3 Ways to Move Files into Google Drive

Today I want to talk to you about something I get asked a lot by people who are just starting to use Google Drive, “How do I move files from my computer or from my email into my Google Drive?”

There are a three ways to move files into your Google Drive and in this video, I want to discuss with you which way works best for certain scenarios, as there are some differences and some drawback in some situations, which is good to be aware of.

Option 1 – Download directly from your Google Email to your Google Drive

One of the ways you can save files is by saving them directly from your Gmail into your Google Drive, in the cloud, through your Chrome Browser. This bypasses the need to download them to your computer first, which takes unnecessary time.

This procedure is a good option for all types of files, whether small or large because its direct from Google Gmail to Google Drive. You can download single or multiple files in one folder in one go.

When you click the Google Drive icon it will just save the file into the root folder of your Google Drive. (If you do nothing else, the file will just sit in your “My Drive”. So it’s good to organise your files, so the next step is to make sure it is saved in the right folder).

Once you click the the attachment in your Gmail, you can see the Organise option. Click Organise and you can select which folder you want to move your attachment to.

Once completed, this will automatically show the file in your Google Drive. It will also synchronize the file in Google File Stream so the file appears in your local computer.

Option 2 – Drag and Drop from your computer to your Google Drive

The second way is to drag the file from your PC directly into Google Drive in your Chrome browser.

This is the a good way for uploading small files sizes you have locally on your computer – up to about 5MB to 10MB, depending on your internet speed. It if takes less than a minute or two to upload that is a good guide.

You can just drag the file you need over to your Chrome Browser into a Google Drive tab your already have open. For small files up to 5-10Mb this may take less than a minute to complete.

However, there is a downside on this process. If you close the browser while the file is still uploading, it will interrupt the transfer of your file. So trying this technique with large files isn’t great as you can often forget and turn off your computer or close the Chrome browser window while it is still working on the upload.

Another benefit of moving files in this way is version control. If you want to upload another version of your file that is slightly modified and has the same filename, Google Drive will keep track of the versions of the file.

Option 3 – Move or Copy File(s) to your local Google Drive Folder on your PC

The third way is best done when transferring large files in your Google Drive.

Just copy the file from your local PC folder and paste it in the Google File Stream folder. The Google File Stream app will then start to work on uploading that file into your Google Drive in the cloud.
This may take long time to upload when moving large files. However, the big benefit is that even if you close your browser or turn your PC off, it will just pick up where it left off and continue uploading and synchronizing your files to Google Drive.


So that’s the three ways on how to move files into your Google drive.

The first way is to download files from your email, the second way is to drag and drop files into your Google Drive on your browser, and the third way is to copy files from you local folders into the Google Stream folders to sync up to you Google Drive.

With these three ways, you can choose on what’s the best way to use depending on the type of files you are to transfer.

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