How to use Google Drive on Android: Google Drive hidden features and tips

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Google Drive on Android allows you to upload and access files stored on your Google account. You can even send and receive files using the drive. Every Google user gets 15GB of free space, which is utilized for storing e-mails as well as files.

How to use Google Drive on Android

Create files and folders

The Google Drive app allows you to create new files and folders. You can also create a document, a sheet and a presentation using Google Docs, sheets and slides apps. Any files created using these apps, will be saved in Google Drive.

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  • Open Google Drive app and tap on the + button at the bottom right.
  • Now choose if you want to create a folder or file.
You can also upload existing files that are saved on your device.

Scan to PDF

Google Drive also lets you scan a document and save it as a PDF. You don’t need a third-party app for this.

  • Open the Drive app and tap on the + button on the bottom right.
  • Tap on the Scan button and take a photo of the document you want to convert to PDF.
  • Once you’ve scanned the document, the next screen will allow you to crop the document or change the colour scheme.
  • Once you have customized the page, tap on the ✓ button on the bottom right.
Share files

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You can share existing files on your Google Drive with other users.

  • Open the file you want to share.
  • Tap the three-dot button and then tap on Share.
  • Enter the email address of the recipient and tap on the Send button on the bottom right.
If the recipient does not have a Google account, you can still share the file with them.

  • Open the file you want to share.
  • Tap the three-dot button and then tap on Send a Copy.
  • This will open a list of apps which you can use to send the file to the recipient.
  • Select the app you want to and share it.
Manage device backups

Google lets you backup your Android phone’s data on Google Drive. Using the Google Drive app, you can manage these backups.
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  • Open the Google Drive app and tap on the three-line button on the top left.
  • Tap on Backups – this will open a list of backups.
  • Choose the device backup you want to delete by tapping on the three-dot button.
  • Tap on Delete backup.
See also:

Here’s how you can save Gmail attachments to Google Drive

How to upload photos to Google Drive from your iPhone, for more storage space and sending larger files

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