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Google Drive - A Safe Place for All Your Files

Google Drive - A Safe Place for All Your Files
Cloud-based file syncing and storage services have sprung up like mushrooms over the past couple of years. Thanks to ultrabooks and bigger smartphones, more work is being done on the go and for those with access to mobile internet, sharing files among different devices isn’t an issue any longer.
 

As is the case with numerous Google products, Google Drive can be downloaded for free. Not a big deal when you think of all the other free cloud services available, however factor in Google’s incredible 15GB limit and you know that you’re onto something special! Can Drive finally keep you organized? Let’s take a closer look!
 

Google Drive


The first great thing about Google Drive is the generosity with which Google approaches each of its products. Besides giving away excellent products for nothing in return, Google manages to outperform even paid services in the process. The difference certainly adds up over time, so carefully comparing features might pay off for those not looking for Dropbox’s proprietary features. Besides being very generous with data limits, Google won’t count some of the files you store on the service. For example files created in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides don’t impact your storage and even photos uploaded through Google’s Photos app are exempt provided that the resolution is slightly trimmed. Not a bad tradeoff considering the amount of photos you’ll be able to store for free. Unfortunately, Drive space is shared with your email account so hanging on to those supermarket catalogues might not be the best idea.

Getting the most out of Drive involves downloading Google’s other apps mentioned above. It might seem like adding a ton of stuff for something as simple as cloud storage, but each of those apps excels in its field. It’s no secret that Google is trying to alleviate dependency on Microsoft office and these apps are certainly a huge leap in the right direction.
 

Google Drive


How does Drive look and perform on Android? For starters, it’s very user-friendly and intuitive like any modern app found on Play Store. Google has a huge team of designers at their disposal so making a great app isn’t really an issue. Drive homepage displays all the folders uploaded and linked to your account. By tapping on the big red plus button, one can add a new folder, upload a file or scan a document using the phone’s camera. Drive also lets you create Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, but you have to have the corresponding app installed. Upper left corner houses the menu icon which brings up a great overview of files that can be accessed. Jumping from one account to another is as simple as pressing a round icon on top of that menu.
 

Google Drive


Moving files around is similar to the experience on any modern computer. Simply hold down the file you want to move and drag it around. By pressing the tiny “i” button next to the file name, users can see all the information related to that file and have a host of different options available such as share, move, rename, send, etc. Sharing files is another great thing about Drive seeing that most people have a Google account anyways so inviting them to collaborate on a project won’t involve signing up for a new service. Just create a sharable link and voila you’re done!
 


Being one of the biggest companies on the planet has its benefits besides massive revenue. While others can dish out minimal features for free, Google is able to hand out a complete software solution without taking a financial hit. Regular users will never see the need to go for a bigger storage package, but if they do, they’ll be positively shocked by the bargain price Google is asking for 100GB. If you don’t mind downloading a few additional apps to maximize your productivity, we definitely recommend installing Drive and Google’s other office tools!
 

 


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