How to Upload Files to Google Drive

How to upload files to Google Drive? If you have just started using Google Drive, this might be one of the questions that might be bothering you. If yes, then you have landed on the right page because, in this article, I am going to tell you everything that you need to know about how to add files to Google Drive.

One of the best parts of uploading files to Google Drive is that there are multiple ways of doing the same, and you can choose any of the methods that suit your needs the best. In this article, I am going to discuss some of the most popular and common methods using which you can upload your files on Google Drive easily.

Another reason why Google Drive is so popular is because of its usability and versatility. You can use Google Drive on both your Android smartphones and iPhones alike. And if you are a PC user, you can either download its Windows application or you can access Google Drive from your computer’s browser. It means that you can manage the files stored on your Google Drive from any part of the world, and irrespective of the device you’re holding in your hands.

So let us get straight into the article, and have a look at how to upload files to Google Drive.

How to upload files to Google Drive?

As I have already told you in the introduction, there are plenty of ways to send file to Google Drive, and it mainly depends on the device that you are using to upload the files.

For example, the steps for uploading files on Google Drive from an Android smartphone might be different from the steps for uploading files on Google Drive from an iPhone.

Overall, if you want to know how to add files to Google Drive, it is important to get a hold of the device you are using, and the steps would vary accordingly. However, I have got you covered irrespective of the device you are holding.

In the upcoming sections, I am going to discuss how to upload files to Google Drive using an Android phone, an iPhone, and a computer (both Windows, and MacBook).

How to upload files to Google Drive from PC?

If you want to use a computer for uploading your files to Google Drive, you have two options:

  • You can use the Google Drive application for Windows.
  • You can use your Web Browser to access Google Drive’s web interface.

Now if it is your own computer, and you will be using Google Drive frequently in the future, it is recommended that you go with the first option: using the Google Drive application for Windows.

However, if you are using someone else’s computer or you are not going to use Google Drive on your computer frequently, using the Web Browser to access Google Drive’s web interface would be a better option.

Let’s discuss both these options one by one.

Using Google Drive’s Website

If you are not going to use Google Drive on your PC frequently, or if you are using someone else’s computer, it is a good option to use the Web Browser for accessing Google Drive.

Just follow the steps mentioned below:

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

Step 2: Click on the “+ New” option on the top-left corner of the page.

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Step 3: Select whether you want to “Upload a File”, “Upload a Folder”, or “Upload any file from Google Doc, Sheets, Slides, Form” or “More”.

upload a file or create a folder

Step 4: Select the files from your computer that you want to upload.

Step 5: Once done, click on the “Upload” option.

Using the Google Drive application for Windows

If you plan to use the Google Drive application on your computer, you need to ensure that you have the application installed on your desktop. If you do not have the Google Drive application installed, you can download it from this link.

Once done, follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch the Google Drive application.

Step 2: All your Google Drive files and folders will now appear in your My Drive folder.

Step 3: Now, to upload a file, you simply need to copy and paste it into My Drive.

Step 4: Once you pasted the file, it will sync and will be accessible through the Android app as well as Google Drive’s website.

Tip: Check the file via drive.google.com and the Android app to cross-reference. However, make sure that it is synced with your google account.

Save from Print View

Have you ever been in a situation where you were scrolling on the internet and you came across a page, or an image, or a file that you wanted to save. If yes, then you have the option of saving such files directly on Google Drive. All you need to do is follow these steps:

Step 1: Make sure that you have Google Chrome installed on your desktop.

Step 2: Open your Google Chrome browser, and use this link to install the Save to Google Drive Extension on your browser.

Step 3: Open the image, file, or page that you want to save on your Google Drive.

Step 4: On the top-right of the page, spot the “3-vertical dots” and click on the “Print” option. Alternatively, you can also press the “Ctrl + P” combination on your device.

print option google chrome

Step 5: Spot the “Save to Google Drive” option. If the option is not listed there, click on the “See More” option, and click on the “Save to Google Drive” option.

save to google drive extension

Step 6: Once done, click on the “Print” option, and the selected file would then be uploaded on your Google Drive.

Check Also: How to Upload a Pdf to Google Drive

How to upload files to Google Drive from Android?

