About third-party apps on Google Drive

Google Drive works with an increasing number of apps that you can install from the Chrome Web Store. With these apps you can edit images and videos, fax and sign documents, manage projects, create flow charts, and more. No matter how many Google Drive apps you’ve installed, you can access all of your files in a single place: Google Drive on the web.

Here’s what you can do with Google Drive apps:

  • Access and open files in Google Drive
  • Create new files through the app
  • Access Google Drive files from an app outside of Google Drive
  • Save a file to Google Drive from an app outside of Google Drive
  • Share any file type, including files created with a Google Drive app
If you experience a problem with a third-party Google Drive app, reach out to the company that made the app for support. Here's how to find out more about the company that made a particular app:
  1. From the settings menu, select Manage apps.
  2. Click Options... next to the app you need support for, and choose View product page.
  3. Read about the app on its Chrome Web Store page, which will include contact information for the company that made the app.

What you can do with Google Drive apps

Create files with Google Drive apps

Why stop at Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides? Use Google Drive apps to create other file types. When you install these apps, you can see new file type options in the Create menu in Google Drive on the web.

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click the red Create button in the top left.
  3. Select an app from the menu.
  4. The app will open, and you can work on the file you’ve created and saved. You can access it anytime, anywhere in My Drive (Google Drive on the web).
You can sync files that you’ve created using a Google Drive app to the Google Drive folder on your computer. Choose what files sync to your computer.

Open files with Google Drive apps

After you install a Google Drive app, it shows up in the Open with menu in Google Drive on the web when you select a file that app works with. For example, if an image editing app is can open JPEG files, you can open any JPEG in your Google Drive with that app.

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click on a file in Google Drive on the web.
  3. Point your mouse to Open with.
  4. Select the app name from the Open with sub-menu.
  5. Your file will open in the Google Drive app you selected.

Open or save Google Drive files from an app

You can open files stored in Google Drive on the web from inside an app itself (without going to Google Drive on the web). For example, let’s say you open an app and you’d like to work on a file you store in Google Drive. You can open that Google Drive file directly in the app.

You can also save files to Google Drive that you’ve created or found in an app outside of Google Drive itself. There are a couple of ways to save a file to Google Drive:

  • When you work on a file with a Google Drive app, any changes you save are also saved to Google Drive.
  • In an app, you might see an option to "Export to Google Drive," "Save a copy" or "Send to Drive." When you select that option, the file will automatically be saved to your Google Drive.