Google Drive is a free cloud-based storage service that enables users to store and access files online. The service syncs stored documents, photos and more across all of the user’s devices, including mobile devices, tablets, and PCs.
How Google Drive works
To get started with Google Drive, the end user must create or sign in to a Google account. Then, the user types “drive.google.com” into his or her browser. “My Drive” will automatically appear, which can contain uploaded or synced files and folders, as well as Google Sheets, Slides and Docs. Then, the user can either upload files from his or her computer or create files in Google Drive.
Alternatively, the end user can download a Google Drive application to one or more devices. A Google Drive folder will appear along with other folders in each device’s file system. Files that the user adds to one folder are available through a Google Drive web app or the Google Drive folder on each device.
Get started with Google Drive
Step 1: Open the app
On your Android device, find and open the Google Drive app. In “My Drive,” you’ll see:
- Files and folders you upload or sync.
- Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms you create
Step 2: Upload or create files
You can upload files from your phone or tablet, or create files in Google Drive.
- Upload files and folders to Google Drive
- Work with Office files
- Create, edit, and format Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
Step 3: Share and organize files
You can share files or folders, so other people can view, edit, or comment on them.
To see files that other people have shared with you, go to the “Shared with me” section.