Get started with Google Drive

Get started with Google Drive

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on mobile devices.

  • Share your project documents and other useful resource material with collaborators in different parts of the world
  • Organize your project collaboration in one online location with added benefits of search and chat options
  • Drive is where you find your Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, etc for online collaboration with your team.                    

How to access Google Drive


You need a account to access Google Drive. 

  • You can access Google Drive from  
  • Need to invite non CGIAR staff?  Ask them to share with you their Google account (e.g. a address) or create a personal account

Not from CGIAR?

We set up user accounts for CGIAR staff members only. If you’re not a staff member, you can be invited with your Google account.  If you don’t have one yet, click here to create a personal Google account.


  • Storage space. CGXchange users have a 30GB quota for storing files in different formats (documents created in Google Docs do not count against this quota).

  • File formats. With Google Drive on the web, you can upload and preview many file types online, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and many image file types, so you can decide whether to download locally depending on your needs and available connectivity.

  • Synchronization. With the Google Drive desktop/mobile applications, your files are synchronized across your devices. Any time your device has Internet access, it checks in with Google Drive. That ensures your files and folders are always up to date. If you use Chrome, you can even access your files when you are offline.

  • Sharing large files. Drive is recommended for sharing large files with your collaborators, with no need to attach them to emails: just share your file, folder or Google Doc. 

Install Drive for Desktop (PC/Mac)

Note: It's not possible to use Google Drive for your Mac/PC with more than one account at the same time. Learn how to switch Google Accounts to use with Google Drive for your Mac/PC.  Switching accounts frequently is not recommended because this will create a new Google Drive folder every time (i.e. wastes space and does not sync with previous file collections).

Switching accounts is possible with Drive on the web and on mobile devices.

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