Google Drive is a widely used cloud storage service. Despite its widespread use, many newcomers have trouble finding and storing their files in Google Drive.
As a result, they frequently inquire from the web, “Where is Google Drive?” or “How to Open Google Drive”
Here are some tips to help you get started with this amazing cloud storage application.
What is Google Drive?
Google Drive is one of the free Google services that enables you to store files online and access them from anywhere via the cloud. Google Drive also has free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other file types.
This tool is one of the most popular cloud storage solutions available today. If you’ve never used a cloud-based storage service like Google Drive, think about the advantages of keeping your files online. Because files can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, there is no need to download and keep files on a USB drive. Working with others becomes much easier with this free tool because it allows you to share files by sharing the file link.
Google Drive is compatible with all modern smart devices and platforms. To access this cloud-based storage service, all you need is an internet connection and a browser (or the Google Drive app, in case of a mobile device).
Google Drive accepts a wide range of file types, including documents, videos, audio files, photos, and much more.
One of the cool features of this app is that it allows you to share and collaborate on the same file with multiple people while tracking revisions, changes, and suggestions in real-time.
With that said, let’s take a look at how to access Google Drive and where to find it.
Where is Google Drive?
Google Drive is on the cloud. You do not need to install it on your computer to use it since it is a cloud-based service. Depending on the device you’re using, you can open and work with Google Drive through your web browser or by installing the Google Drive app to your phone.
You must, however, have a Google account in order to use Google Drive. Google Accounts are free, and creating one is simple.
NOTE: If you have a Gmail address, you already have a Google account, so you won’t have to create one again; In the next section I’ll show you how to sign in to Google Drive with your Gmail credentials.
To get a free Google account, you’ll need to provide some basic information to Google, such as your name, date of birth, and location. When you sign up for a Google account, you’ll be given a Gmail address that you can use to access all of Google services, including Google Drive.
Create a Google account here if you don’t already have one.
Let’s see how we can use our Google account (or Gmail email address) to access Google Drive.
How to Open Google Drive in a browser
After you’ve created your Google account, go to https://drive.google.com in your browser to access Google Drive. You’ll be prompted to sign in with your Gmail credentials if you haven’t already done so.
You can also access Google Drive from any Google page (such as Google search or Gmail.com). In the steps below, I’ll show you how to do that.
To open Google Drive on a browser,
- Open your favorite web browser.
- Make sure you are logged into your Gmail account. (Create it here if you don’t have one).
- Go to https://docs.google.com to open Google Drive.
- Alternatively, go to https://Google.com or https://Gmail.com and wait for the page to load.
- Select the Grid icon near the top-right corner of the page, a list of all Google apps will appear in a drop-down. Scroll down until you see Google Drive, click on it to open it.
When you click on the Google Drive icon, it’ll successfully open up the Google Drive app. And you can now start storing your files by uploading from your computer.
How to open Google Drive on Mobile
The above section shows you how to open Google Drive on PC using the browser.
However, it is a great idea to download the mobile app to enable access to your files regardless of where you go.
To use Google Drive on your tablet or phone (android or iPhone) you need to first download the app from either the Google Play Store or from the iOS App Store.
Below is how to download Google Drive on your phone:
- Open Google Play Store or the iOS App Store.
- In the search bar, type Google Drive and select the first result.
- The Google Drive app will be ready for download and install. Just hit on the Install button and wait for it to perform its magic.
As soon as you tap on install, the app will download and install for you.
All you need to do now is to go to your list of apps on your phone and locate the Google Drive app, then tap on it to open.
From the app, you can store and access all your files.
That’s all there is to it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll never ask where you can get the Google Drive app.
You can easily open Google Drive on your browser as well as your smartphone or mobile device by following the instructions in this guide.
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