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.

Tips: 

  • Google Drive searches the titles and content of all files that you have permission to see.
  • To see all results, tap Search Search .
  • To save your Drive searches, turn on Web & App Activity.
  • To search within a folder, go to the folder, enter your search and click the suggestion that pops up. 

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

Filter your Drive results

To find files more easily in Drive, you can narrow down 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 that you want to filter by.
    • File types: Such as documents, images or PDFs.
    • Date modified: The date on which a file was last edited.
  4. Type a word or phrase into the search box.

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