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

Technical Notes

 

Installing and Configuring Drive Download

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Installation Instructions

  1. Determine or create a Google Drive account ID to manage Drive Download. Determine which Google Drive account you’re going to use to manage both your Google Drive content 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 Google Drive. On your Google Drive, create a Content Folder for Drive Download (referred to as the Remote Content Folder).
  3. Install Drive Download on the Android device. From the Play Store, install Drive Download. Open Drive Download and grant all permission requests.
  4. Configure Drive Download. Open Drive Download and configure your settings.
  • Choose the Remote Content Folder.
    • Tap the Choose Drive Folder button
    • Sign-In using the Gmail account you are using to manage Drive Download
    • Choose the Remote Content Folder on your Cloud Drive (Google Drive or NextCloud)
  • Choose or create the Local Content Folder. (For more information about the Android file storage system, refer to the Technical Notes section of this document.)
    • Tap the Choose Local Folder button
      • If your device supports the Storage Access Framework,
        • Choose a folder from the menu,
        • Tap the Select button to choose that folder
      • If your device does not support the Storage Access Framework,
        • Choose a Writable Path from the pop-up menu,
        • navigate to and / or create a new folder
        • Tap the Confirm button
  • Configure a Download Interval. (Optional). By default, Drive Download will check for updates and download new content every 60 minutes. To change this,
    • Go to the Sync Minutes and change the number of minutes.
  • Enable | Disable Enable mobile data usage. (Optional). Since you may not have mobile data, or your mobile plan might charge you for data usage, Drive Download gives you the option to enable | disable downloading while you are using mobile data. By default, Drive Download will not update using mobile data. To change this,
    • Click Enable mobile data usage to enable updating while using mobile data
  1. Configure any additional Android Devices. Drive Download can be used to download content from one Google Drive to many Android Devices. For any additional Android device you want to use, repeat steps 3 and 4.

About permissions

When you install Drive Download, you have already been prompted to grant the permissions that Drive Download requires by the Google Play Store.  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, Drive Download will not work.

You must grant all of the permission so that you don’t run into problems.

 


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Enabling and Disabling Downloading

Drive Download can download as scheduled by the Download Interval or can download right now.

  • To begin downloading as scheduled, Enable Downloading, as documented below.
  • To download right now, Enable Downloading, as documented below and then follow the instructions below for “Downloading Right Now”.

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.

Downloading Right Now

To download content to your devices right now, follow these instructions:

  1. If you haven’t already done so, put the content you want to be downloaded into the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive.
  2. Open Drive Download and click the “Download and Delete Now” button in the Drive Download settings.

Drive Download will now download the contents of the device immediately.

Checking Download Status

Drive Download includes two features to display the status of your downloads.

Next download time.

  • Displays the date and time Drive Download will run next.
  • Displays “In progress” while download is in program
  • Displays “Not enabled” if “Enable Download and Delete” is disabled

Activity Log. Displays the status of the latest activity for each file, including:

  • Date and Time of status message
  • File Name
  • File Status (up to date | error)

Technical Note: Mirroring vs Syncing: Understanding Drive Download

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Once you have enabled downloading on Drive Download, the Local Content Folder on your device will be updated (based on the configured Sync Minutes) after you change the contents of the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, replacing the current content on each Android 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. The Local Content Folder(s) will be maintained as a mirror image of the Remote Content Folder. Therefore, if you modify the content of a Local Content Folder on a device instead of the Remote Content Folder on Google Drive, the results may not be as expected.

Example:

You move 5 photos to the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive. Drive Download updates the Local Content Folder on your Android Device with the 5 photos.

You decide to delete one of the photos.

When you delete one of the photos in the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, Drive Download will update the Local Content Folder on your Android Device, deleting that same photo from the Local Content Folder on your Android Device. Both the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, and the Local Content Folder on your Android Device will now contain 4 photos.

If, instead, you delete one of the photos in the Local Content Folder on your Android device, your Local Folder will now contain 4 photos, but your Remote Content Folder will still contain 5 photos. The next time Drive Download performs a download, it will detect the difference and replace the Local Content Folder on your Android device with the content of your Remote Content Folder. Both the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive, and the Local Content Folder on your Android Device will now contain 5 photos.

Make changes to the Content in the Remote Content Folder on your Google Drive,
not to the Local Content Folder on your Android Device.