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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 May 26

Google is updating Drive on the web with useful keyboard shortcuts to make managing your files much simpler. Fortunately, the key combos are pretty standard and align with modern file browsers, but they only work in the Chrome browser.

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Google Drive Stories March 10

Following Gmail at the start of this year, Google Drive is the latest iOS app to get new work-focused widgets, while there are also updates for Translate and Chat on iOS in the coming weeks.

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Google Drive Stories February 16

How to search like a pro in Google Drive

Google Drive is an excellent tool for managing and storing files. Integrated with the rest of Google’s G Suite – soon to turn into Google Workspace for free users – Google Drive on the web has a lot of potential for productivity if managed right. This guide will take you through how to use search chips the right way in Google Drive.

Google Drive Stories February 15

Like email, the experience of searching through files can always benefit from improvements. For its part, Google Drive is in the process of beta testing search chips to “help users refine their search and locate files faster.”

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Google Drive Stories November 19, 2021

Every app open on Android 12 is accompanied by a launch animation to make “startup a more consistent and delightful experience.” One aspect of this is an animated icon on the splash screen, with Drive being the first Google app to support this on Android 12.

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Google Drive Stories November 6, 2021

How to use Google Drive for desktop app to backup files and photos

Google Drive is a powerhouse of a file storage system. It makes it easy to save documents and other data that can be transferred to other Google apps as well. Fortunately, Google makes it easy to access Drive straight from your desktop – whether Mac or PC.

Google Drive Stories November 3, 2021

As teased in recent weeks, Google Drive now offers a new Material You widget on Android 12 that lets you “quickly access suggested files and search.” 

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Google Drive Stories September 29, 2021

Over the past few months, Chrome has been surfacing helpful panels on the New Tab Page, and the latest card is for intelligent Google Drive file suggestions.

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Google Drive Stories September 27, 2021

Google Workspace was announced at the start of October as a rebrand of G Suite and revamped approach to office-less productivity. As part of these changes, all of Google’s Workspace apps are seeing new icons, with the rollout now underway.

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Google Drive Stories September 16, 2021

Last week, Google announced that Material You is actively rolling out to the key Workspace apps on Android, including Drive. The Google Drive redesign also brings along new widgets including a quirky and large X-shaped one.

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Google Drive Stories September 9, 2021

Following the Gmail redesign last week, Google today showed off Material You for the key Workspace apps on Android 12. This includes Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Gmail, Meet, Sheets, and Slides.

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Google Drive Stories September 2, 2021

When enabled, Drive today lets you view/edit recent Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Chrome without an internet connection. Google Drive’s offline mode now works with PDFs, Office files, and images.

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Google Drive Stories July 28, 2021

Google today announced a “Security update” for Drive to “make file sharing more secure.” This is part of a broader company-wide change that also affects YouTube and will impact the productivity app on September 13, 2021.

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Google Drive Stories July 22, 2021

Over the past few years, some malicious actors have leveraged Google Drive sharing to target people with spam-filled documents. Google now has a solution to that form of spam with user blocking in Drive.

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Google Drive Stories July 16, 2021

Google Drive adds audio playback speed, notification media player controls on Android

Google Drive on Android now supports the notification shade media player controls with the added ability to adjust the playback speed of your audio files.

Google Drive Stories July 12, 2021

At the start of this year, Google announced that it was revamping its desktop client strategy for Drive. The new “Google Drive for desktop” that replaces “Backup and Sync” by adding automatic Google Photos upload is now appearing for some users. 

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Google Drive Stories June 14, 2021

In addition to Gmail, Meet, and other Workspace announcements today, Google Docs and Drive will soon get Client-side encryption where “customer data is indecipherable to Google.”

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Google Drive Stories June 3, 2021

Google Drive color coding now applies to folder shortcuts and shared drives

Google Drive already allows users to customize the color of folders that appear in “My Drive,” but that capability is now being extended to shared drives and shortcuts.

Google Drive Stories May 19, 2021

At I/O 2021 on Tuesday, Google spent part of the keynote talking about privacy and security. It’s following that up with a prominent “We protect your privacy” message in Gmail and Google Photos.

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Google Drive Stories April 12, 2021

If you’re having trouble with Google Drive services this morning, you’re not alone. Google Drive is experiencing a partial outage that’s bringing down Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for many users.

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Google Drive Stories March 30, 2021

The latest launch from Google’s internal Area 120 incubator is smaller in scale than a messaging or virtual events tool but even more useful. Google this week released “Stacks” as a “PDF Scanner + Document Organizer” for Android.

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Google Drive Stories March 22, 2021

Google Drive adding new and updating current search operators

While Google Drive does offer a GUI lookup interface, power users often take advantage of search operators to save time. A change is in the process of rolling out to “make finding shared files easier.”

Google Drive Stories March 15, 2021

Google is introducing a “new way to view and manage notifications” related to your Drive files. The hope is that users with this new notifications feed will spend less time switching between Google Drive for Android and an email app.

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Google Drive Stories March 9, 2021

[Update: More info] WhatsApp appears to be prepping for password-protected Google Drive backups

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.

