Google Drive Cloud Storage Pricing & Plans – Review June 2018

Google Drive

Google Drive
7.9

Pricing & Plans

8.0 /10

Ease of Use

8.0 /10

File Syncing

6.0 /10

File Sharing

8.0 /10

Retrieving Files

8.5 /10

Security

8.5 /10

Support

9.0 /10

Additional Features

7.5 /10

Pros

  • Integrated Google Apps
  • Free 15 GB storage
  • Easy to use
  • Great 3rd party programs
  • Good sharing options

Cons

  • No local encryption
  • Lacks certain team features
  • Desktop version isn't the best
  • Up/download speeds could be better

Google Drive Cloud Storage Pricing & Plans - Review

Google Drive is a cloud storage deeply integrated with all Google services. If you used Gmail or any other Google service you've used Drive as well since all the data goes to the same basket. Google Drive is perfect for users that need a few documents safely stored. Google Drive pricing and plans are also decent and comparable to the competition. If you want to upload big amounts of data or backup your PC, then you should take a look at some of the other cloud services.

Read more about Google Drive down below.

Google Drive Pricing & Plans - Review

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Pricing & Plans
Who is it for ?
Ease of use
File syncing
File sharing
Retrieving files
Security
Online support
Additional features
Conclusion


Google Drive Pricing & Plans

Google has a fascinating way of doing things. They're unique in nearly everything they do. Well, pricing&plans are no exception to that. Usually, when you're looking at other cloud services, they offer multiple plans with various features and limitations. That's not the case with Google Drive. Once you join Google Drive, you are granted permission to each feature out there. If and when you decide to upgrade nothing changes, except your storage limitation. Their prices are very competitive when compared to other cloud storages. Differently, from the others, they also offer some plans with larger storage limitations with up to 30 TB.

Plan Pricing Storage
Google Drive Free Free 15 GB
Google Drive 100 GB €1.99 / month 100 GB
Google Drive 1 TB

€9.99 / month

 1.000 GB
Google Drive 10 TB €99.99 / month  10.000 GB
Google Drive 20 TB €199.99 / month 20.000 GB
Google Drive 30 TB €299.99 / month 30.000 GB

Who is it for ?

Google Drive is meant for all the Google users out there. If you need a cloud storage to save your files to, Drive will do that for you. If you're searching for a backup service, then you've come to the wrong place. Uploading huge amounts of data is also not the best idea since it would probably take less time for you actually to find another fast cloud storage and upload it there.


Ease of use

This is something that Google Drive has an advantage over all the other cloud services. Creating an account has never been so easy. Most of you already have a Google account. If you've ever used any of their services (Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Calendar, Photos, etc.), it means that you already have an account ready to use at Google Drive. You just sign in, and you're ready to go. If you've never used any of the Google services, it only takes a few minutes to set it up, and it's very simple.

The interface is elegant and modern, as expected for an internet giant like Google.

Google Drive Interface


File syncing

Google Drive has made a desktop version as well. I was a bit surprised by it, not in a right way. After testing it for a few hours, I ran into problems with administration access when trying to delete individual files that were just uploaded. The upload and download speeds were also not the best when comparing them to pCloud and Dropbox. Apart from that, it worked as it should. It creates an imaginary drive to which you then upload your files. It's straightforward and useful. Here's how it looks.

Google Drive Desktop

 


File sharing

There are more ways of sharing your files through Google Drive.

  • Create a shareable link - Once you create the link, you can send it to whoever you want. When creating the link, you can configure who's allowed to interact with it.
  • You have the following options: Anyone with the link can view/comment/edit. At the same time, you can manually select who has special permissions when interacting with the file.

At any time you can switch the sharing of one particular file on or off. There's also the option to share your files with people that aren't even signed into Google. You just make the file public, and from that point, it's open to anyone on the internet. There are even more settings that you can change, which will be best explained by showing you a picture of them.

Google Drive Sharing


Retrieving files

There are two different ways of how Google Drive saves your previous versions of files.

  • Keeping Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings (Note: Google Forms does not have a revision history.) - When modifying these a version is saved every time you edit them. It obviously doesn't save every time you add a letter to it, but rather in bigger chunks of writing. When trying to retrieve an older version of your file, you just click on it, and it replaces the newest version. If you don't like it, you can always just revert the process by clicking on that previous version. All in all a very useful tool.

Google Drive Revision history

  • Saving other files -  The versions are kept for 30 days or until it reaches 100 versions. You also have the ability to permanently save a particular version by clicking on the "Keep Forever" button in that file's settings.

Google Drive Manage Versions

Deleted files - When you delete a file it goes to your trash. It stays there indefinitely or until you permanently remove it yourself. Even permanently deleted files can be retrieved through contacting Drive specialist. This can be done only up to a few weeks from deletion, while the data is still in cloud storage's cache.


