Uploading files

There are two ways to upload files to Google Drive:

  • Drag-and-drop files. If you’re using the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox, you can simply drag-and-drop files directly from your computer into Google Drive. You can even drag-and-drop files directly into folders or sub-folders.
  • Upload files using Google Drive. Follow the steps below to select files to upload to Google Drive.

    New Google Drive (published June 2014)

    1. Open drive.google.com.
    2. Click the  New button and select Upload Files... from the drop-down menu.
    3. Select the file you'd like to upload. To select multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl(PC)/Command(Mac) and click all the files to upload.
    4. You’ll see a box that shows the progress of your file upload. Click on the file name to open the file or close the box by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

    Classic Google Drive

    1. Open drive.google.com.
    2. Click the upload  button and select Files... from the drop-down menu.
    3. Select the file you'd like to upload. To select multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl(PC)/Command(Mac) and click all the files to upload.
    4. You’ll see a box that shows the progress of your file upload. Click on the file name to open the file or close the box by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

Uploading folders

There are two ways to upload folders to Google Drive:

  • Drag-and-drop folders. If you’re using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox, you can drag a folder from your desktop into Google Drive. The folder, all sub-folders, and files will begin uploading immediately.

  • Upload folders through Google Drive (using Chrome). From Google Drive in Chrome, you can follow the steps below to upload a folder.

    New Google Drive (published June 2014)

    1. Open drive.google.com.
    2. Click the  New button and select Upload folder…. If you see "Enable folder upload" and you're using Chrome, you'll need to update Chrome to the latest version.
    3. Select one or more folders to upload. All files and sub-folders within that folder will also be uploaded.
    4. You’ll see a box that shows the progress of your folder upload. Click on the file name to open the file or close the box by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

    Classic Google Drive

    1. Open drive.google.com.
    2. Click the upload  button and select Upload folder…. If you see "Enable folder upload" and you're using Chrome, you'll need to update Chrome to the latest version.
    3. Select one or more folders to upload. All files and sub-folders within that folder will also be uploaded.
    4. You’ll see a box that shows the progress of your folder upload. Click on the file name to open the file or close the box by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

Uploading folders through Google Drive in a browser other than Chrome

From Google Drive in browsers other than Chrome, you can use the following steps to manually upload a folder. You will need to enable folder upload in these browsers each time you visit your Google Drive:
  • Enable Java in your browser.
  • Confirm that Java is enabled by visiting the Java test page.
  • Install the Java applet.
  • Click the Upload button in Google Drive and install the Java Applet when prompted.
  • A security dialog will open asking if you want to allow an applet to run. Install this applet. Note: The applet will be signed by Google Inc.
  1. Complete steps to upload a folder as you would in Chrome (outlined in the steps above).