Google Drive for Desktop allows you to easily access files stored in your Google Drive, without having to open your browser.  With Google Drive for Desktop, your Google Drive will look like any other folder on your computer.

Google Drive for Desktop can be installed and accessed from UWF owned computers, campus computer labs, other resources like ArgoApps, and personal computers.

What is Google Drive?

All UWF Students and Faculty have a Google account which includes access to Gmail, Google Apps, and the ability to store files in their Google Drive.

Visit Training materials and support documentation for Google Workspace apps to learn more about Google's apps (including Google Drive).  This page links to various official Google documentation.

Why use Google Drive?

Google Drive can be accessed from anywhere and provides users a large storage quota to store many files. Once configured on ArgoApps, Google Drive automatically attaches to whatever virtual application or desktop you use - each time you log in!

People who use UWF computer labs or other resources (such as ArgoApps) can save their files to Google Drive too.  Visit ArgoApps Help: Using the Google Drive app to learn more.

Installing Google Drive for Desktop

Many UWF-owned computers and laptops already have Google Drive for Desktop installed.

  • Users with UWF-owned computers and laptops should skip to the Logging in to Google Drive for Desktop instructions further down on this page.
  • If you're using a UWF-owned device that doesn't have Google Drive for Desktop, then contact the ITS Help Desk (850.474.2075), so that they could begin the process of installing this program.  UWF employees may also contact their LSPs.

There are mobile apps for Google Drive!

Step 1

Go to drive.google.com.

Step 2

Click the gear icon >> Get Drive for desktop.

Get Drive for Desktop option, via the Gear icon in Google Drive

Step 3

Click Download & install Google drive for desktop and click the version for your computer.

downloading Google Drive for Desktop

Step 4

Continue following the on-screen instructions to download the program.

Step 5

Repeat these steps for installing Google Drive for Desktop on the other devices you have.

Logging in to Google Drive for Desktop

Notes about logging in to Google Drive for Desktop

  • You may have to log in to this program each time you access a different computer (or a computer meant for public use).
  • Sometimes this program may log you out on its own.  So you'll have to reopen this program on your desktop and then log back in.

Step 1

If the installer didn't already log you in, then you'll have to log in.

Locate the Google Drive program on your computer and open it.

Searching for Google Drive on machine

Step 2

Click the Google Drive icon in your system tray, then click Sign In.

signing in to Google Drive for Desktop

Step 3

A new tab will appear in your web browser.

Log in to your UWF Gmail account.

If you're logged in to multiple Gmail accounts...

then choose your UWF Google account.

Choosing a Google account

Step 4

Google Drive for desktop will list the permissions it needs to function properly.  Please review this list and click Allow at the bottom of the page.

Allowing Google Drive access to your account

Step 5

You should see this confirmation page.  Feel free to close this.

confirmation page

You should also see a Welcome to Google Drive window.  Feel free to click through these messages and click Open Google Drive folder.

welcome screens

Step 6

You should now see My Drive and Shared drives.  Click either one to view your files.

My Drive and Shared drives in File Explorer

Please know that Shared drives are only for UWF departments and their employees.  UWF employees should visit Google Shared Drives for UWF to learn more.

Below is a video of the steps listed above

What is ArgoApps?

ArgoApps is UWF's hosted application & virtual desktop environment which provides users access to specialized applications from nearly any device (Computer, iPad, iPhone, etc.) anywhere they have an Internet connection. Visit ArgoApps to learn more.

Google Drive is an application available in ArgoApps.  This way, users can save their files in Google Drive, then access those files from any device with Internet access.  Visit ArgoApps Help: Using the Google Drive app to learn more.

ITS Help Desk

(850) 474-2075

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