How do I save files to my phone from Google Drive?

Google Drive is a familiar cloud storage service where we can access files from anywhere in the world. Everything comes in handy, so using Google Drive on mobile is also easy to access all the features.

Follow this tutorial to see how to save files to my phone from Drive.

How to Save Files to an Android phone from Google Drive?

Google Drive application on Android allows data transfer between smartphones and Google Drive. To save files to an android phone from Google Drive, follow the below steps.

  • Open the Google Drive application on your Android Phone and log in to your Google account.
  • Move to the file you want to download. Tap on the More (three dots) option.
  • From the dropdown menu, select the Download option. You will receive a notification once the download is completed.
save files to my phone from Google Drive

The file will be saved to your phone, and you can now access it even when you are offline. The device will usually save the file to the Downloads folder in your phone memory. You can use the file explorer to locate and open the downloaded file. 

How do you Save files to an iPhone/iOS device from Google Drive? 

Apple’s cloud storage platform, iCloud, is a user-friendly product, but it offers users 5GB of free storage. Considering the large file sizes of iPhone images, videos, and backups, 5GB is too little space even for an average user. 

On the other hand, Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage space for its users, and you can save three times more files compared to iCloud. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the Apple cloud storage systems, and the number of iPhone users depending on Google Drive for cloud storage is rapidly increasing.

Google Drive is the best alternative cloud storage option available for iPhone users, and using It on iOS devices is uncomplicated. Let’s check the steps to save a file to your iOS device from Google Drive.

  • Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
  • Locate the file you want to save to your phone and Tap More (three dots) next to the file name. 
  • Select the Open in option and choose the application you want to open the file in.

iOS gives two options while downloading a file from Google Drive. 

  • Save the file to your phone’s memory

Choose this option to save the file to your phone’s memory. After downloading, you can access the while in offline mode.

  • Open the file within another application

You can open the file in another application using this option.

How to save files to my PC from Google Drive?

Let’s check how to save files to your PC. The download procedure is the same if you are using the Google Drive application or the Web version of Google Drive. 

  • Open the Google Drive account and select the file you want to download.
  • Right-click on the file and select the Download option.
How to save file to Google Drive
  • Choose the download location and click on Save.

This is how we have to save files from Google Drive.

How to Download all Files in Google Drive to my Phone or PC?

What if you want to download all files in your Google Drive to a phone or PC? You can select all files and click on download but it will be complicated if you have a large number of files in the drive. The easiest method is to download all the Drive files as a zip file to your computer or phone.

Google Takeout is a tool for downloading your entire Google content to any device you choose. The tool will allow you to download a wide range of content and files from your Google account, but we are focusing only on Google Drive files here. Here are the steps you need to follow. 

  • Open the Google Takeout using the same Google account of your Drive.
  • By default, all the Google services content will be selected for download. Deselect all products.
how to save on google drive from phone
  • Select the Google Drive option only.
Select the Google Drive option only
  • Scroll down and click on the Next step option.
  • In the next window, choose the delivery method. The best option is to email the download link.
Send download link via email
  • Set the download frequency as Export once.
  • Select the file type you want, .zip or .tgz, and the file size: You have options from 1 GB to 50 GB.
Select the file type
  • Click on the Create export option.

When your files are ready, you will receive an email with a download link. You will have one week to download them.


The above methods will help you to save files to your phone or PC from Google Drive without any complications.

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