How to add a Google Drive shortcut to the Android home screen

Learn how to create Android home screen shortcuts for Google Drive folders, to make your cloud account interaction even easier.

How to add a Google Drive shortcut to the Android home screen Jack Wallen shows you how to create Android home screen shortcuts for Google Drive folders, to make your cloud account interaction even easier.

I depend upon Google Drive for nearly every piece of work I do. I have tons of folders on Drive, which contain various types of files, and on any given moment I might need quick access to those files. When I'm on the go, the last thing I want is to search through my entire Google Drive cloud account for a specific file—especially from a folder I frequently access.

To save time and effort, I add shortcuts to specific Drive folders onto my Android home screen. The process is incredibly simple and can save you serious time. Let me show you how this is done.

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What you need

You only need three things to make this work:

  • A Google Drive account.
  • The Google Drive app installed on your device.
  • An Android device running at least Android 7 or better.

With those things in hand (metaphorical and literal), let's make this happen.

Installing Google Drive

If you don't have the Google Drive app installed, here's how you do it:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for Google Drive.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Google.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Allow the installation to complete.

That's it. You're ready to add shortcuts.

Adding the shortcut

To create the shortcut open Google Drive and navigate to the parent that houses the folder you want to add as a shortcut to the home screen. Tap the menu button (three vertical dots) associated with the folder in question (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A: The menu button is on the right edge of the folder.

From the pop-up menu, tap Add to Home screen (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B: The Drive folder pop-up menu.

In the resulting window (Figure C), tap Add automatically, and the shortcut will be added to your home screen.

Figure C

Figure C: Adding the shortcut to the home screen.

Continue adding as many shortcuts to Drive folders as you need to your home screen. Once you add your last shortcut, go to the home screen page housing the shortcuts and drag them onto each other to create a folder. By creating a folder with these shortcuts (Figure D), you keep them better organized and more easily accessed.

Figure D

Figure D: Grouping shortcuts together in a folder.

And that's all there is to adding shortcuts to Google Drive cloud folders on your Android home screen. This might not make a huge difference in your productivity, but when you're on the go, you'll be glad your Android device is this organized.

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By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.