Using an Android smartphone is by far one of the easiest ways of uploading your files on Google Drive. It is precisely because most of the Android smartphones these days come with a host of Google applications pre installed, including Google Drive.

However, if your smartphone doesn’t have Google Drive installed, install it from Google Play Store, and follow the instructions mentioned below to learn how to add files to Google Drive.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive application on your Android smartphone, and Login with your Google credentials, if you are not logged in already.

Step 2: Click on the “+ or Add” 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: You will then be redirected to your device’s File Manager. Here you can select all the files that you want to upload to your Google Drive.

Tip: It is worth noting that you can use Google Drive on Android only to upload files. If you want to upload an entire folder, it is recommended that you use the Drive on your computer.

How to upload files to Google Drive from iPhone

Follow the instructions mentioned below to learn how to add files to Google Drive.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive application on your iPhone, and login with your Google credentials, if you are not logged in already.

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

Step 3: Click on the “Upload” option.

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

Step 5: Wait for the files to upload successfully.

How to upload files to Google Drive from MacBook?

Just like uploading files on Google Drive using a Windows computer, if you want to upload files to Google Drive from MacBook, you have two options:

  • Google Drive application for Windows.
  • Web Browser to access Google Drive’s web interface.

Using the Google Drive application on your MacBook

You need to make sure you have Google Drive installed on your MacBook before you can use Google Drive.

Once you have made sure that the application is installed, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download and launch the Google Drive application.

Step 2: You will now see all Google Drive files and folders in My Drive.

Step 3: Now you can upload a file by simply copying it and pasting it into My Drive.

Step 4: After you paste the file, it will sync and become available on Google Drive’s Android app and website.

Using a Web Browser on your MacBook

Here are the steps you need to follow if you want to add files to Google Drive using a browser on your MacBook:

Step 1: Enter drive.google.com in the search bar of your preferred browser.

Step 2: On the left-hand side of the page, select “+ New”.

Step 3: If you want to upload a file, select “Upload a File.” If you want to upload a folder, select “Upload a Folder.”

Step 4: Select the files you would like to upload from your computer.

Step 5: After that, click the “Upload” button.

How to upload files to Shared Google Drive?

If you want to know how to upload files to Shared Google Drive folder, then follow these steps.

Note: Although you can use any device to upload files to Shared Google Drive, it is recommended that you use a browser on your Computer/MacBook. 

Step 1: In your browser search the URL – drive.google.com

Step 2: Now, from the top-left corner, click on “+ New” option.

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Step 3: Click on the option “file upload” and you will be asked to upload files from your computer.

upload a file or create a folder

Step 4: Select the desired files you want to upload from your computer.

Step 5: Once selected, click on “Open” option and all your files will be start uploading. Also, you will be notified once the files are uploaded.

Step 6: Once the files have been uploaded, they will be in the “My Drive” folder. You need to move these files from your “My Drive” folder to the folders that are shared with you on Google Drive.

Step 7: Open the “My Drive” folder and locate the files.

Step 8: Right click on the file, and select the “Move To” option.

move to option google drive

Step 9: Select the “Shared with Me” option, and then select the shared folder in which you want to move the files.

select shared with me

Step 10: Click on the “Move” option to finish the task.

FAQs

How do I save a file to Google Drive?

There are a number of different ways that you can use to upload files to Google Drive. Ultimately, it will depend on the kind of device you are using. Just follow the steps I have mentioned in this article.

Is there a quick way to upload files to Google Drive?

If you get a hold of how to upload files to Google Drive, you would be able to upload files to Google Drive quite quickly. However, the fastest way of uploading files to Google Drive manually is by using the Google Drive application on your smartphone.

Why can’t I upload a file to Google Drive?

If you are unable to upload a file to Google Drive, there can be a number of reasons behind the same. If you find yourself in such a situation, check your internet connectivity. Try uninstalling, and re-installing the Google Drive application. If the problem persists, try using the web interface.

Why does it take so long to upload files to Google Drive?

One of the major reasons why it might take a long time for your files to be uploaded to Google Drive is a slow internet connection. If you have a lot of applications running in the background, it might make the file uploading process a bit slower than usual.

Final Thoughts

I hope that the steps I have mentioned in this article helped you with your query of how to upload files to Google Drive. Uploading 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 me know in the comments section below, and I will definitely help you with your troubles.

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