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How to use the Google Drive Progressive Web app



  The Google Drive logo.

Now that Google is switching from Chrome apps, Progressive Web Apps (PWA & # 39; s) seem to be replacing them quickly. YouTube Music, Google Maps and Google Photos have all become members and now Google Drive is also on the list.

How to install the PWA from Google Drive

Installing a PWA in Chrome is pretty painless. You don't have to download anything and it takes a fraction of a second to set up.

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To get started, start Chrome, go to your Google Drive home page, and then click the plus sign (+) on it end of the address bar.

  Click the plus sign (+) in the address bar.

If you do not see a plus sign, you can install the PWA from the Settings menu instead. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and then select & # 39; Install Google Drive & # 39; in the menu.

  Click on the three dots in the top right corner and then click on

A pop-up appears asking if you want to install the app; click on "Install".

  Click on

That's all! Now that you have installed the Google Drive PWA, let's see what you can do with it.

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How to use the Google Drive PWA

After it is installed, the app is opened in a new window that looks like an independent program or app that you would download to your computer. Although PWA & # 39; s are basically only websites, they contain features that you would normally find in traditional apps, such as offline support, notifications, and background synchronization.

You can also start a PWA directly from your desktop. If you double-click the Google Drive icon, the application will open immediately.

 Double-click the Google Drive icon.

After the app is started, you will see that it looks the same as the Google Drive homepage, which is intentional. When you navigate through a PWA, it looks the same and feels like the website; everything you can do in a browser can be done here.

 The Google Drive PWA interface.

Uploading files and folders

If you want to add new folders or upload a file or folder, click on "New" to get started.

 Click on

Alternatively, you can drag files or folders directly from your computer to the PWA to upload them to your disk.

 A drag-and-drop file that will soon be uploaded to the Google Drive PWA.

After you have uploaded your file or folder, double-click it to open it.

 Double click on your to open it.

Drive can view some files in the PWA or open a new tab in Google Chrome. For example, if it is a Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or image file (JPEG, PNG, etc.), an example will appear in the PWA.

G Suite files (Spreadsheets, Documents, Slides & Drawings) open in a Google Chrome tab.

 An Excel spreadsheet in a Google Drive preview window.

In our example, we want to open an Excel file as a G Suite file for editing. To do this, we click on "Open with" and then "Google Spreadsheets".

 Click on

Chrome is activated and opens a new tab on the Spreadsheets website. The file is loading and now we can edit it online.

 A spreadsheet opened in Google Spreadsheets.

As mentioned earlier, Google Drive has a special PWA, but not all Google products have one yet. So if you try to open a file with Documents, Spreadsheets or Presentations, the Chrome browser will open a new tab so that you can view your file.

Creating shareable file download links

If you want to share something, you can generate a link for almost any file on your Google Drive.

First navigate to the file you want to share, right click on it and then select "Downloadable link".

 Right-click the file that you want to share, and then click

The link is copied to your clipboard. Now you can paste the link directly into an email or message to share with your friends or colleagues.

If you want to share a file with specific people only, right click on it and then click "Share".

 Right-click the file and then click

In the window that appears, type the name or e-mail address of the person with whom you want to share the file. Select the type of permissions you want to give her, and then click "Done." An invitation to your file will be sent to the person you specified.

 Type the person's name or email address, select the appropriate permissions, and then click

If you want to know more about sharable links in Google Drive, view our article about it topic.

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Using Google Drive offline

One of the best things about Google Drive is that you can use it offline. The next time you connect to the Internet, everything you edit, create, or delete from Drive is synchronized with the servers.

If you want to use Google Drive offline and on the internet with the PWA, you need Google Docs Offline Chrome extension.

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Start Chrome, go to the Google Docs Offline Store page and then click "Add to Chrome." [19659018]   Click on

Click on "Add extension" in the pop-up to give your permission.

 Click on

After you have installed the extension, open the Google Drive PWA. Click the Settings icon and then select "Settings"

 Click the Settings icon and then click

Then check the box next to "Offline" to enable the extension.

 Check the box next to

Close the Settings menu to save your changes. Google Drive automatically prepares your most recent files and saves them locally so that you can use them offline.

That's all! If you want to know more, read our article about Google Docs offline.

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How to remove the PWA from Google Drive

If you decide that you no longer decide you want the PWA from Google Drive, deleting is easy.

To do this, click on the three dots at the top of the app window and select "Remove Google Drive". The PWA is then deleted.

 Click on the three dots and then on


With the new Google Drive PWA, Google is continuing its path of Chrome apps to turn its products into a streamlined, native experience. Although the PWA is essentially the Drive web page without the clutter, the design feels just as fluid as a special app.


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