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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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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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Included Features Set Google Drive Apart
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Pricing

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Basic

$6.00

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Business

$12.00

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Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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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 8.5
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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

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
I use it to save forms and upload records.
  • Easy to use
  • Accessable
  • Free
  • Save a doc
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
we use it to back up the data and cloud shared internally and externally. I used google drive for this purpose in a free plan when the business was small. it's covered all our needs in centralized data and backed it up. In addition, google drive is one of the most suppliers' trusted.
  • Backup data from desktop
  • Share data via links
  • Easy to access on all devices
  • Brows the backup like whatapp
  • Except for file types on the backup
  • Stop holding 5 $ when subscribing.
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
We use Google Drive for short-term sharing of files that are too large to send via email or WhatsApp. We also use the platform for storing business files to be accessed by multiple remote users. We even use Google Drive to provide uploading functionality to clients and other 3rd parties from whom we require files that are too large to send via email or WhatsApp.
  • File viewing, whether PDF, sound or video files
  • Access control from view-only to edit rights
  • Synchronisation with local folders
  • More flexibility of choosing an account on which storage space is used.
  • Access control could be more intuitive especially when adding new files to an already shared folder.
  • Synchronising local folders was tricky to first set up
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
We use Google Drive [for] sharing large files like PDF files, photos, and videos. Those files that we cannot send via email, we use Google Drive to send or receive it. It is easy to use by just using the link of our Google Drive account the receiver can access it. It is also safe by giving permission before the other party can access your files.
  • Large capacity of storage
  • Easy to use
  • Convenient way of sending large files
  • Additional free storage
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
I use Google Drive to synchronize teaching materials for my professor. He picked Google Drive because it is free, and his Dropbox account had already full. Google Drive is probably not my choice had I been given that authority. It does not quite correctly present or depict the final deliverable files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Other file-sharing services (or Microsoft's own OneDrive) would be better if you want to edit the deliverable files directly in the app. So, I ended up creating and editing files on their own native software app and then saving them to Google Drive, so my professor could review and download them.
  • Sharing files with other users
  • Editing files and working concurrently with other users
  • Synchronizing saved files with other users (after you and other users figured out how to set up the drive in your computers)
  • Free for the most part
  • Formatting issues with documents created (or edited) with Google Workspace
  • Setting up the Drive in your computer (for auto synchronize) is not exactly intuitive
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I am using it in the sales department. It is very useful to store important data. In my Real Estate company I need to maintain my clients' important data. It is very important for me to keep all the property related documents securely. So I manage all my clients' property documents in Google Drive. It is very easy and systematic to keep those documents in Google Drive.
  • It is a virtual storage space. So I can access it anywhere and at any time.
  • It has the capacity to store large data.
  • It helps to share data with my people by a link only.
  • Its criteria of collecting personal information for streamlining better user experience.
  • It's good to have one account for using multiple products of Google but at the same time it's risky also. If I compromised that account, I'd be compromising my Google Drive data also.
  • They should give more space. 15GB is too little when it is associated with a Gmail account also.
It is well suited when I travel. I don't need to keep any physical drive to carry my data or important documents. I can access my documents anywhere and at anytime. I access everything in my smartphone only.
Abhinav Bajpai | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Drive is one of the best and the easiest tool that be be easily integrated in any organization. As google drive offers the ability to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings with up to 50 individuals at once, allowing for multiple versions of the same document to be circulated edited and manipulated. I am really very happy with Google Drive and its allied software.
  • Data Collection from masses
  • Analysis on the Data collected in terms of miniaturization based on inputs received.
  • Ability to register unique response via Google Forms based on email IDs
  • Security and Safty
  • Integration with ios and Android
  • If you are using forms than validation is limited to email id only . I recommend to implement username & Password too with prefixed database.
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
Working in a remote setup, we have a lot of files to keep and maintain. Unlike if you're working in a physical office, you would have a secure server. With us, Google Drive allows us to easily access any information that is needed by the business. This also secures the file by letting you to either share or limit to view-access only. My scope is literally everything that can be done with Google Drive, edit, read, keep or maintain and share to intended users.
  • Ease of use
  • Appealing interface
  • Possibilities are endless for remote workers
  • Can be easily accessed
  • Since it's working like a regular folder in a desktop, hitting back button that allows to go back to the previous folder would be best
  • Best to have some pop-ups to provide suggestions like, if I am to have multiple folders, I can put numbers in front for it to be sorted based on how I often use it
