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Downloading Files and Folders From Google Drive: A Step-by-Step Guide


How to Download Files from Google Drive




Introduction




Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services that lets you store and access your files online. You can use it to backup your photos, videos, documents, and other important data. You can also create and edit files using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are integrated with Google Drive.




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But what if you want to download your files from Google Drive to your computer or mobile device? Maybe you need to work offline, share them with someone else, or free up some space on your account. Whatever the reason, downloading files from Google Drive is easy and fast. In this article, we will show you how to do it step by step.


How to access Google Drive




Before you can download any files from Google Drive, you need to access your account. You can do this in two ways:


  • Using a web browser: Go to and sign in with your Google account.



  • Using an app: Download the Google Drive app for your device and sign in with your Google account.



Once you are logged in, you will see all your files and folders stored on Google Drive. You can also create new files, upload existing ones, or organize them into folders.


How to download files and folders from Google Drive




How to download a single file or folder




On a computer




To download an individual file or folder from Google Drive on your computer, follow these steps:


  • Find the file or folder you want to download and right-click on it.



  • Select "Download" from the menu that appears.



  • If you are downloading a folder, Google Drive will compress it into a ZIP file. This may take some time depending on the size of the folder.



  • A "Save As" window will open. Choose where you want to save the file or folder on your computer and click "Save".



  • Your file or folder will be downloaded to your chosen location.



On a smartphone or tablet




To download an individual file or folder from Google Drive on your smartphone or tablet, follow these steps:


  • Open the Google Drive app on your device and find the file or folder you want to download.



  • Tap on the three-dot icon next to the file or folder name.



  • Select "Download" from the menu that appears.



  • If you are downloading a folder, Google Drive will compress it into a ZIP file. This may take some time depending on the size of the folder.



  • Your file or folder will be downloaded to your device's default download location. You can access it using a file manager app.



How to download multiple files or folders




On a computer




To download more than one file or folder from Google Drive on your computer, follow these steps:


  • Select the files or folders you want to download by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) while clicking on them.



  • Right-click on any of the selected items and choose "Download" from the menu that appears.Google Drive will compress all the selected items into a single ZIP file. This may take some time depending on the size and number of the items.



  • A "Save As" window will open. Choose where you want to save the ZIP file on your computer and click "Save".



  • Your files or folders will be downloaded to your chosen location as a ZIP file. You can extract them using a program like WinZip or 7-Zip.



On a smartphone or tablet




To download more than one file or folder from Google Drive on your smartphone or tablet, follow these steps:


  • Open the Google Drive app on your device and tap on the three-line icon at the top left corner.



  • Select "Select" from the menu that appears.



  • Tap on the files or folders you want to download. A checkmark will appear next to them.



  • Tap on the three-dot icon at the top right corner and choose "Download" from the menu that appears.



  • Google Drive will compress all the selected items into a single ZIP file. This may take some time depending on the size and number of the items.



  • Your files or folders will be downloaded to your device's default download location as a ZIP file. You can extract them using a file manager app.



How to download all files or folders from Google Drive




Using Google Takeout




If you want to download all your files or folders from Google Drive, you can use a service called Google Takeout. This allows you to export and download your data from various Google products, including Google Drive. Here's how to use it:


  • Go to and sign in with your Google account.



  • Select "Deselect all" to uncheck all the products.



  • Scroll down and find "Drive" and check the box next to it.



  • If you want to download specific files or folders, click on "Multiple formats" and then on "All Drive data included". You can then select or deselect the items you want to download.



  • Click on "OK" and then on "Next step".



  • Choose how you want to receive your data. You can choose the delivery method, frequency, file type, and size. The default option is to get a download link via email.



  • Click on "Create export" and wait for Google to prepare your data. This may take some time depending on the size of your data.



  • Once your data is ready, you will receive an email with a link to download it. Click on the link and save the file to your computer or device.



  • Your data will be downloaded as a ZIP file. You can extract it using a program like WinZip or 7-Zip.



How to download Docs, Sheets, and Slides from Google Drive




If you have created or edited files using Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you may want to download them in a different format that is compatible with other programs. For example, you may want to download a Google Doc as a Word document, a Google Sheet as an Excel spreadsheet, or a Google Slide as a PowerPoint presentation. Here's how to do it:


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How to choose a compatible format




The first step is to choose a format that suits your needs. Here are some of the most common formats that you can choose from:



Google File TypePossible Formats


Google Doc.docx, .odt, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .html, .epub


Google Sheet.xlsx, .ods, .pdf, .csv, .tsv, .html


Google Slide.pptx, .odp, .pdf, .txt, .jpg, .png, .svg


You can also check the full list of supported formats .


How to download individual or multiple files




To download individual or multiple files in a different format from Google Drive, follow these steps:



  • Select the files you want to download by holding down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) while clicking on them.



Right-click on any of the selected files and choose "Download" from the m


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