Google Drive Stories February 4, 2021

Last month, we reported that Drive File Stream was being renamed to “Google Drive for desktop.” This name change is part of a broader move in 2021 to unify the current enterprise client with the consumer-focused Backup and Sync app that offers Google Photos upload.

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Google Drive Stories January 22, 2021

Google Drive File Stream adding M1 Mac support in April, Backup and Sync already updated

Since the November launch of Apple Silicon-powered Macs, third-party developers have been steadily updating their apps with native support. Google now plans to update Drive File Stream in April with M1 support.

Drive File Stream is a Mac and Windows app that lets enterprise users access files stored in Google’s cloud on demand, and it’s now being renamed to “Google Drive for desktop.”

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Google Drive Stories January 19, 2021

On the first of this year, Google Cloud Print shut down after 10 years. An associated capability that lets users print a PDF copy of a web page and have that file automatically upload to Google Drive was also supposed to be deprecated. However, the feature is now living on in the ‘Save to Google Drive’ Chrome extension.

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Google Drive Stories November 19, 2020

Back in September, Google introduced iPhone and iPad widgets for Photos, Search, and YouTube Music. In addition to Gmail yesterday, Google Drive and Fit widgets are now on the iOS home screen, with Calendar and Chrome also previewed today. 

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Google Drive Stories November 11, 2020

In addition to Photos ending unlimited free backup, Google is making a change to how Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other similar files are stored. The company also announced new auto-delete polices for inactive and full accounts.

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Google Drive Stories October 27, 2020

Google’s editing applications can open and edit Microsoft files, with that capability recently coming to Android. When opening Office files from the Drive web client, Google will now directly open them in editing mode. 

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Google Drive Stories October 20, 2020

Google last year brought AMP to Gmail to make messages more actionable and interactive. Drive will now send dynamic emails to let file owners manage requests directly inside Gmail.

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Google Drive Stories October 15, 2020

Google Recorder 2.0 removes ‘Save to Google Drive’ shortcut, now widely available

Google Recorder 2.0 is widely rolling out to older Pixel phones via the Play Store today with a handful of new features and tweaks. However, the new version of Recorder does remove the “Save to Google Drive” shortcut.

Google Drive Stories October 8, 2020

Google Drive storage is very useful and, in the days of G Suite, business owners had the ability to get unlimited Google Drive storage. Unfortunately, though, unlimited Google Drive storage going away with Workspace.

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Google Drive Stories October 6, 2020

What do you think about the new Gmail, Drive, and other Google Workspace logos? [Poll]

Gmail, Google Drive, and other G Suite services are used by millions of people every day, and now Google has announced a pretty big change. G Suite is now Google Workspace, and it’s bringing a whole new set of logos for Gmail, Meet, Drive, and more.

As part of Google Workspace, the company is rolling out new branding for its productivity apps. Gmail — as teased last month — will be getting a new icon, with Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet also following over the coming weeks.

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Google Drive Stories September 16, 2020

[Update: Exits beta] Google Drive now lets you share specific folders in ‘shared drives’

Shared — previously team — drives are how organizations using Google Drive distribute and  collaborate on files. Google is now testing the ability to share folders within a shared drive.

Google Drive Stories September 15, 2020

Online file storage solutions started out as being modeled after their local, non-cloud counterparts. Next month, Google Drive will automatically delete files and folders placed in the trash after 30 days.

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Google Drive Stories September 8, 2020

Following the extended Labor Day weekend, classes are returning online across the US this morning, and students are seeing something we all featured. A partial Google Drive outage appears to be affecting education accounts.

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Google Drive Stories August 26, 2020

Back in March, Google Drive introduced “shortcuts” to simplify folder structure, sharing, and reduce the need for creating copies. Google today announced a trio of updates, while Drive is adding support for target audience sharing.

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Google Drive Stories August 20, 2020

Usually quite reliable, Google is reporting that Gmail and other G Suite applications are seeing a “service disruption.” Gmail, followed by Google Drive, being down is the biggest problem right now. Issues started late on Wednesday evening (PT) and continue into the early hours of Thursday.

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Google Drive Stories July 21, 2020

Last week, Google announced that its messaging services will soon be fully integrated into Gmail. As part of “Productivity & Collaboration” week at Cloud Next ’20: OnAir, Google Meet, Chat, and Drive are also getting a slate of security enhancements to better moderate access.

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Google Drive Stories May 14, 2020

In addition to last month’s announcement that Meet is now “free for everyone,” Google also quietly announced a new G Suite Essentials tier. More details about that offering, which bundles Google Meet and Drive, are now available.

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Google Drive Stories May 5, 2020

Google Drive has now officially gained support for biometric locks and unlocks with the iPhone and iPad Face ID and Touch ID systems.

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Google Drive Stories April 28, 2020

Google Drive and the G Suite family of productive apps often get small, iterative refreshes. The latest update today is more notable and sees a big redesign of the sharing UI that focuses on ease of use.

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Google Drive Stories April 17, 2020

One of the best-kept secrets in Google Drive,  the in-app document scanner, is now getting a Material Design makeover.

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Google Drive Stories March 26, 2020

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 February 9, 2020

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.

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