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FAQ

  • What types of files can I upload to Drive?

    You can upload any type of file to Drive—photos, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and anything else you want to store.

  • How do I access my stored files on other devices?

    After you store a file in Drive once, you can open it from any web browser on any device. You can also work with the file using the Drive app on Android and Apple® iOS®.

    For example, if you upload a file to Drive on the web, you don’t have to upload it on your phone and tablet, too—you’ll automatically see it there.

  • How do I access Drive files on my desktop?

    With Drive File Stream, you stream your Drive files directly from the cloud to your computer, freeing up disk space and network bandwidth. Drive files are stored in the cloud, so any changes you or collaborators make are automatically updated everywhere, and you’ll always have the latest version. For more information on accessing your files, see Get started with Drive.

    You can also make Drive files available for offline access. These files sync back to the cloud when you're online, so the latest version is available on all your devices.

  • How much storage do I have in Drive?

    If your organization has G Suite Basic, you have 30 GB of storage across Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

    If your organization has the G Suite Enterprise or Business edition, you have unlimited storage (organizations with fewer than 5 users get 1 TB per user).

    If you’re unsure which edition your organization is using, ask your G Suite administrator.

  • What's the difference between My Drive and Team Drives?

    My Drive is best for storing personal files or files that you want to share one-on-one. Team Drives is best to use with a group of collaborators who are working on the same files. Team Drive members can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device.  

    Some key differences between My Drive and Team Drives are:

     

    My Drive

    Team Drives

     

    What types of files can I add?

    My Drive

    All file types.

    Team Drives

    All file types (except Google Maps).

     

    Who owns files and folders?

    My Drive

    The individual who created the file or folder.

    Team Drives

    The team.

     

    Can I move files and folders?

    My Drive

    Yes, you can move files and folders around in My Drive.

    Team Drives

    Yes, if you’re a Team Drive member, you can move files into a Team Drive. 

    Only G Suite administrators can move folders.

     

    Can I sync files to my computer?

    My Drive

    Yes, using Drive File Stream or Backup and Sync.

    Team Drives

    It depends on which sync solution you use:

    • Drive File Stream: Yes
    • Backup and Sync: No

     

    How does sharing work?

    My Drive

    Different users might see different files in a folder, depending on their access to individual files.

    Team Drives

    All members of the Team Drive see all files. 

     

    How long do files I delete stay in Trash?

    My Drive

    Files or folders in the Trash remain there until the user selects Delete Forever.

    Team Drives

    • Each Team Drive has its own trash.
    • Files and folders in the Trash are deleted forever after 30 days.
    • Members can delete specific files sooner.

     

    Can I restore files?

    My Drive

    Yes, if you’re an owner of the file.

    Team Drives

    Yes, if you have edit access or full access.

  • When should I use a Team Drive instead of My Drive?

    Trying to decide whether to add files to a Team Drive or to My Drive? Ask yourself these questions: 

    • Are the files of interest to most or all members of a particular project team?
    • Do the files share a consistent theme?

    If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, creating a new Team Drive is a good idea.

    If the files are for a variety of projects, create multiple Team Drives.

  • Can files and folders in a Team Drive have different permissions?

    Files can, folders can't. When you add a member to a Team Drive, you set their permission level. That’s the level of access they’ll have on all folders in the Team Drive. You can increase a member’s permission on individual files, but you can’t give them a lower permission than what they have as their Team Drive membership. 

    You can share individual files in a Team Drive with non-members (depending on permissions) but you can’t share folders.

  • What happens if I delete a file in My Drive or a Team Drive?

    My Drive—If you own the file you delete, it's automatically removed from Drive on all of your devices and on the web. Deleted files are moved to Trash. They still count toward your total storage until you permanently delete them from Trash. If you delete a file that you don’t own or that’s been shared with you, other people can still access it until the owner deletes it.

    Team Drives—Each Team Drive has its own Trash. Only members with full access to the Team Drive can delete files. Files and folders in Trash are deleted permanently after 30 days or sooner if a full-access member deletes them first. Full access and edit access members can restore content from Trash.

  • What are the limits on Team Drives?

    In a single Team Drive, you can have:

    Permission 

    Full access

    Edit access

    Comment access

    View access

    Permission 

    Can view files and folders

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    Can comment on files

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    Permission 

    Can edit files

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    Can create and upload files, can create folders

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    Can add or remove people as members of the Team Drive

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    Permission 

    Can change member permissions

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    Can add people to specific files

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    Can move files and folders

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    Permission 

    Can delete files and folders

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    Permission 

    Can restore files from trash

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