How to attach Google Drive files to notes
Available in Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and the older version of Evernote Web (Safari only).
You can add Google Drive files to Evernote notes as attachments or as pasted links (URLs) without having to leave Evernote. When you attach Google Drive files, the links are formatted as clickable objects that are easy to find in a note.
Your Google Drive file will appear in Evernote as an enhanced link with information about the file such as:
- File type (for example, Google Doc, Sheet, Slides, .jpg files)
- Date last modified
- Quickly link to weekly reports you've created in Google Sheets from a shared project note in Evernote
- Jot down ideas for a blog post in Evernote and attach links to research saved in Google Docs
How to set up the Google Drive integration
The first time you attempt to attach a Google Drive file to a note, you'll be asked to give Evernote permission to connect to Google Drive. When prompted, click Connect on the 'Connect to Google Drive' screen to authorize your Evernote account access to your Google Drive files.
Note: For Evernote for Android, make sure you've installed and are logged in to the Google Drive app on your device.
Two places you'll see the 'Connect to Google Drive' prompt:
The first time you select the Google Drive (triangle) icon from the note editing toolbar
The first time you copy and paste a Google Drive file link into a note, and select the 'Connect' link in the 'Title not available' link object
Connect Evernote to Google Drive
Connect Evernote to Google Drive
Note: If you have multiple Google Accounts, you'll be asked to select the Google Account associated with the Google Drive file you're trying to link to Evernote.
Two ways to add Google Drive files to Evernote notes
1. Select a Google Drive file to attach
If you're working in Evernote, add Google Drive files by selecting from a list of files currently stored in your Google Drive.
Available in the older version of Evernote Web (Safari only).
- Select the Google Drive icon from the note editing toolbar
- Select a file from the Google Drive list
- Click Select
- Double tap note, or tap the pencil, to edit
- Select the paperclip icon from the note editing toolbar
- Select a file* from the Google Drive list
- Click Select
Tip: Instead of selecting an existing Google Drive file, you have the option of creating new Google Drive files to attach. Simply tap the 'New Google Docs' or 'New Google Sheets' from the list of options.
2. Copy and paste a Google Drive file link (URL) into a note
Copy and paste a Google Drive file link (URL) from any application outside of Evernote:
From any email, chat messaging, or any other kind of application
Directly from your Google Drive by selecting 'Get shareable link' from the options menu (accessed using right-click or 'Shift + click')
By clicking the 'Share' button in any opened Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides files
Note: Google Drive file links inserted inside a bulleted list or table, or directly after text on the same line, will display as plain-text links.
Frequently Asked Questions
What versions of Evernote support the Google Drive integration?
The Google Drive integration is currently supported in Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and the older version of Evernote Web (Safari only).
What type of Google Drive files can I attach—just Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, or other types of files as well?
Any file stored in Google Drive can be added to a note as a Google Drive attachment. All Google Drive files appear as enhanced links in Evernote, with file details such as the filename and date last modified. If Evernote doesn't recognize the file type, a default paperclip (attachment) icon is displayed.
How do Google Drive files appear in Evernote on other platforms that don't currently support the Google Drive integration?
On platforms that don't yet support the Google Drive integration, attachments will appear as plain-text links with the filename displayed.
When I authorize Evernote to connect to my Google Drive, what in my Evernote account can Google see and vice versa?
When you authorize Evernote to connect to your Google Drive, you are giving Evernote permission to view and access files in your Google Drive. Google cannot see or access any notes in your Evernote account.
Will Google be able to search any notes in my Evernote account if I connect my Google Drive and my Evernote account?
No. The authorized connection only gives Evernote permission to view and access your Google Drive files, not the other way around. Google cannot view or search any of the notes in your Evernote account.
How do I search for Google Drive files in Evernote?
To find Google Drive files you've attached to notes, search for:
- Keywords in the Google Drive filename
- Keywords inside the note the Google Drive file is attached to
Some people can't seem to access a Google Drive file I've attached to a note and shared with them in Evernote. Why is this?
Recipients of a shared note can only view and access Google Drive files you've given them permission to view. To ensure recipients of an Evernote note have permission to view the Google Drive files you've attached to a note, launch Google Drive to manage file-sharing permissions.
If I share a note containing a private Google Drive file, will the recipient be able to view the contents of that attachment?
No. Recipients of a note you've shared in Evernote can only view and access Google Drive files you've given them permission to view.
To keep an attached Google Drive file private from some or all recipients of a shared note, launch Google Drive to manage file-sharing permissions.
If I add Google Drive files to my notes, does it count towards my Evernote monthly uploads?
No. When you attach a Google Drive file, you are just adding a text link (URL) to a note, so none of the contents in that Google Drive file are actually saved to your Evernote account.
Are attached Google files available to me offline if I have Evernote Premium?
No. Google Drive content is only available for online access. When you attach a Google Drive file, you're just adding a text link (URL) to a note. None of the contents in that Google Drive file are actually saved to your Evernote account, so internet access is required for viewing Google Drive attachments.
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