Create a Google Drive Account for Your Chromebook

By Mark LaFay

Google Drive (or just Drive) comes with every Chromebook, and is Google’s cloud-based storage solution. Cloud-based storage is really just a fancy way of saying “your hard drive on the Internet.” Users can create a Drive account at no cost and receive 15GB of storage space.

You can also install Drive on your smartphone or on another computer like a Mac or a Windows PC. Anything you put in your Drive folder will then be synced across all of your devices. Pretty awesome, right?!

As a Chromebook owner, Google gives you access to Google Drive at no cost for a limited time. The ASUS C720P, for example, comes with 100GB for free for three years. That’s a great value! To take advantage of that discount, you need to first set up your Google Drive account.

Account registration is required to use Google Drive. The good news is that Drive access comes with every Google Account. You won’t have to actually re-register to gain access to Drive from your Chromebook; however, if you want to take advantage of the free Google Drive upgrade that is made available to Chromebook users, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the App Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

    The App Launcher opens.

  2. Locate the Chrome web browser icon and click it.

    The Chrome web browser launches.

  3. In the Omnibox, enter the URL www.chromebook.com/goodies and press Enter.

  4. Scroll down to the Google Drive portion of the website and click the Redeem Offer button.

    An alert appears, asking you to validate your eligibility.

  5. Click OK to allow Google validate your eligibility.

Once approved, you will have the bonus amount of Google Drive storage for free! The terms of the Google Drive offer are specific to your particular device. Make sure you understand what the terms are by reading the documentation that came with your Chromebook.