Google Drive on Windows


Robert Neagoe
by Robert Neagoe
Content Analyst
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Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing, and collaborative editing.

Google Drive is now the home of Google Docs, a suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Rumors about Google Drive began circulating as early as March 2006.

Google Drive issues and fixes

Google Drive App discontinued

Google ended support for its Google Drive software for Windows and macOS on May 12.

You need to switch to the Backup & Sync app if you want to keep everything synced automatically between the cloud and your desktop. Here’s a useful guide in case Google Drive won’t sync in Windows 10, 8.1, 7.

Useful guides for Google Drive on Windows 10

Google Drive Limit

Google offers 15GB of free space in Google Drive, which seems to be a better deal compared to 2GB from Dropbox and 10GB from Box. What’s the catch, though? Well, that 15GB limit includes not only your documents saved directly in Google Drive but also your Gmail account (messages and attachments) and Google Photos.

There is still a free option to save photos for free if you don’t mind losing the original quality. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution – also called the “High quality”.