Google Docs with iPad

We spend time on our laptops and desktops while we are at home or at the office. And when we are on the move, we continue to do tasks on our mobile devices. We take notes, send/receive emails, review and edit documents, upload pictures and more. Whatever changes we make on our tablet, it would be nice to have them automatically updated on our computer. That is what Google Drive is all about.


Google Drive allows you to store up to 5GB of files for free on the cloud, edit word documents as well as spreadsheets. All you need is a Google e-mail account and the Google Drive App for iPad which can be downloaded from the App store. An additional advantage is that Google Drive can also be used on your iPhone or iPod touch.

Google Docs used to be separate from Google Drive but some time ago Google merged both onto Google Drive.

Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad 2, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 5, iOS 6 and up

Before you continue, make sure your iPad is connected to the Internet.

Starting Google Drive

Open Google Drive by tapping on its icon and enter your Google email address and password.


The App displays any files or folders that you may have.


Adding Documents

Tapping the plus button on the top right corner, allows you to add new documents, spreadsheets or folders. You can also upload pictures or videos.

google-drive-document google-drive-spreadsheet

If you want, you can share your files and documents with other people.

Working offline

You can flag certain files to be available offline so you can edit them even when your iPad is not connected to the Internet. Simply select the file and turn on the “Available offline” switch.


Google Drive on your Computer

Since your files are stored in the cloud, you can access them from your computer using your Web Browser or by Downloading the Google Drive client for PC or Mac.

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