Get started with Google Drive

You can store and access your files anywhere with Google Drive — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:

  1. Create a Google Drive account at drive.google.com.
  2. Install Google Drive on your Android device, iPhone/iPad, and computer.
  3. Upload and sync files in Google Drive.

Google Drive on the web

Use Google Drive on the web to store and organize all your files. You get 15 GB of free storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. If you run out, you can buy more storage.

With Google Drive on the web, you can:

  • Create, add, or upload a file with a single button.
  • Easily find and add shared files.
  • Single-click a file to select it and double-click to open it.
  • Drag and drop files and folders, just like you do on your desktop.
  • Share files with others and choose what they can do with them: view, comment, or edit.
  • Access your files even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Google Drive on your mobile device

If you’re on the go, you can still access all of your files. Just download Google Drive on your phone or tablet and you’re all set.

With Google Drive on your mobile device, you can:

  • View, share, and organize your files.
  • Upload and store new files directly from your phone or tablet.
  • Print files from your mobile device.
  • Scan important documents using the camera on your mobile device.
  • Access your files even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

Google Drive on your computer

Download Google Drive on your Mac/PC to keep files on your desktop synced with your files stored on the web. This means that anything you share, move, modify, or put in the trash will be reflected in Google Drive on the web the next time your computer syncs.

With Google Drive on your Mac/PC, you can:

  • Drag files into and out of the folder.
  • Rename files.
  • Move files and folders around.
  • Edit and save files.
  • Move files to trash.
  • Access your files even when you’re not connected to the Internet.

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