How Do You Compare Dropbox V Google Drive?


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Compare Dropbox V Google Drive

When I compare Dropbox V Google Drive, my opinions have changed over the years because Google Drive has expanded its products. Both technologies have enormous value.

Not all technology eliminates frustration and irritation from my life, but for the most part, these two applications do. For the past six years, I used Google Docs almost daily. Five years ago, I could have been a Dropbox salesperson. I kept my day job because both of these products are free.

Without Storage Drives

Five years ago when I worked as an educational consultant, I often worked on large projects with several collaborators across the state of California. Projects usually needed lots of edits. Before I learned about Dropbox, I emailed myself work to do at home. I would write or edit, then email it back to work, where my secretary/editor would continue to correct.  We had so many copies on our computers that we got lost in the stacks of virtual files. We created new names, and new files to keep them all straight.

Cloud-Based Storage Improves Collaboration

Even simple games take some time to develop.

Dropbox and Google both store documents on the web and have different benefits. Five years ago I preferred Dropbox for most uses because of the following reasons.

1)  Dropbox uses whatever software you are using. 

I use Microsoft products, and Dropbox stores all my documents as Word Docx or other Office documents. Most people say they receive and can open up a document that I send them from Dropbox.

2)  Google Drive has its own products like Microsoft. 

After six years of constant use, I prefer these now. Some people say they cannot open them when I email the link. There is a learning curve to opening and using a Google Doc. For example, if someone sends you a Google Doc, you have to edit THAT doc from the link he or she sent you. If you save it and edit in your Drive, it will not save to the shared doc.

3)  Dropbox remains available offline making it convenient for the user. 

Google Drive works better online.

4)  Notifications 

Everyone with whom I have shared a Dropbox folder gets a message every time I make a change on a document. People say, “I got lots of notifications that you modified the documents.  You must work hard.” Did you hear that boss? I’m never satisfied with what I write, but they might also be seeing all my secretary’s  or one of my collaborator’s hard work instead.  I just smile, the project is active! Google Drive sends an email.

” Nine files have been synced.”

5)  Click a tab to view Dropbox revisions.

Google revisions show in the file menu “See Revision History”

However, in spite of my love for Dropbox, there are some things that Google does better.


1) If you collaborate in real-time, you can see the Google Dive edits instantly, and chat as you write. It’s confusing but doable.  With Dropbox, the changes do not appear until you save and sync your document. Even then, your collaborator still sees the old material, until they close their offline version, and reopen it. Losing immediacy is not convenient when you are working in real-time together, even when you are all in the same room.

2) I had an another experience in which several of us were taking notes on the agenda created in a shared Dropbox folder.  My notes wrote over someone else’s notes, and his digital scribbles were gone, and all Dropbox had to say about it was “Marsha’s corrupted copy”  Both of us were red in the face that time.  Mine was embarrassed.

Storage Space Compare Dropbox V Google Drive

3) Both applications have a lot of free storage spaceGoogle has more. Because my photos have loaded automatically on Dropbox, I have maxed out my storage space. To earn more storage, get your friends to use Dropbox. If you want to open up another Dropbox account with a different email account, you get more space, without having the convenience of offline accessibility.  In six years or so I have never run out of space with Google Drive.

If you want extra storage, compare Dropbox V Google Drive. Here are the current prices.

Google Drive

15GB- Free

100GB- $1.99 per month

1TB- $9.99 per month


2GB- Free

Up to 16GB- Free, if you refer friends. With a basic free account, you get an extra 500MB per referral, and you can earn up to 16GB total through this method. Paid users get 1GB instead of 500MB per referral.

1TB- $9.99 per month

How Lucky Are We to Compare Dropbox V Google Drive?

When I was a middle school student, my mother brought me the homework I forgot to take to school. Moms of the”iGeneration” will never understand that chore. Teachers can get access to homework instantly. Even the dog can’t eat it. Thank you technological cyber-geniuses. That’s one less problem for moms in the twenty-first-century world.

Which is your favorite cloud storage, or do you use something else?


  1. Hi Marsha,

    I am a big fan of Dropbox but haven’t really used Google Drive.

    I commented in another post on Kingged about dropbox alternatives and wondered if they have the staying power of Dropbox.

    Since Google Drive is by Google, it just might be the best alternative to dropbox.

    I still prefer Dropbox though, mainly because it is also available offline, unlike Google Drive which is only available online.

    Thanks for this comparison of both Dropbox and Google Drive.

    • Thank you so much for the thoughtful response, Kelly.

      That offline ability is what I like most about dropbox, too. People seem to have less trouble opening a document stored there. However, Google Drive does have the ability to use it offline. I just have not been very successful with it.

      That being said, I love what I can do in Google Drive. It is my go-to note taking place. The documents open faster than Word. The problem with Word is that if you do not remember to save it, you can lose your entire document. With Google docs, you do not have to save it constantly. It is updated every few seconds.

