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How to Share Files on Google Drive

By Oliva Harlow

What Is Google Drive?

Google Drive — founded in 2012 by Google — is a file storage application where you can save photos, videos, written documents, and more. It also allows you to synchronize data across various devices, as well as share that data with friends and family.


Why You Should Use It:

I mean, why wouldn’t you want to have extra backup for all those pictures, films, and important Microsoft Word docs? And furthermore, why wouldn’t you want to share it? Google Drive makes it possible to send photos and videos with just a few easy steps. You can create organized folders like “2016 South Carolina Vacation” or “All Cyndi’s High School Papers” to sort through memorabilia. And once you’ve set up everything for yourself personally, you can then choose what you’d like to pass along to friends and family. Send the vacation folder to every family member who joined you with just one simple email, so they can reminisce. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire another family trip this year! And share Cyndi’s stories with just her, so she can reference them when she goes away to college and see how her writing evolves over time, majoring in English. The power of memories is immeasurable.

How to Share Your Files:

  1. Go to Or, if you have a Google account linked to Gmail, you can always login in from there. If you don’t already have a Google account, you’ll need to create one.
  2. Create folders by going to “New” and then select “Folder” from the drop-down menu. Then, upload the content you’d like accordingly.
  3. Click Share.
  4. Under “People,” type the email address(es) you’d like to forward the media to.
  5. Use the drop-down menu to select how a person can use the folder.
  6. Click Send.
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