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Enable third-party Google Drive apps

As an administrator, you can specify whether users can open their files in third-party web apps installed from the Chrome Web Store. These apps allow users to edit images and videos, fax and sign documents, manage projects, create flow charts, and more.

Note: Third-party apps are not supported by Google. Any problems with a third-party app must be handled by the third-party vendor.

To learn more about these apps, including how to use them and how to find contact information for the company that made an app, see About third-party apps on Google Drive.

To enable third-party Google Drive apps:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps > G Suite > Drive > Data Access.
  3. If you have the G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, or Nonprofits edition, select the desired organizational unit. (Learn about G Suite editions.)

    Otherwise, your settings apply to your entire organization.

  4. Check Allow users to install Google Drive apps.

    This setting affects only third-party apps from the Chrome web store. If you don't check this option, apps from Google (such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Forms, and Drawings) are still available.

    In addition, G Suite Marketplace applications can still be installed by administrators. You can therefore whitelist Google Drive apps for your organization by disabling this option for your users and deploying specific Marketplace apps as the administrator.

  5. Click Save Changes.
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