How To Use Google Drive

By on November 25, 2014

Google Drive app was released in early 2012 and the first version was quite a disappointment for most of the people because Google Drive was not as good as other cloud storage options like Dropbox and Box.com. The first version of Google Drive replaced Google Docs but now Google Drive allows users to access different types of files on different devices including Android and iOS.

You can get Google Drive on your device from the relevant app store; Google Play Store for Android devices and Apple App Store aka iTunes for iOS devices. You need a Google account in order to activate Google Drive. After installing this app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet, you can instantly download and upload existing and new files. If you already have a Google Drive account and you have attached a new device then the device will automatically download the manifest of all files. The main screen of the app provides instant navigation to different sections of the device.

kdsjfndslg3 (3)

You can access all files uploaded to you Google Drive account, all documents shared with you via the Google Drive, all files and folders you recently opened on Google Drive and you can also access files offline if you download those within the app. If you don’t like thumbnail view then you can change it to list view that shows more items than the thumbnail view. Google has recently updated the Google Drive for Android and now the latest version available for Android device has material design, some fun animations and language support.

The new version of Google Drive also has a “New” button that allows users to instantly create new files and folders directly in the Google Drive main folder. The same button also allows users to create documents and upload new files from the device. Users can create Docs, Slides and Spreadsheet documents with that button instantly, though you must have relevant apps installed on your device in order to use that feature. You can download and install Google Docs, Sheets and Slides from Google Play Store for free. If you try to create a document without installing the relevant app, Google Drive will ask you to install that app.

Though you can still view documents without installing those apps but you cannot edit without those. If you have Quick Office (old version) installed on your device then you can continue with that. If you want to create a new file in a particular folder then you first have to navigate to that folder and then create the app, otherwise the newly created file will be places in the main folder of the Google Drive.

You can download files into cache for offline use, Google Drive allows you to download 250 MB of files into cache. With this cache, you can download hundreds of documents for offline use. You can also set encryption for the offline documents in order to protect your important files.

The following two tabs change content below.

Martin Scholes

Martin is an IT professional with passion of discovering new apps on iOS and Android platform. His primary objective is to provide in-depth analysis of different apps and their features as well as keep the readers update with the relevant news.

Latest posts by Martin Scholes (see all)

  • Luca

    I occasionally use Google Drive when friends are sending me files and photos, but I prefer Dropbox since it has better features and options.