Google Drive vs. Dropbox: Which One is
Better for You?
If you’re in the market for an online
file-sharing and cloud storage service, you’ve probably come across Dropbox and
Google Drive, both of which are great choices if you want to store, share, and
sync files between your personal devices and the cloud. But which one is
better? Both services offer 15GB of storage space free and work well with
mobile devices, but they have several differences that you should consider
before making your choice about which one will work best for you. Here’s what
to keep in mind as you decide between Dropbox or Google Drive.
What Is Google Drive?
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage
service that has been around since April 24th, 2007. While it was originally an
invite-only service, Google opened it up to the public in October of 2012. It
offers free storage space with a variety of upgrade options if you need more
than the 15 GB that comes with a free account. If you’re looking to store large
files, such as videos or music, Google Drive will be your best bet as it offers
unlimited storage space for these file types. Dropbox, on the other hand,
limits its users to just 100 GB. The company claims that this amount is enough
for 95% of people, but if you happen to find yourself in the unlucky 5%, they
offer a variety of upgrade packages starting at $9.99 per month and maxing out
at $99.00 per month. Dropbox also makes collaboration easy by letting multiple
people edit a document simultaneously and giving each person read/write access
to the same file without any uploading and downloading necessary.
What Is Dropbox?: In 2008, Drew Houston
and Arash Ferdowsi founded Dropbox which is an online storage service that
allows users to upload their files from computers anywhere and have them
instantly accessible from anywhere else. Files can be shared easily through
links generated by email address(es) created specifically for that purpose or
by generating a link via one’s own Facebook profile.
What is the Cost of Google Drive?
Google’s pricing plans are as follows:
If you’re using Google Drive to store
photos, videos, or documents, the price will be $1.99 per month for 100 GB of
If you’re using Google Drive to share
files with team members on a business plan, the cost will be $9.99 per user per
month ($129 a year).
If you want your files backed up in case
anything happens to your computer, the cost will be $19.99 per month
(equivalent to $239 a year) for unlimited storage space and backup services.
The one downside to this is that if you want these features, you have to pay
for them separately from Google Drive. For example, if you want to backup your
data automatically, it costs an additional $19.99/month. That can add up
quickly! Another thing I didn’t mention about Google Drive is how it integrates
into other products like Gmail and YouTube. That way all your files are always
right there waiting for you when you need them! Dropbox has 2 different types
of storage plans: Basic and Pro. They also offer their own automatic backup
service, which is included in their monthly price. It starts at just
$9.99/month (or $120/year). However, the main difference between Dropbox and
Google Drive is the fact that each file can only be accessed by one person at a
So what does this mean for you? It
depends on what kind of person you are! Some people prefer having control over
who has access to their files so they choose something like Dropbox where only
one person can open it at once.
Where Can I Get Google Drive?
Dropbox and Google Drive are both
well-known cloud storage services, but they can be hard to compare because they
have different advantages and disadvantages. If you’re trying to decide which
one to use, here are a few points to help you decide. -Dropbox has a free
version but no desktop app, while Google Drive has a free version with a
desktop app that’s not as reliable as their other apps. -Dropbox offers more
space than Google Drive for the same price, but most of it expires after 12
months. -Google Docs can be accessed without an internet connection while
Dropbox requires internet access at all times in order to sync files across
devices and platforms. -In Google Drive, there is always 25GB of storage
available, regardless of what plan you have; whereas if you don’t pay for
Dropbox Plus or Pro, your account only holds 1TB. -If privacy is your top
priority, then Dropbox would be better suited for you. It’s encrypted by
default and does not track user activity like Google does in order to serve
ads. The downside is that this makes sharing outside of the company impossible.
The answer to this question depends on
what you need from these types of services. For some people, Dropbox might be a
better option due to its automatic backups, reliability and security features,
along with its unlimited storage for personal accounts. Others may prefer
Google Drive due to its compatibility with mobile devices (through offline
mode) and ease of access on any device (via Gmail). Whatever service you
choose, it’s important to know how much storage you need so there won’t be any
surprises when your account begins running low on space. Some things to
consider are whether you want a personal or professional account, whether
you’ll be using the service with just one device or many, and if you want to
share files outside of the company. Once you’ve answered these questions, it
should be easier to figure out which service will best meet your needs.
