Drive Download Android Tutorials


These tutorials explain how to use Drive Download – android.  Step-by-step instructions are also available in the Drive Download User’s Manual.

Table of Contents

Installing and Configuring Drive Download

Remote Updating

 

Installing and Configuring Drive Download

Installation Instructions

  1. Determine or create a Gmail account ID to manage Drive Download. Determine which email account you’re going to use to manage both your Google Drive and the Android device(s). This will need to be a Gmail account since both Google Drive and the Google Play Store require a Gmail account.
  2. Create the Remote Content Folder. On your Google Drive, create a Content Folder for Drive Download. (referred to as the Remote Content Folder)
  3. Install Drive Download. From the Play Store, install Drive Download on each device in your fleet of devices. Open Drive Download and grant any permissions.
  4. Choose the Remote Content Folder.
    Open Drive Download and Login using the Gmail account ID you are using to manage Drive Download.
    Then pick “Choose Drive Folder” and pick the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive.
  5. Choose or create the Local Content Folder (Optional)
    By default, choosing a Local Content Folder is not required since when you pick the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, Drive Download will create a Local Content Folder on your device for you with the same name and a default location. You may wish to use a different Local Content Folder location, which is often done if you wish to store your files on a USB Drive or SD Card attached to your device.
    To Choose a Local Content Folder:
    – Drive Download > Choose local folder >
    – Choose Writable Path
    – To Choose a Folder, Pick it and Tap “Confirm”
    – To Create a Folder, Tap and Name your Folder. Then Tap “Confirm”
  6. Optionally, configure a download interval. (Optional)
    By default, Drive Download will check for updates and download new content every 60 minutes. To change this, modify the “Sync Minutes” on the settings screen.

About permissions

When you install Drive Download, you have always been prompted to grant the permissions that Drive Download requires.  Beginning with Android v6, you will also be prompted at run time to grant some, but not all, of those same permissions again.  If you choose to deny permissions at run time, some of Drive Download’s features will be disabled.

We recommend that you grant all of the permission so that you don’t run into problems.


anchor-markerRemote Updating

Understanding Remote Device Updating

drive download android remote content management

Once you have enabled downloading on Drive Download, the Local Content Folder on your device(s) will be updated whenever you change the contents of the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, replacing the current content on the device with the new content.

Please note that while Drive Download updates the Local Content Folder for each device with the contents of the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, it does not do the reverse. Therefore, if you modify the content of a Local Content Folder instead of the Remote Content Folder, those changes will be deleted the next time you change the contents of the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive.

For example, if you copy a picture into the Local Content Folder on a device using a Copy App on your device but you don’t add that picture to the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, the picture will be overwritten in the Local Content Folder on your device the next time Drive Download updates the Local Content Folder.

To Enable Remote Updating

To remotely update the content on your devices, follow these instructions:

  1. On your Google Drive, put the content in your Remote Content Folder.
  2. On your Device, open Drive Download and enable “Enable Download and Delete” in the Drive Download settings.

Drive Download will now update the contents of each device whenever you change the contents of the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive.

To Disable Remote Update

If you want to stop a particular device from being update, open Drive Download and disable “Enable Download and Delete” in the Drive Download settings.