Copying a file on Google Drive is a simple and convenient way to create a duplicate of a file that you can use for different purposes or share with others. One main reason to create a duplicate in the platform is to back it up just in case the original item is lost or removed accidentally.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to copy a file on Google Drive in just a few easy steps. Whether you’re working on a document, spreadsheet, or presentation, you’ll be able to create a duplicate copy in no time whether you are using the desktop or mobile version.
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How to copy a file in Google Drive desktop
1. Open the Google Drive page on your preferred browser.
2. Navigate to the file you want to copy. Right-click on it and select Make a copy.
3. The file has been copied. Notice that Google Drive automatically gives the copied item a slightly different name.
4. If you want to transfer the copy to another folder, right-click on it and select Move to.
5. Select a directory for the file and click Move.
6. Your copied file has been moved to the directory.
Tip: You can use the classic Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V shortcuts to copy and paste a file on Google Drive.
How to copy a file in the Google Drive app
Note: The following guide is based on Google Drive version 2.22.475.6, running on Android 13 on Pixel 5. Other operating system releases and devices brand may affect the interface slightly.
1. Launch the Google Drive app on your mobile phone.
2. Navigate to the file you want to copy.
3. Tap its three-dot icon to reveal a menu.
4. Tap Make a copy.
5. It will ask you where the copy should be stored. Feel free to navigate around your Drive and hit Select. But for demonstration, I will create a duplicate within the same folder.
6. The copy has been created.
How to copy multiple files at once
Google Drive lets you perform the duplication action for two or more files simultaneously. This will save you time, especially if tons of unique items have to be copied.
On the desktop version, you can press and hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard and click each item you want to copy. After that, right-click on any item and select Make a copy.
Unfortunately, the mobile version doesn’t come with this simple yet time-saving feature. You can only copy an item one at a time.
Copying files in Google Drive is a straightforward process that ensures you have multiple versions of your important documents, images, audio, video, and other file formats. The only keyword you need to remember is the “Make a copy” function that is available when you right-click or open the file’s context menu.