You may already know how to maximize the full potential of Google Drive on your computer, but how about on your Android device? Unlike our PCs, our mobile phones are on 24/7 so it’s great if we can also learn how to maximize Google Drive’s usage on it. Check out some useful tips below on how to accomplish tasks better and faster with the help of Google Drive on your Android device.

Install Google Sheets and Docs Without Going to the Play Store

It’s always been a common knowledge that if you want to install a Google app, you need to go to Google Play and get it from there. If you don’t already have the apps installed on your phone, there’s a way to install them without having to go to the Google Play Store.


Tap on the blue button at the bottom-right corner and the options for Google Sheets and Docs will appear. Tap on either one, and you should see the Get Sheets option. Tap on it and Google Drive will automatically connect to Google Play to install the app.

Use Google Drive’s Integrated Scanner

If you just want to use the essential features of a scanner, there’s no need to install yet another app on your phone. Open Google Drive and tap on the plus sign at the bottom right. Next, select Scan and the scanner will automatically open.


If you made a mistake and needed to re-scan, just tap on the refresh button (circular arrow) in the middle. If not, tap on the checkmark to continue, and your scan will be saved as a PDF on your Google Drive account.

Add a Folder Shortcut to Android’s Home Screen

If you are an active user of Google Drive, you’ll probably have a lot of files and folders in Drive. In Android, you can add a folder shortcut to your home screen for quick access.


You can quickly do this by going to the file you want to create a shortcut for, and tap the three-dots icon beside it. Swipe down until you see the option to add a shortcut to that folder on your Android’s home screen.

Back Up Your Android Device to Google Drive

You never know when you might damage your Android device beyond repair. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a backup of all your data. You can back up your data to Google Drive by going to Settings > Backup & reset > turn on Back up my data. Make sure the Automatic restore is enabled as well.


Remember, even if you did not install Google Drive on your phone, Google will still back up your phone data (if you allowed it to) to your Google Drive account.

Open a Drive File in Another App

When you open a file in Drive, it’s obviously going to open within Drive. To open a file in another app, tap on the three-dotted icon and select Open with. The options you get will depend on the type of file you’re opening.


If you’re opening a picture, you’ll only see options such as gallery and other picture apps you have on your phone. If it’s a document, you’ll see options such as PDF Viewer and other similar ones.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6:04:25 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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