Dropbox vs Google Drive

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Having a cloud to save all your files and access them anywhere while saving space on your devices is essential in today’s modern world. Every byte counts nowadays. If you are looking for a cloud storage provider for your needs, you might want to consider Dropbox and Google Drive. 

On the surface, these two may look similar to one another. Both Dropbox and Google Drive offer free accounts with limited features that are upgradeable with paid subscriptions. Both offer sharing of files to other users and collaboration within their platform.

They both provide encrypted security for your stored files. But just like any competing brand in any market, both have their pros and cons. It’s best to find out which one fits your need, especially if you’re willing to pay for the extra services they offer.

Who has better key features?

  • Storage – Dropbox Basic gives 2GB free storage, while Google Drive offers 15GB for free. However, Dropbox offers 500MB of additional free storage for every friend you refer up to a maximum of 19GB.
  • Security – Both deploys two-factor authentication (from device to cloud and vice-versa.) However, Dropbox uses a much stronger AES 256-bit encryption as opposed to Google Drive’s 128-bit encryption.
  • Paid Subscriptions – For 2TB of space, Dropbox charges $11.99/ month or pay $9.99/ month if you pay annually. Subscribing to Google One gives you the same storage space but for a lower price. Google One’s 2TB space costs $99.99 annually and $9.99 monthly.
  • Syncing – Both autosaves your files; however, they use different methods for syncing. Changes made when using collaboration features in Dropbox appear much faster for everyone. That is because Dropbox syncs changes in blocks, as opposed to Google Drive’s method of uploading and downloading the whole file. Google’s method causes a delay when accessing the file on a different device.

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