Accessing your music, videos and documents on multiple devices at the same time is now possible with cloud storage.
Think of the cloud as one of those rentable storage units you use to store all of your belongings. You pay someone else a monthly fee to securely store your valuables, and you are free to retrieve them at any time.
Now I’ve been reading a lot of cloud storage reviews to prepare for this post. And I could compare all of the available options. But why waste your time?
OneDrive vs. Google Drive
|File size restriction||10GB||1TB|
|Can I earn extra free storage?||Yes||No|
|Paid plans||$1.99/month 100GB, $3.99/month 200GB, $6.99/month 1TB||$1.99/month 100GB, $9.99/month 1TB|
|Platforms||Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox One||Windows, Mac, Android and iOS|
What was once a simple online word processor and spreadsheet bundle called Google Docs, has blossomed into a complete office suite with 15GB of free cloud storage.
There is not much to getting started with Google Drive. If you already have a Google account, you just have to head to drive.google.com and turn the service on.
What I like most about Google Drive is how easy it is to add files. Drag and drop your files into the Google Drive website and they’ll upload automatically. If you installed the desktop application, placing files in the Google Drive fold net you the same result.
More about Google Drive
- Access to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides is free.
- Google Docs, Sheets and Slides does not use up your storage.
- Attachments sent and received in Gmail as well as your emails use your storage.
- Photos larger than 2048×2048 pixels use your storage. All other photos won’t use up storage.
- Drag and drop files into the Google Drive website and they’ll upload automatically.
OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)
OneDrive, Microsoft’s storage option, comes built into their Windows 8 operating system. Like Google Drive, there are no restrictions on the type of file you are wanting to store. Apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Xbox One allow you to easily view or manage your files across those different platforms. The service organizes your files by type for you, so it’s easy to find what you need.
OneDrive’s Android, iOS and Windows Phone app all support automatic photo uploads, meaning your photos are automatically saved to OneDrive when you snap your photo with the device.
I want to take this time to note Microsoft has a stricter terms of service than the other cloud services. You can not store any file displays nudity for one.
If you have the automatic photo upload feature enable, I might recommend you turn it off. Who knows how well Microsoft enforces their terms of service. And I don’t want to see anything like the recent massive iCloud breach that made a lot of celebrities private lives public happen to you.
Much like needing a Google account for Google Drive, you must sign up for a Microsoft account, which gives you access to OneDrive, Outlook, Xbox Live, and other Microsoft services.
More about OneDrive
- The desktop application allows selective syncing of folder to help you save space.
- Get 3GB of free, permanent OneDrive storage when you enable automatic photo uploading.
- Get 500MB of free, permanent OneDrive storage with every person you successfully refer.
- Freely access Office 365 with an active $6.99/month 1TB OneDrive cloud storage plan.
I personally use Google Drive for cloud storage. It’s a little pricier than Microsoft for 1TB of space, but I find it easier to use than OneDrive. Plus, Google Drive can be setup as a storage location for Plex’s Cloud Sync feature. Being able to stream movies from Google Drive puts it on top of OneDrive in my opinion.
If you have a suite of Microsoft powered devices and use Office extensively, by all means choose OneDrive. You won’t be disappointed. 1TB and Office 365 for $6.99/month is a true bargain.
What cloud storage provider do you use and why?