      For that reason alone, it is worth using. I download things as Word or PDF documents if I need to send them to people who have complained.

      Thanks again for the comment, Kelly. I look forward to getting better acquainted. 🙂

  2. Hi Marsha,

    Dropbox has been my favorite cloud storage until Google Drive came along. However, I have account with both programs. Comparing both, for me, is all about storage.

    Google Drive seems to have an edge in this, but Dropbox can still compete authoritatively in efficiency and effectiveness as a cloud storage device.

  3. Hi Marsha,

    I am a fan of both Dropbox and Google Drive. All that you have written about them is true, and I couldn’t agree with you more.

    However, I prefer using Dropbox to Google Drive because its my first storage device and I have gotten so used to it.

    My 2GB of free storage from Dropbox has since being exhausted but I have more now after referring some friends!

    • Hi James,

      Yes, you can get more space by referring friends, then you would have more than Google Drive. Do you still have friends who do not use it? It is not too expensive to purchase extra space either.

      A TB is more space than I would ever use. I bought an external hard drive for about $60 that has 1 TB of storage. It is sometimes slow, but it solves the closet type of storage. If you store older things from Dropbox on the external drive, you can keep Dropbox for current projects.

      In my situation, Dropbox wants to automatically load my photos. I think you can get extra storage for doing that also, but I have way too many photos.

      Thanks again for the comment.
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    • Hi Sarah John,

      I think a comparison would be a great post for you to do. You are welcome to quote from my post if you haven’t use the applications yourself. I’m sure you have probably used the before at least a little, though.

      I’d also be honored if you wanted to add a referral link. I am not familiar with One Drive at all, so when you write it, please let me know, and I will add a link to my post, both here (If I can) and on my blog.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment. 🙂
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    • Hi Celine,

      I agree with you 100%. But someone at either Google or Dropbox probably would not like us for that! They both have their advantages. If we combined we could have 17 GB with options up to 31 GB. That would be huge!

      An external drive is good for storing older items. Mine has 1 TB of storage. That frees up space in Dropbox. I’ve never run out of storage with Google Drive. I find that I use Drive more for the applications now than just space. Word seems to change frequently.

      Thanks again for your comment, Celine. 🙂
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  4. Hi Marsha,

    I have read most of the comments and the takes of different commenters on Dropbox and Google Drive.

    It seems absolutely necessary that we consider the advantages and disadvantages of these two storage devices.

    Comparison will help us make the absolute decision as to which is truly necessary for our online storage and secured files need!

    Personally, I use Google Drive because it is harmonizes with all my other Google Apps and Accounts.

  5. Hello Marsha,

    From what you have written, I have to say Google Drive is better.

    While the 15GB free space of Google Drive compared to 2GB of Dropbox is enough make one choose Google Drive, the other advantages you listed just makes it a no-brainer choice.

    Also the ability to be able to see edits instantly during real-time collaboration is really awesome.

    Go Google 🙂

  6. Evaluating performance on file sync through the agent can also be trivial and depends upon user’s needs: for example I would not want my file sync application to eat up all my bandwidth to upload large amount of data I put in the sync folder but I’d appreciate to upload them while leaving my link operational and, since these applications do not seem to have bandwidth throttling feature, I prefer the second approach (but it’s just my taste, other might prefer raw horsepower..)

  7. To be honest I’ve never understood what the attraction is for Dropbox. I guess it is just an established brand name so people don’t go elsewhere. I do use it to host some files for a hobby site so I can save some hosting bandwidth, but it is far too basic to use for business.

    Google Drive is much better, and it has its own applications. I don’t use them, though, because I can’t see any advantage over the Libre Office suite which comes pre-installed with Linux Mint. You can download it for Windows as well, so I just use it all the time. Every time I buy a PC, I partition the disk and create a dual-boot Windows/Linux machine.

    For storage, for years I used the free 50GB plans on Solidfiles, ADrive and Mega. Only Mega remains now, so getting good free storage is much more difficult. Last year, Amazon introduced its unlimited plan for £55 a year, so for the sake of just over a pound a month it just wasn’t worth my time to hunt out any more free solutions.

    I still use Mega and (French cloud storage with 25GB free) for super-important files which aere backed up multiple times, but Amazon is now the best storage solution.

    • Thank you so much for your knowledgeable response, Andrew.

      One thing that has happened to me over the years is that I have free and paid storage spread out all over the cloud. For $2.99 I store all my pictures through the Apple cloud. I have files in several Dropbox and Google accounts under different email addresses for different purposes.

      I also have a 1 terabyte external hard drive for storage with my MacBookPro and another for a PC. I wonder how many people have their documents spread out all over the universe? It sounds like you do the same thing with different companies. 🙂

      Overall I still use Google the most. It’s great that you have something that works well for you. How does the partition work for the PC? My husband had one in his Mac and the PC side, which he used the most crashed and became unusable. The other side remained for a while, but also eventually crashed.

