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 using a single button.
  • Find and add files shared with you more easily.
  • Single-click a file to select it and double-click a file to open it.
  • Drag-and-drop files and folders just like you do on your desktop.
  • Take advantage of improved accessibility.
Watch a video about Google Drive on the web

Google Drive on the web features

Create, add, or upload a file or folder

To create or add a file or folder, click New. Then, click one of the icons below to take an action.

  • : Create a folder. Just add a folder name and click Create.
  • : Upload a file. Choose a file and click Open.
  • : Upload a folder. Select a folder and click Upload.

Add or find files shared with you

To easily add or find files shared with you, click Shared with me. Then, choose a file and choose one of the icons below to take an action.

Icon Action
Locate a file in My Drive. You’ll only see this icon if you’ve already added the file to My Drive.
Add a file to My Drive.
See more actions you can take.

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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