Find files on your iPhone or iPad

This article describes the latest version of the Drive, DocsSheets, and Slides apps for iOS. To download them, or get the latest versions, download an update from the App Store.

To find files in the Drive app and any of the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, you can search, sort, or filter files to easily locate what you’re looking for.

Search for files

To find files in any of the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, you can use search.

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Type what you’re looking for in the search box at the top and then touch Enter on your keyboard.

You can find a file by:

  • File title
  • File contents
  • Names of items featured in pictures, .pdf files, or other files stored on your Drive

Different ways to view files

To more easily find files, you can change the way you view files in the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps:

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Touch the navigation panel on the left-hand side.
  3. Choose the way you want to see files using one of the options below:
Drive views
View Notes
My Drive
  • Everything in your Google Drive that you’ve created, synced and uploaded
Shared with me
  • Files and folders that have been shared with you. By touching the grey i next to a file in Shared with me, you can perform a number of actions including:
    • Share
    • Download
    • Move to another folder in Drive
    • Print
    • Remove
  • Add a file or folder to "My Drive" by touching the Add to My Drive icon .
Starred
  • Files that you have starred as important
Recent
  • All private and shared files that you’ve opened with the most recent at the top
On device
  • Files you’ve made available to view offline on your iPhone or iPad
Uploads
  • All of the files you have uploaded to the Drive app
Docs, Sheets, and Slides views
View Notes
Docs or Sheets or Slides
  • All private and shared documents, spreadsheets, or presentations that you’ve opened with the most recent at the top
Shared with me
  • Files that have been shared with you. By touching the menu button next to a file in Shared with me, you can perform a number of actions including:
    • Share
    • Download
    • Move to a folder in Drive
    • Print
    • Remove
  • Add a file or folder to "My Drive" by touching the Add to My Drive icon .
Starred
  • Documents, spreadsheets, or presentations that you have starred as important
On device
  • Documents, spreadsheets, or presentations you’ve made available to view offline on your iPhone or iPad

Sort files

To organize files in a way that makes sense to you, you can sort files in any section of the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.

  1. Touch Sort next to the search box in your file list within the app.
  2. From the sorting list, touch the option you want to use.
  3. The files will be sorted. Repeat the process to sort the views differently.

You can also sort files after you have performed a search to sort only the files from that search.

Sorting doesn't automatically change how you see files on other devices. For example, if you sort on your iPhone or iPad, it won't affect how you see your files on your desktop computer.

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