Security

Google Drive is encrypted using SSL, the same security protocol that protects Gmail and other Google's services. Before your data leaves your device, it is encrypted using the TLS standard. Then it gets uploaded to Google. When it arrives at their servers, it gets decrypted and then encrypted again with 128-bit AES. The AES encryption keys are then encrypted again with another set of rotating encryption keys.

It's safe to say that your data is secure on Google Drive.


Online support

We can without hesitation say that Google Drive has one of the best or even the best Online support. You have multiple options when seeking help:

  • Google Drive Help Forum - The magnitude and the size of this forum is unbelievable. If you have a problem with something, there is 95% chance that someone else already had this issue and posted a topic about it on the forum. A community specialist usually answers the same day. The panel is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Submit user feedback - If you discover any new bugs or run into any technical difficulties, you can report the issue via "Send feedback" feature.
  • Contact a Drive specialist - You can do this via email, live chat or call.

Google Drive Forums


Additional features


Integration with Google

The whole "Why should I use this cloud storage instead of so many others?" can be answered with this feature. Google has become such a broad platform, and it offers us so many applications to use. By using Google Drive, you will connect all these features. You don't know it yet, but if you've been using Gmail or Google photos or any of that sort, you've been using Google Drive as well. It's all connected in one big storage. The reason why you will have some of those free 15 GB occupied already, lies within the fact that it's all stored in the same storage.

  • Saving to Drive from Gmail - Any attachments that come with your incoming mail can be easily stored to the drive.Google Drive Gmail
  • Google Photos - All of your photos from Google Photos are stored in Google Drive.
  • Chromebooks - If you decide to buy a Chromebook, it already comes with Google Drive and free 100 GB of storage for two years.

Google Drive Apps

Applications like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings and more are all integrated into Google Drive. There are hundreds of additional applications that work with Google Drive. Pixlr Editor, WeVideo, Audio Converter, draw.io are some of the more noticeable ones. Check the full list here.


Mobile Application

Google Drive is available for iOS and Android systems. You can also get it for Windows phones and Blackberries, as a client application (not made by Google).

The application itself is well made and very responsive. If you have multiple Google accounts, you can switch between them by just swiping your finger. It also allows you to backup your photos or even shoots your pictures and save them directly to the cloud. Putting a passcode lock on the app is one of the many features it offers to its users.

Google Drive App
Google Drive App
Google Drive App

Conclusion - Google Drive Review

I think it's safe to say that Google delivered another quality product. It's also safe to say, that there are other cloud services that are better. It offers a lot of features that are integrated within the service already. It lacks certain "team" features that for example Dropbox and pCloud offer. The desktop version is not perfect and neither are the download and upload speeds. The pricing&plans are comparable to the competition.

Google Drive doesn't offer the backup feature, although you can backup your photos through the mobile application.

Overall, it's a good cloud storage with many good quality features and it is one that I recommend to every Google enthusiastic out there, that doesn't require backup features and isn't uploading huge amounts of data.


 



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Dejan Miladinović

Hey there! I am the founder of cloudstorageinfo.org. My website is dedicated to people that are interested in cloud services and anything related to them. Hopefully, you found the post written above useful and intuitive. I would be happy to discuss it more in the comments section. If you have any questions ask them down below and I'll answer them shortly.

6 thoughts on “Google Drive Cloud Storage Pricing & Plans – Review June 2018

  • November 9, 2016 at 05:22
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    Good Information Dejan.
    I wasn’t aware that I can upgrade the google drive capacity of my account with such nominal price. Yeah, 15 Gb is what I see at bottom of my email as free storage. And certainly, the ease of using this online drive is very handy compared to other. I have been using google drive for quite a long time to save some of my personal files and work related excel documents. The sharing function for documents using google drive is also quite amazing.

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    • November 9, 2016 at 10:27
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      Hello there,

      I am glad you found the information posted here useful. Google Drive is definitely one of the better cloud storages you can pick from. It’s so easy to use as well. Thanks for stopping by.

      Deja

      Reply
  • August 13, 2016 at 13:49
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    Very comprehensive and informative post. I used Google docs for some time, found it a bit confusing to start but once I got used to it I found it pretty cool. I am definitely a google fan, I also use dropbox all the time. Great for sharing files with others especially when working on projects. Thanks for all this great info.

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    • August 13, 2016 at 14:09
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      Hello there, Helen.
      Both Google Drive and Dropbox are a very viable choice. Both with their own unique features.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Dejan

      Reply
  • August 13, 2016 at 13:47
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    I have heard of Google drive but have never used it. I have always saved my photos on dropbox mainly because my boyfriend and many friends are there. It is easy to share photos with them. But since I have a google plus and Gmail account perhaps I should try it. Thanks for this information.

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    • August 13, 2016 at 14:08
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      You’re welcome, Wendy. I am glad that I was able to help you. If you will run into any troubles feel free to contact me.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Dejan

      Reply

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