Is Google Drive secure?

When you upload files to Google Drive, they are stored in secure data centers.

  • If your computer, phone, or tablet is lost or broken, you can still access your files from other devices.
  • Your files are private unless you share them.

To help ensure your Google Drive files are private:

Make your Google Account more secure
  • If you share a computer, sign out of your Google Account when you're done.
  • We suggest you don't install Google Drive on a shared or public computer. Anyone who uses the computer could access your files.
  • If you use an iPhone or iPad, set a passcode for the Google Drive app.
  • Learn more about Google Account security.
Control what other people see

Your files are private unless you choose to share them. You can share files with:

Learn more about staying safe online.

Android: You cannot set a passcode for the Google Drive app, but you can set one for your device.

Set a passcode for Google Drive on your iPhone or iPad

Add a passcode
  1. Open the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, touch Menu > Settings > Passcode Lock.
  3. Turn on "Passcode Lock."
  4. Enter the passcode you want to use.
  5. Choose passcode settings:
    • To lock every time you close the app: Turn on "Always Lock."
    • Lock after 15 minutes of inactivity: Default setting.
    • Use your fingerprint to unlock: Turn on "Allow Touch ID to unlock."

If you're signed in with the same account, your passcode will be the same on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Remove or change a passcode
  1. Open the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, touch Menu > Settings > Passcode Lock.
  3. Enter your current passcode.
  4. Then, remove or change your passcode.
    • To remove passcode: Turn off "Passcode Lock."
    • To change passcode: Touch Change Passcode > Enter your new passcode .

If you're signed in with the same account, your passcode will be the same on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Forgot a passcode

If you enter the wrong passcode 5 times, you must remove your account from the app to reset the passcode.

To remove your account:

  1. After you've entered the wrong passcode 5 times, a message will display asking if you want to remove your account. Touch Remove Account.
  2. In the top right, touch Manage.
  3. Touch Remove next to the account you want to remove.
  4. In the confirmation window, touch Remove again.

To re-add your account:

  1. Open the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. On the sign-in screen, touch Add account.
  3. Enter your Google Account username and password.
  4. Touch Sign in.

If you're signed in with the same account, your account will also be removed from other Google apps installed on your device.

 

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