How to Download Google Drive Files on iPad

Google Drive is the best cloud service in the market even if we are using it on mobile or PC. Cloud storage is the easiest way to store images, in a secure way where you can access them anytime anywhere from any device.

As the demand increased for more space for the users to keep the files. Since you cannot add everything to the hard drive people prefer cloud storage to store to keep up for mobile space.

To make it easier for all iOS users, this tutorial will help you to download Google Drive files on your iPad.

How to Download Google Drive Files on iPad

Check the process to download Google Drive files on iPad. This applies to both iPhones and iPads as well.

  • Make sure you have the Google Drive application on your iPad. If not, install it from the App Store.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once logged in, you will see four tabs at the bottom of the screen. Click the last one, which denotes the folder icon.
  • All the files will show up in the root directory.
  • To download a file, select it and press the icon with three dots next to it. 
  • Click on Open in from the menu that is displayed on the screen. Choose Save to files from the succeeding menu. 
  • Now you have to choose the location for this file. You can save the file on iCloud or any other connected drive that you have on the phone itself.

Similar to the functionality of the Android system, you need to perform one more extra step in iOS platforms.

How to Use the Files App to Download Google Drive Files on iPad 

The stock file manager application on iPads and iPhones is a much smarter way to deal with files placed on cloud storage like Google Drive. It offers a good combination with Google Drive, which you have not expected. Follow the steps below to see how to use it.

  • Open the Files app from the iPad.
  • Press the Browse tab twice to reach the root directory. 
  • Press the three-dot icon at the top right of the screen and select Edit. 
  • After that, all the Drives connected to the file manager will be displayed on the screen. 
  • Find Google Drive, click on the toggle beside it to switch it on, and hit Done. 
  • Once you have done that, click on the Google Drive option again to open it and select the folders you want to download. 
  • Select many files or folders you want to download click the icon next to the delete button at the bottom of the screen and hit Copy.
  • Go back and navigate wherever you want to save the files either on iCloud or on your phone storage.
  • Long-press on the screen where you want to paste these files and click on Paste.

All your files will now be copied from Google Drive to your iPad. Now, you can either make space on the internal storage or download them directly to iCloud.

Download Files From Google Drive onto Your Mac

Downloading files and documents on a Mac is no different from downloading items on a Windows, we have listed down all the steps you need to follow. 

  • Open Google Drive from MAC with your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, select any file or folder you would like to download and draw out the contextual menu by right-clicking on it. 
  • Select Download from the list. 
How to Download Google Drive Files on iPad
  • If the file is small in size, Google Drive will check for viruses and download it. If the file size exceeds, then it should be checked for viruses. You will see the warning message, will show up saying it can’t scan for viruses. Click Download anyway if that happens, and the download should begin.

The steps above are as easy as anything and anyone can simply follow them and download files on your Mac. If you are facing any issues, you can try updating the operating system and check it again.

Can I Upload Files to Google Drive From My iPad?

Many users will be asking if users cannot upload files to Drive directly on iPad. Follow the below steps to upload the files in Google Drive.

  • Unlock your iPad and make sure you have the Google Drive app installed. 
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you’re logged in, click on the plus icon at the bottom of the screen. 
  • Select Upload from the menu and choose between photos & videos or browse. 
  • The Browse option will allow you to upload documents, videos, and other files. In contrast, the Photos & videos option will take you to the gallery, where you can select any image or video you want to upload.


Here you can see, you can use all the Google Drive functionalities on iPads and iPhones. You have to do one more extra step to get things done.

The advantage of backing up Google Drive files is that you can save space on the drive itself. 15GB is never enough since it syncs all Google-integrated tools. So downloading and sending to iPad makes more sense.

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