8 Google Drive Features You Must Use (2020)

Google Drive features, lets you access your files anywhere from the world at any moment with huge benefits. But most people are not getting the most out of it. However it comes with a bunch of Google Drive features, that you can use to make your life easier with your work cycle.

Google Drive is free to use if you already have a personal Google Account. They will give you a 15GB of free online cloud storage to store your files just like your computer hard drive.

As the advantages of Google drive, you can synchronize files across any devices you have. Moreover, it comes with Backup, file sharing, open and edits various types of documents, including Gmail integration, and much more.

Here are 8 Google Drive key features to get most of them to work together in 2020.

1. Sync Your All Files

Google Drive Features: Sync Your All Files
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Google Drive can be reached your files across any smartphone, tablet, or computer through a web browser or Android and iOS apps. So, wherever you go, you can access your files without any issue with a simple internet connection.

You can simply set up Google’s Backup and Sync on the desktop to automatically back up files from your computer to Google Drive. It’s easy to set up and you can choose Google Photos FREE unlimited storage to keep your photos separately from Google Drive.

You can simply do this from any device after you installed google drive for sync and backup process. Additionally, you can use Drive apps to backup your files on mobile devices as well.

2. Save to Google Drive

 Save to Google Drive Chrome extension
Save to Google Drive Chrome extension

Another one of the awesome Google Drive keys features provided for Google Chrome users. This is a simple chrome extension that allowing you to save any page or lines from the internet to your Drive.

Simply download and install Save to Google extension to your desktop pc Chrome browser and use it smartly anywhere on the Internet.

3. Save Gmail Attachments

Save Gmail Attachments to Google Drive
Save Gmail Attachments to Google Drive

This is a commonly used feature but people mightn’t know about the value of this feature. When you received an email from someone with images or attachments it easy to save to Drive.

You can simply click on the Drive icon hover on the attachment to save it. Once you save it you can move it to any folder on the drive while you using Gmail. This feature is much suitable for if you have been received exam papers, notes or daily accessible things to view it on any device through Drive.

4. Work Offline

Activate offline mode on Drive

You can work offline even you don’t have an internet connection after you activate the offline mode. To activate this feature,

  1. Install the Google Docs Offline extension.
  2. Click on the Gear icon on the right corner on Drive and choose “settings“.
  3. Tick the “offline” box. That’s it! Now you can able to open and edit your Google docs, sheets and slides from your device.

5. Convert PDFs to Docs

Convert PDF Files to Docs
Convert PDF Files to Docs

Google Drive allows you to edit PDF files by converting them to Docs without adobe acrobat. Simply right-click on PDF file that you need to edit on Docs from the Drive. Click “Open with” and choose “Google Docs” and it will open your PDF as a Docs file.

Additionally, you can do this same thing for image files that have text, it will convert your image to a Docs file easily.

6. Share with Others

Share with Others
Share Google Drive files with others

It’s easy to share your files with anyone by creating a shareable drive link or adding people using an email. Moreover, you can limit their access to your files choosing as can view or edit. To do this,

  1. Right-click on any file or folder you just want to share.
  2. Click on “Share” and “Get shareable link” to create a link.
  3. Enter your friend’s emails to invite them to access your files by email.

Additionally, you can prevent editors from changing access and adding new people and download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers. Simply click on “Advanced” and tick the options as you want.

7. Scan Documents

Scan Documents
Scan Documents

You can scan your paper documents using Google Drive mobile. Open your Drive mobile app and tap “Scan“. Just snap a photo of documents like bills, letters, and statements or any paper document. Google will store your documents as PDFs to access from anywhere.

8. Upgrade to Google One from Drive

Upgrade to Google One from Drive
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Your personal Google Account starts with 15 GB of free storage to use across Google Drive. You can buy more storage within Google Drive, or upgrade to Google One, to get extra benefits from Google to get more benefits.

Starting from 100 GB storage monthly plan, you can invite up to 5 additional family members to your plan, and able to simplify storage for everyone.

To upgrade your plan, simply click on “Upgrade Storage” on the left pane of Drive desktop. or you can go to one.google.com to get your all in one shareable plan.

I hope you’re got more valuable facts from this article about Google Drive features. How are you going to use these Google Drive key features? Let me know in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “8 Google Drive Features You Must Use (2020)”

  1. Thank you for sharing this useful information. I’ve been using Google Drive for a while and didn’t know that it had these features. Knowing that I can use it to convert PDfs into Docs will definitely come in handy in the future.

  2. I had no idea that Google could scan… this is great to know because I needed a scanner last week and went out and paid for this service. Thanks!

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