How to Fix Common Issues in Google Drive

We have always spoken about how Google Drive is one of the best cloud storage platforms. However, even the best products have loopholes and errors faced by multiple users all over the world. Similarly, Google Drive has encountered errors and issues that can be solved by following certain steps as mentioned in this guide.

Some very common issues you will come across are where you run out of the free storage provided to you, uploading files errors, sharing errors, and so much more. The best part of all of this is that you can solve each of them very easily. In fact, the method to solve them is pretty much similar to each other.

Here is a list of all the common troubleshooting methods and issues in Google Drive you can fix.

How to Fix Common Issues in Google Drive

Whether you are having upload, download, or even sharing errors, all of these can be solved with the same set of methods. So, we curated a list with the best ones among them to help you out. Here are a few of them. 

1. Check the Google Drive Server

The first thing you can do is simply open the Google Workspace dashboard on your system. For this, you can try out the free version and log in to your account.

There are times when you will multiple errors that contain anything. It could be an upload error or server error, but you may not know for sure what could be the reason behind it.

How to Fix Common Issues in Google Drive

Hence, simply visit the dashboard on Google Workspace that will show you the status of the Google Drive server.

Here, if the status shows a green signal, that means everything is fine from the server end, and the issue isn’t internal. Or else, if the signal shows red, you can simply wait for Google to fix the issue.

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2. Check your Internet Connection

Have been unable to access Google Drive and facing difficulties to save files? Well, multiple users have had the error that shows Trying to connect message on the screen.

The major reason behind this is that your internet connection is super slow or it is simply not working at all.

Hence, you need to check your internet connection and make sure you rule out this possibility overall. For this, you can check your router and try opening other sites to see if everything is working fine.

For speed check, you can try out any website and see if it looks okay. Or simply you can use your Mobile data to carry on with your work.

3. Update your Browser

Not everyone even looks at their browser update. Here, we are talking about the Chrome Browser. While starting up an Incognito Tab, you can see the notification to update your browser, it is always better to take the step and make it happen.

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Common Issues in Google Drive

Google Chrome consumes a lot of resources on your system. Hence, if your Google Drive seems to be crashing very frequently, it could be because your browser is not updated.

The same goes for other browsers as well, you never know what could be causing the errors or Issues in Google Drive.

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4. Clear Cache, Cookies, and Browsing Data

Now, we mentioned all of the above not only for Google Drive but also so that other web pages can run smoothly and faster. You can try clearing the cache on your browser using the steps mentioned below.

  • Tap on the Three Dots in the top-right corner of your browser.
  • Now, click on More Tools and then Clear Browsing Data.
  • Next, in the new windows, select all the options such as Clear Cache, Browning Data, and Cookies.
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  • Click on Clear Data.

Once done, all your cache and browsing data will be cleared. You can now try opening Google Drive for any work.

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5. Disable the Antivirus

Antivirus is supposed to stop any files from being downloaded on your system that might pose a threat. It keeps your laptop from any virus. However, it does the same with files downloaded from Google Drive and thus multiple errors take place.

You can rather choose to disable the antivirus or firewall that you have installed on your laptop and then try different options on Google Drive that were restricted before.

Why can’t I open my files in Google Drive?

The major reason for such an error is that you longer have access to those files. If you are not the owner and those files have been shared with you, the owner can simply remove you. Hereafter, you will never be able to use the file. Hence, make sure you have all the access.

Why is my Google Drive offline?

Your Google Drive might currently be offline since there is hardly any proper internet connection. The first thing you need to do is simply check your internet as we mentioned before. Rather than jumping to a conclusion about any internal error, it is important to try all different fixes by ourselves and then look further.

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Here we are with all you need to know about how to fix common issues in Google Drive. There are hundreds of errors on this platform, but each of them has the potential to get the fix and work smoothly overall.

We have tried each of these basic methods every time before turning over for complicated methods. These do not require any equipment separately, rather you can learn as you go. From checking the internet connection to disabling the antivirus you can try it all. Some may work for you, while some may not, depending on the type of error you are facing.

There are many more fixes out there on the web that you can try as well. But make sure it is from a trusted source so that you do not end up harming your machine. Lastly. If nothing works, you can add your question and query on the Google Community Support which surely works for everyone who is active there.

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