Find files in Google Drive

You can find files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides by searching for:

  • File title
  • File contents
  • Items featured in pictures, PDF files, or other files stored on your Drive

You can only search for files stored in My Drive. Files stored in folders shared with you won't appear in your search unless you add the folders to My Drive. Learn how to add files to My Drive.

You can also sort and filter search results.

Search for your files

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the top, tap Search Drive.
  3. Type a word or phrase in the search box.
  4. On your keyboard, tap Search Search.

Search tips

  • Search results will appear as you type.
  • Google Drive searches the titles and content of all files you have permission to see.
  • To see all results, tap Search Search on your keyboard.

Filter your Drive results

To find files more easily in Drive, you can narrow search results by filtering them.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the top, tap Search Drive.
  3. Choose from the following options:
    • File types: Such as documents, images, or PDFs.
    • Date modified: The date a file was last edited.
    • Owned by: Whether the file belongs to you or someone else
  4. Type a word or phrase in the search box.
  5. On your keyboard, tap Search Search.

More search options

Advanced search in Google Drive

You can refine a search in Drive with these advanced searches. 

Note: Not all examples work on all devices.


  • Find documents that contain an exact word or phrase.
  • Example: "match this phrase exactly"


  • Find files with at least one of the words.
  • Example: tacos OR nachos

Minus sign

  • Find documents that exclude a particular word. If you want "salsa," but not "dancing"...
  • Example: salsa -dancing



  • Find documents you shared with someone.
  • Example:


  • Find items marked with a star.


  • Find items that are trashed.


  • Search by the type of document: folder, document, spreadsheet, presentation, PDF, image, video, drawing, form, script, or table.
  • Example: type:spreadsheet

Before & after

  • Find items that were edited before or after a certain day. Format the date as YYYY-MM-DD.
  • Examples:
    • before:2014-05-01
    • after:2014-05-01


  • Search by title
  • Example: title:Conference 2014


  • Find Google Fusion Tables or Apps Script files. 
  • Examples:
    • app:"Google Apps Script"
    • app:"Google Fusion Tables"

Source:domain (Google for work or school)

  • Search for items that have been shared across your organization’s entire domain, instead of items created by you or your group. 
  • Example: To search for files related to domain, use source:domain

Search Drive with your feed

If you have the Drive app on your Android phone or tablet, you can search for files in Drive from your feed.

  1. Open your feed.
  2. Type or speak the words, "Search Drive for" followed by the phrase you want to search for in Drive.
    • To type your search, tap the search box at the top.
    • To speak your search, tap the microphone in the search box.
  3. Tap Done Done.
  4. The Drive app will open and search for the phrase you requested.

To return to "My Drive" after your search, tap Back Back.

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