When Google announced Google drive, blew up the online storage market. Literally. Back then, saving your files to the cloud was rare, although you could already get free space between 1 and 5 GB. But Google Drive stood out from everyone by offering 15 GB free to save documents first and later all types of files. In addition, that space was combined with Gmail. And later with Google Photos.
But the years go by and everything changes. Today there are dozens of storage services in the cloud, as we have seen in many previous articles. There are generic ones, others focused on backups, others specialized in photography and video, such as Google Photos and alternatives such as Amazon Photos … There are even those designed to share files temporarily, such as WeTransfer and the like.
However, Google has decided to alter its “all free” plan. Started with Youtube and his bet on YouTube Premium, which allows you to enjoy your catalog without advertising and with other features, such as downloading the videos or watching them in the background. In addition, the closure of Google Play Music has converted to Youtube music on your music banner, free and / or paid.
The next step has been for Google drive and its associated service Google Photos, Google Photos in English. Until now, you could store up to 15GB for free in Drive and in Photos, you had no limit for photos and videos. From now on, Google Photos will lower the quality of photos and videos. On the contrary, will consume part of those 15 GB that are distributed Drive, Gmail Y Photos. And as an alternative, Google offers its cloud storage for a fee, Google One.
From Google Drive to Google One
With the years, Google drive It has been a great option for saving and sharing files and documents. 15 GB free they go a long way and few can cope with it. Over time, Google Drive introduced space extensions in exchange for a paid subscription.
But, apparently, it did not have the expected success. Hence, Google relaunched its paid online storage under the name Google One. And to give it a boost, you have decided to change certain conditions of use of Google Drive and limitations in Google Photos.
So if the 15 GB base of Google Drive you know little, is it worth it? switch to Google One or are there better alternatives? Let’s see the main options that we can find.
Let’s start with Google One. Limiting ourselves to its options and features as a service cloud storage, we find three plans depending on the space required.
100 GB for € 1.99 per month or € 19.99 per year
200 GB for € 2.99 per month or € 29.99 per year
2 TB for € 9.99 per month or € 99.99 per year
As incentives, we have the same advantages of Google drive, that is, accessibility from any platform and device either via the Web or from its official applications. And next to the apps of Google drive, Google offers its own app for Google One, exclusively for Android, at the moment.
Of course, Google One integrates well with Android and allows us to use Google Drive office services to create documents, open, edit and save them. Another unique feature of Google One is that it offers family storage, that is, you can invite up to five people to your payment plan. Thus, instead of having 100 GB, 200 GB or 2 TB by yourself, you can use it with five family members at most.
One of the assets of Google One is the integration of Google drive, Google Photos Y Gmail on Android, the most popular mobile operating system. And while it is true that several manufacturers are increasingly betting on their alternative apps, Google’s are still more downloaded.
And if we talk about Android we cannot ignore its most direct competition, iOS. Both iOS and iPadOS Y macOS have their own integrated cloud storage service, iCloud.
Like Google Drive, iCloud is part of a free base version. However, their 5 GB by default they are insufficient if you start uploading photos and videos and backing up two or more Apple devices. Hence, many users go to iCloud payment plans.
50 GB for € 0.99 per month
200 GB for € 2.99 per month
2 TB for € 9.99 per month
Like Google One, with iCloud you can share your storage space in the cloud with your family. This option is also called In family and is included in the 200GB and 2TB plans. Specifically, you can share storage with up to six people.
Because iCloud is designed to be integrated into the Apple ecosystem, it is more difficult to use it on devices Android or computers with Windows. At the moment there is no Android app, so you will have to access from the browser. For Windows there is its own app that you can download for free.
An incentive to use iCloud is its integration with Apple one. Under this name you can contract Apple services saving on all of them. Music, series, movies, video games, online storage …
If in addition to iCloud you have contracted services such as Apple Music or Apple TV +, put them all together under Apple one lowers the overall cost.
In addition to Google and Apple, the giant Microsoft it also offers cloud storage. As in the other two cases, it allows you to save files of all kinds, it has mobile and desktop applications and it integrates with its own office suite. In the case of Microsoft, it has the popular Office.
Microsoft has plans for individuals and companies. We will focus on individuals, under the name of For home. As a free basis, OneDrive offers 5 GB. If you want more space, Microsoft has these plans:
100 GB for € 2 per month
1 TB for € 7 a month or € 69 a year
6 TB for € 10 a month or € 99 a year
An advantage or disadvantage of the 1 TB and 6 TB plans is that the storage service is added by the applications of Microsoft Office in its paid version. Whether you want them or not. Another peculiarity is that the 6 TB plan is designed to use between 6 people, distributing 1 TB per person. Although it is not mandatory.
As I was saying, you can install OneDrive on Windows, macOS, iPhone, iPad or Android and integrates with Microsoft services such as Skype, Office Web and others.
In this comparison could not miss Dropbox. Although it was not strictly the first cloud storage service, it was the one that popularized it. And despite stiff competition, it still stands and has evolved offering new functions.
By default, it allows store 2GB free, which today is quickly exhausted. If you need more space, you have two main options.
2 TB for € 11.99 per month or € 9.99 per month for a year2 TB shared with up to 6 users for € 19.99 per month or € 16.99 per month for a year
To this space must be added the availability of mobile and desktop apps, along with its Web access, automatic synchronization, the possibility of synchronizing specific folders and other shared functions with other storage services.
As its own functions, it has its own text editor, Dropbox Paper, integrates with third-party office suites such as Microsoft Office or Google Documents and with tools like Slack or Zoom.
Other complementary services are the possibility of signing documents with HelloSign or send files with the function Dropbox Transfer.