Google Drive

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. With Drive, you can: • View documents, PDFs, photos, videos, and more • Search for files by name and content • Easily share files and folders with others • Set sharing permissions to view, comment, or edit • Quickly access recent files • See file details and activity • Enable viewing of files offline



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

Appears to be fully accessible.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username



5 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by KE7ZUM 3 years 11 months ago



Submitted by Scott Davert on Friday, July 27, 2012

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First, the latest version which was released on July 24 also is accessible with VoiceOver. What's funny about this app is that when I tried to open a Worddocument, the 2 programs it gave me as options to open it with were Dropbox and Nebulous, which is also a Dropbox application. So I'd say install both Google Drive and Dropbox, and you'll have a llot more storrage space. There are apps that syncronize with Google Docs and Google Drive, but Nebulous doesn't appear to be one of them. Hopefully at some point soon it will. Until then, I'll use my Dropbox account for the creation of content with things like Nebulous and Dropvox, and will then move whatever I need to over to Google Drive once I'm done with editing or whatever. That way, while a bit inconvenient, I get the 5gb of storage available through Google Drive, and the benifits of Dropbox at the same time.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, September 28, 2012

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The sky must be falling! Did the Google team mention the VO word? This is the first ever n history I have ever seen this. Read the first thng in what is new in this v1.1.1! This is madness! None the less this is a very welcome gesture by Google themselves! Now only if they can do this for all of the other Google apps! What's New in Version 1.1.1 In V1.1.1: ✓ Improvements for blind users using VoiceOver ✓ Improved language support in all iOS-supported languages ✓ Optimized for iPhone5 and iOS6 In V1.1.0: - Edit Google documents with formatting and collaboration - Edits to your Google documents appear to collaborators in seconds - Richer Google presentations with animations and speaker notes - Create a new folder or Google document - Upload photos and videos from your device or a photo directly from your camera - Move an item to a folder in your Drive - Delete and remove files from your Drive

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Still appears to be very accessible. From being a Google app I'm just baffled in how some of their apps are so good in being so accessible and others are just terribly awful. Regardless, I commend them in still making this one accessible.

What's New in Version 1.2.0

★ Create, edit and collaborate on spreadsheets
★ Upload to Drive from other apps using “Open in...”
★ Manage upload progress and see recent uploads in new Uploads section

✓ Rich text copy-paste within a document
✓ Improved speed and stability
✓ Improved contact search for sharing

☂ Bug fixes

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, September 6, 2013

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I have to hand it to Google. Sometime they are way off the marks of some of their apps being inaccessible. However, that is not the case in this release. This release is very accessible. So accessible. I could only find one thing of an issue and that is to upload pictures. They are all labeled the same thing. I am able to select the variety of pictures but have no idea what those pictures are regardless if I had named them in my photos app. Other than this minor glitch. It works very well.

What's New in Version 2.0.0

*Brand new design
*Thumbnail previews for files & photos
*Toggle between a new grid view and list view for easy file browsing
*‘Get Link’ gives you the link to a file

Submitted by Callum on Saturday, February 15, 2014

I needed to use this so I could have a document I needed on my Mac, iPhone and a few other computers. I created the file on my iPhone which meant it saved as a google document and was all accessible. I then got to it on my Mac and it opened with Chrome, and even with screen reader support inaibled, it was still horribly inaccessible. I then tried saving the file as a word document by changing the extension then opening it with iText express, but it only brought up a URL and a load of giberish. I don't know what Google's idea of screen reader support is, but even with screen reader support turned on it is shocking!

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Thursday, May 8, 2014

Agreed. I love google drive but one thing I cannot do as of yet is batch delete some files. I have to remove 1 by 1. Not easy when you have 20 to remove. Bleh!

google barely meets the ADA definition of accessibility and I guess that's all they are going to do even with all of us . wiritn gletters and professionally complaining.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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As others have mentioned above. I am glad that Google has made the iOS accessible. However, I can't really say the same for the Google site to be able to retrieve and do things as you would want. So using this along with the site. Well, it will be a challenge. If you need someting to just store files. It is an option.

What's New in Version 3.1.0

• Incoming view: see files that have been shared with you as they arrive
• Activity stream: view changes to files and folders made by you and others from the details panel
• Set files or folders so anyone with a link can view, comment, or edit
• Faster uploading of pictures and videos
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Submitted by soni on Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Does anyone use word documents with google drive? I've gone into settings on the web to upload as google docs. I can share the files with others with the app and the computer plug in. However, I'm not sure that when others edit the files as I have given them permission to do that I am getting the shared file back. I do not know how to retrieve it. The app is more friendly than the site, but even it does not indicate if someone has edited the file. Any help with google drive in general is greatly appreciated.

Submitted by Kelly on Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's New in Version 3.3.0

• Open from and save to Drive in other apps (iOS 8 only)
• Unlock Drive using Touch ID (iOS 8 only)
• Save videos from Drive to your device (tap File Info icon > Open In > Save Video)
• Support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
• iOS 8 compatibility
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Submitted by Deborah Armstrong on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I've had a couple of issues with Google drive, abbreviated in my post as GD.

First, it can't play MP3 files. Select an MP3 in Dropbox and it just starts playing. On the other hand, should you Select an MP3 in GD, the app says it's an "unsupported file type" and gives you an "open in" choice. Doesn't seem to know how to use the default music player built in to every iDEVICE!

In case this was a VO issue I did "google" around for answers, and found many people using third-party cloud player apps to play music stored on Google Drive.

This seems ridiculous to me. GD should be able to play music without any user intervention because iOS can play music.

The other issue I had was installing GD on Windows. This isn't a Windows forum, but very briefly: when you choose to download and install the desktop app, Google gives you a file to download called GoogleDriveSync.exe. But it also has active content which loads in your browser and you get a message asking for your permission to run GoogleUpdate from tools,

The screen readers don't always see this message, which pops up and if ignored, disappears. Then of course without your permission the GoogleUpdate does not run, so GoogleDriveSync.exe will still install, but nothing will happen. No GD folder will be created on your PC. Tried this with both FireFox and IE. NVDA reads the message, JAWS never does. With all three screen readers I tried it was difficult to get the focus to the important message to tell IE to run the active content and Firefox to "stop blocking" the running of GoogleUpdate.

I've read in mainstream forums, Mac users have the same problem if for some reason they failed to run GoogleUpdate from Safari. Apparently sighted Mac users don't always see this message either.

Anyway, once you manage to get it installed on Macs, PCS and/or Android devices, it's all quite seamless. Change anything in your drive on one device or platform, and the result is propagated everywhere!

Plus, you get 15GB free which is extremely convenient.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I use file brower to manage all of my GDrive documents. To me that works out better as I can bulk empty the trash in sakd cloud service.

Take care.

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