How to Sign In to Google Drive

By James T. Cains

After you’ve set up your Google Drive account, signing into that account is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. In your Web browser, go to drive.google.com. Your browser automatically redirects to Google’s Sign In screen, which is the screen you use to sign in to all of Google’s applications.

  2. Type in your Google e-mail address and password.

  3. If you want your browser to automatically log you in each time you visit Google Drive, check the Stay Signed In box.

  4. Click Sign In. Now, you see your Google Drive.

If you have multiple Google Drive accounts, remember that you can sign in with only one account at a time. However, switching between accounts is simple.

  1. If you’re already logged into one Google Drive account, click the Account icon (either the blue circle, your e-mail address, or your profile picture if you’ve added one) in the top left corner of your browser.

  2. Click Sign Out. You now see the Sign In screen with your email address and password filled in.

  3. Click Sign In with a Different Account. You see the Choose an Account Screen.

  4. Click Add Account.

  5. On the new Sign In screen, type in the e-mail address and password of another Google Drive account.

  6. Click Sign In. Now, you’re in the Google Drive for the other account.

Google (and your browser) will remember both accounts now, and when you log out, you’ll see the Choose an Account screen, showing both of your Google Drive accounts. Just click on one of the accounts to sign in.

If you need to access to both Google Drives at the same time and don’t want to keep switching back and forth, try this: Log into one Google Drive account with one browser (for example, Google Chrome) and log into your other Google Drive account with a different browser (say, Firefox). Because the browsers use different login sessions, you can see both of your Google Drives. You won’t be able to move files back and forth between the two Drives, but you can access and edit documents on both Drives at the same time without having to toggle back and forth.