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Google Drive Export: How to Download All Your Data in One Go



How to Download Your Google Drive




Google Drive is a cloud storage service that lets you store and access your files from any device. You can also create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But what if you want to download your Google Drive files and folders to your computer or mobile device? In this article, we'll show you how to do that in a few easy steps.




how to download your google drive



Introduction




What is Google Drive and why you might want to download it




Google Drive is a free service that gives you 15 GB of online storage space for your files. You can use it to back up your photos, videos, music, documents, and more. You can also access your files from any device with an internet connection, such as your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. You can also share your files with others and collaborate on them in real time.


However, there might be some situations where you want to download your Google Drive files and folders to your device. For example, you might want to:


  • Work on your files offline when you don't have an internet connection.



  • Transfer your files to another device or storage medium.



  • Create a backup copy of your files in case something happens to your Google account.



  • Free up some space on your Google Drive by deleting some files after downloading them.



How to download files and folders from Google Drive




There are different ways to download files and folders from Google Drive depending on what you want to download. You can download:


  • A single file or folder.



  • Multiple files or folders.



  • All files or folders.



  • Docs, Sheets, and Slides.



We'll explain each method in detail below.


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Download a Single File or Folder From Google Drive




Step 1 : Launch Google Drive on your desktop




To download a single file or folder from Google Drive, you need to have the Google Drive app installed on your computer. You can download it from here . Once you have installed the app, you can launch it by clicking the Google Drive icon on your taskbar or menu bar.


Step 2: Find the file or folder you want to download




Next, you need to find the file or folder you want to download from your Google Drive. You can use the search bar at the top to type in the name of the file or folder, or you can browse through your folders by clicking on them. You can also use the filters on the left to narrow down your results by type, owner, date, or starred items.


Step 3: Right-click the item and choose "Download"




Once you have found the file or folder you want to download, you need to right-click on it and choose "Download" from the menu that appears. This will start the download process and show you a progress bar at the bottom right corner of your screen.


Step 4: Save the file or folder to your computer




When the download is complete, you will see a notification on your screen that says "Download complete". You can click on it to open the file or folder, or you can find it in your default download location on your computer. You can also change your download location by going to "Preferences > Settings > Download Location" in your Google Drive app.


Download Multiple Files or Folders From Google Drive




Step 1: Launch Google Drive on your desktop




The same as step 1 above.


Step 2: Select the items you want to download




If you want to download more than one file or folder from Google Drive, you need to select them first. You can do this by holding down the Ctrl key (or Command key on Mac) and clicking on each item you want to download. You can also select a range of items by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the first and last item in the range. You will see a blue checkmark on each selected item.


Step 3: Right-click any one item and choose "Download"




The same as step 3 above.


Step 4: Save the ZIP file to your computer




When you download multiple files or folders from Google Drive, they will be compressed into a ZIP file. This is a single file that contains all the items you selected. You will see a notification on your screen that says "Download complete". You can click on it to open the ZIP file, or you can find it in your default download location on your computer. You can also change your download location by going to "Preferences > Settings > Download Location" in your Google Drive app.


To access the files or folders inside the ZIP file, you need to extract them first. You can do this by right-clicking on the ZIP file and choosing "Extract All" or "Extract Here" from the menu that appears. This will create a new folder with the same name as the ZIP file that contains all the items you downloaded.


Download All Files or Folders From Google Drive




Step 1: Launch your web browser and open the Google Takeout site




If you want to download all files or folders from Google Drive, you need to use a web-based tool called Google Takeout. This is a service that lets you export and download data from various Google products, including Google Drive. You can access it by launching your web browser and opening this link: https://takeout.google.com/ . You might need to sign in with your Google account if you are not already logged in.


Step 2: Deselect all items except Drive




On the Google Takeout site, you will see a list of all Google products that you can export data from. By default, all of them are selected. However, since we only want to download data from Google Drive, we need to deselect all other items. You can do this by clicking on "Deselect all" at the top right corner of the list. Then, scroll down until you find "Drive" and check the box next to it.


Step 3: Choose "Send Download Link via Email" as the delivery method




Next, you need to choose how you want to receive your data from Google Takeout. You can do this by scrolling down to the bottom of the list and clicking on "Next step". This will take you to a page where you can choose your delivery method, frequency, file type, and size. For the delivery method, choose "Send download link via email". This will send you an email with a link to download your data when it is ready.


Step 4: Choose "Export Once" as the frequency




For the frequency, choose "Export once". This will create a one-time export of your data from Google Drive. If you want to schedule regular exports of your data, you can choose "Export every 2 months for 1 year" or "Export every month for 1 year". However, this will create multiple copies of your data and take up more space on your Google Drive.


Step 5: Choose "ZIP" or "TGZ" as the file type and size




For the file type and size, you can choose between "ZIP" or "TGZ". These are two common formats for compressing files and folders. ZIP is more widely supported and compatible with most devices, while TGZ is more efficient and can handle larger files. You can also choose the maximum size of each file, from 1 GB to 50 GB. If your data exceeds the maximum size, it will be split into multiple files.


