Google Drive lets you access your files anywhere from the world at any moment. But most of the people might don’t know about it. Also, you might not be getting the most out of it. Because there is a bunch of Google Drive key features, that you should start using now to make your life easier with Drive.
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 advantages of Google drive, you can synchronize files across any devices, Backup your files, Send large files to family, friends or anyone, open and edit various types of documents, including Gmail integration, and able to share files via a link. So here are 8 Google Drive key features to get most of it to work together.
1. Sync Your All Files
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 an 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 to 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
Another one of the awesome Google Drive key 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
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
You can work offline even you don’t have an internet connection after you activate the offline mode. To activate this feature,
- Install the Google Docs Offline extension.
- Click on the Gear icon on the right corner on Drive and choose “settings“.
- 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
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
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,
- Right-click on any file or folder you just want to share.
- Click on “Share” and “Get shareable link” to create a link.
- 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
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 bill, 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
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.
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!