Where did Google Drive Stored my Offline Files?

Published on June 6th, 2012

“Where did Google Drive Stored my Offline Files?” This is a problem that I encountered recently. And eventually found where Google Drive is storing my downloaded or “Offline” files in my Android smartphone. Before I show you where, let me tell you first what happened. Well, if you don’t want to read my story, you can skip the middle part of this article and scroll down.

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I recently uploaded an Audio file to my Google Drive through a desktop computer here in the office, since I do not have a card reader or a USB cable to transfer the files from the computer to my Android smartphone. So I made use of Google Drive. I uploaded the file to Google Drive. And I downloaded the Google Drive App on my phone. I accessed the file through the Google Drive App on my smartphone and there it was. Problem 1 solved!

Now the next problem is I want that file to be available locally or offline so that I could listen to the audio file anywhere I am. So I downloaded the file to my android smartphone by making it an “Offline file”. Second problem solved!

Now, where in the world did Google drive stored the Offline files? Because I wanted to transfer it on the MP3 folder on my sdCard. I searched every directory in my smartphone and finally I found it.

So where did Google Drive save or stored the Offile files? It’s here:
sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files

And from there you can simply copy or better yet move the file(s) to another folder. Problem solved! I hope this could help you also. By the way, I not sure if the location is constant even if you are using a different brand/model of Android smartphone.

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  • Thank you. Location was accurate on ADR6300 with Condemned V14 ROM

    • whatswithjeff

      Thanks for confirming that. ^_^

  • Ron Preedy

    Thanks! Works on Galaxy Ace with 2.2.1

    • whatswithjeff

      That’s great! perhaps the path is similar to all android devices. I’m not sure with tablets though or on ICS.

  • DFD

    CAN’T WORK ON NOTE 4.0.3

  • mehughes124

    I tried this trick with an image, but no app could open the file. I have a hunch that it was somehow encrypted.

    • bpelhos

      You should switch off the encryption of offline files in Drive, on your phone. After the switch off it downloads again all the files (that you marked as offline).
      Now you could browse the /Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files folder on your SDcard and you would be able to open the files (for example an mp3 file with a music player app).

      • jeff

        Where do you turn off the encryption of offline files?

        • austin

          just open the app,->options(top right hand corner for tablets)->settings and it should be right their on the list of settings

          • flo0

            Great help
            turning off the encryption did the trick

  • austin

    acer iconia 4.0.3 doc. files are there but they are either an empty ZIP(which i normally can extract) or in a .doc or .docx file that is unopenable by all the best doc editors except one, and the one that opens it just give me a ton of crap symbols. Google is encrypting all the stuff

  • austin

    and i now read the comment above mine *facepalm*

  • Andy

    Thank you very muc. But how can I access /Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files folder? I want to copy some music files from that folder to my SD card so that my music player can play them without opening Google Drive.

    • jeff

      You need to have root access, you need to root your smartphone and use a root explorer. From there, just copy or transfer the files to another folder in your sdCard

  • Aaron

    This worked for me, many thanks.

  • Steve

    Thanks for this. My files were a couple of folders further down the structure, but the path you gave put me on the right, err, path 🙂

    Jeff: you don’t need to root your device if (as is generally the case) these files are on the SD card. There are masses of file managers available on the Play Store, and any of them will enable you to navigate to the appropriate folder and move the file. I’m no Android expert, but my understanding is that you only need root access if you want to get at the memory on the phone/tablet itself, as opposed to the SD card.

    • Yes Steve, we root the phone to get root access and see the files we don’t usually see from the SD card and internal memory.
      Thanks for the tip Steve.

  • Will

    Worked great on my Motorola Droid 4! Thanks!

  • Mike

    It turns out that it’s a bit different on my google nexus 7 (Dec 2012), android 4.2.1., but thanks for getting me started Jeff!

    I downloaded the free “file manager” from the Google play store.
    Then installed/activated “Google drive”
    Then I put one file with specific name in the drive via the web and made it “available offline”.
    Then I used the file manager to search for the name of that file and found this location:
    /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files

    I hope this also helps others,
    cheers!

  • gupin suri

    thanks loacation is same in Micromax Canvas 2 as well…

  • piyush.msh20

    thanks it worked on Sony Xperia too.

  • David

    I have an mp3 audio file that opens and plays fine from the offline location. However, when I copied it to the external SD card, just as you did, the same music player now says it can’t open it. Weird!

    • Well that’s really weird. I haven’t encountered that problem before. Perhaps the SD card is faulty or has bad blocks?

  • Dinakaran

    Thank you.
    You saved my time 🙂

  • Mitch

    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!

  • Peter

    I have a galaxy tab 2 10.1 wifi , i couldnt find it . it just updated 4.2.2

  • iwillneverposthereagain

    This was my location to the music I saved. I did not have an SD Card.

    LGE Andriod Phone USB

    /Internal%20storage/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.docs/files/pinned_docs_files_do_not_edit/

    Try ctrl+h ? I don’t think it’s hidden though

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