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How to upload files and folders to Google Drive

Each Google account comes with 15GB of free storage on Google drive . Get started taking advantage of this cloud storage by uploading files and folders, either from your desktop or mobile device. We will show you how.

File types supported in Google Drive

Google Drive supports all the types records , which means you can upload any file from your computer or phone to the cloud. Drive can also preview certain types of files in the browser, saving you from having to download and open them to view their content.

However, keep in mind that there are limits to the size of the files. You can see the full list of supported file types and sizes in the page of google drive help .

Upload files to Google Drive

For add files to your count of Google drive from your computer, use the Drive website. On a mobile device like iPhone, iPad, and Android, use the free Drive app to upload files.

Upload files to desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook)

To start uploading files to Google Drive, open a web browser on your computer and launch the site of Google drive . Login to the site with your Google account.

After logging in, open the folder where you want to add files. Then from the left sidebar select New> File Upload.

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<p><span><span>The standard “open” window on your computer will open. </span><span>In this window, select the file or files that you want to upload to the cloud. </span><span>For </span></span><span><span>select multiple files</span></span><span><span>  , hold down Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac while clicking files. </span><span>Then click on “Open”.</span></span></p>
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In the lower right corner of the Google Drive site, you will see a “Loading X Items” dialog (where “X” is the number of files you are uploading). This section will show a green check mark next to the files that were uploaded successfully.

Files that are uploaded to Google Drive.

While you can use other tabs during this process, no close this tab neither close the browser window until the upload is complete. At that time, your uploaded files will be available in your Google Drive account. You can access these files from any of your compatible devices and share them with friends and co-workers .

On mobile devices (iPhone, iPad or Android)

To upload files from your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone to Google Drive, first, launch the Google Drive app on your phone.

In the Drive app, open the folder where you want to add new files. Then, in the lower right corner of the app, tap the “+” (plus) sign.

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A “Create New” menu opens. Here, tap “Upload”.

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Your phone’s file manager will open. Select the file or files you would like to upload. To select multiple files, touch and hold the first file and then touch any other files you want to add.

Choose files to upload to Google Drive.

And the Drive app will start uploading the selected files to your account.

Upload folders to Google Drive

Like files, you can upload entire folders from your computer to Google Drive. Unfortunately, you cannot do this on mobile devices.

To get started, go to the Google Drive site and open the folder where you want to add your folder.

In the left sidebar of Google Drive, select New> Upload folder.

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<p><span><span>Your computer’s “open” window will open. </span><span>In this window, select a folder to upload to Drive.</span></span></p>
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Drive will load your folder and all its contents. Are you ready.

Upload files and folders to Google Drive with drag and drop

On the desktop, a quick and easy way to upload files and folders to Google Drive is use drag and drop . You’ve probably used this method to move files on your local computer, and the process is just as simple.

To use this method, first, open Google Drive in a web browser on your computer. Navigate to the folder where you want to upload files.

Now open your computer’s file manager to select files and folders to upload. Use File Explorer on Windows, Finder on Mac , the Files app on Chromebook, or your preferred file manager on Linux. In these tools, find the folder or files to upload, drag those items and drop them onto the Google Drive site in your web browser.

Upload files to Google Drive with drag and drop.

Google Drive will upload all your drag and drop items to your cloud storage. Easy peasy.

Convert Microsoft Office documents to Google format in Drive

If you upload your Microsoft Office documents (such as records DOCX , XLSX and PPTX ) to Google Drive, you may want to use Google’s native format to edit these documents. It’s easy to convert your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides formats respectively, allowing you to edit them in your browser. Can even convert them back to Office format later if necessary.

To have your Office files automatically converted to Google format, first start Google Drive in a web browser on your computer. In the upper right corner of Drive, click on “Settings” (a gear icon).

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In the menu that opens, click on “Settings”.

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In the «Settings» window, next to «Convert uploaded files», activate the option «Convert uploaded files to Google Docs Editor format». Then click on “Done” in the upper right corner.


And that is. Google Drive will convert all future Office document uploads to the respective Google formats.

If you prefer not to have files automatically converted and instead selectively convert your Office documents to Google formats, you can do that for your documents from Word , Excel and Powerpoint .

As you add more and more files to your Google Drive account, you will need to make sure that they don’t clutter up your storage. We have some Drive organization tips that you can use to better organize your files on your account.

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