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How to Add A File to A Shared Google Drive?

"I do social media for a company, and they created a Drive folder and asked me to upload all of the pictures I have so everyone can access them. The files are taking up space on my personal Google drive, and I will not be able to upload everything because I only have 15GB of storage. How do I upload files to a shared folder from my Google Drive so that they don't take up space on my account?"

About Shared Google Drive

As one of the most popular cloud storage services in the world, Google Drive is also an excellent collaboration tool. Anyone can work collaboratively with others by sharing files and folders. By default, people who are sharing files and folders have editing permissions. For files, this means they can make changes; for folders, it means they can organize folders, edit files, and add content.

However, many collaborators said that they don’t know how to upload files to shared Google Drive. This is actually very easy to solve. The operation method is similar to uploading files to Google Drive. The specific steps will be introduced in the next content.

How to Upload Files to Google Drive Shared Folder in Computer?

In the following, you will learn how to upload files to Google Drive shared folder from a computer in 3 ways. The first two methods allow you to manually upload files on the Google Drive web app. The third method can help you automatically upload files to the shared Google Drive. Read on and choose a method based on your needs.

Way 1. Manually Upload Files to Google Drive via Webpage

Shared folders will be displayed in the Google Drive interface. Users can use the File Upload feature to upload the required files, then move these files to the Google Drive shared folder. The specific steps on how to upload files to Google Drive shared folder are as follows:

For Google Drive users

Step 1. Go to and log in to your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Tap + New button at the top left corner, then choose File Upload and select the files to upload. These files will be stored in the My Drive folder.

Google Drive New File Upload

Step 3. Open My Drive folder, choose these files and opt Move to,

Google Drive Files Move to

Step 4. Tap the left arrow, select Shared with me and double click it, choose the Google Drive shared folder (here is Dropbox folder), hit Move > Move, then Google Drive upload to shared folder successfully.

Move to Dropbox

For Google Workspace (G Suite) users

Step 1. Go to and log in to your Google Drive account.

Step 2. click a Google Drive shared drive folder, tap + New and File Upload to add files to Google Drive shared folder.

Way 2. Drag Files Directly into Google Drive

This method is also carried out on the Google Drive webpage, continue reading to learn how to add files to Google Drive shared folder by dragging.

Step 1. Log in to with your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Click Shared with me, navigate to the folder where you want to upload the file, and then open the local folder, and drag the file to the Google Drive shared folder.

Dragdrop File To Google Drive

Way 3. Upload Files with Google Drive Backup & Sync

How to add the file to shared Google Drive automatically? Using the desktop client program Google Backup and Sync can also easily upload files to shared folders.

Step 1. Install the Google Backup and Sync on your computer.

Step 2. On your computer, you will see a folder called Google Drive.

Step 3. Drag the files to that folder. They will be uploaded to My Drive folder at Then move the files to shared Google Drive.

Google Drive Folder

How to Upload Files to Shared Google Drive from Android Phone?

The steps to upload files to Google Drive shared folder from Android phone listed below:

Step 1. On your Android phone, open the Google Drive app.

Step 2. Tap Add.

Step 3. Tap Upload, find, and tap the files you want to upload.

Step 4. Then use your computer to open to view uploaded files in My Drive.

Step 5. Then move to the Google Drive shared folder.

How to Upload Files to Shared Google Drive from iPhone?

The steps for sending files to Google Drive on the iPhone are slightly different. If you are using an iPhone, you can upload files to the shared Google Drive according to the following steps:

1. Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.

2. At the bottom right corner, tap the colorful add icon "+".

3. Select Upload, then select the photos, videos, audios to upload to Google Drive.

4. Then move to Google Drive shared folder.

Backup Google Drive Shared Folder in Advance

Whether you use Google Drive as data storage or a collaboration tool, we do not recommend that you use it as an option to back up your data. Especially when the folder is shared with others, the data is likely to be lost due to the operation of others. To avoid this situation, you need to back up your Google Drive in advance. It is best to back up Google Drive to the cloud to avoid local threats.

We recommend that you use the reliable cloud backup tool - CBackupper web version to backup the Google Drive files to another cloud storage account (such as OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, etc.). Besides, it provides many useful and flexible backup functions, such as scheduled backup, which supports you to set a specific time for automatic backup tasks, enable email notification, keep file versions, etc.

CBackupper Main Page

Let's take OneDrive as an example to show you how to backup Google Drive to OneDrive using CBackupper.

Step 1. Go to the main page of CBackupper, create a free CBackupper account, and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Add Cloud under the Added Clouds tab, select Google Drive and OneDrive and click Add. Then sign in to your account and authorize CBackupper to access your files.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Select the Backup Tasks tab on the left side, then click New Task.

Create Task

Step 4. Customize the Task Name, click the Add Source button to add Google Drive, and click the Add Destination button to add OneDrive.

Add Source Destination

Step 5. Click Start Backup to transfer Google Drive to OneDrive.

Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive

Tip: Settings allows you to create a scheduled backup to automatically backup once, daily, weekly or monthly, and you could enable email notification and keep file versions, etc.

Want more cloud storage space?

If you usually use Google Drive for backups or sharing files, 15GB of storage space will quickly run out. Whether in terms of cost performance or software features, you can turn to cloud backup services CBackupper that provide more professional backup methods and more reasonable backup space, which is focusing on PC to cloud backup. It provides you a 15-day free trial for each registrant and 1000 GB of cloud space for storage for only $6 per month:

Step 1. Download and install it on your computer, sign up and log in with your CBackupper account.

cBackupper Sign Up

Step 2. Click on the Tasks > New Task button subsequently.

Create Task

Step 3. Click the Add Source button to select the PC files that you want to backup to AOMEI Cloud. Then, hit Start Backup button.

Add Source

What if Google Drive full While Uploading?

If you are the same as the case at the beginning, the Google Drive full and no enough storage to upload all files to Google Drive shared folder. Because upload files to Google Drive will take up space in your Drive, even if upload to a shared Google Drive owned by someone else. What should you do?

Try the following ways to free up space for Google Drive:

  • Ask the owner of the Google Drive shared folder to make a copy of the files you uploaded, Then delete the files from Google Drive uploaded by you. Then transfer the remaining pictures, videos, audio, etc. (Because copying files will transfer ownership to the person who makes the copies)

  • Ask the owner of the Google Drive shared folder to download the files to their own computer hard disk. Then delete the files you uploaded before, and continue upload the remaining files.

  • Let the owner of the Google Drive shared folder give you the Google Drive username and password. Then upload all files to shared Google Drive(Their own Google Drive). (Not Recommended)

Besides, if the Google Drive storage full and want to keep all the uploaded files and folders on a cloud without an upgrade, you could transfer Google Drive to another account or other clouds for free via CBackupper.

Wrapping Things up

That’s all about how to upload files to shared Google Drive, you can try these methods to add files to Google Drive shared folder with ease from the computer, Android phone, or iPhone. Meanwhile, don’t forget to backup Google Drive to another cloud storage with CBackupper in case of loss of data. If you have multiple cloud drive accounts, it also can help you merge all accounts into one for larger backup space and better management.