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 in Drive

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the top, type a word or phrase in the search box.

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.

Search for your files in Docs, Sheets, or Slides

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. At the top, tap Search Search.
  3. Type a word or phrase in the search box.
  4. On your keyboard, tap Done.

Filter your Drive results

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

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the top, tap the search box.
  3. Tap the file type or date you want to filter by.
    • File types: Such as documents, images, or PDFs.
    • Date modified: The date a file was last edited.
  4. Type a word or phrase in the search box.

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

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