  • I guess more storage since this is needed specially if you are dealing with data or documents
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
We share large sized files via Google Drive and this adds value as anyone at any place in the world can download the files shared just by clicking a link that we send them them. This has added a lot of value in putting our files into a cloud system rather than to store files on our servers.
  • The way files are uploaded into folders is very organized.
  • It is very easy to create an account and upload files.
  • You do not need a trainer to learn how the system works. You just log and upload.
  • The limitation of the overall size can be increased.
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
Google Drive is a really easy tool to use thanks to the Google ecosystem. Synchronization is very fast and effective. The basic version provides you with 15 GB, being the provider of this type of solution that gives you more storage in the free version. Their payment plans are very adaptable. Today it is one of the most used cloud-based tools.
  • Synchronization
  • speed
  • plans
  • Could improve speed
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
Excellent tool (product) we use for Chat, Mail, Drive, etc. several years of implementation to get data accurate with a single log in and share any document with our co workers and customers. Helped us to have a great tool to share data, info and surveys between our subsidiaries in DR and US. Easy and secure.. We use the product to Share Documents, videos, training materials and conduct surveys and data collection within the company.
  • Sharing documents, video, files, etc.
  • Create froms to performs some surveys.
  • Access to a whole world class of product and services.
  • Data collection.
  • Graphical Interface, they should change a little bit.
  • Copying forms between differents drives to an easiest deployment.
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
Google Drive is the cloud storage solution that I am most familiar with and most impressed with. I have used Google Drive at several organizations and use it exclusively for my home inspection business. We back up every inspection, including over 500 photos, for every inspection. We had never had an issue when we tried to access the data stored on Google Drive.
  • Access is very Dependable.
  • Folder options are clear and straightforward.
  • Google Drive App works well with my iPhone.
  • Can not copy and paste Folders containing subfolders.
  • Load times can be extensive.
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.
WaEl ELESAWY | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is considered one of the most important cloud storage outlets over the Internet, as it allows you to store 15 GB for free, which is good in that, and it is also possible to buy a larger version, fast, light, and smooth in dealing, and also good at linking files in all formats for downloading to others. I also liked it because I link important files to it through email and mobile. It is good and irreplaceable.
  • Link my important files to it by sending a copy of important mail and files to it.
  • Connect to a mobile phone and store any important photos or files.
  • Reduce the price to buy more space.
  • I hope to add an internal file that we can work with with a password.
For my part, I use it and I recommend it to everyone, and as an experiment, the free 15 GB space is enough to try and take advantage of it, and it is really great.
Cheryl Shelton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Google Drive as part of the GSuite line of products. We use Google Drive to provide 'at rest' encryption of data and to facilitate an easy way for staff to share and collaborate on files. The product is easy to use and provides flexibility for our employees and students so they can work from anywhere.
  • Easy to use
  • Great for collaboration
  • Encrypted storage
  • Accessible anywhere
  • Improve ways to find documents shared with me
  • Sometimes the search feature hangs or does not locate documents
  • The ability to view the tree structure within folders
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
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 files. I like the security of it, the ease of use, and the options that come with it. My staff finds access to it from the top toolbar, we have macs, which makes it fast access. For my clients that we do retouching for it is an easy way to securely deliver and retrieve their images.
  • File sharing both on local computers and from clients.
  • Such easy access from the top tool bar on our Mac.
  • I like the security of it.
  • Google Drive fits nicely into our Google suite of services.
  • So far we have not found an issue we would like fixed or an idea to be implemented.
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
Google Drive is our main cloud storage tool at Lumen Studio. It addresses the availability of footage, resources and digital assets for creative projects. Enhances the organization remote capabilities and makes the collaboration with international clients/freelancers possible. The scope of our use is it works as a secondary storage besides our main physical one and we currently use the 2+TB service.
  • 24 hour availability
  • layout of information easy to navigate
  • multiple collaborators
  • UI friendly, simple and clean
  • different plans of storage according to company/personal needs
  • organizing collaborators can be cumbersome
  • permissions and privacy managing
  • limited file formats to check files in the cloud/explorer directly
  • issues with multiple downloads
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
We collect meeting notes, write new blog entries, communicate information with clients, and more using Google Drive. Most of our customers also favor Drive over other file storage solutions. There are several causes for this, but Google Drive is just quick, easy, and safe. Here are a few additional justifications for why you should use Drive if you don't already: Utilize a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access data. There are no lost copies or forgotten saves to be concerned about because everything automatically saves in the cloud. Google offers 15GB of storage at no cost, with additional space available on a monthly basis. Who sees or edits your documents is under your control. We are collaborating with others in real-time. Apps for Google Drive - Use apps to edit Drive and add signatures, charts, and forms.
  • Storage.
  • Quick Access.
  • Access Anywhere.
  • Easier User Interface.
  • File Size Limits.
  • Downloading and Uploading Speed.
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
I usually use Google Drive to share files with my colleagues, it's pretty easy and helpful, the file system can be divided into sections just like the one used on your personal Operative System. The application for windows simplifies furthermore all the processes giving the possibility to perform all the operations from the OS's file system.
