There are times when you want to get files out of your Google Drive and download them on your hard disk so that you can easily access them without having an internet connection. In this tutorial article, we will walk you through the entire process step by step as to how to download from Google Drive.
It is recommended that you download a folder from Google Drive onto your computer, in case you want to download multiple files from Drive, as download a folder can be a faster process than download multiple files one by one. Just drop all files into a folder and then download them all together with a single click.
Though, Google Drive allows them to store all sorts of files in one accessible place in their basic free account. Every user can get 15 GB storage capacity in their Google Drive, whereas Google also offers a couple of paid plans. One is for 100 GB of storage for just $1.99 per month, and another one is for 2 TB (terabytes) for $9.99 per month.
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How to download from Google Drive?
You can download a file, multiple files, or all files from Google Drive with three different methods. You can follow these below steps under your requirement.
Download single file from Google Drive
To start with, in this section we will guide you as to how to download a single file from Google Drive.
Step 1: First of all, access Google Drive. You can access Google drive by any of the following method(s):
- Go to https://drive.google.com/ and log in to your Google account, if not signed.
- Another way to log into Google Drive is to go to your email account and click on the “Google apps” icon, at the top right corner of the mailbox. Then, click on “Drive”.
Step 2: Select the file that you want to download and right-click, and then select “Download”.
That’s it! The file will download in the same format as it is in Google Drive.
Download multiple files from Google Drive
In case you want to download multiple files from Google Drive, then drop all the files in a folder first and then download that folder on your hard disk. It is an easy process to perform, downloading a folder is the same process whether you are using a PC or Mac computer.
Step 1: Access Google Drive on your PC or Mac computer and sign in to your Google account.
Step 2: Now, to create a folder just right-click the blank space and then select “New Folder” from the option that appears on your screen. You can name the folder as per your need and click on the “Create” button.
Step 3: Once you create a Folder, you have to drop all the files in that folder that you want to download. To include files in the folder, right-click on the file and then click “Move” and select “My Drive” and then the appropriate folder name.
Step 4: Once you drop all files, right on the folder and then select “Download”.
As soon as you click on “Download”, the folder immediately starts downloading on your computer.
Download all files from Google Drive to a zip folder
Google Takeout is the best way to download all of your Google Drive files to a zip folder on your computer. Just follow these below steps to download all Google Drive files in one go.
Step 1: Go to https://takeout.google.com/ to access Google Takeout and log in to your Google account.
Step 2: Click on “Deselect all” to uncheck all products, and then scroll down till you find “Drive”.
Step 3: Now, check the “Drive” box and again scroll the page till the end and you will find “Next step”, click on it to process further.
Step 4: Choose Delivery method options and then click “Create export”.
Step 5: Once you click on “Create export”, you will get a notification about Export Progress, and you will receive an email when your export is done.