Google Drive vs. Dropbox vs. OneDrive vs. iCloud: Choosing the Right Cloud Storage

Remember when Google launched Gmail, offering generous storage space at a time when cloud storage was expensive? Now, Google is taking on Apple, Microsoft, and Dropbox with Google One, a new home for Google Drive users. Let's compare these cloud storage options to see which one is worth your while.

Google One or Google Drive

Google Drive currently offers 15GB of free space shared between Gmail, Drive, and Photos. Additional plans include 100GB for $1.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99 per month. Google One customers also gain access to experts, Play Store credits, and hotel deals. The plan can be shared with family members and grants access to live chat support. Google Drive works seamlessly across all platforms and devices.

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive offers 5GB of free space, with additional plans starting at 50GB for $1.99. Office 365 users get 1TB of space along with the office suite for $6.99/month. OneDrive is tightly integrated with Windows and is a good option for Office 365 users. However, third-party app integration is limited compared to Google Drive.


Dropbox offers only 2GB of free space, but you can increase it to 16GB through referrals and app downloads. Paid plans include 1TB for $9.99/month and 1TB with additional features for $19.99/month. Dropbox boasts seamless sync and a loyal fan base, but it lacks the office apps provided by Google and Microsoft.

Apple iCloud

Apple's iCloud offers 5GB of free space, with plans starting at 50GB for $0.99/month. iCloud is tightly integrated with Apple devices and offers iWork, a suite of office apps. However, iCloud lacks cross-platform compatibility and has slower sync compared to other options.

When choosing a cloud storage provider, consider the ecosystem you are entering. If you heavily rely on Office 365, OneDrive is the best option. If you are an Apple user and prefer a seamless experience, iCloud is for you. If you are a developer looking for easy integration and cross-platform support, Dropbox is a good choice. And if you want an affordable and reliable option with a range of free products and services, Google Drive is the way to go.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your needs and preferences. Which cloud storage provider do you prefer and why? Share your experience below in the comments.