How to use Google Drive

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You can store your files securely and open or edit them from any device using Google Drive.

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Step 1: Open the app

On your Android device, find and open the Google Drive app Google Drive icon. In "My Drive," you’ll see:

  • Files and folders you upload or sync.
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms you create

Open multiple instances of the Drive app

You can open two instances of the Drive app side-by-side on an Android device with a large screen. For example, you can open up a PDF on one side of your screen while scrolling through your folders on the other.

If your device is >600dpi and on Android 12 or later

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. On any Drive item, tap Menu More.
  3. Select Open in new window.

If your device is on Android N or later

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Enter split screen mode with another app.
  3. On any Drive item, tap Menu More.
  4. Select Open in other window.

Step 2: Upload or create files

You can upload files from your phone or tablet, or create files in Google Drive.

Step 3: Share and organize files

You can share files or folders, so other people can view, edit, or comment on them.

To see files that other people have shared with you, go to the "Shared with me" section.

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