Create, view, or download a file

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You can create, find, and download files like: 

  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Presentations
  • Forms 

Your files are available to edit, share, and work on with others. Learn how to find files in Google Drive.

Important: If you try to open a file suspected of phishing or malware, you may get a warning. Use caution when you open the file.

Create a file

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the bottom right, tap Create Add question.
  3. Choose whether to use a template or create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation.
  4. If you use a template, the app will open that template. If you create a new file, you’ll need to enter a name for your document, spreadsheet, or presentation, then tap Create.

View a file

You can view files that you’ve created or opened on any device and other documents like Microsoft® Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files.

Tip: If someone else is working on the file, you’ll see the changes they're making.

Look at a file

To open and view a file, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app, then tap the file’s name.

View documents grouped by category

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Choose which files you want to see:
    • Recent: Files you’ve worked on recently.
    • Starred: Files you’ve marked as important.
    • Shared with me: Files others have shared with you.
    • Offline: Files stored on your phone or tablet.

Rename a file

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. On the file you want to rename, tap More More.
  3. Tap Rename Rename.
  4. Enter a new name.
  5. Tap Rename.

Save a file

When you're online, Google automatically saves your changes as you type. You don't need a save button.

While offline, changes will save to your device as you enter text, and will save to Drive once reconnected.

Note: On Google Sheets, you need to tap outside of the cell you're entering info in to save.

Make a copy of a file

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. On the file you want to copy, tap More  More.
  3. Tap Make a copy Make a copy. The copy will open in the app.
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