Step 6: Click "Create Export" and wait for the email link




Once you have chosen your options, click on "Create Export" at the bottom of the page. This will start the process of exporting your data from Google Drive. Depending on the size and number of your files and folders, this might take some time. You can check the progress of your export by going back to the Google Takeout site and clicking on "Manage Exports". When your export is complete, you will receive an email with a link to download your data. You can also find the link on the Google Takeout site under "Manage Exports".


Download Docs, Sheets, and Slides From Google Drive




Step 1: Launch Google Drive on your desktop




The same as step 1 above.


Step 2: Find the file you want to download




The same as step 2 above.


Step 3: Click the file and choose "File > Download" from the menu bar




If you want to download a file that was created with Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you need to open it first. You can do this by double-clicking on the file or right-clicking on it and choosing "Open with > Google Docs/Sheets/Slides". This will launch the file in a new tab in your web browser. Then, you need to click on the file name at the top left corner of the screen and choose "File > Download" from the menu bar.


Step 4: Choose a compatible format for your file




When you download a file from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you can choose a format that is compatible with other applications or devices. For example, you can choose:


  • "Microsoft Word (.docx)" for Google Docs files.



  • "Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)" for Google Sheets files.



  • "Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx)" for Google Slides files.



  • "PDF Document (.pdf)" for any file type.



  • "Plain Text (.txt)" for Google Docs files.



  • "Comma-separated values (.csv)" for Google Sheets files.



  • "JPEG Image (.jpg)" for Google Slides files.



You can also choose other formats depending on your needs. Once you have chosen a format, click on it and save the file to your computer.


Save Files From Google Drive to Your Smartphone or Tablet




Step 1: Launch the Google Drive app on your phone or tablet




To save files from Google Drive to your smartphone or tablet, you need to have the Google Drive app installed on your device. You can download it from here . Once you have installed the app, you can launch it by tapping on the Google Drive icon on your home screen or app drawer.


Step 2: Find the file you want to download




The same as step 2 above.


Step 3: Tap the three dots next to the file and choose "Make Available Offline" or "Download"




If you want to save a file from Google Drive to your device, you have two options : "Make Available Offline" or "Download".


The first option is to make the file available offline. This means that the file will be stored on your device and you can access it even when you don't have an internet connection. However, the file will still take up space on your Google Drive and it will not be updated if there are any changes made to it online. To make a file available offline, tap the three dots next to the file and choose "Make Available Offline" from the menu that appears. You will see a checkmark on the file indicating that it is offline.


The second option is to download the file. This means that the file will be saved to your device's storage and you can access it from any app that can open it. However, the file will not be synced with your Google Drive and it will not be updated if there are any changes made to it online. To download a file, tap the three dots next to the file and choose "Download" from the menu that appears. You will see a progress bar at the bottom of your screen indicating the download status.


Conclusion




Summary of the main points




In this article, we have shown you how to download your Google Drive files and folders to your computer or mobile device. We have covered different methods for different scenarios, such as downloading a single file or folder, multiple files or folders, all files or folders, or Docs, Sheets, and Slides. We have also explained how to save files from Google Drive to your smartphone or tablet for offline access.


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FAQs




Q: How do I download a Google Drive folder as a PDF?




A: You cannot download a Google Drive folder as a PDF directly. However, you can download each file inside the folder as a PDF individually by following these steps:


  • Open the file in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.



  • Click on "File > Download" from the menu bar.



  • Choose "PDF Document (.pdf)" as the format.



  • Save the file to your computer.



Q: How do I download a shared Google Drive file?




A: You can download a shared Google Drive file by following these steps:


  • Open the link to the shared file in your web browser.



  • Click on the "Download" icon at the top right corner of the screen.



  • Save the file to your computer.



Q: How do I download Google Drive files to my iPhone or iPad?




A: You can download Google Drive files to your iPhone or iPad by following these steps:


  • Launch the Google Drive app on your device.



  • Find the file you want to download.



  • Tap the three dots next to the file and choose "Download".



  • The file will be saved to your device's storage and you can access it from any app that can open it.



Q: How do I delete downloaded Google Drive files from my device?




A: You can delete downloaded Google Drive files from your device by following these steps:


  • Launch the Google Drive app on your device.



  • Find the file you want to delete.



  • Tap the three dots next to the file and choose "Remove".



  • This will delete the file from your device but not from your Google Drive.



Q: How do I download Google Photos to my computer?




A: You can download Google Photos to your computer by following these steps:


  • Launch your web browser and open this link: https://photos.google.com/.



  • Select the photos you want to download by clicking on them.



  • Click on the "More Options" icon at the top right corner of the screen and choose "Download".



  • The photos will be downloaded as a ZIP file to your computer.





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