Google Drive Update Now Lets You Block Spammers
One of the awesome features about cloud storage is how quickly and easily you can sync up your work with your friends, colleagues, or classmates. However, the ability to share files in the cloud has also been subject to abuse, where spammers and trolls sometimes use it to share spam or other kinds of gross stuff.
Google Drive Gets A Brand New App For The Desktop
One of the advantages of Google Drive is that you can access it from multiple platforms, like the web, on your phone or tablet, and also on your desktop. Now, for desktop, Google has actually gone through several iterations over the years, and it looks like they have since released their latest take on accessing Drive from your computer.
Google Drive Will Now Edit Office Files Immediately
Google Drive can open Microsoft Office related files like word documents and spreadsheets. However, it was not always instantaneous and it usually opened in the form of a preview before users could choose to open it with either Google Docs or Google Sheets, but Google is now looking to make that experience better and faster.
Google Drive Will Soon Start Emptying The Trash Automatically
In case you didn’t know, unless you were to manually empty the trash in Google Drive, your files are never truly deleted. The upside is that this makes it easier to retrieve documents you might have accidentally deleted or have had a change of heart, but we imagine that this might irk some users as well who prefer keeping their cloud storage neat.
Google Drive For iOS Now Supports Face ID And Touch ID
If you use Google Drive on your phone to access files on the go, then you might be pleased to learn that in the latest update to the app, Google has introduced support for biometric security for the app. This means that users will be able to use either Face ID or Touch ID to protect their files from being accessed.
Pixel 4 Owners Could Get Free 3-Month Google One Subscription
Google’s Pixel 4 is expected to be announced next week and now according to the folks at 9to5Google, it seems that Google is giving would-be Pixel 4 customers more incentives to purchase the handset. This comes in the form of a free 3-month subscription to the Google One cloud storage service.
Google Drive Offline Support Extended To Non-Google Files
It’s currently possible to use Google Chrome to make Google Drive files like Sheets, Docs, and Slides available for offline use. As part of a new beta test, Google has now decided to extend this functionality to other content stored in Drive. This can include Microsoft Office files, images, PDFs, and additional non-Google formats.
Google Drive And Photos Integration Is Ending To Reduce Confusion
It has long been possible to sync uploads between Google Photos and Google Drive but that will no longer the case. Google has decided to end the integration between these two services in the interest of reducing confusion for its users. The idea here is to simplify the experience across Drive and Photos.
Google Photos Folder Might Stop Syncing With Google Drive Soon
With Google Photos and Google Drive being Google products, it’s not surprising that they kind of tie-in with each other. For example, you can view your Google Photos through Drive via the app, and if you did enjoy the fact that they synced with each other, you might be in for some bad news.
How To Use Google Docs Offline
If you find yourself in a situation where you do not have access to the internet but need to do some work using Google Docs, not to worry because the platform actually lets you use it without an internet connection, and here’s how you use Google Docs offline.
Google’s One Storage Plans Are Rolling Out To More Countries
In the early part of 2018, Google announced a new cloud storage service called Google One. This is basically the paid version of Google Drive where users can pay a subscription to add on more storage to their cloud accounts if they want to. The initial roll out of the service was a bit limited at the start, but now it seems to have reached more users.
Google Promises To Fix Google Drive Spam
Google Drive has a problem, but not so much in terms of functionality and features, but rather the abuse of one of its features that has resulted in what many consider to be spam. A report from How-To-Geek revealed that Google Drive has a spam problem, where anyone can share files and documents with you as long as they have your email address.
Collaborating On G Suite Documents To Get Easier For Non-Accounts
Google’s G Suite – Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – are a great resource for working on the go. They’re effective tools for collaborative working backed by the power of Google’s cloud. Everything is tied to Google accounts but the company is making it easier for non-Google account holders to collaborate on G Suite documents.
WhatsApp To Delete Chat Histories Not Backed Up To Google Drive
Several years ago, WhatsApp gave Android users the option of choosing to either backup their chat histories to their devices locally or to Google Drive. However it seems that backing up to Google Drive is now mandatory as WhatsApp has confirmed that chat histories that have yet to be backed up to Google Drive will be deleted.
Manual Google Drive Backup Rolling Out To Android Now
A lot of times to simplify the overall process and to help users, companies usually include automatic backup tools that backs up your data once a day. However being able to choose when is also a good option to have, and for Android users, the good news is that it looks like manual backup is now rolling out for your devices.
Google Drive To Use AI To Suggest Files You Might Need
File managers these days are getting smarter, where they can anticipate the files or folders we access often, which in turn puts them in positions that are easier and quicker to access. This has been the case with Google Drive for a while now, but it looks like Google is now turning to AI to make it better.
WhatsApp Google Drive Backups Don't Get End-To-End Encryption
WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform messaging service. It lets users backup data to Google Drive. Many don’t send a lot of media files through WhatsApp so their backups would be small. However, those who share a lot of content would have heftier backups which would obviously take up space in Google Drive. The company recently teamed up with Google and announced that WhatsApp backups won’t count towards Drive storage. […]
WhatsApp Android Backup Will No Longer Count Towards Google Drive Storage
WhatsApp for Android backups its data onto Google Drive. If you’re the type that doesn’t keep a lot of media files in WhatsApp, or chooses not to backup media files, chances are your backup data is pretty small. However there are probably many who use the backup to store photos and videos and that can get pretty big.
Google One Is Google’s Paid Storage Service
When it comes to cloud storage services, Google Drive probably comes to mind. It is a free storage service which comes with a set amount of storage for users, but there are options for users to upgrade their storage if they need that extra space. However to differentiate the paid storage and free storage, Google has since announced what they are calling Google One.
Google Drive Updated With New UI
From time to time, things need to be changed and updated, and this is especially true when it comes to UI. This is what used to work might no longer be applicable today, take for example websites which were mostly designed for computers back then, but given how much we browse on mobile, there is now a need to create mobile-friendly websites as well.