How to rename Google Drive folder

Properly naming files or folders on your Google Drive is important when you create a lot of files and folders to easily identify those created files or folders. You may already be familiar with changing the file names of your personal computer. Let us see how to rename Google drive folder.

But what if you are a Google Drive user, and you may find it difficult to find folders because of the same names? Fortunately, you can able to rename your Google Drive files to make them easier to identify.

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rename google drive folder

Let’s dive deep to know how to rename Google Drive folder on your personal computer and Android mobile so that you can improve the easiest identification of your Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or whatever other files you may have uploaded to the Drive.

Why renaming the Google Drive folder?

Unlike your computer, Google Drive has the ability to store multiple folders all using the same name. While this can be a useful feature, it could also complicate your work if you delete the wrong backup file.

To avoid this problem the best way to rename the file with the same name before uploading the file to Google Drive.

How to rename google drive folder on computer?

Renaming the folder is a very simple procedure in Google Drive. It can be done on a folder or even a single document. To rename the Google Drive folder, simply follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open Google Drive on your web browser 

Step 2: Find the Google Drive folder you want to rename.

Step 3: Click on the folder and then click on the three vertical dots at the top-right of the Google Drive screen.

Step 4: Click on the “rename” option. You can also right-click on the desired Google Drive folder, and then click ‘Rename’ from the pop-up box. 

Step 5: In the Rename dialog that appears, the document or folder name will be highlighted in blue color.

Step 6: You can type the new name here. As you type, the old name will be replaced. Press Backspace on your keyboard if you make a mistake.

Step 7: Now press the ‘OK’ button. You can also press the ‘Cancel’ button if you do not want to change the name.

How to rename the google drive folder on Android mobile?

Renaming the folder in your Android mobile is quite simple. To rename the Google Drive folder, simply follow the below steps.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive app on your Android mobile. 

Step 2: Find the Google Drive folder you want to rename.

Step 3: Tap on the three vertical dots at the right of the Google Drive folder name.

Step 4: Tap on ‘Rename’ from the pop-up box. 

Step 5: In the Rename dialog that appears, the document or folder name will be highlighted in blue color.

Step 6: You can type the new name here. As you type, the old name will be replaced. Press Backspace on your mobile keyboard if you commit any mistake.

Step 7: Now tap the ‘OK’ button. You can also tap the ‘Cancel’ button if you do not want to change the name.

How to rename multiple google drive folders?

Even though Google Drive provides great support to rename folders, the process of renaming a single folder one-by-one will make you tired. To rename multiple Google Drive folders, you can use extensions and third-party tools.

Multiple file rename for Google Drive – An extension to rename multiple google drive folders

“Multiple file rename for Google Drive” is a free renaming app for Google Drive available in the G-suite marketplace and also as a chrome extension that provides a better way to rename multiple folders with fast, easy, and minimal operations. It renames all files in selected Drive files according to chosen settings.

You can either download it from the G-suite marketplace or simply add it as a chrome extension. Just select a folder, choose rename options, and watch your files being renamed.

Cloud File Renamer – A web service to rename multiple folders

Cloud File Renamer is a web service that allows users to rename folders from their cloud service accounts including Google Drive. It has a smart algorithm that renames folders at a very fast pace, and with absolute accuracy.

How to rename files on Google Drive using Cloud File renamer?

  • Go to its official website and create your Cloud File Renamer account through your existing Google or Microsoft email account. 
  • Once the web app launches, you can select your desired cloud from the toolbar at the top, which in this case will be Google Drive.
  • The next step is to click the Add New Drive button, enter your Google account credentials, and get your Google Drive data processed through the highly secure Google Drive API.
  • Now you will see your entire Google Drive folder structure loaded into the Cloud File Renamer interface. Simply select the folders you want to rename and then hit the Load Folders button to load those files into Cloud File Renamer.
  • Now you have to decide how you want to rename your files. Cloud File Renamer gives you several options such as new Name, replace text, remove text, trim text, numbering, and more.
  • Once you have selected the concerning rule and the relevant settings, click the Add Rule button to add it for onward rename operation of the selected folders. 
  • Once you are satisfied with the previews, you can finally hit the green Rename button. Once it is complete, you will be able to view all the changes on your Google Drive.

Google drive rename shared folder

You may have the doubt that “What happens when I rename a shared folder?”.

Well, when you rename the shared Google Drive folder, the change affects everyone who the folder is shared with. When you add the folder from the shared drive to my drive it is still shared and not a copy. It just moves the folder from your shared drive to your “my drive” section of Google Drive. Therefore all edit changes will affect all users whom the folder is shared with.

Trick to handle different files – Using Nested Folders

If you are backing up a lot of different files to Google Drive, the best way to keep them separate from other files is by using nested folders. 

Click the “Create ” button, followed by “Folder,” and then name the folder “Backups.” Each time you upload backup files, create a new folder named with the date or month and upload the files to that folder. 

As the backups get old, you can delete the entire month’s folder.

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And voila! You can now rename your Google Drive folder on the computer and Android mobile easily.

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