How Do I Use Google Drive’s Collaboration
Collaboration tools are a great way to
share files with others and give them access to your account so they can make
edits and leave comments. Google Drive’s collaboration tools have many
different features that make it easy to collaborate on projects together,
including adding collaborators, commenting on documents, sharing folders, and
One of the best features of Google
Drive’s collaboration tools is the ability to see who has edited a document or
spreadsheet with revision history – this way you can see what has changed in a
file over time.
Another awesome feature of the
collaboration tools is the ability to grant someone edit or comment access just
for one specific document or folder without giving them access to your entire
account. Collaborators do not need a Google account to use these tools, which
makes working with people outside of your company much easier. There are also
public links you can create so anyone can view and download files from
anywhere. And if any changes happen while you’re offline, all the changes will
be automatically updated once you reconnect. What’s even better about this app
is how it integrates with other Google apps like Gmail, Docs, and Sheets. All
the work you do is saved automatically and available everywhere. But there’s a
downside…you can’t upload files larger than 10GB in size! So if you want to
upload videos or large photos you’ll have to go elsewhere. However, if you
don’t need an enormous storage space then Dropbox is a good option. Plus, their
desktop interface allows drag-and-drop functionality that makes organizing
files super simple. I personally find Google Drive to be more complicated
because it takes time for me to find where things are located when I’m looking
for something. Ultimately, which one is better for you will depend on what kind
of services you need and how you plan on using the app.
What Features Are Available in the Web
and Desktop Versions of Google Drive That Aren’t on Mobile Devices (Android and
In the Web and Desktop versions of Google
Drive, you can easily share your files with others by just sending an email or
uploading a link to the file. This feature isn’t available on Mobile devices
(Android and iOS). If you want to collaborate on documents, Google Docs is a
better option than Microsoft Word because it allows multiple people to work at
once on the same document and everyone gets an update instantly when changes
are made. The mobile app doesn’t have these features but if you rely heavily on
mobile apps, then this should be your deciding factor in which service to use.
In conclusion, it’s up to personal preference whether you choose Dropbox or
Google Drive as your preferred cloud storage system. Both offer various
benefits and drawbacks depending on what you’re looking for. Some people prefer
Dropbox because it has been around longer and has more third party
integrations. Others may prefer Google Drive because of its helpful
collaboration tools that allow users to get feedback from co-workers on shared
documents. I personally would recommend both services to my friends and family
members who might not know which one they prefer, but I think most people would
find that one service suits their needs better than the other.
Why Would I Choose Dropbox Instead Of
This question can be a tough one to
answer because both services have their strengths and weaknesses. But, if
you’re looking for a simpler solution with better pricing options, then Dropbox
may be the better choice for you.
First and foremost, Google Drive requires
an active internet connection to access your files which means that if you
don’t have wifi or data coverage, then you won’t be able to access your files
at all. That’s not the case with Dropbox which allows you to sync your files
offline and also has packages that allow you up to 1 TB of storage space as
opposed to Google’s 100 GB limit.
Another thing to consider is how much
data each service uses on a daily basis. Google Drive uploads any changes made
to the file to their servers and downloads any changes made by other users who
are editing the same document. Dropbox doesn’t do this which means they use
less data but they require more storage space. In addition, if you’re using
Gmail and Google Docs, then it makes sense to just stick with Google Drive.
However, in general I would say that I prefer using Dropbox over Google Drive
based off of its price plans and simplicity. The most basic plan from Google
Drive costs $10/month while Dropbox starts out at $9.99/month for 2GB of space
(you get 30GB when paying annually). The prices increase exponentially from
there. While we’re on the topic of payments, many people might be interested in
knowing that Dropbox offers PayPal integration whereas Google does not. Of
course, there are benefits to using either service so it really comes down to
what works best for you.