Maximize Google Drive on the iPad
Manage Multiple Accounts
Do you have more than one Google account? I have several, and it’s nice that I can log in to multiple accounts through the Google Drive for iOS app. Here’s how:
3. From here, select, “Add another account,” and login to your other Google account. Once you have added each of your accounts, you can follow the steps above to toggle between your accounts.
This feature can also make shared iPads a bit easier. Add this feature with the tip below and help keep students from accidentally logging into the wrong account.
Passcode Protect Google Drive Accounts
Protect your Google Drive files with a passcode. You can passcode protect each Google Drive account with a different code. When you passcode protect your account, you will be prompted for the passcode each time you open the Google Drive apps. If you have a newer iPad/iPhone with Touch ID, you can also login with Touch ID.
Here’s how to set a Passcode Lock for each Google Account:
Go to Settings (top left corner)
Next, tap Passcode Lock > Enable Passcode Lock to “On”.
You will then be prompted to set the passcode (and re-enter to confirm). After confirmed, you can choose to have the passcode “Always Lock,” and it will require that you enter the passcode each time you return to Google Drive.
Shared iPad Tip: (Thank you to the fabulous +Jody Green for sharing this tip!) We all know that shared iPads present a lot of challenges, and logging in and out of Google Accounts can take a lot of extra time. Jody has students store their individual accounts in their assigned iPads with a passcode lock. This way students can only access their own accounts, and keep students from accidentally logging in with the wrong account.
Upload Files to Google Drive from Camera Roll, iCloud, Dropbox and More!
- Upload files or videos from the Camera Roll: Access photos, videos and screenshots that you have saved to your Google Drive. This method is a great way to move files created with other apps into Drive (i.e. iMovie).
- Use Camera: Use the camera directly from the Google Drive app to directly upload photos and videos to Google Drive. This function will still save to your camera roll as well, but with photos and videos safely stored in Drive, you can delete from your iOS device to save precious storage! (Note: Always verify that the photos and videos are saved in Drive before deleting from the camera roll.)
- Upload files: From here you will see various options depending on the other apps you have installed. Upload files from iCloud, another Google Drive account, Dropbox and more! (To enable, click on + > Upload Files > More.)
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Click here for even more resources for using Google on the iPad.Kasey Bell will be presenting at the following upcoming events:
- #GoogleEduOnAir (May 8-9)
- #TXGoo15, May 16: Texas Summit feature Google for Education (New Caney, TX)
- TCEA Area 16 Conference Jamboree, June 4 (Amarillo, TX)
- Prosper ISD Tech Conference, June 10 (Prosper, TX)
- Speed 21 Conference, June 11 (Wylie, TX)
- Texas ASCD Ignite, June 15-17 (Irving, TX)
- iPadpalooza, June 23-25 (Austin, TX)
- ISTE, June 28-July 1 (Philadelphia, PA)
- TIA 2015, July 21-22 (Denton, TX)
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