Google Drive - free online storage from Google

Google Drive - free online storage from Google

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
1.5
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    3,124
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    48.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11
  • Platform:
    iOS

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Editors' Review

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The Google Drive app lets you view and store files, spreadsheets, and videos, with 5GB of storage space for free, and more if you're willing to pay a subscription fee. The app only requires that you log in to your Google account to quickly access files and media stored on your Google Drive.

Upon launch, the app gives you a list of items to let you quickly get to files on My Drive, files shared with you, files you have "starred," recently opened files, and those you have made available offline. In my testing I opened and looked at a Google Docs spreadsheet, a text file, and a couple of images, all of which were viewable on my iPhone. While I could store an MP3 on my Google Drive, I couldn't play it, so if you were thinking this might be a way to stream music not already on your iPhone, you'll need to look elsewhere.

New to Google Drive for iOS is the ability to create and edit documents. In editing mode, you can change font styles and access other formatting tools. Also, you can now view presentations through a nifty slide viewer. Unfortunately though, Google Drive on iOS still cannot edit spreadsheets.

Another big addition is the ability to upload files right from your device, directly into your Google Drive account.

Those who want the ability to read text files and spreadsheets synced across different devices will find Google Drive useful. Plus, the "make available offline" feature will be a godsend to frequent fliers, as well as anyone traveling to a location with no Internet access.

There is still obvious work to be done on Google Drive for iOS, but I would still recommend it, especially for anyone looking for mobile Google Docs access.

 
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1 stars

"The desktop software does not work."

March 27, 2014  |  By bglenden

 |  Version: Google Drive 2.2.0

Pros

The web browser mostly works.

Cons

Google gives me 1 TB of free cloud storage. Google drive is so terrible I can't use it. Pay your money to dropbox and save your blood pressure points. (If you only want to use the web browser interface, not the desktop sync problem, it mostly works although under safari it can go into infinite-flickering-eat-your-CPU mode).

Summary

For gods sake don't pay Google any money for this.

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2 stars

"Rubbish. Loads of bugs."

March 08, 2014  |  By Ollie13579

 |  Version: Google Drive 2.2.0

Pros

Are there any?

Cons

It doesn't work properly. The Google drive folder never syncs like it's supposed to. The only way to make it sync is to keep closing and restating google drive. It slows your computer down when it's running. Sometimes when a document is shared with someone else it allows both of you to go in and edit the document at the same time which it shouldn't.

Summary

It's a buggy piece of crap. Very very poor.

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2 stars

"ok buneeds some work as do all cloud based programs."

February 11, 2014  |  By claymon

 |  Version: Google Drive 2.2.0

Pros

Great way to have some very important files within your reach passwords and books !! small files only.

Cons

Slows down all devices that it is on ,but only until syncs which is a very long time unless your hooked up with a T1 or fiber cable I w' advice it.

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1 stars

"Google Drive doesn't sync, and Google knows it's broken"

January 23, 2014  |  By pamelamf

 |  Version: Google Drive 2.2.0

Pros

At this point I have no Pros because I'm so frustrated with purchasing a product that Google knows isn't working properly.

Cons

Google Drive doesn't sync properly. I've had to restart Chrome, and my PC several times. Google knows this is an issue.

Summary

Google knows there is an issue with Google Drive (according to the forums for over 2 years now) and they have failed to update the software so that it works properly. When I created a post in the Google forum, they promptly removed it stating it was a duplicate and the issue had been "answered". Their answer is a "work around" and not an actual fix for the issue they've known about for at least two years (based on the dates of the angry posts in their forum.

I pay to use this product, and I should not have to "work around" it. BTW, the work around doesn't actually work either.

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1 stars

"No. No no no. Ohhhhh No. Do NOT use it."

January 16, 2014  |  By JLabonte

 |  Version: Google Drive 2.2.0

Pros

None.

But I need 10 characters so I will expound to say there are no redeeming characteristics of this software that I can identify.

Cons

It simply does not work.
It causes conflicts with the save function within Chrome.
Did I mention it does not work?

Summary

About 4 months ago, I started having a problem whenever I right clicked on an image or file link in Chrome and selected "Save As", Chrome would freeze completely causing me to force close it in Task Manager. I searched for answers, found a couple workarounds, but none worked reliably. I got a new computer about that time, and the new computer had no such issues. I blamed my worries on the old Dell.

I had recently installed Google Drive on that Dell, and had all kinds of trouble with sync, the Drive folder wouldn't show in Win Explorer so drag and drop was not available. Etc., etc. I did not connect the dots at that point.

Fast forward to last night. I installed Drive on this new PC, largely because I own a Chromebook and have 100GB of Drive space I figured I may as well have access to. Suddenly the right click file saving problem in Chrome starts up again. This time, light dawned on marble head. I uninstalled Drive, and problem solved.

To summarize, Google has developed, distributed and promoted a piece of software that is not compatible with its own software. Micro...er...uh... I mean Google, really should be more savvy than this.

