By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020

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Google Drive and iCloud

Cloud storage is now the go-to place for your important files, which makes file management easy since all your files, documents, videos, photos, and even music are backed up to one place. It’s for that reason that you’re seeing a lot of cloud storage service providers.

Recently, both iCloud and Google Drive are two of the biggest cloud storage services in the business. That's mainly due to their wide-spread presence as the default means of backing up data on iOS and Android respectively. Both offer the convenience to access files from different devices and vital countermeasures in case of hardware failures.

Google Drive or iCloud

An Overview of Google Drive

Google Drive

Google Drive is undoubtedly one of the most extensively used file storage and synchronization service around the world. You can store any file in Google Drive and access them from anywhere, smartphone, tablet, or computer. Currently, Google Drive is available in around 60 different languages and can be accessed from a dedicated website or app.

An Overview of iCloud

iCloud

If you are an Apple user, then you must already be familiar with iCloud. Apple iCloud Drive is a freeware that allows users to sync your pictures, music, contacts, eBooks, and almost every other kind of data across all iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. You can easily activate it on all your devices and instantly access all your data. Your iOS devices auto-backup to iCloud, too, and from your Mac desktop, you can move files to your iCloud Drive for seamless access on iOS devices.

Which One is Better: Google Drive or iCloud?

Actually, both of these cloud storage have major differences that can make or break the deal when it comes to factors such as availability, free storage, or overall convenience in general. Before making a choice between iCloud and Google Drive, it’s best to take a moment to read and see what both have to offer first.

Google Drive vs iCloud in Storage Cost and Plan

Google Drive

Google Drive provides a generous 15GB of cloud storage and files that you stored in Google’s own format don't use up space. In addition, Google Drive offers unlimited storage for photos and videos as long as you upload them in “High quality” mode instead of the original size. If needed, you can upgrade to a premium plan: 11GB for $1.99/month, the most popular 1TB for $9.99/month or 10TB for $99.9/month.

iCloud

iCloud provides each new user with 5 GB free storage for iCloud Drive, iCloud Backup, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Mail, and the information from your apps that use iCloud. Later, one can upgrade to pay $0.99/month for 50GB, $2.99/moth for 200GB or $9.99/month for 2TB respectively. The 200GB and 2TB plans are allowed to share with your family.

Google Drive vs iCloud in Security and Privacy

Google Drive

Google now uses HTTPs on all of its services, which are to be applauded, and also implements ‘internal measures’ to look out for potentially compromised account login activity. Moreover, Google offers two-step verifications. This means you have a third layer of login protection and that’s with Google Authenticator. As for your data itself, this is encrypted in transit using SSL but only stored at rest using 128-bit AES like iCloud.

iCloud

iCloud also boasts of the fact that it encrypts files and they claim that all files are protected by a minimum of 128-bit AES encryption. All sessions at iCloud.com are encrypted with TLS 1.2. Any data accessed via iCloud.com is encrypted on the server. All traffic between your devices and iCloud Mail is encrypted with TLS 1.2. Consistent with standard industry practice, iCloud does not encrypt data stored on IMAP mail servers. All Apple email clients support optional S/MIME encryption.

Google Drive vs iCloud in Integrations and Shareability

Google Drive

First off, it is easier to collaborate with Google Drive. It doesn’t matter which device or OS you use, you can just access it and its comprehensive productivity features. It also has many extensions and additional tools that you can make use of. These include extensions and templates for business use. Secondly, Google Drive integrates with many business systems. These include software services like Salesforce, Zoho, HubSpot, Slack, Trello, YouTube, MailChimp, and tons of other systems.

Meanwhile, Google Drive enables you to share files and folders by inviting others to view or download all the files. Other Google Drive users can share documents, folders, files with you since it allows you to connect with other Google Drive members. And everyone on your team can collaborate on all the files you want – no email attachment needed.

iCloud

Apple iCloud also easily integrates with existing software infrastructures and a number of popular business systems and applications. Just some of these applications include HipChat, Pager Duty, Microsoft Office, and iCalendar. Features that come with the iCloud include iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive, both of which let users securely store and update all their documents, videos, and photos.

Meanwhile, iCloud gives you easy shareability, you are allowed to share files with anyone, as you like. Music, movies, photos, and more can be shared effortlessly with family members via the Family Sharing feature.

Google Drive vs iCloud in Accessibility and Ease of Use

Google Drive

Google seems to have an edge in terms of accessibility. It supports all platforms — Android (usually pre-installed), Windows, iOS, or Mac OS. Both mobile platforms have dedicated apps downloadable via the Play Store and the App Store, while desktops require the Backup & Sync client to be installed. You can also access Google Drive directly through the browser. Therefore, it is pretty easy to access Google Driven no matter you’re an Apple or non-Apple user.

In addition, Google Drive has a simple interface and it’s easy to create, upload, and download folders and files. It even comes with a Chrome extension called Save to Google Drive that enables you to get a quick save functionality out of your browser into Google Drive.

iCloud

In terms of accessibility, iCloud provides both app and web version. iCloud provides easy access to Apple users and you can always get the most up to date files from any iOS device. However, iCloud app is only available on Apple devices. if you’re not an Apple user, you should go to iCloud’s website. What’s worse, it usually fails to function properly on mobile browsers.

Though, its lack of compatibility with other operating systems (like Android), makes it quite tough for users to use it extensively on other devices. As for the ease of use, the interface of Google Drive is crisp and pristine so that users can figure it out quickly even for the first time.

Bonus tip: How to Get More Storage in Google Drive?

If you finally decide to use Google Drive, you can try to expand your Google Drive free cloud storage by merging multiple Google Drive accounts in one interface with the help of a tool like CBackupper. If needed, please refer to the following steps to get more storage in Google Drive with CBackupper.

1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name.

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2. Add your cloud storage accounts owning to one or different cloud drives. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select your clouds (here is Google Drive) and click “OK”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your Google Drive files.

Add Google Drive

3. Now, you complete the entire process of adding cloud drives. To add more clouds, you just need to repeat the above steps. And you’d better change the default name to a unique one for distinguish.

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Conclusion

No matter Google Drive or iCloud has its own advantages and makes file management a lot easier. It is not hard to see that Google Drive is a more natural choice for Android users as it works well on almost all devices while iCloud Drive seems to be designed for iOS users. You can make a choice according to your needs. If you choose Google Drive, don’t forget to use CBackupper, which can help you combine cloud storage for more free storage and better cloud management.