How to download files and folders from Google Drive?

Google Drive lets you download one, many, or all of your files from your account to your desktop or mobile phone. You can even download your Docs, Sheets and Slides in compatible formats to your machine. Here’s how.

Before you start downloading your Google drive files, make sure your device has enough free space to accommodate these files.

Download a single file or folder from Google Drive

To upload an individual file or folder, start by launching Google Drive on your desktop. Then find the file or folder you want to download. If you choose to upload a folder, Google Drive will compress it into a ZIP file.

Once you find the item to download, right click on it and choose “Download”.

If your folder size is too large, Drive will take a while to create a ZIP file.

Right-click on a file and choose “Download”.

When your file or folder is ready to upload, the standard Save Your Computer window opens. Select here where you want to save the downloaded content, then click “Save”.

Select a folder and click “Save”.

The file or folder you downloaded will be available in the directory you specified, and everything will be ready.


Download multiple files or folders from Google Drive

To upload multiple files or folders, first locate those items on Google Drive.

Select the items you want to download. You can choose multiple files by holding down the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while clicking the files.

Select multiple items.

When your articles are selected, right-click on one of them and choose “Download”.

Right-click on an item and choose “Download”.

Google Drive will compress your files and allow you to save this ZIP file to your computer. You are ready.

Download all files or folders from Google Drive

If you want to download all files from your Google Drive at once, use Google’s Takeout service to do so.

Start by launching your web browser and opening the Google Takeout site. There, sign in to your Google account.

After logging in, at the top of your list of items, choose “Deselect All”.

Select “Deselect All” at the top of the list.

Scroll down and enable the “Drive” option. Thus, only the contents of your player will be exported.

Activate the “Drive” option.

Scroll down the page and click “Next Step”.

Select “Next Step” at the bottom of the page.

From the “Delivery Method” drop-down menu, choose “Email Download Link”. This way you will receive a link to download all of your player content via email. From the “Frequency” drop-down menu, select “Export once”.

Select delivery method and frequency.

Click the “File type and size” drop-down menu and choose “ZIP” or “TGZ”, depending on which format you prefer. (If you’re using Windows, you’ll probably choose ZIP.) Next, click the “Size” drop-down menu and choose the maximum size for each archive. You can leave the default if you wish.

Finally, at the bottom of the page, click on “Create an export”.

Choose the file type and size.

Google will start creating an archive of your Drive content. Once this is complete, you will receive a link to your email address to download this file.


Download documents, spreadsheets and slides from Google Drive

Just like your files, your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides can be easily downloaded for offline use on your computer. You can download these files in various offline supported formats including Microsoft Office format.

To do this, see our articles on documents, sheets and slides. They will show you, step by step, how to upload your office files online in different formats.

Save files from Google Drive to your smartphone or tablet

For mobile phones and tablets, Google Drive offers two download options: you can make a file available offline or you can download a file to your phone.

In the first option, your file is made available for offline use, but you must use the Google Drive app to access it. In the second option, you get the actual independent file to work with in your file manager. Remember that as of now, you cannot download folders from Google Drive to your phone.

To start the download process, launch the Google Drive app on your phone and sign in to your account.

In Google Drive, find the file you want to upload. Then, next to this file, tap on the three dots.

Select the three dots next to a file.

In the menu that opens, to make your file available offline, press “Make available offline”. To upload the file to your file manager, select “Upload”.

Make the file available offline or download it.

Google Drive will save the file to your phone accordingly. Enjoy!

If you want to upload files to Google Drive, the process is just as easy. See our guide for step-by-step instructions.

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