How to Upload a File to Google Drive

Last updated: October 26, 2015 - 1:21pm EDT

Once you've created a Google Drive account, one of the first things that you'll probably want to learn how to do is store your computer files on Google Drive.  That way, they're (relatively) safe on Google's servers, and you can get at them from anywhere that you can log into Google Drive.  You can upload office documents, videos, pictures, audio tracks, etc. -- pretty much anything that a computer can read -- in this way.

How to upload files to Google Drive (documents, videos, pictures, music, and more)

  1. Go to in your web browser.  When asked to log in, click in the box labelled "Enter your Email Address" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for your Google Drive account.  Then click Next.

  2. After entering your email, Google will ask you to enter the password for your account.  Click in the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you picked to secure your Google Drive account.  Then click Sign In.

  3. Once you're on your main screen for Google Drive, click New in the upper-left corner, and then select File Upload.

  4. An explorer window will pop up, allowing you to search your computer for the file that you wish to upload to Google Drive.  Navigate to the file that you want to upload, click it to select it, and then click Open.

  5. A window will appear in the bottom-right corner that will show you what files you are currently uploading.  Click Cancel beside a file to stop it from uploading, or click Cancel All to stop all files that are currently uploading from doing so.

  6. Once your file(s) has successfully uploaded, you should see it in your main Google Drive screen.  If you don't see it, don't panic.  A message should pop up when you upload your file, and you can click Locate beside it to find out where your file has gone.

Those are the basics of uploading a file to Google Drive!


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