How to Connect Google Drive to Slack

Slack integrates with all G Suite apps, including Google Drive. Linking your Google Drive account to Slack simplifies sharing files and allows you to get instant notifications about file requests and comments. We’ve figured out how to link the two apps, so you don’t have to.

How to Connect Google Drive to Slack

In this guide, we’ll explain how to connect Google Drive to the Slack app in two ways. Additionally, we’ll provide instructions on creating and sharing Google Drive files in Slack, and answer some of the most common questions related to the use of Slack and G Suite apps.

How to Connect Google Drive to Slack?

To link your Google account to Slack, follow the steps below:

  1. Head on to the Slack website, sign in and navigate to the Google Drive page in the App Directory.
  2. Click “Add to Slack.”
  3. Click “Add Google Drive app.”
  4. Click “Allow.”
  5. Click “Authenticate your Google Drive account.”
  6. Sign in to your Google account and click “Allow.”

Optionally, you can link your Google Drive account to Slack by sharing a file link. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to Slack and paste a link to a file from Google Drive in a message.
  2. Send the message and the Slackbot will ask you whether you’d like to link your Google Drive account to Slack.
  3. Select “Connect” and follow the on-screen instructions.

How to Share Google Drive Files in Slack?

After you’ve connected your Google Drive account to Slack, you can start creating and sharing files. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Slack, sign in to your account, and open any conversation.
  2. Click on the lightning icon beside the message input box.
  3. Locate Google Drive and select the file type. Create a file.
  4. Name your file. Optionally, enter a message to go with the file.
  5. Open the dropdown menu below “Share this document” and select a conversation.
  6. If you don’t want to share the file straight away, untick the checkbox beside “Share this document,” then click “Create.”

If you want to share an existing Google Drive file to Slack, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Slack, sign in to your account, and open a conversation you’d like to share a file with.
  2. Click the paper clip icon to the right from the message input box.
  3. Locate “Add a file from” and click “Google Drive” below it.
  4. Select a file and click “Select,” then send the message by clicking the arrow icon.

How to Manage Google Drive Notifications in Slack?

By default, you will get notifications when somebody requests access to a file, shares a file with you, or comments on your file. You can manage Google Drive notifications in Slack by following the steps below:

  1. Open Slack and sign in to your account.
  2. Click your workspace name at the upper-left corner of your screen.
  3. From the sidebar, select “Apps” to see a connected app list. If you don’t see Google Drive in the list, click the three-dot icon to see more apps.
  4. Click “Google Drive.”
  5. Click “Messages” at the upper part of your screen.
  6. Type in “on” or “off” to the message input field and send it to enable or disable the notifications.

You can manage comment notifications for specific files through Google Drive. To do that, follow the instructions below:

  1. Sign in to your Google Drive account and open a file you’d like to manage notifications for.
  2. Select “Comments” at the upper-right corner of your screen.
  3. Click “Notifications” and choose the notifications you wish to receive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read this section to find out everything you need to know about linking and using Slack and G Suite apps.

How Do You Connect Apps to Google Drive?

You can connect a wide variety of apps to Google Drive – including Slack. Head on to the Google Drive page and sign in to your account. Then, click the gear icon at the upper-right corner of your screen to open Settings.

Select “Manage Apps,” then “Connect more apps.” You will see a list of apps that can be connected to Google Drive. Select an app and click “Connect.”

To delete the connected apps from Google Drive, open Settings and click “Manage apps.” A list of connected apps will appear. Right-click an app icon. Select “Options” from a dropdown menu of an app you’d like to remove and click “Disconnect from Drive.”

Can I Use Google Docs With Slack?

Yes – you can connect Google Drive to Slack to make sharing Google Docs that much easier. This can be done through the Slack Website App Directory. Click “Add to Slack,” then “Add Google Drive app,” and grant the permission.

Follow the on-screen instructions to authenticate your Google account. Once you’ve set up Google Drive for Slack, you can share Google Docs files by clicking a paperclip icon to the right from the message input box in any conversation.

