Many people confuse when it comes to Google Drive, Google Photos, and Google One. All three services are connected but are offered separately. What’s the difference between the three? The blog post defines the three, so you can easily understand.
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The most common and easy to understand service is Google Drive. It is a secured cloud solution for individuals and teams to store data, including documents and media. It shows the consumed and remaining storage on the left side of the screen.
Google Drive is mostly used with Android phones to back up and restore the data. It saves the data, including files, photos, videos, contacts, phone settings, and messages. Google Drive comes as an app for mobile phone, but it can also be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA) on Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers on Windows PC.
Google Photos is the media side of Google Drive. In Google Drive, you find a folder called “Google Photos”. If you can’t find the folder, then you can easily enable in the settings. The app brings your media from that folder to your phone. In the folder, you find years, which Google Photos use to add timeline on the app. It also shows the remaining storage, which is the same as Google Drive. Furthermore, it offers to archive photos such as documents, receipts, and other unnecessary photos. You can also delete all backed up media with one tap to save the storage.
The “for you” tab, also called the assistant on Google Photos is the brain of this app. It creates collages, compares old photos with new ones, show memories to remind the good old days. You can also create new albums, short movies, collages, GIFs, and animations. The app comes with an editor with many options to edit photos and videos.
Google Photos app comes with the option of getting unlimited storage without any cost. In the app, you can enable the unlimited upload on full HD, which will reduce the large pixel photos to 1080p, which does not count towards the original quota.
Google Photos does not offer any sharing tools for specific people, but if anyone has access to the link, then you can block them or change permissions straight away.
The search feature of Google Photos makes it super powerful. Alongside the location, you can search for colours, trees, buildings etc. If you need photos taken nearby flowers, trees or in a garden, you just search with the terms such as “nature” or “trees”. If you need photos with a waterfall, then type “waterfall” or just “water”.
Google One is not Google Drive nor Google Photos. It combines the data used by all Google services, including Google Drive, Photos, Gmail, etc. This helps understand how much data is left. You can activate a subscription to get more storage which counts towards all Google services. The app offers to share the subscribed data with your family if you have the family plan of YouTube Premium. Moreover, you can use the app to back up the phone data manually.
Google One subscription not just gives the data; you also get other member benefits, such as hotels on discounted price, Google store rewards etc. The app comes with a support section, which allows chatting, emailing, and calling support for help. It also asks about your language to connect with a local representative to help solve the problem quickly.
All three share the standard features but have different purposes. If you have subscribed to a paid plan, then you should install all three to get full advantage of the plan. If you have the free 15 GB quota, then you don’t need Google One. Google Drive and Photos will be enough.
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Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing about Android and PC for over two years.