Google Drive remains one of the spotlights of the Google I/O Event 2012. While we are laying our hands on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and Nexus 7 tablet at the moment, Google’s new app for iOS – Google Drive snatched our attention for a while, and we decided to give it a shot. Where other tech. critics are comparing it with DropBox, and are actually in favor of DropBox rather than Google Drive, we tested the app from Google and we actually liked it very much. Plus, Google offers you free 5 GB storage for signing up, and if you require more chunks of storage, you can always purchase more of space.
SETTING UP GOOGLE DRIVE
Google Drive app is now available on Apple’s App Store, and currently is on no. one rank in the free apps category. Though, you can also download it here [iTunes Link]. The best utility of Google Drive is to transfer small sized documents and notes from your PC to iPhone. Unfortunately, you cannot transfer files from your iPhone to your PC using Google Drive. First, you need to install the free app on your iPhone. Next, you need to install the Google Drive application on your PC. You can download it from here.
Once installed, you simply need to sign in to it using your Google ID’s. You don’t need to register or anything. Make sure you sign in with the same ID on both, your PC and iPhone.
Simply follow the on-screen instructions, and your account for Google Drive should set up automatically.
Once you install and start sync, you will find a new folder on your desktop. If not, you can click on the Google Drive icon in taskbar and navigate to the Google Drive folder. Whatever you add to this folder will be synced between your iPhone and PC.
For instance, I added the Gadgec-logo to the Google Drive folder, and that’s it. My work on PC is over. The file will automatically be synced and added to the Google Drive folder on my iPhone.
Now, moving to the iPhone interface, you can see below that the same file has been synced to the Google Drive folder in iPhone. It took about 2-3 seconds for the file to appear in my iPhone.
Now once you have the file in the Google Drive folder of your iPhone, you can choose to make it available offline, where the file will be downloaded and stored in Offline folder of your Google Drive app. Interestingly, you can also add people you want to share the file with. Simply enter the email address, groups or names of people you want to share it with using the small + icon in the lower right side of the screen.
That’s it. You will receive an invitation to view the file, something like the one in screenshot below.
We are totally in love with this easy to use utility, however we wish there was a feature to transfer files from iOS to PC as well. Let us know your views via the comments section below. For more, keep subscribed.