How Do I Access My Google Cloud

Last updated: January 11, 2017

Anyone can sign up for a free Google Account at any time, which is going to give them access to a bevy of free tools and services. While you used to be able to store a very large number of documents that you created online using the Google Docs service, this has since been expanded into a service called Google Drive, which is the cloud storage service that Google provides for anyone with a Google Account.

At the time of this article, free Google Drive users have access to 5 GB of storage space, which they can use to store nearly any type of file that they might want to access. As an added bonus, your Google Drive can be accessed from a Web browser on any computer on which you are signed into your Google Account. The steps below will show you how to access the Google cloud login so that you can gain access to your existing documents and start creating new ones.

This article assumes that you want to access the Google cloud storage for your Google Account, also known as Google Drive. There is a separate service, specifically called the Google Cloud Platform, that is meant for developing apps.

 

How Do I Get Google Cloud

As stated previously, anyone with a Google Account can gain access to their allotted Google Drive cloud storage space. However, it might not be immediately obvious where you go to begin using that storage space. Fortunately it is integrated into your existing Google services in a fashion that you are probably already familiar with if you have been using Google products for a while.

Google cloud login (otherwise known as Google Drive) – https://www.google.com/drive/

Google Cloud Platform login (for developing apps) – https://cloud.google.com/

 

To access your Google Cloud storage, confirm that you are signed into your Google Account. While not technically necessary, this will prevent you from needing to sign in again while you are learning how to access your Google Drive cloud storage.

If you are already signed into a different Google Account product, such as Gmail, then you can access your Google Drive by:

Step 1: Click the grid at the top-right corner of the window.

google cloud login

 

 

Step 2: Click the Drive option.

how to access google cloud storage

 

 

Google Drive is included automatically with Google Accounts now, but the method for creating a Google Drive account before this change is shown below.

 

Step 1: Click inside the address bar at the top of your Web browser window, type drive.google.com, then press Enter on your keyboard.

navigate to the google drive page

 

Step 2: Click the blue Get started with 5 GB free button at the top-right corner of the window.

getting started with the google drive

 

Step 3: This will take you to a new Web page with a pop-up window on top of it. Click the Try Google Drive button at the bottom-left corner of the pop-up window.

try out your google drive

 

You have now set up your Google Drive account, which you will be able to access at any time by navigating your Web browser to drive.google.com.

how do I access my google cloud

 

Most of the controls for Google Drive are found at the top-left corner of the window. If you click the Create button, you will have the option to choose among the assorted items that you can generate with the Google Docs applications.

To the right of the Create button is an Upload button that you can click to browse to files on your computer that you want to upload to your Google Drive cloud storage account. When you click the Upload button, you will have the option of uploading individual files or complete folders. You can also see how much storage space you have remaining in your Google Drive account. This is also the place that you should go if you decide that you want to purchase additional Google Drive storage space.

The final item of note on this screen is the blue Download Google Drive for PC button at the center of the window. If you download the application to your computer, it will add a Google Drive folder to Windows Explorer, which you can then use like a local folder. This means that you can copy files to the folder and it will automatically upload and sync with your Google Drive cloud storage account. You can also copy files form this folder to your computer to download them from your cloud storage.

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