Software & Apps Google Drive How to Download and Watch Google Drive Movies It's easy to watch and even download videos hosted in the cloud. By Thomas James Wilton Writer Tom Wilton has been a freelance filmmaker and writer since 2012. His work has appeared in Video&Filmmaker, The Big Issue, and others. He's also been a consultant for CBS. our editorial process LinkedIn Thomas James Wilton Updated March 31, 2020 Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email Google Drive is great for hosting and sharing spreadsheets, documents, presentations, and photos, but did you know you can also use Google Drive for movies, too? You can find other publicly listed videos to download to your computer or play them directly from Google Drive. These instruction apply to Windows and Mac. Lifewire / Elise Degarmo Google Drive’s Terms of Service dictate all usage must be in compliance with local laws, including copyright restrictions. Google explicitly warns against uploading content for which you don’t have the necessary sharing permissions, and also warns violations may lead to account suspension. Adding copyrighted files to your Drive or downloading them to your computer may also trigger punitive measures. Where to Find Google Drive Movies Google Drive lets users share movies directly with others, or publicly to the web. With this in mind, you may find movies listed on a host of websites and online communities. Again, make sure you have to necessary permissions to share or download content. An easy way to find movies on Google Drive is with a Google search using file types: site:drive.google.com intitle:wmv|mpg|avi|mp4|mkv|mov -trailer. You can also add the movie name and/or year at the beginning for a more targeted search. How to Play, Save, and Download Google Drive Movies Once you've found the link to the film you want to watch, it's just a few simple steps to play your movie, save it to your Google Drive, or download it directly to your computer. Not all videos that can be streamed can also be downloaded; you might hit a "quota exceeded" page if too many people have recently downloaded the file. If you choose to download a Google Drive movie to your computer, Google will run a virus scan on the file. However, many files will be too large for Google to scan, in which case you will see an advisory notice. It's good practice to exercise caution and only download movies from sources you trust. Select the link to open the Google Drive movie file. You will be taken directly to the player screen. Select the Play icon to watch the movie. To download the movie to your computer select the Download icon. To save the movie to your Google Drive, select the Add to My Drive icon. Once the film is added to your Google Drive, you can always opt to download it later. To do this, find the file within your Google Drive and either right-click or double click it to open the additional options menu. Select Download, then choose where you want to save it on your computer. How to Download Google Drive Movies Using Google Backup and Sync If you want to download movie files saved to your Google Drive you can use Google's Backup and Sync desktop app to do this in the background. It's also a good way to download a batch of movies or other content you've saved to your Google Drive. Download the Back up and Sync app from Google. Install the app. Once Backup and Sync is fully set up, you'll see the app icon in the system tray area of the taskbar (Windows) or in the menu bar (Mac). Select it to see an overview of activity and quick launch icons. Select the three-dot options menu, then select Preferences. In your Backup and Sync preferences select Google Drive. Choose the folder or folders in which your movies are stored, select Sync only these folders, then click OK. Your Google Drive movie or movies will download in the background to your computer. How to Play Google Movies Saved to Your Computer There are a slew of video formats, not all of which are natively supported by desktop media players. Fortunately, VLC is a free media player that works with a variety of formats and has versions for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Here, we focus on installing VLC on a Mac and using it to open a movie file. Go to the VLC website and select Download VLC. Install the app. Launch VLC. Locate your movie on your computer and either drag it into VLC or select Media > Open File (Windows) or Open media (Mac) to launch the file selector. Once added, your movie will automatically begin to play. Your movie will remain in the VLC playlist until you remove it. You can add additional movies by dragging and dropping files, or select File > Open file and using the file selector.