Download a file

Download files from Google Drive using a computer or an Android device.

  1. Go to
  2. Click a file to download.
    (To download multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl (Command on a Mac) while clicking other files.)
  3. Right-click > Download.

Note: Dragging a file from Google Drive to your desktop won’t download it.

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch and hold each file you’d like to select.
  3. Touch the download icon .

If you download a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide, it will download as a .docx, .xlsx, or .pptx file. All other files will download in their native format.

Frequently asked questions

Which file formats can I download?

You can download files in these formats:

  • Documents: HTML, RTF, DOCX, OpenOffice, PDF, Text.
  • Spreadsheets: CSV, HTML, ODS, PDF, XLSX, TXT (only for a single sheet).
  • Presentations: PDF, PPTX, TXT.
  • Drawings: PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF.

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