Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating the Google Drive app, part of Google Drive Essential Training (2015).
- The Google Drive app is very similar to working in the browser. On the top, left-hand side of the screen you can tap your account email to switch between Google Drive accounts and add additional ones. Tap the X on the top to close out of a dialogue box. Tapping the gear icon next to that will bring up a screen to allow you to manage your storage limits as well as set a passcode lock for the app. If you turn on a passcode lock, I do recommend setting a different four digit number than one you may have set to unlock your device itself.
The left-hand navigation should look familiar as it matches the browser version of Google Drive. Incoming will show you any files anybody has shared with you. I'll tap the three horizontal lines on the top left to get back to the navigation bar. Recent is a view of files that you've accessed recently. You can see files that you've added a star to and in the next video, I'll show you how you can download a file directly onto your device. Tapping My Drive will bring you into the root of my drive and will also hide the navigation bar.
Again you can get to the navigation at any time by tapping the three horizontal lines at the top. In this main view, you can search for your files using the search bar. Tap cancel to get back to the drive. You can also tap Sort, next to the search bar, to change the way your files are viewed on the screen. You can toggle back and forth between list view and grid view by clicking the four horizontal bars on the top, right-hand side of the screen.
Tapping the plus sign next to that will allow you to create new Google docs and upload your photos and videos and files. You can also use your device's camera to take and upload new pictures at the same time. Finally, you can access a file or doc by tapping on it. A Google doc will open in the Google Doc's app and you can navigate back to the Drive app when you're done. You can also tap into folders themselves.
You can use the left arrow at the top of the screen to get back to Google Drive. Finally, you can tap on the "i" with the circle on it, in the bottom, right-hand side of every file to get into a details pane for that file. I'll go into detail about this in the next video.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Working with files
- Purchasing more storage space
- Finding files
- Working with Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating forms and drawings
- Sharing files
- Working with revisions and suggested edits
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device