This article will teach you how to upload files from your computer, smartphone or tablet to your Google Drive account. Google Drive is a free feature of any Google account; if you don't already have a Google account, create one before continuing.
Method 1 of 3: On the Google Drive website
Step #1. Open Google Drive
Go to https://drive.google.com/ in your browser. If you are logged in to your Google account, the main Google Drive page will open.
If you're not signed in to your Google account, you'll need to press the blue "Go to Google Drive" button in the middle of the page, then enter your Google account email address and password
Step 2. Click NEW
This blue button is in the top left corner of the page. A drop-down menu will appear.
Step 3. Select an option to upload
Click on one of the following options depending on what you want to upload:
- 'Upload file' - Allows you to upload a specific file or group of files.
- 'Upload folder' - Allows you to upload an entire folder.
Step 4. Select your file(s) or folder
In the Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) window that opens, navigate to the location of the files or folder and then click on the items you want to upload.
- You can select multiple files by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or ⌘ Command (Mac) while clicking each file you want to select.
- Remember, you can't upload more than 15 gigabytes of files without paying for extra storage.
Step 5. Click Open at the bottom of the screen
This will confirm your selection and begin the upload of the folder or file(s) to Google Drive.
If you're uploading a folder, you'll need to press 'OK' instead
Step 6. Wait for the folder or file(s) to be uploaded
The time this takes depends on the size of the upload and your internet connection.
- In the meantime, don't close the Google Drive webpage.
- Once the files have been uploaded, you will be able to access them on Google Drive from any internet-connected computer or smartphone.
Step 7. Organize your files
Once your files have been uploaded to Google Drive, you can click on them and drag them into the appropriate folders if necessary. You can also delete unnecessary files by right-clicking on them and then clicking 'Delete'.
To create a new folder in Google Drive, click on "NEW", then "Folder" in the drop-down menu, type a name and then press ↵ Enter
Method 2 of 3: On a cell phone
Step #1. Open Google Drive
Tap the icon of the Google Drive app. It resembles a rectangular Drive logo on a white background. If you are logged in, this will open your Drive page.
- If you are not logged in, you will need to enter your email address and password before continuing.
- If you have not yet downloaded Google Drive, you can do so for free in the App Store of iPhone or in the Google Play Store of Android.
Step #2. Press ＋ at the bottom right corner of the screen
A popup menu will appear.
Step 3. Press Upload
This option is in the popup menu.
Step 4. Select an option to upload
Depending on whether you're using an iPhone or Android, the options available for uploading will differ slightly:
- 'iPhone' - Press 'Photos & Videos' to select photos and/or videos in the Photos app, or press 'Browse' to select files in the Files app.
- 'Android' - Select a file location from the resulting menu. In any case, you should see the 'Images' and 'Videos' options here.
Step 5. Select files to upload
Press and hold a file to select it. Then press other files to select them as well.
On an iPhone, some files will be uploaded immediately after you tap them
Step 6. Press UPLOAD at the top right corner of the screen
Your selected file(s) will be uploaded to Google Drive.
Step 7. Wait for your files to upload
The time it takes will depend on the size of the upload and your internet connection.
- In the meantime, do not close the Google Drive app.
- Once the files have been uploaded, you will be able to access them via Google Drive on any internet-connected computer or smartphone.
Method 3 of 3: On a desktop
Step 1. Open the Backup & Sync website
Go to https://www.google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync/ in your browser. Google Drive's Backup & Sync feature allows you to upload files to your Google Drive account by simply moving files to a folder on your computer while connected to the Internet.
Step 2. Click Download Backup & Sync
It's a blue button in the middle of the page.
Step 3. Click Agree and Download when prompted
The Backup & Sync EXE file (Windows) or DMG file (MAC) will be downloaded to your computer.
Step 4. Install Backup & Sync
Once the Backup & Sync installation file has been downloaded, locate it on your computer (usually in the Downloads folder) and then do the following:
- 'Windows' - Double click on the installation file, click 'Yes' when prompted and wait for Backup & Sync to install.
- ’Mac’ – Double-click the installation file, confirm the installation when prompted, double-click the icon in the center of the window and wait for Backup & Sync to install.
Step 5. Click START
It's a blue button in the middle of the welcome page.
Step 6. Sign in to your Google Drive account
Enter your Google Drive email address and password when prompted. As long as your login details are correct, you will be logged in to your Google account in Backup & Sync.
Step 7. Click GONE when prompted
This will take you to the sync page.
Step 8. Select folders to sync with Google Drive
At the top of the page, uncheck folders you don't want to sync.
Remember, you only have 15 gigabytes of free storage in Google Drive
Step 9. Click NEXT in the lower right corner of the window
Step 10. Click GONE again when prompted
This will take you to the reverse sync page, where you can select folders from Google Drive to sync with your computer.
In most cases, Google Drive will simply sync the contents of your Drive to your computer
Step 11. Click START at the bottom right corner of the screen
Step 12. Move files to the folders synced with your Google Drive
Select a file or folder, press Ctrl+C (Windows) or ⌘ Command+C (Mac) to copy the selected item, go to a folder synced with Google Drive, and press Ctrl+V (Windows) or ⌘ Command+V (Mac) to paste the file there. The file will then be uploaded to your Google Drive the next time you are connected to the internet.
For example, if you've synced your desktop with Google Drive, you'll need to move files or folders to the desktop to sync them with Google Drive
Step 13. View the Google Drive folders on your computer
You can view the folders on your computer by opening Google Drive, clicking the "Computers" tab on the left side of the page, and selecting your computer.
- Google Drive is a good option for backing up important files and folders.
- You can access any file you've uploaded to Google Drive on any internet-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet by logging into your Google Drive account.