Google Drive has made it possible to upload, store, share and access files from the computer or smartphones. It’s a cloud-based storage mechanism created by Google in such a way that the files stored on it can be accessed from any part of the world provided there is an internet connection. With this, there won’t be need to store files in hard drives or email.
The types of files that can be stored in it include documents, videos, music, images and lots more. Any change you make on any of those files from one device, google effects it everywhere. It helps to back up files hence keeping them safe even if your computer or device stops working.
Google Drive Sign In
It is a free service. The basic requirement to sign up for Google Drive is a Google account which costs nothing to create and once created can be used to access other Google’s services. Google gives 15GB storage space for free to be shared between Gmail, Drive, and photos after signing up but a user can pay a token to get more if that’s not enough. To access your free storage space, you can use one of the following ways:
- Using your browser
- Using your mobile device
- Using your desktop file system
If you’ve created a Google account, then you’ve automatically signed up for Google Drive.
Signing in takes the following steps:
- Enter https://drive.google.com/ in your browser to open Google Drive.
If you are using your mobile device, click ‘Google Drive app’ which you’ve already downloaded from the Appstore or Google Play Store.
- Tap on “Go to Drive”.
This brings you to the Sign In
If you are using your mobile device, click ‘Sign In at the bottom of the screen.
- Type in your “Google account” details which is the same as the email address and password that you use to log into your Google account.
- This launches you into your “Google Drive” Homepage and you can begin to explore.
You can access Drive and work in documents offline using the Chrome browser. With your iPhone, iPad, and Android, just enable offline mode when using the app. Ensure that you’re signed in with your Google details before you go offline. This is because you can’t authenticate your account while offline so if you’re not already signed in to your Google account, you won’t be able to access anything.
Google Drive goes beyond just storing files. You can also share files with others without even being on the same platform.