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1 stars

"Causes mac to slow down to a crawl"

December 11, 2013  |  By AmyIverson

 |  Version: Google Drive 1.5.0

Pros

Theoretically convenient?

Cons

After I installed it, using Finder became almost impossible, as it moved so slowly. I got the spinning wheel of death over and over. The problem started immediately after I installed it, and once I deleted google drive, the problem was solved, so it was clearly to blame.

Summary

I'm bummed that this basically ruined how my computer runs, because I'm too cheap to pay for a dropbox upgrade :(

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1 stars

"Causes Windows Explorer to Crash every time"

November 09, 2013  |  By MpowerSkills

 |  Version: Google Drive 1.5.0

Pros

Would have given me access to Quick Office for free on my mobile devices

Cons

Doesnt work

Summary

Useless

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1 stars

"Yup. Pretty much horrendous"

January 20, 2013  |  By JasonWChenard

 |  Version: Google Drive 1.0.2

Pros

It's free, I guess.

Cons

Picture this: You sync up several gigs of data. Then you click disconnect account. Then you click reconnect account and log in, and the software informs you that the local folder isn't empty.

You can't proceed. You're done.

There's no way to convince the thing that all the files are still the same in both places. Either delete all the local files and sync down, or delete all the online files and sync up.

Seriously? Et tu, Google?

Summary

How could they release a sync software that can't recognize when all the files are already synced?!!! Unbelievably useless!

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2 stars

"This CAN'T be the Google I know!"

January 03, 2013  |  By TroyOi

 |  Version: Google Drive 1.0.2

Pros

In theory, it's a great service for the price: $5.99/month for 100GB storage, syncing across multiple systems.

Cons

Worst problem: Creation of duplicate files & folders (with identical names) on the web side, resulting in duplicate files and folders (with "1" appended) on the Windows side. Even worse: Google acknowledged this problem EIGHT months ago (http://download.cnet.com/Google-Drive/3000-18511_4-12663648.html?refresh=1357210451974#rateit) but has failed to address it.

Also, a failure to upload and sync some files altogether, for no apparent reason.

Summary

This product was never ready for prime time, and I personally resent having to pay for the privilege of being a guinea pig for the development team of an unfinished, buggy, and DANGEROUS product.

Hey Google guys, I've put my faith in you for over a dozen years because of all the other things you've done so well. Someone in your organization might wanna take a walk over to the Google Drive guys and let them know they're succeeding in undermining the confidence of us former die-hard Google fans.

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1 stars

"Do not install. *NOT* functional (as of Dec 2012)"

December 14, 2012  |  By nick_harr

 |  Version: Google Drive 1.0.2

Pros

I switched from Dropbox because Google had higher capacity (GB) plans. It was a waste of time because it just meant Google could screw up more of my data.

Cons

* Crashes when downloading more than 1GB of files from internet
* RAM Hog: idle 350-500MB (Dropbox ~50MB); maximum 1.8GB!
* Needs 8GB of RAM (therefore not-32bit systems)
* Everytime it connects to internet, it recreates the filetree wasting hours

Summary

Do not use it. Ever. It is the cheap and faulty toaster that will burn down your house. Don't even risk it.

* It repeatedly crashes if you try to download more than about 1GB of files from Google Drive to your computer. This makes it a complete failure as a back up alternative.
* It hogs a huge amount of RAM:
> idle RAM usage: 350-500MB (Dropbox uses ~50MB).
> when syncing, RAM usage can sit for hours at: 1.8GB!
* Because of it's RAM usage it effectively incompatable with 32 Bit operating systems (with their limit of 4GB of RAM), and it should not be used on systems with less than 8GB of RAM.
* Slow and massively wasteful of computer resources: Everytime Google Drive makes a new connection to the internet it recreates, from scratch, the file tree. For large datasets this will take tens of minutes, if not an hour -- EVERYTIME you turn on your computer and connect to the net. Only then will it start syncing. And if you have a large dataset, Google Drive will then probably crash (see above problem) if you have a large number of files on the net that you need to download to your computer.

For the record, my computer crashed and I'm trying to restore 200GB of files from Google Drive. It is almost impossible, and I am in constant contact with Google Support. Their honest and sincere recommendation was to download the files individually in 100MB or smaller groups: i.e. 2000 separate downloads!!!!!!!

Google Drive has had this problem for over 7 months now. I don't think it is a problem they can or will fix. This product should be withdrawn from the market.

If you don't believe me see this discussion threat on the Google Support website:
https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/d/msg/drive/-/_3NW2mFgv7sJ

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.3.0
Open from and save to Drive in other apps (iOS 8 only) Unlock Drive using Touch ID (iOS 8 only) Save videos from Drive to your device (tap File Info icon > Open In > Save Video) Support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus iOS 8 compatibility Bug fixes and performance improvements
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Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date June 28, 2012
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 3.3.0
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4. iTunes account required.
Download Information
File Size 48.15MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,124
Downloads Last Week 11
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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