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 ...
Here is a slightly different take on Mike's answer, with screenshots:
(Click an image to enlarge it)
Open the Drive app (not the app for the specific document type; this won't work in the Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. apps)
Click the 3 dots (or touch-and-hold) to open the context menu on the document
Scroll down if needed and click "add to homescreen"
You can use ES File Explorer.
To get connected:
Press the settings button on the phone, or the app.
Expand the Network list, and click Cloud.
Click New, and choose Gdrive.
Enter your Google credentials, accept the terms, and you're all set up.
To copy a file to the phone:
Locate the file on Gdrive through ES File Explorer.
Long press the file.
Select all files (automatically using the menu option), then slide the "make available offline" switch. It will keep all the selection on device.
You can select a folder but Google will refuse to "make available offline". Instead go into the folder and select any number of files for syncing, and the parent folder will of course also now be created.
I just took a picture with my phone (8MP) after configuring auto backup with both Google Photos (with "high quality" option enabled) and Dropbox.
I compared both images and I can't see a difference between them, although the file sizes differ (the image in Google Photos has 1.3 MB and the one in Dropbox has 2.2 MB). I made the same comparison with an older ...
I had the same problem using Firefox on Android - totally maddening - but fixed it.
After installing Google Drive all my links to pdfs would open with Google Drive PDF Viewer.
I fixed it by, in Firefox, going to about:config in the location bar, then finding "browser.download.preferred.application/pdf" and doing a Reset there.
The next time I clicked on a ...
Okay I have found a third party app that lets me copy everything from Google drive in one easy step - Astro File Manager - it's a free app on play store, works brilliantly for this as you can select everything in the drive and simply copy it over to your SD Card.
This app will also work with dropbox and other cloud services.
No, High Quality won't be the same as Original as Google will compress it again using a similar method to JPEGMini. See this and this comparison tests for more information.
Your space available hasn't changed because Photos might be accessing your photos on Google Drive. You don't need to migrate them, just make them available to Photos.
You can alternatively use the browser and go to [drive.google.com/] and run the site in desktop mode. There, you can use the bar that's just under the search bar. Once you have navigated to the desired folder, go back to the bar I mentioned before, and tap your folder's name in the bar. After doing so, you will find a dropdown menu that will have options in ...
I have just found the real correct way to combat this problem. There is no actual way you can easily see which photos are "original" quality vs "high".
Google provide a slightly hidden feature to convert all your "original" photos to "high".
On Google Photo Settings Page @ https://photos.google.com/settings
Click Recover Storage button to Compress Original ...
Just had the same problem. According to this feature request, the feature is indeed not implemented in the current version of the Google Drive Android App.
Apparently FolderSync does allow this (the free version works as well). You'll need to add Google Drive as a sync account, and then create a new "Folderpair", that allows you to pair a local folder to a ...
Pictures uploaded using Google applications with enabled free option will be recompressed even if they are less than 16Mpix.
Pictures uploaded using 3rd-party software will be as-is regardless option and will use quota if their size is bigger than 2048px by longest dimension even if they are less than 16MP, even if options is set to free.
Try clearing the defaults for the Google PDF Viewer app. You can do this on Android 4.x - 5.x by doing the following:
Go to Settings -> Apps -> All.
Scroll down to Google PDF Viewer app and tap on it.
Scroll down to the Launch by default section and tap the "Clear Defaults" button.
Next time you try to open a PDF, a pop-up should present you with options ...
AFAIK, you cannot read those files directly as they are encrypted and backed up on Google Drive.
The purpose of that Google Drive back up is to restore your chat history so that if you lose your phone or switch to another Android phone, your chats are safe.
Below is how you should restore back up of your chat history using Google Drive.
Make sure the ...
From Google Product forums , this has been widely reported by Nougat users and is a false alarm
Reply from Google help yesterday (08 Aug)
We just received a feedback from the Android team. The error that you are encountering is actually being displayed by accident for some Android Nougat users. It has no effect on your data being backed up or not. The ...
Google openly said in its announcement as well as in its help pages that the free unlimited High Quality option will compress photos 16 MP and under - but will still keep the same resolution and "almost" the same indistinguishable quality.
Go to photos.google.com. Select Options from the top left of this page, then select Settings near the bottom of the Options menu. Change the radio button to High Quality (free unlimited storage). Just under this you will see two options - Buy Storage - Recover Storage. Select Recover Storage and you will be presented with the option to "Compress". Select ...
The function CHAR(10) will return a Line Feed.
Combining with functions like CONCATENATE() or & will give a new line. Example:
=CONCATENATE("First line"; CHAR(10); "Second line")
="First line"&CHAR(10)&"Second line"
So disconnecting the whatsapp from the google drive didnt exactly work out because my chats were also in that google drive backup.
However, here is how I was successful in restoring only the chats. (No media).
Install Whatsapp and verify the number.
Make sure your Data connection is active. WIFI should be OFF.
Click on restore backup (Entire backup. ...
If you've tried to clear it from the apps settings for Dropbox and Google Drive, you'll find there are no defaults set, because the default is set with the app that opens the file, not the app you open it from. From Apps in the device settings, go to Office Suite Pro's settings, and click Clear defaults there.
From self testing of the Drive, QuickOffice and the new Docs apps and an official Google blog posting, it seems like the strategy will be:
Google Drive app to view and organize your files
QuickOffice to open MS Documents
Stand Alone Google Docs apps (Docs, Sheets, and eventually Slides) to open Google Doc Files
Some testing I did shows (Moto X 4.4.2 with ...
The only way that I found so far is through the clipboard.
Using a source document with a line break, with some effort you could succeed in selecting just the line break, and then copy/paste it.
Even easier is to use an app such as "Unicode Pad" or "Unicode CharMap", both of which will find and then copy/paste any character. You'll need to look for LF, ...
I'm having the same problem. So far, the only working solution that I discovered is to disconnect WhatsApp from your Google Drive (during the restoration).
In a browser, go to your Google Drive → Setting (the gear icon) → Manage Apps → look for WhatsApp Messenger → click Option next to it → click Disconnect From Drive.
The media ...
I'm going to post an alternative answer to my own question, in spite of having accepted the previous answer. The reason is that I have since learned, on my personal device, that the Android Backup and Restore doesn't work as well as I expected, so while that wasn't the case in the case above, this might be the case for other people finding this question.
Firstly, this is assuming you have ICS or higher (not sure if the Gallery works this way before then).
If you open an album, you should be able to long-press on a photo, and then at the top of the screen, where it says 1 selected, press that and you can say 'select all'.
Then upload them.
There is no need for a third party app. You can explore your Google drive storage like you can your internal storage from your phone's settings app. There you can then copy even folders to your internal storage
Press on the button to open the side menu.
Go to the folder you wish to download.
Long press the folder.
Press on the 3 ...