A recent announcement from Google revealed that the latest update to the new Files app allows users to access their Google Drive files on all iOS 11 supported devices. This announcement marks the first time that Google Drive services and the Files app have been fully integrated and made available to iOS 11 users in one convenient location.

One Stop Shop for All Your Files

The Files app for iOS 11 was originally launched as a replacement for the iCloud Drive, allowing users to access files from a wide range of third-party platforms in one easy to access location. The Files app supports a number of third-party apps, including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Adobe’s Creative Cloud - allowing users to access them easily from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod devices.

The presence of third-party apps means that Files allows you to access and interact with many different file types, including PDFs, photos, videos, music, and Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. Being able to access all your local and iCloud files along with third-party cloud-based files has never been easier than it is with Files.

Keep All Your Files Organized

Files makes it easy to find and organize all the files currently being stored in your iCloud Drive, as well as those found in third-party apps like Google Drive, DropBox, and OneDrive. The app allows users to sort and view files by name, size, date edited/added, or even by unique tags added by the user. Tags can be added to help Files users easily find documents with the help of custom colors, labels, and other elements.

The app also allows users to name or rename files and folders easily from their Apple devices, allowing for quick changes on the go. The Files app also lets users move both iCloud Drive and third-party files through an easy-to-use drag and drop and copy and paste interface, and even allows for the creation of new folders within the app. The Files update even gives users the ability to delete their files from the app, moving them to a ‘Recently Deleted’ folder where they will remain for up to 30 days.

Collaborate and Share in Real Time

Perhaps the most useful feature of the new Files app is the ability to easily share your documents with friends, family, or colleagues. Users can send links to any file stored in their iCloud Drive directly from the app through messaging, email, notes, or AirDrop. Collaboration is also made possible through Files, letting users share their documents with others at the touch of a button. Participants are marked through color-coding, and users can see when other collaborators are online and actively editing documents.

The newly announced integration between Google Drive and iOS 11’s new Files app makes life a little easier for users who prefer a mobile experience - allowing for simple organization, customization, and sharing of files across a wide range of services. The addition of Google Drive to the app is a great sign of things to come for mobile users craving more third-party support, enhancing the overall experience of anybody who frequently uses iOS and Google Drive cloud services.

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