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 into the search box.
  4. On your keyboard, tap Search Search.

Search tips

  • Google Drive searches the titles and content of all files that you have permission to see.
  • To see all results, tap Search Search on your keyboard.
  • To save your Drive searches, turn on Web & App Activity.

Filter your Drive results

To find files more easily in Drive, filter your search results.

  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 on which a file was last edited.
    • Owned by: Whether the file belongs to you or to someone else.
  4. Type a word or phrase into the search box.
  5. On your keyboard, tap Search Search.

More search options

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 in 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 that you've requested.

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

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