How to Share Files With Google Drive
If you want to share a file or folder with someone, you can do it quickly and easily on the web or desktop app. They’ll be able to retrieve the file whenever they sign into their Google Drive.
In the Share box, enter the name or email address of the person(s) you want to add. You can also select an access level—Editor, Commenter, or Viewer.
The Google Drive app integrates with the Finder folder on your Mac, and you can easily share files by right-clicking. You can choose to get a link or send the file itself, and you can set permissions for each recipient.
It’s also possible to back up specific folders on your Mac to Drive. Select the Google Drive icon in your menu bar, and then click Preferences. Under the My [Your Mac’s name] tab, you can back up folders to either Stream files (the default) or Mirror files (which saves copies on your computer, but updates them in real time in the cloud).
The Google Drive for desktop app has been updated with quick sharing functionality that enables you to share synced or backed-up files and folders directly within Finder by right clicking. The changes are rolling out now and should be available to all users soon. This brings Drive closer in functionality to Dropbox.
Google Drive is a cloud-based service that allows users to share files and folders with others. This service is also useful for backing up local data, which can help protect against system failures and disk theft. In addition, Google Drive can save local disk space by deleting duplicated files.
In addition, Google Drive can recognize images and text in scanned documents, making it easy to find files. It also offers secure storage for sensitive information. All file and folder data is encrypted with Transport Layer Security before it leaves a user’s device and reencrypted using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard when it arrives at Google’s servers.
Another benefit of Google Drive is that it can be used offline, meaning that users can access their files even when they are not connected to the internet. This can be useful for traveling or working in a remote location. It can also be used to store files that are too large to send over email.
Whether you use Google Drive through the web browser, desktop app or mobile app, sharing files is quick and easy. Files or folders can be shared with specific people, groups of people, or anyone who has the link.
To share a file or folder, tap the options button (three vertical dots) next to the file or folder. Enter names or email addresses (or select them from your contacts list) to share with. If you choose Restricted, the person(s) you share with can only view or comment on the file, but not download it.
Similarly, to share a folder, tap the options button and then select Create link. A link appears that can be copied and pasted into other apps such as instant messaging. The link can be either Public or Private. If you select Public, the person who receives the link can view and manage all the files in the folder. If you select Private, the person can only see and edit the files that are part of the folder.
If you’re a frequent traveler or work in areas with spotty internet connectivity, you may benefit from Google Drive’s offline mode. This feature allows you to access and edit files without an internet connection, and any changes made will sync when you reconnect to the web.
To enable offline mode, select a file or folder and click the “Make available offline” button. Then, choose whether to stream or mirror your selected content online and offline.
When you select the “Stream” option, Drive will keep your selected files on your device while also keeping a copy in the cloud. This means that if you make changes to a Streamed file, the updated version will appear on your desktop and other devices that have offline access. However, if you select the “Mirror” option, Drive will download all the contents of your selected folder to your computer and other devices. If you want to change your offline preferences, open the Chrome browser and click on Settings.