Google Drive VS DropBox

Which Service is better?

What is a Google Drive & Dropbox?

Dropbox and Google Drive are two comparable cloud storage services. With a good amount of us using more than one device these days, tools like Dropbox and Drive can really come in handy for syncing and sharing files across multiple devices.

Google Drive is a service offered by Google that allows you to store and share files online.

The goal of Google Drive is to provide a central place to store your files online so that you can access them from anywhere.

Dropbox desktop application runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems and gives you access to your Dropbox directly through a folder on your hard drive.

Dropbox Vs. Google Drive: Which Cloud Storage Service Is Better?

Desktop Client

Both Drive and Dropbox offer very similar desktop clients. Both allow you to see and access all of your files in a desktop folder. One caveat with Google Drive: You can only open documents in Google Docs. Even though Docs works well in offline mode, people who prefer Microsoft Word, for example, would first have to export the file from Docs and then open it in Word.

File Type Support

Google Drive supports up to 30 different file types, all of which you can open directly within your Web browser. Other than your standard text, audio, and video files, Drive also supports AutoDesk, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files, even if you don't have those programs installed on your computer. That means you can edit documents and other files without needing to download them to your computer.

Still, Dropbox does support many file types including PDFs, documents, video, photos, Photoshop files, and music. They can be viewed in the browser, but you can't edit them online.

Sharing Features

Both Drive and Dropbox are pretty good when it comes to sharing. A key difference: Drive only allows you to share through its Web app, while Dropbox offers sharing directly from its desktop app.

Dropbox offers two ways to share: via a link, which you can share with anyone, or via a shared folder. When someone joins a shared folder, it will automatically sync with their Dropbox account.


Since Drive links to your Gmail account, you can enable two-step authentication.

Dropbox offers a similar two-step verification feature, where you must submit your password in addition to a six-digit security code in order to sign in.

The Decision

It's a close call between Dropbox and Drive, but Drive ultimately comes out victorious. Drive is much cheaper than Dropbox, offers more functionality online, and supports a unique set of file types.