So it has now been finally revealed — the Google Drive service that has been rumored for years is now made official. Google’s official cloud storage has been merged with Google Docs to offer a free 5GB space to all users.
Google Drive allows you to store any kind of files, even the really big ones, to the cloud and then give you the option to synchronize all of them to your laptop, PC or phone (Android, Windows & Mac) with support for iOS coming soon.
The app is now available at the Google Play Store (just search for Google Drive) and integrates neatly with the sharing features of your Android smartphone.
For those who are familiar with DropBox, this is basically the same but competing service.
On your PC, Google Drive appears as a folder which you can just drag-and-drop files into. It will show up in File Manager or in Finder if you’re using a Mac.
Google starts you off with a free 5GB of storage but gives you additional options to increase this up to 1TB for a monthly fee.
You can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.
I’ve actually already upgraded my Google Account to 20GB since last year (paid $5 a year) when my GMail Inbox was already around 98% usage. It’s nice that when I logged in to my Google Drive account, I also have access to the same amount of storage.
To access Google Drive, just go to drive.google.com/start.