Differences Between Google Drive and Dropbox

Making a choice is hard. And the more options are out there, the harder it gets. But we are lucky to have it, aren't we? And we are lucky to have cloud storages to keep our ever growing stacks of files in there without running out of hard drive space and to be able to access the files from anywhere in the world.

Let's talk about big names in the cloud universe: Dropbox and Google Drive. Dropbox is a favorite in the cloud storage world and has been around longer than Google Drive. It is easy to set up and you can work with it through Dropbox's website, desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux, and the apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Kindle Fire. Google Drive is a vast combination of office tools: a word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation builder, forms, ZIP extractor, etc. A lot about these cloud storages is similar, but there are some differences. Let's have a look at some.

1. Size of the storage

Initially Dropbox offers 2GB of storage when you sign up for the service. Then you can extend this size by using the opportunities offered by Dropbox: watch the quick Getting Started tutorial - get 250MB; follow them on Twitter or give your feedback; refer your friends, family, and coworkers to Dropbox (Sharing a folder doesn't count as a referral) to get 500MB for each friend who signs up, up to 16GB total (32 successful referrals); turn on the automatic photo uploading in any of the mobile apps - get 3GB (you can only get 3GB total, not per each device you have Dropbox on). It is easier with Google Drive, you just get 15GB of free storage space, which may be less than you could get in Dropbox if you were successful with your referrals.15GB include photos, videos, documents, etc. Note that this storage space is shared with your Gmail account, Google+ photos, and Google Drive spreadsheets and documents.

2. Pricing

So basically both cloud services are free. Until a certain point. But once you exceed the free storage limit you may want to invest in more space. Google offers 100GB for $1.99 per month, 1TB for $9.99 per month and 10TB for $99.99 per month. Dropbox offers 2TB for $12.50 / user / month, as much space as needed for $20 / user / month in its advanced plan and there is also an Enterprise plan, price upon request.

3. File support

You can upload and keep any file type in your cloud storage, but the file types that you can actually open there are very limited. Dropbox doesn't open many file types, it allows editing Microsoft Word ones though. To work with the files you have in your Dropbox, you have to download them to your computer and use the corresponding application to open it. Google Drive supports many types of files, which includes AutoDesk and Photoshop files even if you don't have the corresponding apps on your machine. Microsoft files, when viewed online, are converted to the Google Docs equivalents for editing. If you map Google Drive as network drive or Dropbox as network drive (depending on which one you are using) it can simplify working with online files a lot.

4. File sharing

With Google Drive you can share files so that they can only be accessed with certain emails or by anyone with the link and documents can be set to View Only mode. Dropbox offers two ways to share a file: with a link or through a shared folder.

5. OS types supported

Dropbox supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, while Google Drive Windows, Mac, Android, iOS.

Despite the differences both Google Drive and Dropbox are great solutions and if you can work with both of them, why not? More free storage this way, right? You can mount cloud storage as local drive with the help of CloudMounter app and manage all your online files in Finder as if they were stored on your hard drive.


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