Technology giants Apple and Google offer paid cloud storage services: iCloud and Google One. Both platforms aim to make the user's life easier with file hosting and backup without relying on internal PC or mobile memory to access important documents.
Among so many features, such as sharing space with relatives, interaction tools, and cross-platform availability, it can be tricky to choose which service suits you best. For this reason, the following comparison indicates iCloud and Google One functions, highlighting advantages, price, availability, and more.
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Both platforms provide a free version and paid versions whose prices vary according to the amount of storage available. Google One offers 15 GB of free from Google Drive, while iCloud features only the first 5 GB of the free plan.
For paid versions, iCloud works by monthly subscription only, while Google One also offers the annual, discounted plan. On Apple's storage platform, 50 GB storage costs $ 3.50 per month, 200 GB costs $ 10.90 per month and 2 TB comes out for $ 34.90 per month.
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To increase Google One storage by 100 GB, the customer must shell out $ 6.99 per month (or $ 69.99 in the annual plan). The 200 GB option comes for $ 9.99 a month (or $ 99.99 a year), and 2 TB is available for $ 34.99 a month or $ 349.99 a year. That is, the Google One 200 GB plan is cheaper, while the 2 TB plan is worth it on iCloud if you choose to pay monthly.
Google One also offers a wider range of extended plans, such as 10 TB for $ 360, 20 TB for $ 720, and 30 TB for $ 1,080 monthly options.
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ICloud can be managed from any Apple device directly through the native application, which is the most convenient platform for brand loyal customers. IPhone owners still have the advantage that the service is the default backup of iOS.
If you prefer iCloud and use Windows PCs, you should use the Windows 10 application or installable program for previous editions of the Microsoft system. The platform also has a web version, which may be the only access road on Android phones, as there is no app itself on the Google Play Store.
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Google One goes through a similar situation: The platform doesn't have its own app in the Apple Store. However, you can access files saved to the cloud through the Google Drive app without any hassles. The web version can be accessed on iPhone in specific cases, such as when you need to contact support service or change plan space settings.
Google One provides an application for Android phones only, and on PC and macOS it is only available through the website right in the browser. To upload files from the desktop to the cloud, I need to use Google Backup & Sync.
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ICloud sells as a major advantage the fast and practical synchronization of different user devices. For example, platform lets you access favorite websites on iPhone on other devices, such as iPad. Photos, contacts, email, documents, calendars, reminders and other files can also be accessed on different platforms.
In contrast, despite having a nice interface, iCloud can confuse Android users because they are not familiar with how Apple devices navigate.
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Google One, meanwhile, features a fast access system and self-explanatory task tabs, making it extremely intuitive and easy to move. It integrates the company's current storage services, such as Google Photos and Gmail, into a single similar Drive interface.
Unlike iCloud, Google One does not allow direct file creation on the platform. While it is possible to create a presentation directly on iCloud with KeyNote, the Google service redirects the user to Google Slides when creating slides.
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Tools for sharing and collaborating with cloud files
The methods of both storage services are very similar and offer the same family sharing option with up to six members at no additional cost. In the case of sharing the plan with others, the platforms store the files individually, so that users cannot check the documents of others.
Google One lets you create a family group Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
Both Google One and iCloud let you share files saved in the cloud from email and links, and give the owner control over document privacy, with permissions to view, edit, download, etc.
The main sharing differentiator that Google One allows you to include comments on the invitation to access the file. The useful feature is to add feedbacks and reviews without modifying the original version of the document.
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So while both platforms have a very similar storage system, the advantages they offer are quite different. ICloud may be most beneficial for Apple customers who want to keep their protected files and data conveniently in sync with their devices. In contrast, Google One is a more versatile and cost-effective option that can be easily accessed on any device and store much more content.