23/05/2022

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How to download a file or folder from Google Drive

  • You can download contents from Google Drive by right clicking or selecting the three dots.
  • The steps for downloading files or folders to your computer or mobile device are nearly identical.
  • If you’re downloading multiple files, try putting them in a folder and downloading that instead.
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Google Drive allows you to store all sorts of files in one accessible place. 

A basic, free account lets you store 15 GB in your Google Drive , while you can also get 100 GB of storage from Google for just $1.99 a month, and an astonishing 2 TB (terabytes) for $9.99 per month.

But there may be times when you want to get files out of Drive and onto your computer or mobile device — such as when you know you will lack internet access for a while. 

You can download files and folders stored on Google Drive onto your computer or mobile device, and if you’re planning to download lots of files from Drive, dropping them into a folder first can make the process faster.

Here’s how to do it. 

How to download a folder from Google Drive to your PC or Mac

Downloading a folder is the same process whether you’re using a PC or Mac computer. 

1. Open up Google Drive on your computer and sign into your Google account.  

2. Scroll to the Folders section and find the folder you want to download.

Right-click on the folder, then select Download towards the bottom.

Right click on the folder you wish to download and click Download.
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The download will begin immediately after you click Download — there is no confirmation step — so be sure you really want the folder on your computer before right clicking on it. 

The folder will also remain in Google Drive after you download it.

How to download a file from Google Drive to your PC or Mac

1. Open Google Drive on your computer.

2. Find the file that you wish to download.

Tap on the three horizontal dots next to the file name.
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3. Right-click on the file, then select Download.

How to download a file from Google Drive to your Android device

1. Open the Google Drive app.

2. Find the file that you wish to download and tap the three vertical dots to the right of its name. In the menu that appears, select Download.