Easy ways to Use Google Drive on Android, iOS


Google drive is a free file storage and synchronization service from Google that allows you to store files online and access them anywhere using the cloud. It offers15 gigabytes (15GB) storage space access to web-based applications for creating the document, spreadsheets, slides, drawings, forms, office suit, presentations with collaborators, and more. This drive is considered the protected place for all documents. You can put your files from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Your collections in the Google drive- like videos, photos, spreadsheets, documents are preserved safely, so cannot lose them. At the same time, you also can easily invite peers to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. For the above cases, Google Drive in one of the most popular online or offline storage available at present. Now it has more than 240 million monthly active users in this planet.

So, how you can use Google drive on your smart device

The drive has made numerous developments for both Android and iOS since its release on April 24, 2012.  At the time of launching, the Google Docs app did not permit you to edit documents on iOS, but it was allowed to Android app. Here are some tips to show you how to get the most out of it on your android, iOS.

Basics on creating and editing Documents

If you are a first time user, you should press the Menu button on your phone and select “New…”, the “Create New…” dialog box floats where you can create a new document, slides, spreadsheet, and upload document. You will get the first three options installed on the Google Docs apps.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Step1: At the beginning of the program, you will be greeted with a confirmation message requesting that you agree to the terms of Service. You should accept and read on. The Google Drive Screen has some options for navigating your files. You will get the access of your drive and documents.

Step2: Find the default thumbnail view (on the left) can be changed to a list view (middle) by tapping on the list icon in the top menu bar. Similarly, you can open the details screen (pictured right) for the respective file or folder for Android users. iOS users will require to tap on the three-dot icon, followed by “i” to view the identical information. On this tray, you can observe who has access, when changes were made, who made them and other information.

Step3: Go to the options for sharing, moving, deleting, renaming, starring, and for files the selection to download it to your device for offline access. If you want to send your documents to email, you can do it by clicking the email contacts at the top of the screen and selecting an alternative email address listed. For confidentiality reasons, the email in the image below is grayed out, but usually it would be showed at the top of the screen.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

Step4: Select upload, you will be able to browse and upload any type of file to your Drive account directly from your device. However, you require to brows the entire files store on your device when you install Astro File Manager on Android. In such a case, by default you can access images, videos, audio, and downloads. The users of iOS have easy access to upload files stored on iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or hoarded within third-party apps, in addition to uploading photos and videos.

Step5: if you like to place the new item in specific folder, you will require navigating the folder in the app before you upload or create it. Otherwise, your uploaded item will be located in the root directory of your Drive.

Setting up and the Menu

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

You can switch your account or watch files by sliding out the menu from the left side of the screen. You also can view your shared records, recently accessed, starred, or downloaded photos account.

  • It is not difficult to find an option to view the apps setting from your Android. You just need to scroll down the menu’s list on your phone set. You can set the amount of data you will want the app to store, topping out at 250 MB.
  • You have the option to enable or disable encryption of offline documents as well as set your device to simply upload or update the file over Wi-Fi in the effort to assist save your data plan.
  • If you are an iOS user, you can use the setting menu in the same place, but data storage numbers and is its own “Storage” category just under the setting.
  • You also can add a password, enable, or disable notifications for shared documents, and auto-backup of photos on your smartphone.

Therefore, if you have no experience of using a cloud-based storage service like this before, can consider the advantages of keeping your stuff online.


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