The launch of Google Drive in April 2012 paved the way for users to store, share and edit files and documents in the cloud. Now practically all business people on earth have a Google Drive Login.
Today more than a million users enjoy Google Drive’s multi-faceted elements that allow them to store and share files in the cloud and to edit spreadsheets, documents and presentations collaboratively.
Another draw card is the fact that Google services cost less and is often more secure than those offered by competitors.
To use the Google Drive login you need a Google account.
Accounts are free and signing up is simple and easy to understand.
Once you have opened an account, you automatically have access to all Google services:
- Google Drive
What is Google Drive?
Quite simply, Google Drive is a sync and file storage system. Users can synchronize files across devices as well as store and share files in the cloud.
How to sign in to Google Drive login
If you already have a Gmail address, then you already have a Google account.
Simply sign into Google using your Gmail details.
If you need to create an account:
- Go to www.google.com and select the Sign in button in the top-right corner of the page.
- Click on Create an account.
The signup form will appear. Now follow the instructions and enter your Google Drive login details.
4. Create your profile page will now appear. and
5. Your account will be created, and the Google welcome page will appear.
Remember it is important to choose a strong password that is difficult for someone else to decode.
How to retrieve your Google Drive login details
- Go to google.com/accounts/recovery
- Select the forgotten password option
- Enter the name of the account you want to recover
- Google could require confirmation of your account and/or ask you to sign in from a computer you own and recently used
- Click Continue
- Tell Google if you cannot remember your password
- Select the Verify Your Identity link
- Complete and submit the form
Why you have to sign up
Google Drive gives you 15 gigabytes of FREE storage, while you can upload files up to 5 terabytes in size.
For as little as $1.99 a month, paid plans offer users 100 gigabytes or 1, 10, 20 and 30 terabytes of cloud storage.
Other features include:
- Privacy settings can be changed for individual files and folders
- Users can share files and information with other users and can make the content available to the public
- Apart from a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for mac0S and Windows computers, as well as Android and i0S smartphones and tablets
- It allows collaborative editing of documents, presentations, drawings, spreadsheets, forms and more via its Office Suite that encompasses Google Docs, Slides and Sheets.
Google Drive allows you to “retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold” when using its services.
In other words, what belongs to you stays with you.
However, when you upload, submit, store, send or receive content, you are giving Google and its third parties a worldwide license to use and distribute your content.
This license continues even if you stop using Google services. An example would be a business listing you added to Google Maps.
Google’s privacy and terms for using its services are uniform for all its applications.
What you get
A more than generous 15GB of cloud storage for FREE is the reason Google Drive has attracted millions of users worldwide, not to mention the apps that allow you to share information and to synchronize files across devices.
Google is a worldwide platform but is banned in China.
It also restricts access to some of its services like YouTube, Gmail, Blogger and Maps in almost all Arab countries, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria.
Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphones
App versions being shut down include Android versions earlier than 2.4.311 and iOS versions earlier than 4.16.
Google Drive mobile apps for some legacy versions (will) shut down on 3rd April 2017.
Legacy versions affected are androids before 2.4.311 and iOS’s older than 4.16.
Users must follow the prompt to update their app to one of the newer versions.
Google Drive is available for tablets and android smartphones running the Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” or later versions.
It supports iPhones and iPads running the i0S 8 or later versions.
The Google Drive app allows you to upload, view and edit files using a mobile device.
As of January 1, 2017, Google ended computer software support for Windows versions XP and Vista.
Although software continues to work on these platforms, they are no longer actively tested and maintained.
At the beginning of the following month, Google discontinued versions 1.27 and earlier of the Drive computer software.
So annually, as of 1st February 2017, Google will drop support for versions of software older than one year.
Cool stuff to do
- Share files between users
- Install a desktop client
- Drawings – this feature allows you to create diagrams, flowcharts, diagrams and more. While basic, the options available in Google Drawings give users the tools to achieve what Photoshop can do, as well as the ability to save your work in .pdf, .png, .jpg, or .svg format.
- Manage music with DriveTunes. All music saved to Google Drive can be heard via your web browser. The feature must be enabled manually.
How does Google Drive make money?
After a 30 day free trial, there is a monthly service fee for “Google Apps for Work”.
However, this service is free up to 15GB.
Take-aways about Google Drive
On November 12, 2013, Google Drive had 120 million active users.
By June 25, 2014, its popularity had grown to such a degree that Google Drive could boast 58% of Fortune 500 companies and 72 top universities as active members.
Four months later Google Drive had 240 million active users.
By September 2015, it had over one million paying members – businesses and organizations.
Keep login details safe
Account security is a Google priority so follow the steps below on a regular basis to keep your account safe.
Also, remember to change your password immediately if you think your account has been compromised.
- Scan your computer with a reliable anti-virus program to eliminate malware and viruses. Delete any suspicious content.
- Visit the My Account page and in the “Security Checkup” section click the Get Started button. Following the on-screen instructions will keep your account secure.
- Always update your Account Recovery
- Use the 2-Step Verification to strengthen your account security. In this step you will have to sign in, usually with your password, and code that will be sent to your mobile.
- Set your computer to receive automatic updates.
- Remember to never, ever, use your Google Drive login password on any other website. If by chance you have already done so, go to the Google website and change your password immediately.
- Protect your password by never entering it when following an email link from an untrustworthy site. Only enter your password on either the google.com or accounts.google.com/login sites.
- Never send your password via email or give that information to anyone else. Remember that Google will never ask you to disclose your password or request any other sensitive information.
When using a public computer make certain that you sign out at the end of your session. Never share your Googe Drive login details with anyone.
The Google’s Safety Center also provides more safety tips.