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4 Teacher Tips on How to Manage Your Google Drive Apps

August 15, 2015
Google Drive apps are third party add-ons that enable you to do more with your Drive. Chrome web store is teeming with all kinds of apps to use with your Drive, our Educational  Drive Apps section features some of the best educationally relevant apps for teachers and educators.

The purpose of today’s post is to share with you four basic Drive tips related to the integration and use of third party apps on your Drive. You are probably already familiar with some of them  (especially tip 1 and 3) but we are assuming that you are new to Drive and you want to be able to correctly install and mange your apps. Here is  what you have to keep in your mind:

1-Install Google Drive Apps
To install apps compatible with your Drive:

  • head over to Chrome Web Store and select the app you want to use.
  • Click on ‘Add to Chrome’ or ‘Install’ button
  • Grant authorization to the app to access your Google Drive



2-Make An App the Default for Supported File Types
Drive allows you to make any app you install a default app for its supported file types. For instance, ‘you install an app that allows you to create, save and edit a PNG or JPEG file. If you choose, you can open all PNG and JPEG files with that app by default.’ Here is how to do it:

  • From the settings menu, select Manage apps.
  • Check the box next to "Make [App Name] the default for files it can open."
  • Click Done.



3-Uninstall Drive Apps
Uninstalling an app in your Drive will not delete any of your files for you can still access them right in your Drive. Here is how to uninstall an app:

  • From the settings menu, select Manage apps.
  • Find the app in the list and click the Options button.
  • Select 'disconnect from Drive'.



4-Manage An App’s Access to Your Files
At any point in time, you can remove an applications' access to files in your Google Drive by revoking its access.

  • Go to accounts.google.com.
  • Select Authorizing applications & sites.
  • Click Revoke access next to the app name.

Check out Google Drive Help centre for more tips and ideas on how to use Drive.

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