Turn Drive on or off for users

As a G Suite administrator, you can control who uses Google Drive in your organization. Just turn Drive on or off for those people in your Google Admin console. People who have Drive turned on can use it to store and share files from their account.

When Drive is turned off for a user, that user cannot access or create any Docs or Drive files with their account. Other users who have access to that user's existing documents can continue to access the documents. If you turn the user's Drive service back on, they can create and access documents again, including their old documents. In addition, users can't submit Google Forms that require them to share documents outside your organization if Drive is turned off.

To control who uses Drive in your organization

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenDrive and Docs.
  3. At the top of the gray box, click More Settingsand choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off for everyone to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  4. If you chose On for some organizations:
    1. In the left panel, select Settings for specific organizational units.
    2. Select the organization that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    3. Select On or Off  to change the setting.
    4. Click Override to keep the setting the same, even if the parent setting changes.
    5. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about the organizational structure.

Next steps

After turning on Drive: Set up Google Drive for your team

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