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How can I add a shortcut to a particular Google Drive document to my Android homescreen?

This is the Android analog to this question. Using a URL doesn't work, since I don't want to open the browser and I want to directly access a Google Drive file I have made available offline.

Could QuickShortcutMaker be used? Looking through it briefly, (see here) it doesn't look possible because the "intents" used by QuickShortcutMaker don't take arguments such as a filename.

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There is a related question that discusses the older version of the app as well, but the app has changed quite substantially since then so I think it's okay for the questions to co-exist. – eldarerathis Oct 1 '12 at 15:06
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You should be able to do this natively.

Android 3.0 (and below):

In your launcher, press and hold on a blank area and click "Shortcuts". Select "Drive Shortcut", then your document, and it will create a link for you.

Android 4.0 (and above)

Open your app drawer and jump to the Widgets section. Swipe until you get to "Drive Shortcut". Long-press and drop on your desktop. Choose the account to use (if necessary) then select the document.

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It appears that this doesn't work everywhere though. :( I'm not sure what's different but the widget appears to be provided by the Google Drive app however on one device (a ZTE phone with 4.something) it's not there in the list of widgets. – dash-tom-bang Nov 29 '14 at 6:17

Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots:

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  1. Open the Drive app
  2. Click the 3 dots to open the menu on the document


  3. Click Share Link in the menu


  4. Click Copy to clipboard


  5. Open browser, paste link

  6. After page loads, open the browser page menu

  7. Click Add to Home screen


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Figured this out.. Go to drive, long hold on the doc, copy link, copy to clipboard. Open web browser and paste url, then copy page to homescreen. For reference I had copy to device turned on.

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Could you explain better? Tried and didn't work. – Lombas Sep 13 '15 at 19:33

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