Turn Drive on or off for users

As a G Suite administrator, you can turn Google Drive on or off for people in your organization.

People who have Drive turned on can:

  • Store and share files from their account.
  • Upload files to rooms in the integrated Gmail experience. Learn more about integrated Gmail.

People who have Drive turned off can't:

  • Access or create 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.
  • Submit Google Forms that require them to share documents outside your organization.
  • Upload files to rooms in the integrated Gmail experience.

To control who uses Drive in your organization

Before you begin: To turn a service on or off for certain users, put their accounts in an organizational unit (to control access by department) or add them to an access group (to allow access for users across or within departments).

  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 right of the gray box, click Edit Service "".

  4. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  5. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, 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 organizational structure.

  6. To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.
Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

Next steps

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

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