Google Drive Overview Updated March 26, 2020

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Google Drive was launched in April of 2012 and encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, among other Google apps. In addition to being an office productivity suite, Drive allows users to upload their files and photos. Users get 15GB of free storage between Gmail, Photos and Drive, with the option to purchase more on a monthly basis.

Like with Docs, Google allows users to create links to share uploaded files. Google Drive supports a variety of image and video formats, as well as Microsoft Office and Adobe file formats. Third-party apps can integrate and store data in Drive, while the official Mac and Windows apps allow automatic syncing of local data from a desktop.

On Chrome, the Drive app can sync files for offline viewing. Android and iOS apps allow users to view all their files on the go and make edits.


Google Drive Stories March 26

Last August, Google announced that it’s testing a new organization concept in Drive to cut down on the need for creating file copies. Drive shortcuts are now generally available for both personal Google and G Suite accounts.

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Google Drive Stories March 3

Despite not being the most secure method of backup for your WhatsApp chats and messages, the ability to store on your linked Google Drive account definitely makes it much easier to switch between Android devices.

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Google Drive Stories February 9

Google Drive on the web hides device ‘Backups’ from main navigation

Android devices can back up apps, call history, and device settings to Google Drive. On the web, Google Drive is tweaking how you view “Backups,” with the section no longer visible from the navigation drawer.

Google Drive Stories January 27

Google Drive is an excellent online service for storing files and creating documents with Docs, Sheets, and other apps. However, Google Drive service is having a bit of a hiccup today as some users report the site down.

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Google Drive Stories January 22

Progressive Web Apps might be a huge deal in the future, but right now, many of the sites and services we want to use in this way simply aren’t available. Recently, though, Google Drive made its debut as a Progressive Web App (PWA).

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[Update: Fixed] Google Drive File Stream is currently down for some G Suite users

The business equivalent of Backup and Sync for G Suite is called Drive File Stream. Users of the enterprise app today are encountering some downtime and cannot access their documents.

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