How To Use Google Drive - HTC One M8

How To Use Google Drive - HTC One M8
How To Use Google Drive - HTC One M8

Learn how to use Google Drive on your HTC One M8. Store your photos, documents, and other files on Google Drive to access them on HTC One, your computer, and your other mobile devices.

On HTC One, just use your Google Account to sign in to your Google Drive storage.
You can then:
Use Gallery to upload your captured photos to Google Drive.

  • Share a link to your Google Drive files by email.
  • View and edit Office documents that are stored in Google Drive. After creating new Office documents, you can also save them to Google Drive.
  • View PDFs that are stored in Google Drive. You can also export Office documents as PDFs to Google Drive.
  • Check your available Google Drive storage space in Settings.
  • Back up HTC One to Google Drive, so you can easily restore your backup to another HTC phone next time.
  • Use the Google Drive app to manage your online storage.


Uploading files requires you have the Drive app installed on HTC One. If this app is not preloaded, you can download and install it from Google Play.

Activating your free Google Drive storage

Use up to 65GB of free Google Drive storage. In addition to the default storage that you get from Google Drive, HTC One features an additional 50GB of online storage free for two years. Sign in to your Google Account on HTC One and not from your computer or other non-HTC phonesto claim this offer.

  • If you see the promotional Google Drive offer on the Feeds panel of your Home screen, just tap the tile.
  • Or open the Drive app. If this app is not preloaded on your phone, you can download it from Google Play.
  • On the screen that shows the additional storage offer, tap Redeem. The additional storage will then be added to your account.
  • Follow the onscreen prompts to learn the things you can do with Google Drive.


  • If you don't see the screen for redeeming the offer, tap Menu icon > Product Tour in the Drive app to access it.
  • View the offer details to know up to when you can redeem the offer.
  • Additional terms and requirements may apply, including a subscription fee, after your two-year trial expires. For details, refer to the terms and conditions on the Google Drive support site.
  • The Drive app is owned by Google and is not provided by or associated with HTC Corporation.

Checking your Google Drive storage space

In Settings, you can check your available Google Drive storage space.


Before your Google Drive storage info appears in Settings, you need to access your Google Drive from an HTC app first, such as signing in to Google Drive from the Mail app when sharing a file link.

  • Go to Settings, and then tap Storage. Under Online storage, you'll see your Google Drive storage space.
  • From time to time, check back on how much online storage space you still have before you upload more content.

Uploading your photos and videos to Google Drive

Use Gallery to upload your photos and videos to Google Drive.

  • On the Gallery apps main screen, swipe to the Timeline, Albums, or Locations tab.
  • Tap an album or event that contains the photos and videos you want to upload.
  • Tap Upload icon.
  • If you see the Zoe screen, tap Close to close it.
  • From the selection menu, tap Drive.
  • Select the photos and videos you want to upload, and then tap Next.
  • Choose or create a folder in Google Drive.
  • Tap OK to upload.

Sharing links to documents or files in Google Drive

No more attaching large files to your email. Using the Mail app, you can easily share links to documents or other files in your Google Drive by email.

  • Open the Mail app.
  • If you have several email accounts, switch to an email account you want to use.
  • Create a new email message and fill in your recipients, or reply to an email.
  • Tap Attach icon.
  • Tap Document, and then choose whether to share PDFs or Office documents. Or tap File to choose any file type.
  • On the HTC files screen, tap Drive. If you don't see this screen, press Back Key first.
  • In your Google Drive storage, open the folder that contains the files that you want.
  • Select the files you want to share, and then tap OK.You'll then see the links to your selected files added to your email message.
  • Tap Send Mail icon to send your email.

Shared links are not accessible by your recipients automatically. Once your recipients receive the link, they can request access, and then you'll receive an email that notifies
you to give them access. Or, before sharing, you can first use the Drive app to add the recipients you will share your Google Drive link with.

Giving people access through the Drive app

Using the Drive app, add the people you want to share your Google Drive link with. You can also set permissions, such as to let the recipients view, edit, or comment on your shared content.

  • Open the Drive app.
  • Tap i icon next to a file or a folder, depending on which one you will share.
  • Tap People icon.
  • Enter the first few characters of the name or email address. Matching results from your Google contacts will then be listed.
  • Select a contact name or email address, and then select the permissions. You can set permissions to allow recipients to:
    • View or edit a folder.
    • View, edit, or comment on a file.
  • Tap Add.
  • Add more people, and when done, tap Save icon or press Back Key.


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