Got family, friends, co-workers, or classmates that aren’t using Apple devices? Google Drive and the Google suite of productivity apps might be your best option to share information quickly!
Learn how to use the Google Drive app on your iPhone or iPad today!
The Google Drive app makes it easy to create word and spreadsheet documents that sync across many platforms and operating systems. Instead of emailing attachments, you can collaborate on the same documents at the same time with others- or you can choose to only let them comment on or view your work.
Moreover, you have the option of features like Two-Step Verification if heightened data security is a must. Plus, Google Drive grants you full access to all of its features and 15 GB of cloud storage for free.
On iOS and iPadOS devices, this allows you to upload photos and make new Google word and spreadsheet documents; with a computer, you can add any file or folder you want as an easy backup option.
And if you need more space, you can pay monthly for additional storage.
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- 2 How to upgrade your Google Drive storage
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Use Google Drive on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
To use the Google Drive app, you need to use an existing Google account or create a new one so that you can sign in to Drive.
If you wanted to edit your account security or just about anything else, simply log into your Google account using a browser. If you are using an iPhone, you can use Two-Step Verification together with the Google Authenticator app for added security.
- To use the latest Google Drive app or Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, you need iOS 11 or above
Check which version of iOS or iPadOS you use
- On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings
- Tap General > About
- Look at Software Version to see the current version of iOS and iPadOS
We also recommend you download the Google Docs, Sheets, Photos, and Slides app for across the board features!
Once you install Google Drive and the suite of Google apps, you can use many (but not all) of the same tools and features available with the online versions of Google Documents and Spreadsheets.
Open Google Drive app to access
- Files and folders you upload or sync
- Any Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms you created
You can then upload files from your iPhone or iPad to your Google Drive. Or, create, edit, and format Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
If you want to edit a given document in your Drive, tap it and then tap the Edit button.
Plus, you can share files or folders from Google Drive, so other people can view, edit, or comment on them.
To share any document from within the app, first, locate its folder and tap the arrow next to the title rather than the title itself to access the document’s settings.
Tap the Add button next to the Who Has Access section to allow exactly those people you want to see, comment on, or edit only those files you want to share.
Once you do, you’ll be able to see who’s viewing your document and the comments and edits they are making in real-time; the same holds for the other users.
This makes collaborative writing and spreadsheet-making incredibly easy.
Google Drive also makes sure that every iOS update instantly appears on your Macs, PCs, and Android devices that have Google Drive installed and linked to your Google account.
One key drawback of Google Drive is that you can only edit documents while connected to Wifi or cellular.
However, you can still view documents without a connection by selecting Available Offline through the document’s settings page. Depending on your iOS devices, the contexts in which you use them, and your needs, this may require another app to supplement your Drive.
Backup iPhone, iPad, or iPod photos to your Google Drive
Although the Google Photos app automatically backups up your device’s photos, you can also use Google Drive to manually backup photos.
- Open Google Drive
- Tap the multicolored “+” icon
- Choose the Upload option
- Select Photos and Videos
- Allow access to your Photos app, if requested
- Choose the photos you want to backup
- Google supports these image formats: JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, and SVG
How to upgrade your Google Drive storage
After you upgrade, your membership changes to a Google One plan and is a paid subscription through iTunes.
Buy additional storage via the Google Drive app
- Update your Google Drive app via the App Store first
- Open the Google Drive app
- Tap the hamburger menu and choose Storage
- Tap Buy storage
- Choose between 100GB all the way up to 30TB
Buy storage via the Google Photos app
- Update the Google Photos app via the App Store first
- Open the Google Photos app
- Tap the hamburger menu and choose Settings
- Tap Back up & sync
- Under Backup account, choose Buy storage
Use the Files app with Google Drive
The Files app lets you add Google Drive so that you can access all of your Google Drive files easily. But first, you need to set it up to access it in the Files app.
Add Google Drive to the Files app
- Open the Files app
- Select the Browse tab
- Tap the three-dot more button
- Choose Edit
- Toggle on Google Drive
- Tap Done
For iOS 12 or earlier, open the Files app then tap Locations > Edit to add Google Drive.
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