Install and manage Drive apps

Install Google Drive apps

Google Drive apps are available in the Chrome Web Store. Once you install them, you can use them with Google Drive on the web. Apps are compatible with all supported browsers.

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click the blue + Add to Chrome or Install button.
  3. Authorize the app to access files in your Google Drive.

Make an app the default for supported file types

For any Google Drive app that you install, you can make that app the default for its supported file types.

For example, you install an app that allows you to create, save and edit a PNG or JPEG file. If you choose, you can open all PNG and JPEG files with that app by default.

  1. From the settings menu, select Manage apps.
  2. Check the box next to "Make [App Name] the default for files it can open."
  3. Click Done.

Tips for opening files in Google Drive

  • If you don’t set a default, you can open a file with an app by right-clicking its title in Google Drive.
  • If you’ve set a default and you’d like to open a particular file with a different app, right-click its title in Google Drive and select an alternate app.
  • If two apps use the same file type (for example, you’ve installed two apps that both let you read PDF files), the app most recently selected as default will be the default.

Uninstall a Google Drive app

You can uninstall a Google Drive app at any time. When you uninstall, your files will still be accessible in Google Drive, but you’ll no longer be able to use the app.

  1. From the settings menu, select Manage apps.
  2. Find the app in the list and click the Options button.
  3. Select Remove this app.
In most cases, uninstalling a Google Drive app will remove its access to files in your Google Drive. Go to the "Authorizing applications & sites" section of to double check.

Manage an app’s access to your files

At any point in time, you can remove an applications' access to files in your Google Drive by revoking its access.

  1. Go to
  2. Select Authorizing applications & sites.
  3. Click Revoke access next to the app name.

The app will still be installed in Google Drive, but you’ll need to reauthorize the app if you want to use the app in Google Drive on the web. Learn more about the security of Google Drive apps.

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