How To Upload To Google Drive
There are many reasons you should take advantage of cloud storage services today if you’re not already:
- Devices get full – although smartphones keep gaining in storage capacity, they have their limits. When your space is exhausted, you can be scrambling to decide which photos, videos, or files should be moved to other devices, or deleted entirely.
- Laptops and desktop computers are less prone to running out of storage space, but you may want to access files more conveniently, from other computers, tablets, or mobile devices.
- Drives can fail – storage devices on your desktop and laptop computers are mechanical and electronic components, and they can crash or fail at the most inopportune times, often with disastrous consequences including data loss.
Cloud storage provides you with protection from data loss, while also offering many additional benefits:
- Backup of files, including versioning capability
- Accessibility – get to your photos, videos, or documents from anywhere you connect to the internet
- Sharing – share photos with friends, post to social media, collaborate with peers and clients
- Security – encryption ensures your data is safe from unauthorized viewing and use
What Google Drive Does For You
One of the most common and popular cloud storage services today is Google Drive. With Google Drive, you can store nearly any type of file you have, quickly and securely in the cloud:
- Audio files
- Images, including your family memories and treasured “selfies”
Whether your information is stored on your home or office computer, Android phone or tablet, or iOS iPhone or iPad, you can make use of this easy-to-use service.
Like most cloud storage services, Google Drive gives you the advantage of uploading and accessing your files from anywhere, anytime, using any device. Even with that much accessibility, your information is still safe and secure.
Google Drive lets you view, upload, edit, and share all or any of your files. Once you have uploaded files to Google Drive, you’re free to share them with others, either to individuals or for universal viewing.
Want to post your Google Drive photos to social media? Google Drive provides advanced share settings that enable you to post links to Facebook, Gmail, Google+, and Twitter – all automatically.
Finding files others have shared with you does not require great technical skills, either. Google Drive incorporates a “shared with me” view that shows you quickly what others have made available to you.
How To Upload To Google Drive
Accessing your data from anywhere is great, but how do you get your files into Google Drive to start with? Google has made that extremely easy, with several ways to get it done.
Upload Your Files
From your computer, you can simply:
- Create or determine which files or folders you want to upload
- Access drive.google.com
- Drag the folders or files you want to upload into your Google Drive folder
Google Drive gives you the ability to upload into private or shared folders, for controlling who has access to your files.
Upload Using Backup & Sync
Once you have the Google Drive application installed on your computer, there will be a “Google Drive” folder available. Dragging folders or files into your sync folder will automatically upload to Google Drive, making them visible to you on drive.google.com.
Uploading The Same File Again
Often you will want to upload an updated version of the same file. With Google Drive, you can keep both versions, to provide integrity of prior versions and to allow reference to older copies.
Upload the file by dragging it into Google Drive, then click the option to “Keep a separate file.” Your Google Drive will contain both versions, allowing you to retrieve or share either file.
How To Upload To Google Drive Efficiently
Google Drive is quick and easy to become proficient with, but there are functions that make it even more efficient for your file uploads:
You can select entire folders to upload, rather than individual files. This makes selecting your uploads even easier.
Google Drive allows you to upload files up to 5TB – a generous limitation by cloud storage standards. There is a more conservative limit for Google slides (100MB) and Google Docs (50MB).
One thing worth mentioning – read the terms and conditions of your Google Drive agreement. This document grants Google permission to scan data that you have uploaded and shared. If you plan to upload “pirated” movies or videos to share with others, think again. Google’s review may discover your content and flag it so that it cannot be shared.
Want to see Google Drive upload in action? There are plenty of helpful technical videos available on YouTube that will clear up any confusion.
Automating Upload Of Files To Google Drive
You probably don’t want to spend all your time uploading files, and you may forget to upload files for backup or provide updates of shared files. To make the process seamless and easy for customers, Google Drive provides automation tools:
- Start your Google Drive application
- Access “Settings”, then select “Photos”
- Tap the switch setting for Auto Backup, and choose whether you want the system to upload your videos or photos only when Wi-Fi is available, or to allow uploads when you have a cellular connection, as well.
Google Drive For Android
With your Android app, uploading is also simple:
- Launch the Google Drive app
- Tap the Add function
- Tap Upload
- Select the files you want to upload by tapping the files
Until you actually move them, you can view them in My Drive
Google Drive For IOS
Google Drive’s iOS app has recently added more features and functionality for you iPhone and iPad users. The Photos folder allows you to view your uploaded pics in the cloud.
Auto-backup allows you to turn on the automated backup feature for your videos and photos. Like desktop versions, you access settings, tap “Photos”, and turn the switch on for Auto Backup.
Even on the iOS app, you can select whether to use cellular connections or only upload over Wi-Fi. You can also choose to upload full-size backups of your videos and photo files.
Be careful with the full-size option, as full resolution means more space taken up that counts toward the Google Drive storage plan you’ve selected.
For uploading photos or videos individually:
- Open the Google Drive app
- Tap the Add function
- Tap Upload
- Locate and tap the files and/or videos you want to upload
- Tap each file to select them for upload
- Tap Upload
Done – your selected files will be sent to Google Drive for backup and sharing.
Converting Documents For Upload To Google Drive
You probably have files such as Microsoft Word documents that you will want to store on Google Drive for backup and sharing. With your computer application, you can select to convert the file to Google format:
- Access your settings at – drive.google.com/drive/settings
- Check the box that indicates “Convert Uploads”
Simple as that.
Google Drive User Comments
It’s difficult to find many negative comments from Google Drive users. Most are quite satisfied with the cost, ease of use, and sharing capabilities:
- “The best way to share documents and edit them. Google Drive is unforgettable”
- “One stop solution for all your sync solutions”
- “The best cloud drive in the market.”
PC Magazine professionals make rate Google Drive an “Editor’s Choice”, stating:
Google Drive is much more than just a cloud-based storage and syncing service with an excellent free storage plan. It also lets you create, edit, store, and collaborate on documents.
New utilities for the service let consumers specify any folder on the computer for backup and let businesses save space by not duplicating files on local storage. New paid plans under the Google One brand make storage upgrades more affordable than ever.
Google Drive is truly impressive in how it can help you store, back up, create, and even edit files, whether you work solo or as part of a team.
Start Uploading To Google Drive Now
It’s simple to get started and learn how to upload to Google Drive – and it’s easy to use, and easy to share with your family and friends!
One consideration for file storage – when you upload your files to Google Drive, it consumes space on your drive, even if another Google Drive user owns the folder.
Google Drive is an ideal tool for backing up your files, sharing photos and videos, and just for saving precious space on your computer or mobile devices. Syncing files across all your devices makes your life easier, with immediate access to the same information wherever you happen to be – at home, in the office, or on the go.
You can get started with a basic Google Drive free account with 15GB of storage, and move up to other plans with higher storage capacities as your needs warrant. Even a 2TB plan is available for a modest $9.99 per month.