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Explore the Storage Features of Drive

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Your storage works with Drive, Gmail and Google Photos, so you can store files, save email attachments and back-up photos directly to Drive. You can also purchase a larger cloud storage plan as you need it.

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Photos, videos, presentations, PDFs – even Microsoft Office files. No matter what type of file it is, everything can be stored safely in Drive.

Google Drive file type list including images, documents, and music

Files in Drive are private, until you decide to share them. You can quickly invite others to view, comment, and edit any file or folder you choose. It's online collaboration made easy.

Google Drive privacy and sharing options

Your file security is crucial. That’s why every file in Drive stays safe no matter what happens to your smartphone, tablet or computer. Drive is encrypted using SSL, the same security protocol used on Gmail and other Google services.

Google Drive Security Lock

Built to work with Google

Gmail photo attachment being saved to drive with one click

Hover over an attachment in Gmail and look for the Drive logo. Here, you can save any attachment to your Drive to organize and share them in a single, safe place.

Google Drive search feature example

Drive can recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents. So you can search a word like “Eiffel Tower” and get text documents with that word, as well as images of the actual Eiffel Tower.

Oregon coast photo stored on Google Drive and shared on Google+

Store your photos in Drive and see them come to life with Google Photos. Get that expertly edited look without the effort, plus animations, movies, and more..

Google Drive Data on Chromebooks

Google Drive is built-in to Chromebooks, so your files and photos are automatically backed up. You'll get 100GB of free storage for two years with most new Chromebooks.


Work smarter with apps


Create and collaborate with others. Share documents and files, build out spreadsheets and make a presentation on the fly with our Docs, Sheets and Slides apps.

Google Drive Docs, Sheets, and Slides available for sharing

Google Forms lets you run a survey or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Then check out the results, neatly organized in a spreadsheet.

Google Forms on Google Drive example

Lay out diagrams, create flow charts, and then easily add them to other documents or embed them on a website with Google Drawings.

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Edit your profile photo, do some landscaping, create a mind map and more. Over 100 Drive apps can help you do more with your stuff. Try them by installing one from the Drive collection in the Chrome Web Store.

Over 100 Google Drive apps available

Take Drive even further

Example of saving docs to Drive by taking a photo with Android phone

Scan all your paper documents with Drive for Android. Just snap a photo of documents like receipts, letters and statements – and Drive will store them instantly as PDFs.

Google Drive offline or online switch

Make files available offline so you can view them when your phone or tablet loses service, like on a plane or in a building with a bad connection.

Google Drive file revision history example

You can look back as far as 30 days on most file types, making it easy to see who has made changes and go back to previous versions. That's file versioning made easy.