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Every Google account comes with 15GB of free storage in Google Drive. Start taking advantage of this cloud storage by uploading files and folders, either from your desktop or mobile device. We’ll show you how.

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Supported File Types on Google Drive

Google Drive supports all file types, which means you can upload any file from your computer or phone to the cloud. Drive can also preview certain file types in-browser, preventing you from having to download and open them in order to see their contents.

Note that there are limits to file sizes, however. You can check the full list of supported file types and sizes on the Google Drive Help page.

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Upload Files to Google Drive

To add files to your Google Drive account from your computer, use Drive’s website. On a mobile device like iPhone, iPad, and Android, use the free Drive app to upload files.

Upload Files on Desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook)

To start uploading files to Google Drive, open a web browser on your computer and launch the Google Drive site. Sign in to the site with your Google account.

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After signing in, open the folder in which you want to add files. Then, from the left sidebar, select New > File Upload.

Select New > File Upload in Google Drive's left sidebar.

Your computer’s standard “open” window will open. In this window, select the file or files that you wish to upload to the cloud. To select multiple files, hold down Ctrl on Windows or Command on Mac while clicking the files. Then, click “Open.”

Select files to upload to Google Drive.

At the lower-right corner on the Google Drive site, you will see an “Uploading X Items” dialog (where “X” is the number of files you are uploading). This section will display a green checkmark next to the files that are successfully uploaded.

Files being uploaded to Google Drive.

While you can use other tabs during this process, don’t close this tab or close your browser window until the upload is complete. At that point, your uploaded files will be available in your Google Drive account. You can access these files from any of your compatible devices, and share them with friends and coworkers.

On Mobile (iPhone, iPad, or Android)

To upload files from your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone to Google Drive, first, launch the Google Drive app on your phone.

In the Drive app, open the folder in which you want to add new files. Then, in the app’s bottom-right corner, tap the “+” (plus) sign.

Tap the "+" (plus) sign in the bottom-right corner of the Drive app.

A “Create New” menu opens. Here, tap “Upload.”

Select "Upload" from the "Create New" menu.

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Your phone’s file manager will open. Select the file or files you’d like to upload. To select multiple files, tap and hold on the first file and then tap any other files you’d like to add.

Choose files to upload to Google Drive.

And the Drive app will start uploading the selected files to your account.

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Upload Folders to Google Drive

Like files, you can upload entire folders from your computer to Google Drive. Unfortunately, you cannot do this on mobile devices.

To start, access the Google Drive site and open the folder in which you want to add your folder.

From Google Drive’s left sidebar, select New > Folder Upload.

Select New > Folder Upload from Google Drive's left sidebar.

Your computer’s “open” window will open. In this window, select a folder to upload it to the Drive.

Choose a folder to upload to Google Drive.

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Drive will upload your folder and all its contents. You’re all set.

Upload Files and Folders to Google Drive With Drag and Drop

On desktop, a quick and easy way to upload files and folders to Google Drive is to use the drag and drop method. You have probably used this method to move files around on your local computer, and the process is just as simple.

To use this method, first, open Google Drive in a web browser on your computer. Navigate to the folder in which you want to upload files.

Now open your computer’s file manager to select files and folders to upload. Use File Explorer on Windows, Finder on Mac, the Files app on Chromebook, or your preferred file manager on Linux. In these tools, find the folder or files to upload, drag those items, and drop them onto the Google Drive site in your web browser.

Upload files to Google Drive with drag and drop.

Google Drive will upload all your dragged and dropped items to your cloud storage. Easy peasy.

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Convert Microsoft Office Documents to Google Format on Drive

If you upload your Microsoft Office documents (like DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files) to Google Drive, you may want to use Google’s native format to edit these documents. It’s easy to convert your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides formats, respectively, enabling you to edit them in your browser. You can even convert them back to Office format later if necessary.

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To make your Office files convert to Google format automatically, first launch Google Drive in a web browser on your computer. In Drive’s top-right corner, click “Settings” (a gear icon).

Click "Settings" on Google Drive.

In the menu that opens, click “Settings.”

Select "Settings" from the menu.

On the “Settings” window, next to “Convert Uploads,” turn on the “Convert Uploaded Files to Google Docs Editor Format” option. Then click “Done” at the top-right corner.

Enable "Convert Uploaded Files to Google Docs Editor Format" in "Settings."

And that’s it. Google Drive will convert all future Office document uploads to the respective Google formats.

If you’d rather not make the files convert automatically and instead selectively convert your Office documents to Google formats, you can do so for your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.


As you add more and more files to your Google Drive account, you will need to make sure they don’t clutter your storage. We have some Drive organization tips that you can use to better arrange your files in your account.

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