iCloud vs Google Drive; which do you use??

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by marc55, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

    marc55

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    iCloud is convenient, but I hate the the following:

    1. Files are no longer on the desktop; they're in the iCloud folder. I like the ability to access files with one click, instead of having to go to the iCloud folder, then click on the file I want

    2. I really hate the fact that you cannot share folders, only individual files.

    I liked Dropbox, but since they limited it to only 3 devices, it's no longer an option; additionally, the 2GB is no longer useful, as I'm up to 4GB in files. I don't store pictures or music.

    So, is Google Drive any easier to use? or can you recommend something else?

    Thank you
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  2. chabig macrumors 603

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  3. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    I use iCloud. I just open the folder if I want to do things with documents. I suppose that it might be nice to add them to the desktop but they are a different directory from the desktop and it might be confusing as to whether or not you're working with desktop files or iCloud files.
     
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  5. dmk1974 macrumors 68020

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    If you want a 3rd option, I've been using Microsoft OneDrive across my Macs, iPad, and iPhone for a couple years. 365 Family plan can often be found for $50-$60 which covers up to 5 users for 1 year and EACH person gets 1 TB storage. The office apps are good, but mainly pay for the OneDrive backup.
     
  6. Vlad Soare macrumors member

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    I use both.
    As for opening files, nothing beats Spotlight. I rarely bother opening Finder and navigating to the destination folder. Most of the times I just press Ctrl-Space and type a few letters of the file or folder name, and that's it. Works like a charm.
     
  7. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    Primarily icloud. I used it to back up all my devices (iPhone, 2 x ipad, MacBook). I also use icloud drive for file management.

    I do pay for the lowest google drive plan, simply as a secondary back up for my MacBook, but otherwise I don't use it.
     
  8. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    All of them.

    Short answer, if one service is down, yeah, might be inconvenient, but not totally knocked offline.

    iCloud: Contacts, Calendar/Reminders, Keychain, Safari, Notes, Messages, News, the odd app that uses it for syncing across devices.
    Google: grandfathered $5/yr plan, so, encrypted file archive for important stuff, photo sharing, email.
    Dropbox: day-to-day files (but nothing sensitive: recipe files, odd spreadsheet/word-processing doc, etc), odd app that uses it for syncing across devices.
    Box: quarterly rsync of Dropbox.
    Amazon: Same encrypted files as in GDrive, plus photo archive
    OneDrive: Again, the encrypted files

    Add in TimeMachine backups (2x drives), manual copying to external drives once a month, quarterly copy to cloud accounts, clone of the internal drive once a month (across alternating drives), pretty well covered for data loss. And have found that most of my stuff I do not need away from home or need to send to someone NOW, so, not filling up either of the services, can wait until I get home to pull/send from the laptop. Or external drive. Or TimeMachine. Or...
     
  9. nouveau_redneck macrumors 6502

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    I like your backup coverage - thorough.

    What method do you use to encrypt files before sending to cloud storage? Something like Arq backup or macOS encrypted images?
     
  10. Lee_Bo macrumors regular

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  11. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Nothing fancy. My important stuff is well organized under a folder, so, just make a .zip file of the sub-folder structure there, then pass that file to a 7z encryption/archiver program (in my case, Keka). 7z and zip being pretty much universal, can relatively easily pull down to most computing platforms and recover info if a major disaster strikes the Mac, external drives, TimeMachine copies, etc.
     
  12. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a

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    I'm really careful about keeping my credit card info up to date because I don't want to lose than grandfathered plan!
     

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