Gone are the days when you’d keep all of your important information in a file cabinet (or, you know, in unruly stacks on your desk). These days, most of us need a digital solution to easily organise, store, and access our files from any device.
And in the world of cloud storage services, you’re bound to come across two major players: Dropbox and Google Drive.
Both of them do what you’d expect them to do—they provide ample storage space for all of your digital stuff, make it easy to search and find what you need, and enable painless file sharing if you need to send something to another person.
But when the two solutions have so much in common, how can you possibly choose between them? In an attempt to figure it out, I did what any self-respecting millennial would do: I took to Twitter.
I posed a straightforward question: Which of these two cloud storage platforms do you like better and why? Well, Twitter is nothing if not full of hot takes and strong opinions. So let’s dig deeper into the Dropbox vs. Google Drive matchup so you can choose the right cloud storage provider for you.
This blog post compares two major cloud storage services: Dropbox and Google Drive. It highlights the features, advantages, and drawbacks of each platform to help you make an informed decision.
Both Dropbox and Google Drive have their strengths, and the choice between them largely depends on your individual preferences and requirements. This post suggests using Dropbox for large file storage and Google Drive for general use, but some users may find it beneficial to use a combination of both platforms for different purposes.
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Let’s start with Dropbox. Much like any other cloud file storage solution, Dropbox allows you to upload, save, organise, search, and access all of your files in one centralised place.
Within Dropbox, you can create folders to sort things into categories and use the search function to quickly find what you need. There are also easy file sharing capabilities. It has all of the basic cloud storage functionality you’re likely already familiar and comfortable with (unless you’ve been using a stone tablet and chisel for the past few years).
Watch: How to send files and submissions to Dropbox
While Dropbox has a free plan (called Dropbox Basic) that will get you 2GB of storage space, there are also a variety of paid plans that provide extra features for different teams and use cases:
Different plans will give you different storage limits as well as access to additional features like large file delivery, advanced sharing controls, or enterprise-grade security and visibility.
Since you need file storage to fit into your broader processes and workflows, Dropbox offers plenty of integrations with beloved tools like Slack, Zoom, Canva, Paperform, and even major competitor Google Workspace.
Speaking of Google Workspace, Dropbox has kept pace with the industry giant by creating a full set of products for online tasks, like collecting esignatures, backing up important files, storing passwords, transferring files, creating collaborative documents with Dropbox Paper, and more.
What did Twitter have to say about choosing Dropbox over Google Drive? While the vast majority of respondents opted for Google Drive, the people who stand behind Dropbox are passionate about their stance for several reasons:
Even if several of the “selling points” of Dropbox have been debunked (hey, it’s hard to keep up with Google), it’s still a solid, reliable, and highly-praised cloud storage solution.
Well, if Twitter has anything to say about it, Google Drive’s the clear and undeniable winner in the great Dropbox vs. Google Drive debate. Out of 595 respondents to the Twitter poll, a whopping 85.7% of people said that Google Drive is the better cloud file storage option.
Google Drive is part of Google Workspace, Google’s suite of well-known productivity and collaboration apps like Gmail, Google Meet, Google Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and more.
And while it obviously swept the Twitter popularity contest, the truth is that you’ll find a lot of the same things you’d find with Dropbox—or really any other cloud file storage platform. You have the ability to store all different file types, create folders, set file permissions, get shareable links, and more. It’s also easy to search for the files you need by typing words into the search box.
Google is one of the biggest names in tech, so it makes sense that you’ll also find all types of third-party app add-ons—from Trello to Evernote to DocuSign.
So how exactly did Google Drive run away with the vote? There are a few compelling reasons why people chose Google Drive as their clear winner:
To put it simply, when so many of the actual features and capabilities between Dropbox and Google Drive match up, of course more people will go with the option that’s easier, cheaper, and more prominent.
Read: How to create an automatic download link with Google Drive
As Twitter will quickly tell you, figuring out which one is “better” is completely subjective—and honestly, the two solutions have more similarities than differences.
If you need a little more clarity as you weigh your options, here’s a quick table to compare some of the basic facts about Dropbox and Google Drive:
|Price||Paid plans start at $9.99 USD per month when billed annually||Paid plans start at $1.99 USD per month|
|Free trial||30-day free trial||14-day free trial of Google Workspace|
|Storage limit||Unlimited storage space (for Advanced and Enterprise plans)||2 TB (on highest tier plan)|
|File upload limit||2 TB (app or desktop version)||5TB maximum upload file size|
|50 GB (dropbox.com)||Individual users can only upload 750 GB each day between My Drive and all shared drives|
|App||Android, iOS, and desktop||Android, iOS, and desktop|
Still stuck? If I had to make your decision for you, here’s what I’d say: use Dropbox if you have particularly large files to upload, store, and organise. If you don’t? Go with Google Drive.
In fact, some people on Twitter mentioned that they refused to play favorites and instead use a combination of both options—like using Google Drive for work stuff and Dropbox for personal use. Or using Dropbox to store and organise all of their photos but Google Drive for documents.
At the end of the day, there really isn’t a wrong choice. And hey, whichever one you go with for online storage is sure to be a heck of a lot better than that rusty ol’ file cabinet, right?
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