What Is Google Drive?
Google drive is an online file storage and synchronization service designed by Google. It allows registered users to store their files, synchronize with various device, share files and media with other users and retrieves files via cloud.
The service was created and launched in early 2012, and its active users grew rapidly to over 240 million in October 2014. Since then the growth has continuously increased.
The idea behind Google drive is to create a platform where users can access their files anywhere and at any time without the use of storage devices. As long as you have access to the internet you can access your saved files on Google cloud.
As long as you have access to the internet you can access your saved files on Google drive. Also, users can access the cloud storage via computer or mobile devices. The cloud allows any file type or extension, and files that can be stored may include.
When you save files to cloud via Pc or any other device, you can access it using a different computer or phone. All you have to do is log in to your online drive storage and download. Google drive also supports file sharing with other registered users.
Also, you don’t have to worry about losing your files, as it is completely safe in Google drive. Saving files on storage devices like a flash drive or hard disk is not totally safe. You may wake up one day and realize the storage device is corrupt and no longer working, thereby losing all the documents inside.
How to Create A Google Drive account
To use google drive service, you have to create an account. Creating an account is free, easy and doesn’t take much time (just a couple of minutes). Follow the steps below to learn how to create an account.
- In your web browser, enter this URL www.google.com/drive/ in the address bar or simply click here.
- On the homepage, click on ‘Go to Google Drive’ to access the sign-up page if you don’t already own an account with google.
- Click on the ‘Create Account’ button to create a new account.
- Fill the registration form by entering all the required information. You are basically creating a Google account because with Gmail account you can use all Gmail services.
- After successfully creating an account and you are logged in, you will be able to use google drive service which includes a 15GB free storage allocated to your account.
Most time when trying to send a mail with an attachment that is over 25MB, Google make use of your google drive in sending it to other google drive users.
Whenever you want to send an attachment, hover over the attachment and the drive logo will appear. Click on it to send the attachment via Google drive to other users.
On Google Drive Storage
Google drive offer users a 15GB free online storage when they create a new Google account. Personally, I think the allocated space is more than enough if you want to save files and documents with low storage.
However, if you want to save media files with a large memory like music, videos and software or application, you will have to purchase for a larger storage plan in addition to the free one you already have.
You can get a higher storage of up to 1TB, which is pretty cool.
Apart from saving and sharing of files, the major thing people do with Google drive is to back up their files, as files stored on the online cloud are secured for life.