No matter what type of computer or mobile device you use, when you’re purchasing and setting up new technology, you’ll run across one of these three names: OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud.
If you’ve purchased a Mac or iPhone, iCloud is going to be everywhere in the settings. With Windows PCs you’ll see references to OneDrive often. As for Google Drive, that’s a familiar name if you’ve got Chromebook laptop or just use their search engine.
So, what do these applications do? Are you missing out by not signing up for a free account?
AV Computer Repair provides personalized technology, training & tutoring as well as computer repair in Lancaster, CA. A big part of what we do is help our clients understand their technology and choose the best apps to make their lives easier and more efficient.
Just because an application’s name is recognizable, doesn’t mean it’s clear exactly what that program does or how it can benefit you. So, in this article, we’re going to explain what OneDrive, Google Drive, and iCloud are, what they do, and why you might want to use one.
OneDrive, Google Drive, and iCloud Explained
What do these programs all have in common? They are all cloud storage applications used for saving files online. They also sync files between your devices and can act as a backup by synching to your computer automatically.
They all also happen to be free, for a limited amount of storage, and expandable beyond that. We’ll get into the details on each of the three, including storage space in the next section, but first let’s talk about what cloud storage is and why you’d want to use it.
Have you ever lost a phone and all the photos on it? What about having a computer crash and not being able to recover what’s on the hard drive?
140,000 hard drives fail in the US each week! (Small Business Trends)
It’s an all too common occurrence in today’s high-tech world, where we now keep our most important files in digital format. That means if you don’t have a safe backup in place, you could be risking your work files, treasured photos and videos, and important household files.
Our team at AV Computer Repair is called upon often to help with purchasing and setting up new technology and we always make sure our clients know the importance of a local or cloud-based backup system.
Each of these three applications do similar things, so you wouldn’t necessarily need all three (unless you like to have several options!). But choosing at least one can offer you safety and security for your files along with a few other benefits.
Cloud Storage Applications Comparison
A huge bonus of these applications is that they can sync your photos and files across multiple devices. Take a picture with your phone but want to use it in an album on your computer? If you’re using their device synching features, then by the time to go over to your computer, the photo is there.
If you use a computer at your desk and the laptop when you’re relaxing in the backyard, you can start a document on one device, then pickup where you left off on the other. It’s all possible because these programs are cloud-based.
Are you limited by the type of computer you have?
If you use Apple products, then iCloud is going to be the easiest to use since it’s integrated natively, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited from using the others. The same goes for Windows and OneDrive or Google and Chromebook.
You can actually use any of these three cloud storage platforms on just about any type of operating system, the all integrate across different operating systems.
Here’s a rundown of the features of each one.
Google Drive Features
Interested in Setting Up Cloud Backup or Storage?
The AV Computer Repair team can help you choose the best of these three programs for your devices and set it up for you in no time!
We offer personalized technology, training & tutoring and computer repair in Lancaster, CA, so call on us for any and all computer needs.
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