How to Upload a Pdf to Google Drive

Are you here to learn how to upload a PDF to Google Drive? If so, then read this article till the end to learn all possible methods.

PDF is one of the most common file formats currently, as most of the documents these days are stored in the PDF format itself. Although most people store their PDF documents locally, there are some important PDF files that you might be wanting to store on cloud storage spaces to keep them safe in case the need arises for these files in the future. You might be looking to store your PDF files on Google Drive.

If you do not know how to upload PDF to Google Drive, then you cannot miss this article. It is so because in this article, I am going to discuss, and tell you everything you need to know about how to add PDF to Google Drive. There are several methods of adding PDF files to Google Drive, and it mainly depends on the device you are using. With that being said, let us have a look at the methods using which you can add PDF to Google Drive.

How to Upload a PDF to Google Drive

There are multiple ways in which you can upload PDF to Google Drive, and it is quite similar to uploading photos to Google Drive, or adding video files to Google Drive. It mainly depends on the device you are using, and how you are accessing Google Drive on your device.

How to Upload a PDF to Google Drive on PC

If you are using your PC to upload files on Google Drive, then you can either use the web interface, or you can install the Google Drive application for desktop computers.

Upload PDF to Google Drive on PC using Web Interface

Follow these steps to upload PDF to Google Drive if you are accessing Google Drive through your web browser:

Step 1: Type drive.google.com into your browser’s search bar.

Step 2: If necessary, sign in to your account after the website opens.

Step 3: Click the + New icon located in the upper-left corner of the page.

new button gdrive

Step 4: After that, a new window will open, and you can select the PDF files that you would like to upload.

upload pdf files to google drive

Step 5: Click on “Open” and wait for the PDF files to upload successfully to your drive.

Upload PDF to Google Drive on PC using Windows Desktop Application

If you use Google Drive frequently on your desktop, then installing and using the Google Drive Windows application is the best option.

Follow these steps to upload PDF to Google Drive using the Desktop application:

Step 1: Download and install Google Drive for Desktop, if not already installed.

Step 2: Once installed, it will ask you to sign in through your browser.

sign in to google drive for desktop

Step 3: You will now be able to see a Drive of 15 GB just like any other hard drive on your computer.

15gb google drive on desktop

Step 4: Click on the “My Drive” folder. You will find all the files and folders you have on your Google Drive account

Step 5: Now, to upload a PDF copy the file from your other drive and paste it in My Drive folder. Similar to the web interface, you can also create a sub folder in my drive and paste your PDF files there.

Tip: If you need to move the pdf files, you can open two different windows and drag and drop them. 

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How to Upload a PDF to Google Drive on Android

Android phones are one of the easiest ways to access Google Drive, because Android is a proprietary phone OS of Google, and most Android phones come with a set of Google applications pre-installed on them. To upload a PDF to Google Drive from Android, follow these steps:

Using the Google Drive App

Step 1: Open the Google Drive application on your Android smartphone.

Step 2: Click on the “+” button usually present on the bottom-right corner of the page.

plus icon to upload files and folders

Step 3: Click on the “Upload” option.

click on upload option

Step 4: Google Drive will then open a pop-up menu of your device’s File Manager. Here you can select all the files that you want to upload to your Google Drive.

Step 5: After you have selected the files, click on the Select or Upload option, and the PDF files will be uploaded to Google Drive.

Using the Web Browser

If you are experiencing any troubles with the mobile application, you can also opt for the web browser to upload PDF to Android on Google Drive. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open your preferred browser, and in the search bar, type drive.google.com.

Step 2: Sign into your account if needed after the website opens.

Step 3: After you’ve logged in, you’ll see all your files and folders in your Drive account.

Note: Unlike the Google Drive app on Android, you won’t find an upload option.

Step 4: Now, click on the hamburger menu on the top-left side of your screen, then select Desktop version.

select desktop version

Tip: Using Chrome, you can also switch to the desktop version. On your top-right, click the three-dots and choose Desktop site.

click on desktop site

Step 5: After you switch to the desktop version, you will see the interface just like on a PC and you will be able to upload files.

Step 6: Click on the + New Button> File Upload> File Manager. Now, select the PDF files and upload it.

Step 7: The upload process will begin in the browser, and you will see the upload dialog-box in the lower-right corner.

How to Upload PDF to Google Drive from iPhone

If you want to use your iPhone to upload PDF to Google Drive, then all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Launch the Google Drive app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Click on the “+ button” which is present at the bottom.

Step 3: Now, click on the “Upload” option to upload the PDF files.

Step 4: You will then be redirected to selecting the files that you want to upload. Select the PDF files that you want to upload to your Google Drive.

Step 5: Click on the “Done/Upload” option.

How to Share a PDF on Google Drive

Sharing PDF on Google Drive is really easy, as you can create a link, and anyone with the link in any part of the world can access that PDF file. If you have a PDF file saved on your Google Drive, and you want to share it with other users, then follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open Google Drive using your preferred device/method, and login to your account.

Step 2: Locate the file that you want to share.

Step 3: Click on the three vertical dots option, or right-click on the file.

Step 4: Locate and click on the “Share” option.

Step 5: You can then either add the people with whom you want to share the file, or you can generate a shareable link for the same.

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How to Download PDF to Google Drive

If you want to download the PDF files that are stored in your Google Drive, just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Google Drive on your device and find the file you want to download.

Step 2: Right-click the file, or click the three vertical dots option.

Step 3: Select the option “Download”.

Step 4: Your device will download the files, which will default to the “Downloads” folder.

Google Drive Scan to PDF

Has it ever happened that you had some documents like electricity bill, or an answer sheet that you wanted to convert into PDF and save on your Google Drive. If yes, then you can use Google Drive to scan the files as PDF and store them.

All you need to do is follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Google Drive application on your Android device.

Step 2: Click on the “+ or Add” option present on the bottom-right corner of your device.

plus icon to upload files and folders

Step 3: Click on the “Scan” option.

choose scan

Step 4: Capture the images of the files that you want to convert to PDF.

scanned pdf google drive

Step 5: Select the “Crop” option if you’d like the Scan Area to be adjusted.

crop the scanned pdf

Step 6: If you are satisfied, and you want to add a new page, click on the “Add +” option.

Step 7: Once you have finished scanning all the files, click on the “Save” option.

Conclusion

I hope that the steps I have mentioned in this article helped you with your query of how to upload a PDF to Google Drive. Uploading PDF files on Google Drive might seem to be a difficult task especially if you are a beginner. However, as long as you follow the steps mentioned in this article, everything will proceed smoothly.

However, if you still face any issues, do let us know in the comments section below, and I would definitely help you with your troubles. In the meanwhile, I have discussed several articles that deal with uploading various files which you can check out.

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