  • Near real time synchronization.
  • Share files and drives with other people.
  • Integration with Windows 10.
  • Limit of file size you can upload in a day.
  • Security Risks.
  • File Size Limits.
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
We are using Google on a daily basis day to day life for creating and managing spreadsheets for creating PRD and SRS documents and many more. This is primarily used and we can share all the documents with any mode to another user like read, write, or comment so that according to this we can take the action on it.
  • Sharing of any document with privilege
  • Inline comment section
  • Spreadsheet with multiple sheet
  • We can set the priority on document
  • As according to my use case it is fulfilling all my requirement so i don't have as such requirement which is not implemented here.
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.
Ivan Briceño | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Google Drive is the platform for daily use. We use it to manage all our documents, images, and formats in the cloud. Essentially it is the platform to work online from the agency with clients. It allows us to save time with collaborative work in real time, in web writing, reports, and proposals to clients using various formats.
  • Collaborative work
  • Seo online writing
  • Collaborative reports
  • Follow-up of copies and ads arts.
  • Delete recent documents
  • Improve the desktop
  • More options for folder design and configuration
  • User interface
It is appropriate for use in digital marketing agencies inside social media marketing, copywriting, collaborative work, and graphic and web design.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have been using google drive on my laptop and phone. It provides easy access to the files and we can share the files with just one click. Google Drive provides free storage of 15 GB where we can store the files. It can be accessed in Gmail and the Google Drive apps in android phones.
  • Free storage of 15 GB
  • Easily accessibility via gmail and Google Drive app in android mobiles
  • Very user friendly interface
  • Files can be shared very easily
  • Free storage can be provided more in today's market competition
  • Even if I use some best possible search words, sometimes its quite difficult to find the files
  • User interface can be made more attractive
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 is an online briefcase where we store all the important files and folders. It is very easy to use. Is embedded in Gmail and is seperately accessible via our Android phones as well via a Gdrive App. It comes with a free space of abot 15 GB. For more space of course you can buy it however 15GB is a resonably good space for routine operational activities. Al our Google forms are by default saved in G drive and also the response to those forms via excel export. I think it is a great application.
  • Great Free Space of about 15GB
  • Easy user interface
  • Easily Accessible in form of a G Drive Mobile App in Android phones and in Gmail
  • Excellent for Google Forms as output and the forms are stored in G drive by default.
  • Negligible downtime. Always up and running.
  • More free space can be provided in view of market competition.
  • GDrive can come in more attractive user interface.
  • Gdrive needs to be marketed more aggressively for user awareness.
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 use Google Drive between my laptop, desktop, and phone. Whether, I am working in the office, remotely, or on the go, I have access to my files and I keep work moving forward. I use Google Drive for the desktop to keep my files synced. I can start a project on one device, and pick it up and edit the project as needed when working at a different location. I work with graphic design project files and video files, which take up a lot of space and I cant save all my files on my desktop, so it's great to be able to save everything to Google Drive.
  • The new Drive for desktop application, which recently replaced Google Backup and Sync, works better than Google Backup and sync.
  • I can easily search for files in Google Drive.
  • I can preview certain types of files right within Google drive without having to open a different application or download the file.
  • The drag and drop user interface makes file organization very easy.
  • You can upload multiple files and folders to google drive all at once and see the upload progress/status for each individual upload in the que.
  • While I do like the new Drive for desktop sync app over the previous Google backup and sync program, it still is very limited in the choices you have for syncing your files. You either have to stream all files or mirror or files and neither of these options is the best fit for me. I liked that with Google Backup and sync. you could select which folders to sync, so I would like it if some of that flexibility was brought back into Drive for Desktop.
  • Google Drive keeps changing the app and method for locally syncing files. In the pasy four years, I hae had to learn three syncing apps for this at work.
  • Previously when browsing google drive, I could select to open a file or a folder location in a new tab. In recent years that functionality has been removed and I miss it. It is still available in other Google apps like Gmail, but for some reason, it's no longer available in Google Drive.
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
Our company uses Google Drive to share files, that are too large to be shared via email, with the team. Moreover, Google Drive has been a very useful tool to save important files and data and can be accessed conveniently by anyone who has been authorized. Furthermore using Google Drive helps save the use of paper which can help save the environment.
  • Share files easily and conveniently
  • Ability to share files instantly
  • Updated in real-time
  • Very easy for beginners
  • Cannot be accessed offline
  • Could be more user-friendly
  • Should support more file types like TIFF, PSD etc.
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
I use google drive to save my work documents for the ease of access to view, edit or download the documents anytime, anywhere. It has been really helpful in saving personal and professional documents especially in the times that no one needs a hard copy and view of the soft copy works everywhere.
  • Saves any format of file
  • Pulls up list of recent documents
  • Lets you share document with other users
  • When a document is downloaded, the formatting isn't the same
  • Downloading ppts takes away the animations on every slide
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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