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Is Google Drive secure?

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

  • If your iPhone or iPad is lost or broken, you can still access your files from your computer or 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 an iPhone or iPad, sign out of your Google Account when you're done.
  • We suggest you don't install Google Drive on a shared or public iPhone or iPad. Anyone who uses the iPhone or iPad 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.

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, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Passcode Lock.
  3. Turn on "Passcode Lock."
  4. Enter the passcode you want to use.
  5. Choose passcode settings:

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, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Passcode Lock.
  3. Enter your current passcode.
  4. Then, remove or change your passcode.
    • To remove passcode: Turn off "Passcode Lock."
    • To change passcode: Tap Change Passcode. Then 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. Tap Remove Account.
  2. In the top right, tap Manage.
  3. Tap Remove next to the account you want to remove.
  4. In the confirmation window, tap Remove again.

To re-add your account:

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

Evan is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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