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How to upload files to Google Drive

Start accessing your files from anywhere with Google Drive.
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February 11, 2022

Google Drive currently allows you to store up to 15GB worth of files for free. This 15GB is shared across Google’s other services, including Gmail and Google Photos, and can increase with a Google One subscription. Google Drive allows you to easily share and access files from anywhere with this space. However, to do so, you first need to know how to upload files and videos to Google Drive.

Read more: How to use Google Drive: Everything you need to know

QUICK ANSWER 

To upload a file or video on Google Drive from your phone, press the button in the bottom right Upload. Select the file you wish to upload. To upload a file or video on Google Drive from your computer, click the New button in the top left  File upload. Select the file you wish to upload.


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Google Drive makes uploading files and accessing them from remote locations very easy. If you are a student, you will find Google Drive especially helpful when working on collaborative group projects or turning in assignments.

You aren’t just limited to documents regarding the types of files you can upload to Google Drive. In fact, according to Google, “any file type can be stored in [Google] Drive.” This includes general files, Adobe files, Microsoft files, and Apple files. In my testing, you could even store APK files.

How to upload files to Google Drive (Android and iOS)

To upload files onto Google Drive from your phone, make sure you are logged into the correct Google account on Drive. In the bottom right corner of the app, you will see a + button. Press this to open the Create new menu.

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From the Create new menu, press the button that says Upload.

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Select the file you wish to upload. In this case, I will be uploading a screenshot; however, as mentioned before, you can upload virtually any type of file to Google Drive.

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After uploading your file, you can access it from Google Drive anywhere as long as you are logged in to that account.

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How to upload files to Google Drive (desktop)

The desktop version of Google Drive allows you to upload files and folders. There are also two ways to go about doing this.

New → File upload/Folder upload

Open your browser and go to the Google Drive website. Click the + New button in the top left.

open the new menu at the top
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  • You have two options. Click File upload if you wish to upload a file to Google Drive. Click Folder upload if you want to upload an entire folder to Google Drive.
click either file or folder upload from the new menu
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Find the file you wish to upload. This can be virtually anything, from an image or video to a PDF or program file.

find the file you want to upload
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Your file or folder will be uploaded once you have clicked it. Return to Google Drive and click My Drive on the left sidebar to find your upload.

click My Drive on the left side to find your new upload
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Drag and drop

The fastest way to upload a file or folder to Google Drive is to drag it directly from your File Explorer onto the Google Drive interface.

Open Google Drive in your browser, open File Explorer and find the file you want to upload. Click and drag that file directly onto Google Drive and drop it. Your file will immediately upload to Google Drive.

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FAQs

Can you upload a video to Google Drive?

Yes, according to Google, you can upload any type of file to Google Drive.

Can I upload videos from Google Drive to YouTube?

Absolutely. When you are on the YouTube upload page, there is an option to import videos from Google Drive on the right side. Click Import, find your video and click to select it.

Can I upload large videos to Google Drive?

Yes, there is no file size limit to the videos you can upload on Google Drive. Just keep in mind that the maximum playback resolution on Google Drive is 1080p, and all accounts can only upload up to 750GB per day.