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How To Use Google Drive On iOS And Android

Earlier Google Drive app didn’t allow you to edit the documents on iOS but allowed editing and creating Google Docs files within the Android App. But now after so many updates, Google Drive has come a long way ahead. With the latest update of Google Drive for iOS and Android, you can share, access and store all your files and in Android you can even access the Google Drive with a voice command.

Since Google Drive has come up with so many features, it will be a shame not to use them extensively and not get the best of the app.


Once you open the Google Drive app, the main screen consists of all the files and folders present in your drive. You will have access to any document that has been shared with you, any folder or a file you have starred. You will also view any recently opened or edited file and folder as well as any file you have downloaded for offline access.

On the main screen, the default thumbnail view can be changed to list view by tapping on the list icon present in top menu. By tapping on any file or folder, you will be able to open it. Tapping on the “I” icon, you will be able to view other details of the file or folder such as Location, Date of creation, Date of Modification and list of people who have access to that particular file/folder. In iOS, to see all the above mentioned details, you would need to press the three dots and click on “I”

Creating and Editing

To create any file or folder in the Google Drive, tap on the red button present on the bottom right corner of screen in Android and tap on the blue button in iOS. Once clicked, you will have options of creating a folder, uploading a file, scanning a document, uploading data from Google Docs and Sheets or Slides.

To access Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, you would need to have respective apps installed on your phone in both Android and iOS. You can still view all the files without these apps but your editing options will be limited.

Note that when you select the Upload option on tapping the “+” icon, you can upload any type of file to your Drive account from your device, but in Android you would require a file manager to browse through the data on your phone. iOS users will be able to upload files present on Dropbox, iCloud Drive or stored within 3rd party apps in addition to photos and videos.

Menu and Setting

To access the Menu of Google Drive, slide it out from the left. You have the options of switching account, view files that are shared with you, recently downloaded, starred or accessed, your Google Photos account as well as the files which are uploaded by you.

In Android, when you scroll down the Menu, you will see the storage space remained in your Drive account, and a setting option. Under the settings, you can set the amount of data you want the app to cache. You can enable/disable encryption of offline documents and have the option to upload data only when Wi-Fi is available.

In iOS, Settings option is present in the same location but you will see the storage space and all the other data under Storage option. Users can add a passcode, enable or disable notification for shared files and auto backup of photos on the device. Two things which are lacking in the iOS is the ability to restrict the upload only over Wi-Fi and ability to cache items.

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