Google Drive is a file storage service launched in 2012 by Google. Google Drive allows users to save and sync their phone, tablet, and computer files to Google servers. In addition to the web version, this product is also available in several other versions for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows platforms. Google Drive is integrated with other Google products such as Google Docs, Google Sheet, and Google Slide, and team members can work on files in groups. When a team member publishes a document on Google Docs, the file created in Google Drive is automatically placed and other team members can view and edit it.
Google Drive provides users with 15 GB of free space and 100 GB, 1, 2, 10, 20, and 30 terabytes through paid plans. Uploaded files can be up to 5 terabytes in size. Users can define access permissions on files and specify the type of sharing with other people.
In the web version, users are able to search for images by describing images or in natural language. The website and Android application of this product have a section for backup and storage on the computer. The number of active users of this service reached 800 million in March 2017, and according to 2015 statistics, more than one million users have used the paid plans of this product. In May 2017, more than 2 trillion files were placed on Google Drive.
Features of Google Drive; Google Backup and Sync:
- Provide 15 GB of free space
- Easy sharing
- Ability to define the level of access to files and folders
- Has web version, desktop version (Windows / Mac), and mobile version (Android and iOS)
- Integration with many Internet services
- Display all types of files in the browser, including images, video files, audio, text files, Word files, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Ability to upload files up to 5 GB
- Search in natural language
- Smart image search
- Ability to make a backup copy and save it at the desired location
- Encrypt files
- And …
– Operating system requirements
Windows 7 and newer
Version 10.7 (Lion) or newer
Google Drive is not currently available for the Linux operating system. Linux users can still access Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com or through the Google Drive mobile app.
– Mobile devices and tablets
– Browser requirements
Chrome (as of 11/10/2014, the current versions are: 38.0.2125.119 (Windows) and 38.0.2125.111 (Mac)
Firefox (as of 11/10/2014, the current version is 33.1)
Safari (not supported on Windows )
Internet Explorer (current version is IE 11)
This application is free.
The software of this service was previously offered under the same name as Google Drive, which was later released in two types, personal and commercial, with the names Google Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream. In the middle of 2021, Google re-developed and released the software of this service called Google Drive, which is an updated version of Google Backup and Sync. Backup and Sync can no longer be used from the beginning of 2022.