How to download a shared file or folder from Google Drive

  1. Go to and log in with your Google account (if you are not logged in already).
  2. Click on “Shared with me” in the main menu on the left. You should see a list of all the files and folders that others have shared with you.
    Google Drive main menu "Shared with me"
  3. Right click (or Ctrl+click if you’re on a Mac) on the file or folder you wish to download, and click on “Download”.
    Downloading a shared folder in Google Drive
  4. If you’re downloading a folder, Google Drive will convert it into a .zip file before downloading. Leave this browser tab open until the conversion is finished. You should be able to see the progress in the lower right corner of your screen.
    Google Drive zipping a folder for download
  5. Your browser will begin downloading the file. Keep your browser open until the download is finished. Most browsers will show the progress in the lower left corner of your screen.
  6. When the download is finished, you can find the file in whatever folder it was saved to on your computer. This folder is determined by your browser settings. For most people, it will end up in their “Downloads” folder.

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