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How to Use Google Drive on the iPhone



GoodReader Google Drive iPhoneGoogle Drive doesn’t have an official iPhone app and the mobile web version fails more often than not, but there is a better way to access Google Drive on the iPhone.

GoodReader is an iPhone app that connects to many online cloud storage and syncing service including Google Docs, which is now Google Drive.

Google Drive is a new online file storage and syncing service form Google that replaces Google Docs and offers additional features similar to Dropbox.

Using the app, I can connect to Google Drive to browse through all the files I have uploaded using the Google Drive Mac Uploader tool, as well as my Google Docs.

GoodReader is $4.99 in the iPhone app store, and connects to several services as well as offering PDF annotation and access to many file types. GoodReader can even unzip files on the iPad.

How to Use Google Drive on the iPhone

1. After downloading GoodReader, open the app and tap on Web Downloads.

Google Drive iPhone App - web downloads

2. Tap on Connect to Servers and scroll down until Google Docs appears on Screen.

Google Drive iPhone App - sign in

3. Tap on Google Docs and Name the folder Drive. Enter your full Gmail address and Gmail password.

Google Drive iPhone App - Drive on iPhone

4. The new Google Drive connection will now appear on the iPhone under GoodReader’s Web Downloads section.

Google Drive iPhone App - downloads

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

Google Drive iPhone App - Open in

From here you can download most of the files to the iPhone to view, use and even send to iPhone apps like iBooks, Evernote and Dropbox.

In my testing video files are still not perfect, as a short clip I tried to download from Google Drive would not download to the iPhone. Using the separately purchased GoodReader app for the iPad I was able to download and play the video file.

Until Google releases an official Google Drive iPhone app, GoodReader is the best solution I’ve found, certainly better than the mobile web version of Google Drive.



  1. Lost

    04/27/2012 at 3:59 pm

    So why should I pay $4.99 for an app when an official release is due out soon and will most likely be free?

    • Cal

      05/16/2012 at 2:04 pm

      you can just use a browser

  2. George Pavlou

    04/30/2012 at 1:56 am

    Cause GoodReader is probably one of the best apps out there if you actually use your iPhone or iPad for work.

  3. Bill McFarland

    05/03/2012 at 5:58 am

    This also works with DocsToGo and ReaddleDocs, so if you have either of those apps you can get to Drive

  4. Charly

    06/23/2012 at 4:04 am

    Merci beaucoup pour ce tuto.
    Concernant l’app payante sur appstore ; Je pensais que les utilisateurs de MAC connaissaient tous …….. toutes les appli gratuites….. lollll

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