Are you a fan of Google’s services, especially Google Drive? Why wouldn’t you be, considering that it’s one of the best cloud storage solutions out there? However, if you didn’t have the chance to use it until now, you might be wondering how it works. Do you know how to upload files or folders to Google Drive? Do you know how to upload a video to Google Drive or how to upload photos to Google Drive? Read on and find out:
To upload files to Google Drive, first open your favorite web browser and head to drive.google.com. Authenticate with your Google account if you’re not already signed in, and then click or tap on the New button from the top-left area of the webpage.
On the menu that shows up, select File upload.
Browse through your Windows computer or device to locate the file you want to upload. Select it and then press Open.
The file you chose is now uploaded to Google Drive.
Uploading a folder to your Google Drive is similar to uploading files. On the drive.google.com webpage, click or tap on New and then select Folder upload from the menu.
Navigate through your PC to find the folder to upload, select it, and press the Upload button.
Your web browser immediately starts uploading the folder you selected.
A faster way to upload files to Google Drive is to simply drag and drop them. First, open drive.google.com in your web browser. Then, use File Explorer to select the files that you want uploaded, click/tap and hold on them, and drag the files from your computer onto the Google Drive webpage.
Similarly, if you want to upload folders to your Google Drive, simply drag and drop them from your Windows PC onto the drive.google.com webpage opened in your browser.
Google’s Backup & Sync app offers another way to upload to Google Drive, if you have this app installed on your Windows PC. With it you can add Google Drive to File Explorer, and use it as if it were a folder on your computer.
On your PC, use File Explorer to navigate to the Google Drive folder (you can easily find it in the Quick access section).
Copy and paste the files and/or folders you want to upload into your Google Drive folder. As soon as you do that, your PC starts uploading those files (and folders) to your Google Drive.
If you want to upload files to Google Drive from your Android smartphone or tablet, first open the Google Drive app.
In the Google Drive app, tap the Add (+) button.
Browse through your Android device to locate the file(s) you to upload. If you want to upload a single file, once you’ve found it, simply tap on it. If you want to upload multiple files, select them first, then tap the Select button from the top-right corner of the screen.
NOTE: On Android, you can only upload files to Google Drive. You can’t upload folders, as that’s a feature available only on computers, not on mobile devices.
To upload files from an iPhone or iPad, first open the Google Drive app.
In Google Drive, tap the Add (+) button.
Tap Photos and Videos if you want to upload such files to your Google Drive. If you have other types of files that you want to upload, tap Browse instead.
Locate the files that you want to upload to Google Drive and tap on them. If you want to upload a single file, once you’ve found it, simply tap on it. If you want to upload multiple files, select them first, then tap the Select button from the top-right corner of the screen.
NOTE: On iOS, just like on Android, you can’t upload folders. You can upload only files to Google Drive. If you want to upload folders, you must do it from a macOs or Windows PC.
Uploading videos, including movies, to Google Drive is done the same way as uploading any other file. Any of the methods we’ve shown you in this tutorial works. However, there are a few things you should know:
- There’s a limit to how many movies and/or videos you can store on Google Drive. For now, the limit is 5 TB of data if you have a Google Drive paid plan that includes that much storage. Otherwise, you’re limited to how much storage you have available for your Google account.
- According to the Google Drive Additional Terms of Service, you are allowed to upload videos. However, if those videos are in fact movies and Google decides to review your cloud content and finds that they’re subject to copyright infringement, the company can take action against you. That includes restricting access to the content, removing the content, and limiting or terminating your access to Google products. You can find more details about Google’s abuse program policies and enforcement on this webpage.
Now you know how to upload to Google Drive. That includes files and folders of any kind, on any type of device. If you stumble upon issues or if you have any other questions regarding Google Drive, don’t hesitate to let us know, in the comments section below.