How to Use Google Drive on the iPad

There’s no Google Drive iPad app available from Google, and the mobile version of the Google Drive service fails to load on the iPad more often than not.

There are a number of ways to use Google Drive on the iPad while we wait for an official Google Drive iPad app.

GoodReader for iPad is a $5 app that connects to web storage services on the iPad, including Google Drive. The app doesn’t offer a Google Drive option in setup, but it does connect to Google Docs, which is now Google Drive.

GoodReader allows users to download and use a wide array of file types from music and movies to photos, documents and spreadsheets. GoodReader can even unzip zipped files on the iPad. The app also allows users to annotate PDF files.

Productivity minded users will love that GoodReader allows them to open files from Google Drive in iPad apps like Pages, Numbers, iBooks, SignMyPad, and many more.


How to Use Google Drive on the iPad

1. Purchase and download GoodReader, then open the app and tap on Connect to Servers on the right side of the iPad.

2. Tap on Google Docs.

3. Name the folder Drive. Enter your full Gmail address and Gmail password. (You need to have Google Drive active on this account)

4. The new Google Drive connection will now appear on the iPad under the Connect to Servers section.

5. Tap on Drive to access Google Drive from the iPad.

Now it is possible to download and use most files from Google Drive on the iPad. Some will preview and open in GoodReader, and others will open in the available iPad apps.

I have been able to download and use PDF files, video files, documents and spreadsheets on the ad without any issues.


While waiting for The official Google Drive iPad app, GoodReader is the best way to use Google Drive on the iPad.