How Do I Connect to Slack?

To connect to Slack, you have to create a channel. First, head on to the Slack website or download the mobile app. Sign up, then click the plus icon next to “Channels” at the left sidebar. Enter the channel name and click “Create.”

You will see your new channel below “Channels” in the sidebar. Click on it and select “Share”, then type in the email address of a person you’d like to add to your channel. Optionally, add an invitation text, and click “Send.”

The person will then have to accept the invite and register with Slack. Afterward, head on to the Administration menu by clicking on your workspace name. Click “Manage shared channels” to view pending requests, and click “Approve.”

How Do I Connect to My Google Drive?

Open the Google Drive website on your device. Sign in with your Google account or click “Create account” if you don’t have one. Then, click “Next” and follow the on-screen instructions to register.

Once you’ve logged in, the Google Drive will be connected automatically. To create a new file, click the plus icon at the upper-right corner of your screen and select the file type.

How Do I Link Google Drive to Gmail?

Google Drive gets linked to your Gmail account automatically after you sign in to Google Drive. To share Google Drive files using Gmail, log in to your Gmail account and click “Compose” at the upper-left corner of your screen. Select “Google Drive” and choose files from your cloud. Select “Drive link” or “Attachment,” then click “Insert”.

Does Slack Integrate With Google?

Yes, the Slack app integrates with Google Workspace and other G Suite apps. After linking your Google account to Slack, you will be able to easily share Google Docs files and set file permissions, get instant notifications about newly shared Google Drive files, run your organization via the cloud, connect your Google calendar to Slack, and more.

You can choose which G Suite apps to connect to your Slack account in the App Directory. Click “Get App” beside the desired app and follow the on-screen instructions.

How Do I Add Google Drive to Slack?

Google Drive can be connected to Slack in two ways – via the App Directory on the Slack website and via sharing a file link directly to Slack conversations. To link the two apps through the App Directory, head on to the Slack website and sign in to your account. Navigate to the App Directory, then to the Google Drive page.

Click “Add to Slack” and select “Add Google Drive app”, then follow the on-screen instructions to authorize your Google account and connect it to Slack. To link your Google Drive account to Slack through conversations, paste a file link as a message and send it to any recipient. You will then be asked by the Slackbot whether you’d like to connect Google Drive to Slack. Click “Connect” and follow the on-screen instructions.

How Do I Disconnect My Google Account From Slack?

If for some reason you wish to disconnect your Google account from Slack, you can do that through the Slack App Directory. Navigate to the Google Drive page and click the cross icon beside “Authentication.” Confirm by clicking “Disconnect.”

How Do I Use Google Shortcuts in Slack?

App shortcuts in Slack allow you to perform various actions in a couple of clicks without leaving Slack. Once you’ve connected an app to Slack, you will see all available shortcuts in the shortcuts menu. The easiest way to take action from the shortcuts menu is to open a conversation in Slack and click the lightning icon beside the message input box.

There, you will see all apps with their shortcuts. For example, Google Calendar allows you to create an event right in the Slack App. Simply click on the shortcut name and fill in a form.

How Do I View and Reply to Comments to My Google Drive Files in Slack?

Apart from sharing files, Google Drive allows commenting on them directly through Slack. You will get notifications about any comments left on your files.

To view and reply to them, sign in to your Slack account and click on your workspace name at the upper-left corner of your screen. Click “Apps,” then “Google Drive.” Select “Messages” at the upper part of your screen. You will see a comment list. Hover over a comment and select “Start a thread,” then write your reply.

Share Google Drive Files in a Few Clicks

Now that you’ve connected your Google account to Slack, sharing files with your team should become much more convenient. Adjust G Suite app notifications and permissions to your preference, and enjoy your newly improved Slack workspace. We advise you to get the Slack mobile app, too, if you haven’t done this already. It’s available for both iOS and Android and allows you to connect with your team on the go, making your whole workspace fit in a pocket.

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