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 Google 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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