The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is excited to announce the introduction of Google Drive to the expanding list of available Google Apps for the University of Minnesota. Drive provides a new way to access and share all your files and folders, at any time and on any device. It will replace and enhance what you know today as your Google Documents list.
Google Drive is the new home for your Google Docs, files, and folders. Learn more.
- Available 5GB of storage per account.
- Optional additional storage may become available toward the end of the year, and further information and updates will be shared as applicable.
- Create, share, and manage files.
- Sync files from your computer.
- Access on the go with the mobile app.
How will you know when Google Drive is available to you?
When you log in to Google Docs, you'll know it's available for you to try if you see the Google Drive logo at the top of the page, with the phrase "Keep everything, share anything: Try Google Drive" next to it. If that does not appear on your Google Docs page, Drive is not yet available for your account.
You'll also be able to opt out of Drive until the phased rollout at the University is complete in June. At that time, you no longer will be able to opt out or switch views, and Google Drive will replace the current Google Documents list interface for all users.
Access everywhereGoogle Drive is everywhere you are--on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just...there. Ready to go, ready to share. My Drive is the home for all your files and you can sync files from your computer to My Drive.
How can I access Google Drive?Google Drive is available for:
- Windows and Mac
- Chrome OS
- iPhone and iPad (coming soon)
- Android devices
What changes will I see with Drive?Changes users will see in the new online interface include:
- Collections are now called Folders.
- When a user first switches to Drive, a view called My Drive contains:
- Documents the user owns or has uploaded
- Folders the user owns and the items contained within (regardless of ownership)
- Nothing else, until the user drags items into My Drive
- Note that items that aren't contained in My Drive by default must be dragged to My Drive in order to be synced.
- Other items that would have previously appeared in the Home view of the Google Documents List can easily be found elsewhere. You can choose views and filters to see items that have been shared with you, recently opened documents, starred items, deleted items, items owned by a particular person, and more.
- You'll have powerful new options to search, sort, or preview files.
Welcome to Google Drive
Before you are able to switch to Google Drive, you'll need to agree to its Terms of Service. Please note that Drive is covered under the University's contractual, negotiated Google Apps terms of agreement.
For more information about Google Drive, visit the Navigate your Google Drive user interface site. For more information about Google Apps for the University of Minnesota, visit the OIT Google support site.