Google Drive: How to Upload Files from your Android Phone

   Posted May 12, 2012 by Jimmy Selix in Android, Google

Google Drive is Google’s answer to other popular cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box. Like any cloud storage service, Google has an Android client that allows you to upload files from your mobile device.

You can upload any document, file, or photo from your Android device to your Google Drive account using the Drive app. If you have a Google drive account, be sure you have installed the Google Drive Android application so we can get started.

Let’s take a look on how to upload from your phone.

1. Open the Google Drive app on your Android phone or device.

2. Tap the “” in the upper right or hit the Menu key on your phone.

3. Choose the “New…” option.

4. Choose “Upload

5. Next, choose the app to use to browse for the file to upload.  If it is a photo, you can use the Gallery app. If it is a different document type, you will have choose the file manager that is installed. For example, I use OI File Manager.

6. After you choose the photo or document, you can name the file as you wish. You may even convert the file to a Google Docs file if it is a text document, spreadsheet, or compatible presentation. Finally hit OK.

7. You will get a notification that the file is being uploaded in your Notification tray. Once done you will see the file show up in the root of your Google Drive.


After the process is completed, you will be able to access the files from any computer or other device that is compatible with Google Drive.


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  • jim

    I’m actually having issues uploading it to a folder. When I upload the file, it throws it in the root of my Google Drive. Weird..

    • Jimmy Selix

      same problem here. i think google needs to update the mobile app to allow uploads to folders. i usually go on my home pc or to the mobile page and then move the file into the right folder 🙂 >

  • Joe

    Good information here, but I was hoping to find out if my pics on my android device can be automatically saved to google drive. I am doing that right now with google plus.

    • thanks buddy! i plan to investigate the syncing of photos automatically (which i believe you totally can!) this weekend and will update or post a relevant guide. thanks for stopping by!

      • Roger

        How do you upload multiple photos at once? >

        • > not possible at the moment. again, hopefully added soon. 🙂

  • viper

    I cannot seem to upload to a folder or Auto upload photos. Hopefully Google will implement this soon, or someone just need to show me how todo it because I did not find it.

    • so far google drive lacks those two features. 🙁 hopefully its addressed soon with an update. >

  • Scott

    how do upload an entire folder from your cell phone to the Google Drive?

  • Raf

    In my Note2 there’s no such option as ‘upload’ in this useless app
    So annoying!

  • jc

    Just wondering, is there any way to upload multiple music folders at once? I have like over 2k songs, and doing it ‘one at a time’ is crazy…

    I hope you can help…