How to Download Google Docs


This wikiHow teaches you how to download a Google Docs document onto your computer, iPhone, or Android.

Part 1
On Desktop

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Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open the Google Docs page if you're logged into your Google Account. If you aren't logged into your Google Account, enter your email address and password when prompted.

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Click the document you want to download to open it in your browser.

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This option is in the upper-left side of the page. A drop-down menu will appear. If you're on a Mac, make sure you're clicking File in the web browser, not File in the upper-left corner of your Mac's screen.

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It's in the File drop-down menu. Doing so prompts a pop-out menu.

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In the pop-out menu, click one of the file formats to select it. You'll typically want to click either Microsoft Word (.docx) (creates a Word document) or PDF document (.pdf) (creates a PDF). Doing so prompts your Google Docs file to download onto your computer. Depending on your web browser's settings, you may need to confirm the download or select a save location before your file will download.

Part 2
On iPhone

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Unfortunately, you can't download a Google Doc file directly onto your iPhone; you can, however, make the file available offline so that you can view and edit the document even when you aren't connected to the Internet.

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Tap the Google Drive app icon, which resembles a green, yellow, and blue triangle on a white background. This will open your Google Drive page if you're logged into your Google Account. If you aren't logged in, enter your email address and password to proceed.

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Scroll through the Google Drive home page until you find the Google Doc file you want to download.

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It's to the right of the Google Doc file. A pop-up menu will appear.

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The switch will turn blue, signifying that you can now access the file whenever you like. To access the file without Internet, open the Google Drive app, then tap the file to open it.

Part 3
On Android

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Unlike on desktop, you can only download a Google Doc file as a PDF on an Android. If you'd rather keep the Google Doc in an editable state, you can make it available offline instead: Open Google Drive and sign in if necessary. Tap ⋮ in the bottom-right corner of the Google Doc file. Tap the grey "Available offline" switch.

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Tap the Google Drive app icon, which resembles a green, yellow, and blue triangle on a white background. This will open your Google Drive page if you're logged into your Google Account. If you aren't logged into Google Drive, select your account (or enter your email address) and enter your password before proceeding.

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Scroll through your Google Drive home page until you find the file.

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It's in the bottom-right corner of the file. A drop-down menu will appear. You can also long-press the file's thumbnail and then skip to the next step.

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It's in the drop-down menu. If you long-pressed the document's thumbnail, this option will appear at the bottom of the screen.

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If this is your first time downloading files from Google Drive onto your Android, you'll be prompted to allow it to access your Android's files.

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Swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap the downloaded Google Docs file's name in the resulting menu. This will open the file in your Android's default PDF viewer. On some Androids, you may first have to download Adobe Acrobat to view the PDF. You can also find your file in your Android's "Download" folder, which can be accessed by opening your Android's file manager app, selecting the location in which downloads are saved (e.g., the SD card), and tapping the Download folder.