OneDrive vs Google Drive – Overview
The first cloud service we will be looking at is OneDrive. OneDrive is a cloud storage solution offered by Microsoft. As such, you might expect that it integrates well with other Microsoft products, like Windows and Office. Well, you’d be quite right about that. It’s already present in newer versions of Windows and links up with Office by default, with the ability to save your files directly on the cloud.
OneDrive also has a great mobile app that can automatically sync photos and other media files to the cloud with no input required by the user. It’s truly quite convenient.
Google Drive Overview
Google Drive is part of the Google Apps suite which competes with Microsoft Office. As you might expect, Google Drive integrates seamlessly with Google Docs, Keep, and all other Google apps. A desktop app is also available with full file explorer integration, making Google Drive just as seamless as OneDrive in that regard. If you’re an Android user, Google’s other cloud services like Google Photos can also be configured to use drive space to preserve max quality photos and videos.
Perhaps one of the best things about Google Drive is that you already have an account, probably. If you have Gmail, your email is already eating into that drive space, and your account is already open. All you need to do is download the app or use the web app.
OneDrive vs Google Drive – Prices & Features
OneDrive Pricing Plans
|OneDrive 50 GB||$1.99/month||50 GB|
|Office 365 Personal||$69.99/yr||1 TB|
|Office 365 Home||$99.99/yr||10 TB|
|Business Plans||$60/yr – $150/user/yr||1 TB – Unlimited|
Google Drive Pricing Plans
|100 GB||$1.99/month||100 GB|
|1000 GB||$9.99/month||1000 GB|
|10 TB||$99.99/month||10 TB|
Evaluating purely on storage, it’s clear that Google Drive is the winner in terms of value for most personal users. They offer the most free storage and the most per dollar for the first premium tier.
However, higher tiered OneDrive plans include Office 365 subscriptions and more storage per dollar. These OneDrive pricing tiers also include access to all of the Microsoft Office apps on all platforms. Of course, one could also argue that Google offers those same functions in Google Apps for free.
It is important to note that other apps like Gmail will eat into your storage space with Google Drive as well, so what you get is a bit less in actuality.
In short, Google wins out for personal users looking only for storage. On the other hand, OneDrive is cheaper for businesses and when bundling with Office 365.
OneDrive vs Google Drive – Security
Security on these services is up to standards but is nothing too special. For sign in, you have your standard password-protected account with an option to add a second factor of authentication, either through Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator for the respective services.
Files on both Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive are sent over secure SSL lines, but files on the drives themselves remain unencrypted. OneDrive’s business options, however, do offer such file encryption. Google offers all plans an at-rest 128-bit AES encryption, which is better than nothing. But honestly, you won’t want to store anything of significant value on either service.
OneDrive vs Google Drive Additional Features
OneDrive’s best feature is its integration with other Microsoft services. Windows and Office users will really appreciate the ease of use that comes with having OneDrive available to store all their important documents.
Google Drive offers the same feeling for lovers of Google Docs, and the interoperability with Android devices is useful as well. Of course, OneDrive’s mobile app can be used to upload photos automatically also, but it’s not as seamless.
OneDrive and Google Drive also have some cool features for photos. In OneDrive you get tagging and slideshow presentation. In Google Drive (via Google Photos), you get automatic collages and animated images created from series of snaps.
OneDrive vs Google Drive Pros & Cons
OneDrive Pros and Cons
- Native Windows integration
- Bundles with Microsoft Office available
- Photo tagging and slideshows
- Lacking security
Google Drive Pros and Cons
- Great storage per dollar
- Interoperability with Google apps
- Intuitive software
- No business-tier plans
- Other Google apps eat into your storage
Overall, for most personal users Google Drive is a not-so-clear winner. The amount of storage offered per dollar at the lowest paid tier (and in the free tiers) just can’t be beat by Microsoft’s offering at the personal tier levels. The level of security protecting your data is also better, but you shouldn’t really store anything sensitive there either way. The level of integration throughout Google’s apps makes it a clear choice for anyone invested in Google’s ecosystem as well.
For some who already have a Microsoft 365 subscription or really rely on Microsoft Office for their work, you’re already invested in it anyway so you may as well use it. Businesses would also do well with their business-tier plans, which are on the level of other services like Box and Dropbox and also include a Microsoft 365 subscription and much more value per dollar than Google’s offering, which is clearly aimed more at personal users.