Google Drive for Slack

About the Google Drive app

Google Drive lets you store files securely online, access them from anywhere, and collaborate with others. With the Google Drive app for Slack, working together is even easier: you can access, share, and even create Google Drive files right from Slack.

  • Slack will only search and index files that are shared from your Google Drive or created from within Slack.
  • All of your Google Docs are stored in Google Drive, so they won't take up storage space on your Slack team.


Set up the Google Drive app

There are two simple ways to connect your Google Drive to Slack: paste a link to a Google file in the Slack message box or install the Google Drive app.

Note: The Google Drive app must be set up for each individual team member who wants to import files from their Drive.


Share a Google Drive link

  1. Paste a link to a Google Drive file you’d like to share into the message box.
  2. Slackbot will guide you through the quick process of giving Slack permission to read the file. (If you click Yes, you'll only have to do this once.) Screen_Shot_2016-10-19_at_9.11.49_AM.png
  3. Once you've given Slack permission to read the file, Slack will display a preview of what's in the file. 

Tip: Google Drive links can be muted if you share a link in a channel and chose the option to Never import those files. To unmute, visit the Muted Integrations page at

Install Google Drive via the App Directory

If you don’t have a file to share immediately, but want to set up the Google Drive app, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Google Drive App Directory page.
  2. Next to the team name, click Install.
  3. Click Authenticate your Google Drive account.
  4. Sign in to Google Drive and click Allow to authenticate with Slack.

When you’re ready to share a file, drag and drop it directly in the Slack window, copy and paste the link in the message box, or upload the file by clicking the   plus icon next to the message box. Learn more about uploading and sharing files in Slack.


Create a Google Drive file in Slack

With the Google Drive app installed, team members can create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, right within Slack. Here’s how:

  1. Click the   plus icon to the left of the message box.
  2. Mouse over Google Docs file and select a file type.Screen_Shot_2017-05-24_at_9.52.11_AM.png
  3. Give the file a title.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Share in, then choose where the file will be  shared. You can share a file with an entire channel or a person on your team.
  5. Click Create, and a new file will launch in your browser.

If the Share in checkbox is marked, the file is automatically shared in the Slack channel you’ve selected and saved to your Google Drive.

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