      Thanks again for sharing your information with us. 🙂

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  8. Hey, Marsha

    Hope you are having a good day.

    I don’t really use Dropbox even though I have one. I don’t really use it much. Google drive seems so easy to use because it connected to other tools you can you on google such as google mail, google plus, and so on.

    It makes everything needed to be so accessible. I would say that I did not know Dropbox was so flexible and might be more beneficial than google drive to users. Good, I am seeing other opinions on this.

    I learn something new today. Thanks for providing me and others this post. I am sure to look at your site and spread the word. Definitely kingging this.

    I can’t wait to learn tips from you to improve my blogging skills and on. Much respect.

    Thanks for reading.

    Take care.

  9. Hi Marsha,

    I have to say I haven’t been in the need to share information with people and I often still save things on my hard drive. However, I am starting to see that storing information in a cloud environment could be useful if my computer crashes or if I need to share information with others in the future.

    I think from reading your article I probably would choose Google Drive. I am using Google Docs regularly as you said in one of the comments, it just loads faster than Word. I also like to auto backup and the ability to download docs as PDF for creating reports and ebooks.

    Of course the work I do on Google Docs is stored in Google Drive anyway. However, I might start storing my files on Google Drive even for backups of important information.

    Thanks for sharing Marsha. Have a great week!


    • John, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for the comment!

      One of the ways I’ve been using Dropbox recently is to store my incentives to get people to sign up for my newsletters. The reason: many people have trouble accessing Google docs because they use more than one email. So, if I send them a document at one email address, and they sign in with another address, they get a notice that they need access. It confuses them. That does not happen with Dropbox. That said, I love Google Docs, compose on that, download as a PDF and store in Dropbox to give it away.

      Hope you are having a great week. 🙂
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      • Hi Marsha,

        That sounds like a good plan. Create the PDFs in Google Docs and then save them in Dropbox. Google Docs is just as good as Word, for some reason I like it a little better.

        I had someone from Fiverr create a spreadsheet for my earnings, to deduct tithes for church, deduct taxes… I also don’t have Word installed on my computer and Open Office wasn’t quite the same.

        Take care and have a great week!


        • Thanks for the comment, John. I’m with you 100% about preferring Google Docs to Word. I’ve heard Fiverr is a great place to find people. Most of them work very reasonably. When I worked as an Executive Director for a small non-profit, we used QuickBooks. It’s more complicated than a spreadsheet, but reports are easier in the long run. The learning curve was greater, but there’s a learning curve to every program. 🙂

          Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂
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  10. Hi Marsha,

    This article has helped clear some of my questions about Dropbox vs Google Drive.

    I have been using Dropbox for several years and also use Google Drive.

    I prefer Dropbox though, perhaps because I have used it the longest but you are right, Google Drive also has its many advantages.

  11. Hi Marsha,

    Very informative post. I prefer Dropbox because, honestly, because I am accustomed to using it. I have it sync’d to all of my devices so it works perfectly. Recently someone sent me a document to edit on Google Drive. I had no idea how to save the changes I made. Then I was told that it autosaved. I do not like that idea at all.

    I have multiple business ventures, writing endeavors, and projects so Dropbox helps me stay organized. I save everything and it is neatly organized in easy to identify folders. I must admit, the number of folders might be getting out of hand but its very organized at the same time.

    Additionally, I work on business certification packages for some of my clients. I can share their specific folder with them and set up their folders how I would like to receive information from them. This is important for me because many of my business clients are not as organized, which is why they need the help in the first place. Anyway, this allow me to control the content exchange and allows my clients to easily submit the appropriate documents to the appropriate folder.

    This is a bias reply as I have not used Google Drive but just wanted to give my perspective since I use Dropbox all day everyday.

    • Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Google Drive is what they use in many of the schools for students to turn in homework. It is also a great way to share minutes or collaborative work. It goes way beyond storage. In fact, I’ve been using it steadily for five years, and I’ve only used half the allowed free storage. Grammarly says I write more than 99 percent of users, so I think they must compress the work somehow so it does not take much storage. I can’t store nearly as much in any other storage platform I’ve tried.

      Thanks again for responding.

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  12. Hello Marsha,

    I have always preferred Google Drive mainly because of the extra free space. 15gb of Google Drive is a lot more than 2gb of Dropbox.

    Not to mention the many other benefits of Google Drive which Dropbox doesn’t have.

    It’s Google Drive all the way for me 🙂

  13. Hello Marsha,

    I think it will be interesting to see how Google Drive or any cloud storage provider will react with more people moving back towards their own “cloud” storage. Products like Lima might be a game changer for people concerned about privacy.

    There were always be that convenience factor though for online storage providers.

    If I had to choose between the two though it would probably be Google Drive simply for getting 15 GB free instead of 2 GB.

  14. I use both!!

    Both have great free storage and easy to use although drop box is def easier. I store thousands of photos on there and have the app on my phone so everything is automatically backed up as soon as I take a photo.