How many of you are using Google Drive as your cloud storage?
Even if you aren’t using Google Drive, you must have heard about this. If you use other Google products like YouTube, Gmail, PlayStore, Meet, etc then there must be Google Drive in your device. Though you aren’t using it, after reading this blog post, you will consider using Google Drive.
In this blog post, I have described Google Drive with some best features of Google Drive that you need to know. I have tried my best to make this post useful for both those who are using Google Drive and also who aren’t using it.
So, let’s dive into this and know what is Google Drive, what are the features of Google Drive, and why should you use it?
What Is Google Drive?
Google Drive is one of the best free features or services by Google that is available on Windows, Android, and macOS. It is one of the best cloud services to store data and files. You can upload your essential files and data either they are photos, documents, videos, etc on your Google Drive and can access all these files on any device simply by logging your Google Account in the device.
Google Drive was first launched on April 24, 2012 A.D. It allows the users to upload their files and data on the server of Google for free that can be shared across the devices. Google Drive gives the user storage of 15 GB to store the data for free without charging a single penny. But you can get the storage of up to 2 TB with the premiums or simply by paying money according to the plans.
Google Drive can be available on Windows, macOS, and Andriod in the app, program, and web version Initially, Google Drive used to allows users only to upload files like photos and document-related files. But now with the changes and several updates, Google Drive has introduced a lot of new features for the users.
Now Google has given access to create documents, slides, and sheets in Google Drive. You don’t have to make these files in other Softwares.
Apart from these features of Google Drive, there are also many useful features of Google Drive that can make Google Drive more useful than you thought.
10 Key Features Of Google Drive
Out of many useful features, I have enlisted the 10 best features of Google Drive that will make you fall in love with it. After understanding these features, you may start using Google Drive as your cloud storage.
There are some large storage files that you can’t share or send by your mail. GMAIL only allows you to share files of less than 20 MB with others. You can’t send any files of more than 20 MB by Gmail. Gmail doesn’t allow you to send any files like photos or documents more than 20 MB to others by mailing.
So here Google Drive comes to help you in this case. Google Drive allows you to share the files of even large storage with others. No matter you want to share those files via Gmail. You can still share that with Gmail. The only you have to do is you have to upload your file to Google Drive that you want to send.
After uploading that file in your Google Drive, copy the link of that file and paste it in your mail to give access to the file to the person you want to send the mail. You can send large files like videos, photos, documents, etc that are more than 20 MB via Google Drive.
2. Access Files And Data Offline
As you know, Google Drive allows you to store your files and data online in the form of cloud storage. But these files and data are saved online and are supposed to be available online only.
In many instances, there are some of your files and documents that you might need urgently and you don’t have access to be online. In such cases, you aren’t able to get your files and documents.
But Google Drive has a solution to this problem. Google Drive allows you to make your files and data available offline. You can make your essential files and documents available offline. This helps you to get your files anytime you want without consuming the storage of your device.
One of the best things about this feature is you can also watch movies or any shows offline. Like other files, you have to upload the movies in your Google Drive and have to make that available offline. After that, you can enjoy watching movies offline whenever you have free time. I use this feature to watch movies while traveling on buses.
3. Make Back-Up Of Your Phone
Whenever our phone is lost or we get new phones, it is very hard to retrieve all of the files and data like the contact lists, messages, notes, and other things that are on our phones to other new phones we get. Either you have to keep all these things manually into the new phones or have to forget the things that were in old phones.
In this case, also, Google Drive can help you. Google Drive also allows you to create a backup of your entire phone. This backup, it will create the backup of your photos, contact lists, call logs, text messages list, and other things.
Sometimes you want to share the files from Google Drive to other social platforms. Since you have the store that files in Google Drive online for free to save your storage. So you don’t want to download that file on your device and after that share it on other platforms.
You may think that you can’t share the files from Google Drive directly to other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, or any other platforms.
Google Drive allows you to share files like photos or data directly to other platforms without downloading them on your device. You can directly share a copy of the file from Google Drive to other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Viber, and other social platforms.
5. Upgrade To Increase Storage Space
If you find 15 GB is not enough which is given free to you, then you can upgrade Google Drive to Google One. Google lets you buy extra space for Google Drive, and upgrade it to Google One.
Plans And Pricing
Google offers three different plans to upgrade Google Drive to Google One by buying extra storage spaces.
Offers: 100 GB
Monthly Price: US$1.99
Yearly Price: US$19.99
Offers: 200 GB
Monthly Price: US$2.99
Yearly Price: US$29.99
Offers: 2 TB
Monthly Price: US$9.99
Yearly Price: US$99.9
Recently Google introduces a new feature that will now allow you to block the people who share or send you unwanted files. Sometimes, people share some unwanted and harmful files with you. In this case, we can do it by blocking them in Google Drive.
7. Includes Cloud-Native Collaboration Apps
Google also gives you access to create documents, slides, forms, sheets, sites, and many others in Google Drive. You can do this with the apps like Google Slides, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Forms, etc that are included in Google Drive.
In addition to Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Microsoft Office, Drive supports over 100 file types, including PDFs, CAD files, images, videos, and more. Along with these, there are other apps included in Google Drive like Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Tasks.
8. Back Up & Sync Files With Google Drive
The highlighted and the most important feature of any cloud storage is the feature of backup files and sync files across many devices.
And Google Drive does perform this feature in the best possible way. Google allows you to backup and syncs different files like photos, videos, documents, etc with your mobile phones, Window or Mac computer, iPad, tabs, and other supported devices.
There are some files on your mobile devices like photos or videos, and you want these to access on other devices. In this case, you can upload these files on Google Drive on mobile, and access them on Google Drive on other devices. With the help of data syncing, your files on your devices will be uploaded automatically.
9. Integrates With Existing Tools
Google Drive seamlessly integrates with existing tools like Microsoft Office on your computer devices. It lets you collaborate with your team in Microsoft Office files, without the need to convert file formats. With real-time presence for Office files, multiple team members can work on the same file without worrying about version control issues.
Drive also supports integrations with dozens of additional tools and apps that your team may be using, including Adobe, Atlassian, DocuSign, Salesforce, Slack, and more.
10. Powered By Google AI & Search technology
Google Drive also has the feature that is powered by Google AI and search technology. Google Drive comes with three searches-Google Search, Priority, and Explore.
Drive features the same powerful and accurate search technology you use every day, enabling your team to quickly and accurately find the right content.
Priority uses Artificial Intelligence to predict what you’re looking for and surface the most relevant content at that moment—helping you and your team find files up to 50% faster.
The Explore feature makes content creation faster and more powerful, enabling your team to naturally ask questions about data and easily find and add suggested content to your files.
These are some of the best features of Google Drive that may be useful for you. Google Drive is way more than just cloud storage that lets you store files online. I hope you liked reading this post and find it useful and informative. Tell me how many of you know about these features before reading this post. If you are one who isn’t using Google Drive, then after reading about these above-mentioned features of Google Drive, you might take interest in using it. If you have any queries related to this post, then let me know in the comment box.