Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows users to upload, create, edit, and work collaboratively with others on a variety of documents online. The service comes with Google Docs, Sheets, and Presentations, a collection of apps designed for developing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files stored on Google Drive. Google Drive also comes with shared storage spaces called Team Drive.


  • Store an unlimited number of documents.
  • Store team documents in Team Drive for easier collaboration.
  • Share files with colleagues with Google accounts around the world.
  • Edit your Google documents online using Google’s productivity software.
  • Upload files of various sizes and types. See the Files you can store in Google Drive page for more information.


All USC faculty, staff, and students.

Getting Started

You can access Google Drive directly by going to and entering your USC NetID and password.

Accessing Google Drive for the First Time

If you have ever used your browser to access your personal Google account, you may need to click through a few screens before you can successfully access your USC Google Drive. See the Accessing Google Drive for the First Time page for more information.

Transferring Files from Commercial Google Accounts to Your USC Google Drive

If you previously stored work or school documents in a commercial Google account, you may need to move files or folders from this personal account to your USC Google Drive account. You can do this by downloading the files from your personal account and uploading them to your USC Google Drive account.

For instructions on how to do this, see the Transfer Files to your USC Google Drive Account page.

Learn More

For information on how to upload, create, and share documents with Google Drive, see Google’s Get Started with Google Drive documentation.

Data Security

USC-provided Google Drive (Google Apps at USC) accounts are approved for the storage of many types of restricted information, including data covered under HIPAA and FERPA. Additional controls may be required, depending on the type of data and relevant regulations. For questions, please contact the Office of Compliance at



Google Drive is a free service.