Google Drive


Google Drive is a cloud based storage system. Cloud based means that the information uploaded or created with Google Drive remains on Google's servers. This is an additional protection against data loss if your hard drive fails, or your files become inaccessible. Google Drive is available to all users that have a Google login. Google Drive lets you create documents (text document, spreadsheet, slideshow) and store them online accessible with your Google credentials as well as allowing you to save documents created with other programs as well such as Finale, Adobe Creative Suite and many others. Documents created in Google Drive are able to be shared and edited with people you grant access. You can also upload documents to Google Drive and access them from any location, if you have an Internet connection.

If you are a Gustavus user, you have a Google Drive account associated with Gustavus. If you are also a Gmail user, you have at least two Google Drive Accounts (one for each gmail account, and one Gustavus account). These two accounts are separate, however you are able to share the documents between the accounts.

Information Security

Confidential Data such as the following should never be stored on Google Drive:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Driver's license numbers
  • Credit card numbers
  • Bank account numbers or information
  • Medical information
  • Passport information

Before sharing restricted data, review our File Sharing guidelines.

Accessing Account

That's a great question! The method for access varies depending on which account you wish to access.

  • Gustavus account
    Inputting your Full Gustavus Email Address

The login process for accessing your Gustavus Gooogle drive looks slightly different. After visiting, enter your full Gustavus email in the email field. This mean "", and not "". You can either enter your Gustavus password or not. Whether or not you enter your password does not matter, because Google recognizes the Gustavus account, and forwards you to the Gustavus login page.

  • Gmail account
    Google Drive Login Screen

If you are looking to access your Google Drive account associated with a gmail address, visit You will then be prompted with a login screen. Input your gmail email address and your password. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you may be asked to enter a code before Google Drive will allow you to access your files. Two Factor Authentication is optional and takes deliberate, specific steps to set up. If you're reading this, and have no idea what two-factor authentication is, you likely don't have it and thus, do not need to worry. For more information regarding two-factor authentication, please see Google's two-factor authentication information page.

Creating Files


Uploading a Folder

Google Drive allows for single file upload as well as a folder full of documents to make uploading a lot of files easier. To upload a folder while using a web browser, click and drag your folder onto the Google Drive web page. You will see a big blue circle with a (+) on it and it also will say "Incoming."


Uploading a file

  1. Click the red New button on the left menu.
  2. Click File Upload
  3. Choose file from your computer to upload and click Choose.

Upload Video

  1. Create video on iPhone
  2. Open up Google Drive app (Use Gustavus account)
  3. Click the + in the upper right corner.
  4. Click Upload Photos or Videos.
  5. Allow access to photos.
  6. Choose video to download, click the check mark in upper right hand corner. (The video will upload)
  7. Click the the 3 horizontal lines in the upper left corner, then click recent.
  8. Click the i next to the video.
  9. Rename the file if you would like.
  10. Click i again next to the video and click share.
  11. Share video with appropriate people (such as professors, group members, class members) - Gustavus accounts have unlimited storage
  1. Create video on phone
  2. Open up Google Drive app (Use Gustavus account credentials)
  3. Click the red circle with the + symbol in the lower left
  4. Click upload.
  5. Choose video location on your device
  6. Click the video you would like to upload
  7. Once uploaded you are able to rename video. (videos take a few minutes to process and show up in your Drive listing after uploading is complete)
  8. Share video with appropriate people (such as professors, group members, class members) - Gustavus accounts have unlimited storage

Shared Drives (Formerly Team Drives)

Shared Drives provide several benefits over sharing folders/files individually. GTS recommends using Shared Drives whenever possible over sharing folders individually.

Migrating Data to a Shared Drive

Individual files can be migrated to a Shared Drive by dragging it over in the Google Drive web interface. Migrating a folder requires assistance from GTS.

  1. Grant Viewer access to the folders to the GTS administrator you are working with. Only folders owned by a user in your organization can be migrated.
  2. Add the GTS Administrator as a member of the shared drive where the folders will be moved.

After you have completed these steps, the GTS Administrator can migrate the folders and then you can remove this access to the Shared Drive.

Sharing Folders/Files

To share a file or folder with others on Google Drive, please follow the directions below.

Before sharing restricted data, review our File Sharing guidelines.

  1. Right click on the folder/file you want to share (this will be a Control click if you do not have a right mouse button)
  2. Select share as displayed below.
  3. When the new window pops up, enter the e-mails of the google accounts of the people you want to share the folder/file with in the space near the bottom.
  4. Click Done.

The people you shared the file with should be able to find it in their "Shared With Me" folder in their Drive. Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 3.13.13 PM.png

Sharing file by URL

  1. Open the file on Google Drive
  2. Click File, then click Share
  3. When the sharing popup opens, click the Get shareable link button. Anyone with the url can view this file.
  4. Send or post the URL to share with others.

How much can my Drive hold?

Your Gustavus Google Drive account has unlimited storage space, while regular Gmail Google Drive accounts have a 15GB limit to share between your Gmail email storage and Drive storage.

Google Drive Desktop Application

Google gives you the option of installing Google Drive on your computer. This means that you will have a Google Drive folder stored on your computer that is connected to your Google Drive. Saving a file in your Google Drive folder on your computer means that your computer will also save it online. This is very useful as a backup for important files.

To install the Desktop Application, visit the Google Drive web site and choose the type of Device (Mac, Android, PC, etc) that you are using.

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