Jen’s 5-Minute App Tip Series, Episode 4: How to upload to Google Drive

Jen’s 5-Minute App Tip Series, Episode 4: How to upload to Google Drive

To better understand the benefits demonstrated of the Google Drive app shown in this 5-Minute App Tip, I suggest downloading the app to fully review the features. Here are links to do so on your mobile device:
Google Play Store
Apple Store

Today’s lesson will explain how to upload a photo from your phone’s gallery to Google Drive. This skill is super helpful for when you have photos or videos that are too large to email or send via text message. I like to begin by making sure that I have a stable Internet connection and I recommend you do the same. Faulty internet connections can lead to longer upload (and download times) and I’d hate to see you waiting for hours! I get the best results by turning on my Wi-Fi.

Upon opening my Google Drive app on my mobile device, I click on the rainbow-colored plus sign in the lower right-hand corner and click “Upload.” In the upper left-hand corner, you’ll see that your mobile device will open to your phone’s photo gallery. Depending on the type of mobile device you are using, it will automatically open to your “Recents” folder or show all of your folders. If it opens to your “Recents” folder and you would like to access a file in another folder, you can click on the three lines in the top right-hand corner to view your other albums.

Once you locate the file you would like to upload, you can simply select it by touching it. It may take a moment to do so, but upon its selection, it will automatically upload. If the file becomes no longer visible on your screen, you can click on the three lines in the upper left-hand corner and select “Recent.” This will allow you to view what you just uploaded along with any other recently accessed files in your Google Drive account.

I also recommend that you rename your files right away so that you can keep your Google Drive organized. In order to do so, click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner and select “Rename.” Remember, if you’re going to download this file onto your website, you want to make sure that it is optimized by putting in keywords that relate to its content. (If you would like to learn more SEO optimization tips, check out this link!)

Once you’re ready to share it, you can grab the link by clicking on those three dots again and selecting “Link sharing off,” to make it available, and then click “Copy link.” You can also choose to “Send a copy” of the file if you want someone to have their own copy of it instead of access to yours. Once you do so, you can click on a variety of options on how to send the file; your contacts via text message, social media apps, email, etc. That’s the tip! I hope this lesson was helpful for you, feel free to leave a comment below or on the video on my Youtube channel and please tell your friends!

If you have any suggestions for future 5-Minute app tips, please leave a comment or contact me, your Social Media Trainer – Jen Wilner from Secretary Central 

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