Google Drive for Slack

If you use Google Drive, you can install the Google Drive app to share and access files right from your workspace. Read on to learn how to set up the Google Drive app and create and share files.

Note: Files that are added from the Google Drive app can be searched for in Slack, but they won’t be stored in your workspace. They’ll continue to be stored in Google Drive.


Set up the Google Drive app

Every member who wants to use the Google Drive app must connect their Google Drive account to Slack. To do this, you can either share a Google Drive link in Slack or connect your Google Drive account from the Slack App Directory.

Share a Google Drive link

  1. Paste a link to a file that you want to share in the message field of a channel or direct message (DM).
  2. Send your message to share the link.
  3. In a message in the conversation that is only visible to you, Slackbot will ask if you want to connect your Google Drive account. Click on Connect, then follow the prompts to grant Google Drive access to Slack.


Connect your Google Drive account

  1. Visit the Google Drive page in the App Directory.
  2. Click Add to Slack.
  3. Click Add Google Drive app.
  4. Select Allow.
  5. Click Authenticate your Google Drive account.
  6. Select the Google account that you want to connect to Slack.
  7. Click Allow.


Use Google Drive in Slack

Create a Google Drive file

  1. From any conversation, click the  lightning bolt icon to the left of the message field.
  2. Below Google Drive, choose the type of file that you'd like to create. 
  3. Add a title to your file and a message if you’d like.
  4. Below Share this document, click the drop-down menu to select a person or channel to share the file with. If you’re not ready to share the file yet, untick the box next to Share this document.
  5. Click Create.


Share a Google Drive file

  1. From any conversation, click on the  paper clip icon to the right of the message field.
  2. Below Add a file from, select Google Drive.
  3. Choose a file, then click on Select to share.

Tip: You’ll see a prompt in Slack to adjust file permissions if some members don’t have access to edit, view or add comments to the Google Drive file that you’ve shared.

View and reply to comments

If someone adds a comment to a file that you created or shared, you’ll be notified by the Google Drive app in Slack. Follow these steps to reply to a comment from your workspace:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select  Apps from the top of the left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click on  More to find it.
  3. Search for and select Google Drive to open the app.
  4. Click on the Messages tab at the top of the screen.
  5. Hover over a comment and click on  Start a thread.
  6. Type a reply in the message field and send the message to add your comment to the file.


Manage Google Drive notifications

When you connect your Google Drive account to Slack, you’ll automatically receive notifications from the app when someone comments on one of your files, requests access to a file or shares a file with you. You can enable or disable Google Drive app notifications at any time.

Enable or disable notifications for all files

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select  Apps from the top of the left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click on  More to find it.
  3. Search for and select Google Drive to open the app.
  4. Click on the Messages tab at the top of the screen.
  5. To enable or disable notifications, type on or off in the message field and send your message.


Manage notifications for specific files

If you like, you can choose which updates you’ll receive in Slack for a specific Google Drive file:

  1. Open the file in Google Drive.
  2. Click the Comments icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Choose Notifications, then select which updates you want to receive.


Switch notifications between workspaces

You can connect the same Google Drive account to more than one workspace, but you’ll only receive Slack notifications in the most recently connected workspace. To switch your notifications to a different workspace, follow the steps below:

  1. From that workspace, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select  Apps from the top of the left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click on  More to find it.
  3. Search for and select Google Drive to open the app.
  4. Click on the Messages tab at the top of the screen.
  5. Type on in the message field, and send the message.


Disconnect your account

If you no longer want to use Google Drive in Slack, you can disconnect your account at any time. This will not uninstall the app from your workspace.

  1. Visit the Google Drive page in the Slack App Directory.
  2. Next to Authentication, click the  next to your email address.
  3. Click on Disconnect.