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How to upload a ZIP file in Google Drive?

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ZIP files are an excellent way to compress data, making file transfer simpler and more efficient. They require less storage and are preferred when you have a lot of data to store or export.

Google Drive is a cloud storage platform that helps users store, open, edit, share, and view files. If you upload normal, uncompressed files to Google Drive, they may take up more space, consuming much of the 15 GB of free space. You can still go for the Basic or Premium plan if you so desire.

But if you plan things a little bit more carefully, you can easily manage even this free space. One way is to compress the files first and then upload the resultant ZIP files on Google.

Note: Although you can upload ZIP files or folders to Google Drive, you will have to download them again to open and access them, as Google Drive is not equipped with the unzip functionality. You can also download a third-party app like ZIP Extractor to do this work for you.

You can watch a video on how to upload a ZIP file on Google Drive or continue reading the article below:

Upload ZIP files on Google Drive on the computer

Let us start with uploading ZIP files on Google Drive on your computer. To begin, head to and sign in with your Google account. After that, follow the instructions given below to upload ZIP files:

Step 1: Click on My Drive on the left panel.

Step 2: Click on My Drive again and then select file or folder upload. If you have a ZIP file, select file upload otherwise select folder upload.

Step 3: Double-click on the ZIP file to upload or select the file and then press Open.

Also read: How to remove duplicates in Google Sheets?

Upload ZIP files on Google Drive app

Now, let us understand how to upload ZIP files on the Google Drive app:

  • Select the ZIP file or folder that you want to upload and press the three-dot button at the top-right.
  • Now, select Back up to Google Drive from the drop-down menu.

After that, enter the file name, location and the Google account. When you are done, tap on Save to upload the file or folder.

As you can see, uploading a ZIP file on Google Drive is the same as uploading any file or video on the platform. The only difference is that you’ll have to select the ZIP file or folders instead of the simple ones.

Also read: How to permanently delete Google Drive files?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: