaborate more effectively, take a look at our website. And when you're ready to get started, sign up for a free trial. Links: Website → https://goo.gle/drive-enterprise Start your trial now → https://goo.gle/37pwbjR
To learn more about how Drive can help your team collaborate more effectively, take a look at our website. And when you're ready to get started, sign up for a free trial. Links: Website → https://goo.gle/drive-enterprise Start your trial now → https://goo.gle/37pwbjR
To learn more about how Drive can help your team collaborate more effectively, take a look at our website. And when you're ready to get started, sign up for a free trial. Links: Website → https://goo.gle/drive-enterprise Start your trial now → https://goo.gle/37pwbjR

Google Drive Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Box, Dropbox, and Dropbox Business are common alternatives for Google Drive.

Reviewers rate Document collaboration highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of Google Drive are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is great for saving things. It is not terrible but it does not save Word documents as Word. You have to upload them again or use a Google doc. You lose functionality when you convert. Overall it is easy to use and the best thing is that the program is absolutely free
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It's the best free 15 GB cloud storage, you can use it and when you need extra storage you can buy it. in small business, you can use it and when upgrading the company you can upgrade your system to the max. Google has a vast library of apps and software.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
For personal and business use, Google Drive is super flexible and accessible. Even if you upgrade to a paid tier, the cost is very reasonable. Perfect for sharing files, storing files in the cloud for backup purposes and collaboration between different users, even if the users are geographically far apart.
Janet Ramos | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
This is best suited in sending files like photos, videos, pdf files, and PowerPoint files. All we need to do is to save it on Google Drive and send the link to the receiver via email and they can receive the files already. Since email has a limit of capacity in attaching files Google Drive [addresses] this problem.
Yoga Prakasa, CAIA, CDIF | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
If the requirements for deliverable files are not strict, and the space requirement is not large, then Google Drive should be suitable for most projects. However, if the format of the deliverable file is mission-critical, then you should opt for other file-sharing services or use Google Drive differently. Also, Gmail users seemed to have a better experience using Google Drive than non-Gmail users.
Abhinav Bajpai | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Drive is well suited for everyone who would like to send or share information who thinks handing an actual usb or printed document is a hassle. This tool can also house big files which can't be done if I am to send it via email, e.g. photos, videos or mp3 files.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I needed large sized files from our branch in UAE and it was going to be downloaded anytime during the day by certain individuals therefore it was uploaded by our staff there; the link was received and then all our staff managed to get the access to download the files with no issue.
Jose Ramon Melero Gomar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I usually recommend Google Drive for cloud storage to always have a backup copy of your files and above all so that your work is always available anywhere. Although there are two other tools that from my point of view are currently rivaling Google Drive, I usually recommend their use, if it is true that there is a similar tool but it is faster.
Gregorio Torres Rancier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incredible secure and reliable, we can share large documents, videos or any other kind that we are not allowed to do via email. Easy access no matter where youare from, you can be in Europe, America or Asia, and with a simple click you enter and solve everything. I can not really find something that does not help, in everyday life it solves wery well.
December 10, 2022

The Best

Jeff Wise | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
In my experience, Google Drive is one of the most intuitive and inexpensive cloud storage options available today. The pricing is more than fair, considering the amount of storage that is offered in the different packages. The mobile app works well with my iPhone, and I am comfortable that my data is safe and secure, with the storage solution being a Google product. The only problem I have encountered, and perhaps I am doing something wrong, but I can not copy and paste folders that contain subfolders.
Cheryl Shelton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Drive is best suited for environments where cloud storage of documents is needed. It is also great for collaboration - the ability for teams to share and edit documents is outstanding. Users can create folder structures in any way that works best for them. You can search on anything and you can see a list of documents that were shared with you. The ability to set the share options - editor, viewer - is also very helpful.
October 28, 2022

Love our Google Drive

Mark Laurie | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
For us, it is an effective file-sharing tool and an inexpensive storage space. I am a photographer so security and ease of use in my work flow is critical, Google Drive delivers on that need. Being able to share files from clients in distant cities helps drive my bottom line. When I travel, this is the preferred upload site. I can be working on location, upload images for office staff to work with and pass on. It is a seamless process for us.
Juan Miguel Rojas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drive works wonders as a cloud storage tool for simple to medium complex projects. It allows any digital operation to grow remote and adds remote capabilities to collaborating on digital projects. For a small-medium operation, is an affordable option only bested by a NAS or any other kind of physical on-site storage solution. UI/UX is easy to understand and there's a very short learning curve to it. For bigger or multi-format operations where complex software files are to be used, I'd advise exploring more specific options.
October 20, 2022

Google Drive.

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Suppose you require quick access to files across multiple systems. Real-time collaboration on Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. You don’t have to send ten different versions of the same file back and forth. One person can write a document in Los Angeles, and someone in Tokyo can be on at the same time and see their edits as they make them.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Drive is very suitable in cases where you need to share files, documents, and information with many people, for example with your team. On the other hand, you should avoid sharing sensitive data (passwords, customer information, etc..). The shared drives are managed by Google and of course, are available on the web. If an attacker could get in, your data would be compromised.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
There are so many features which are extensively used here so I would recommend to everyone to use this. Here we can also work as a team on a particular document which is an awesome feature because everyone is working remotely so everyone can see what others are doing on a particular document. We can store every type of file here and share the public link if we want.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using Google Drive for the past 6-7 years and the best thing about it is how effortlessly we can share the folders and files and can store them too. It gives us the option to buy more storage but I haven't faced any issue with 15 GB storage. Despite so many advantages of Google Drive, there is only one problem that I have faced while using Google Drive which is while searching for the files in it. Even if I put the best search words, sometimes the file doesn't show up.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Google Drive for us has suited well, especially for storage solutions. It is a great source of safely storing your important files and folders online. Of course, there is a hesitation to save business-critical files in Google Drive due to fears of security or hacking. However, overall I would say Google Drive has remained relevant for a long period of time now. It reinvents itself from time to time.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I like being able to preview files within Google drive, without having to download a separate application. However, you can't edit files within google drive. You can edit only files that are created with other Google applications, like google docs. If you need to share files on google drive with another user that does not have a Gmail address that could be a problem. Sometimes, people are required to have a Gmail account in order to view or edit shared files.
Muhammad Waleed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Google Drive is a cloud based storage solution that helps in keeping and storing important data in one place and allows the user to access them anywhere in the world with ease on their laptop, desktop, tablet or a smartphone. While Google Drive has made it very easy to upload, share and access data easily, Google Drive does not have an extra layer of protection if someone else from the team gets a link to your files and could access them easily. Another big drawback of Google Drive is the need of internet. You must be connected to internet to access the files or share them.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As already mentioned I love the ease of access to view, edit or download your documents anytime. The functionality that I want to gear up is formatting issues when a file is downloaded, it doesn't stay intact as when the file was uploaded this is particularly for MS PowerPoint presentations where I end up loosing the formatting as well as animations on the slides.
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