Google Drive Getting Started

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Getting Started with Google Drive


Getting Started with Google Drive
In order to use Google Drive, you will need a Google Account. Google Accounts are free, and signing up for one is fairly simple. During the process you will also receive a Gmail (Google Mail) address and Google+ profile. Once you've created your account, you'll be able to use your Gmail address to access not only Google Drive, but other Google services like CalendarYouTube, Reader, and more.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to create a new Google Account and how to install and access Google Drive. In addition, you'll also become familiar with the Google Drive interface.

Creating an Account

In order to create a Google account, you'll need to enter some information, like your namebirthdate, andlocation. Creating a Google account will automatically create a Gmail (Google Mail) email address and aGoogle+ profile, as well. Using Gmail, Google's free email service,or Google+, Google's social network, is completely optional, so don't feel obligated to use these services.
If you have a Gmail address, you already have a Google Account, so you won't need to create an account—you can simply sign in to Google using your Gmail information.

To Create a Google Account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Sign in button in the top-right corner of the page.
    Screenshot of GoogleClicking Sign in
  3. Click Sign Up or Create an account for free.
    Screenshot of GoogleClicking Sign Up
  4. The Create a new Google Account form will appear.
    Screenshot of GoogleCreating a new Google Account form
  5. You will now need to enter your information into the form. Type your first name and last name.
  6. Type the Google username you want to use. This will be both your Google Account name and Gmail address. Google checks the availability of the username to make sure that name hasn't already been taken.
    Screenshot of GoogleTyping your Google username
  7. Type your desired password. Just like with any online service, it's important to choose a strong password—in other words, one that is difficult for someone to guess. When you type your desired password, Gmail will tell you whether it is strong enough, and if it's not strong enough you can modify it. For more information, check out Passwords - The First Step to Safety in our Internet Safety Tutorial.
    Screenshot of GoogleCreating a strong password
  8. Enter your birthday monthday, and year. If you prefer not to give out your birthday, you can enter a random date. Select your gender.
    Screenshot of GoogleTyping Birthday and selecting Gender
  9. Optional: If you would like Google to text you your password if you ever forget it or need to reset it, enter yourMobile phone number. This is not required to sign up for a Google Account.
  10. Optional: If you would like Google to help keep your account secure by emailing you if there is unusual activity happening with your account, enter an alternate email address in the Other email address box.
    Screenshot of GoogleFields for contact information
  11. Next, you will need to enter the verification text. You will also need to select your location.
    Screenshot of GoogleTyping the verification text and selecting Location
  12. Review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy and check the box to accept.
  13. Review the About personalization link and check the box if you would like to participate in Google +1 content and ads. We will leave the box empty.
  14. Click Next step to continue.
    Screenshot of Google AccountAgreeing to Terms of Service
  15. The Create your profile page will appear. Click Add Profile Photo if you wish to add a photo to yourGoogle+ profile. If you do not want a profile photo at this time, click Next step. You can add a profile photo later, if you change your mind.
    Screenshot of GoogleContinuing to the next step
  16. The Google welcome page will appear. This page will help explain the basics of your Google account and will remind you of your new Google username and Gmail address.
    Screenshot of GoogleThe Google welcome page
You have completed the sign up process. Click Get started. You will be redirected to
Screenshot of GoogleClicking Get started

Setting Up Your Account

Launch "Getting Started with Drive" video!Watch the video (3:04). Need help?
Getting started with Google Drive is a two-step process. First, you'll need to visit the website for the first time, in order to enable your account. Then you'll download the software you need to use Google Drive on your desktop.
Watch the video to find out how to set up Google Drive.

Installing Google Drive

Google Drive is actually a small piece of software that you'll need to download and install to your computer. After the program is installed, you'll be able to upload files from your computer to Google Drive and access them anywhere you go.
In this example, we will install Google Drive for Windows. Google Drive is also available for Mac, but keep in mind that the Mac installation process will be a little different.
You can still access the majority of Google Drive's features online without installing the separate Google Driveprogram; however, you will not be able to upload and sync files from your computer easily without it.

To Install Google Drive:

  1. While signed in to your Google Account, navigate to
  2. The Welcome to Google Drive dialog box will appear. Click Try Google Drive to continue.
    Screenshot of Google DriveTrying Google Drive
  3. The Google Drive page will appear. Click the Install Google Drive for PC button.
    Screenshot of Google DriveInstalling Google Drive
  4. The Download Google Drive for Windows dialog box will appear. Review the Terms of Service and then click Accept and Install.
    Screenshot of Google DriveClicking Accept and Install
  5. The Google Drive Installer will open automatically. Depending on your current browser and operating system, the download and installation process may be a little more complicated. Step-by-step instructions will appear in the browser window if you are not sure how to proceed.
  6. Click Close when the installer is finished.
    Screenshot of Google DriveClosing the Google Drive Installer
  7. The Sign in to Google Drive window will appear. Confirm your Google username, reenter your password, and click Sign in.
    Screenshot of Google DriveSigning in to Google Drive
  8. The Getting started window will appear, which explains how Google Drive works with your computer. ClickNext to continue.
    Screenshot of Google DriveThe Getting Started window
  9. Click Finish to complete the installation.
    Screenshot of Google ChromeClosing the Getting Started window
Google Drive is now installed on your computer. Drive will automatically add a shortcut to your desktop.
Screenshot of Google DriveA shortcut to Google Drive 

Accessing Google Drive

Once you've set up your Google Account and installed Google Drive, you're ready to get started. It's easy to accessyour Google Drive at any time using an internet browser or from your computer's desktop.

To Access Google Drive:

  1. Navigate to and Sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Locate and select Drive from the menu at the top of the page.
    Screenshot of Google DriveGoing to your Google Drive
  3. Your Google Drive will appear.
    Screenshot of Google DriveViewing your Google Drive
You can also view your Google Drive directly on your computer by clicking the Google Drive icon Drive Icon in your startup menu and then selecting Open Google Drive folder from the drop-down menu.
Screenshot of Google DriveAccessing Google Chrome on the desktop

Google Drive Interface

Your Google Drive may be empty right now, but as you begin to upload and create files, you will need to know how to viewmanage, and organize them in the interface.
Review the interactive below to become familiar with the Google Drive interface.

Drive for Mobile Devices

Available for both iOS and Android, the Google Drive app allows you to view, edit and upload files to Google Drive using your mobile device. Whether you're proofreading an important document or showing off a presentation, the Google Drive app makes it easy to access and edit files on the go.
Screenshot of Google Drive for iPhoneInstalling Google Drive on an iPhone
Screenshot of Google Drive for iPhoneViewing files in the Google Drive app



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