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Google Drive FAQ - Sync and Access

How to sync and access files from Google Drive

Sync and access

Before Drive, if you wanted to access files from different computers or devices, you typically had to make separate copies. Updating one copy meant you had to manually update all the other versions, too. Drive simplifies your work by automatically synchronizing the latest version of your file across the web and all your devices.

After you store your files in Drive, you can reach them on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. When you change or delete a file stored in one location, Drive makes the same change everywhere else, so you don’t have to.


Check your sync status

On the web: When you see Upload complete, your files have uploaded successfully and can be accessed in any browser or device that has Drive installed.

On your computer: Dragging files to your Drive folder automatically syncs them with Drive on the web (though it might take a moment for files to sync).

  • Fully synced have synced successfully and can be accessed from Drive in any browser or from any device with Drive installed.
  • Still syncing haven’t been synced to Drive yet.
  • Not able to sync 

Access your files from any device

After your files sync, you can access them from any browser or device.

Browser or deviceAccess location
 Web browser (computer or mobile device)drive.google.com
 ComputerGoogle Drive folder
 Mobile devicesDrive app



Keywords:syncing to google drive, access to files on google   Doc ID:61280
Owner:Connie G.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2016-02-29 08:48 CSTUpdated:2017-08-18 07:52 CST
Sites:Missouri University of Science and Technology
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