View and upload other files on your iPhone and iPad

This article describes the latest version of the Drive app for iOS. To get the latest version, download an update from the App Store.

Viewing different file types

With the Drive app on your iPhone or iPad, you can view any file you've uploaded to your Drive, as long as it's in a supported format. Every time you open something, it’ll update to the latest version of the file. If someone else is actively working on a file, though, you won’t see updates being made in real time.

Supported formats

The Drive app supports the following formats:

  • Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings
  • All Microsoft Office formats
  • TXT and PDF files
  • Images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIF)
  • Movies (MOV, AVI, MP4)
View files not in a supported format

To view a file type that Drive doesn't support, you'll need to open it in another app outside of Drive.

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the name of the file you want to open.
  3. Touch the Open In... button.
  4. Choose from a list of relevant apps already installed on your device.
  5. To return to the Drive app, press your device's Home button and reopen the app. Updates you made in other apps will not sync back to Drive.

Uploading photos and videos

The Drive app lets you upload photos and videos directly from your iPhone and iPad.

Upload photos or videos stored on your device

To upload photos or videos that are already stored on your device:

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. In the top right, touch the + button.
  3. Select Upload Photos or Videos.
  4. Touch one or more photos or videos in your camera roll to upload it to Drive.
Upload a photo or video after using your device camera

To instantly upload a photo or video after taking it with your device’s camera:

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. In the top right, touch the + button.
  3. Select Use Camera.
  4. Take a photo or video. (Don't worry, you can retake it if you don't get it quite right the first time).
  5. When finished, touch Use.
  6. The photo or video will be uploaded to your Drive.
Make sure that photo uploads to Drive are turned on by opening the Settings app. Touch Privacy > Photos > turn the On/Off switch next to Google Drive to On.
Save a Drive video to your device

You can save a video you have stored in Drive directly to your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the info button Activity Information next to the video file you want to download onto your device.
  3. Touch Open in.
  4. Select Save video.

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