How to unzip files in Google Drive

In this tutorial, we will see how to unzip files in Google Drive easily by using different ways.

Google Drive has evolved a lot over years. Ranging from tiny PNGs and large video files we are managing different documents on Google Drive storage. You can easily store small size files like images, gifs, word documents, etc in Google Drive.

But, when you are dealing with large file formats like videos, heavy pdf’s it may take too long, sometimes even hours to upload and download. Moreover, the amount of space we are provided with Google Drive is limited. Even on paid accounts, the storage should be used wisely. Zipped files are a lifesaver when it comes to dealing with such large files. You can easily manage heavy documents in zip formats.

Unzip files in Google Drive

You might have used some zip tools to zip and unzip documents in your local machines. But when it comes to cloud storage such as Google Drive it can be a bit different. Let’s explore different ways to unzip files in Google Drive

Method 1: Brute force method – Downloading and unzipping

There is no direct mechanism to unzip files within Google Drive directly. But you can download it and unzip using external zip tools within your machine.

Just follow the below steps to unzip files in Google Drive.

Steps in unzipping files in Google Drive:

Step 1: Select the file(s) you have to unzip.

Step 2: Right-click on them and select the Download option.

Unzip files in Google Drive

Step 3: The file(s) will be downloaded in your local machine storage. Click on the downloaded zip folder.

Step 4: Right-click on it and select Unzip. You can choose the location to unzip (or) leave it to the default location.

Google Drive Unzip files

Disadvantage:

But this method is really complex and time-consuming. It requires manually downloading and then unzipping. It’s not a feasible solution when the numbers are high since it takes too much of your time.

Method 2: Unzip files in Google Drive without downloading using a zip extractor extension

ZIP Extractor is a simple Chrome extension that extracts files from a ZIP archive within Google Drive. Zip extractor extension can be an invaluable time-saver if you deal with lots of cloud documents and want to bypass the inconvenience of unzipping.

Steps to unzip files in Google Drive using Zip extractor extension:

To unzip files in Google Drive without downloading using a zip extractor extension, simply follow the below steps.

Step 1: Download and install the zip extractor chrome extension from the Chrome web store

Step 2: Open Google drive on your PC/mobile explorer

Step 3: Select the file and right-click to Open with the ZIP Extractor for ZIP files stored in Drive. 

Note: On first use, the extension will ask you to authorize ZIP Extractor to access to Google Drive. 

Step 4: You will be presented with the option to select the files to extract. 

Note: By default, all files are selected.

Step 5: Select the files needed to be unzipped

Step 6: Choose Extract Now to extract into a new folder inside the current folder. You can change the destination folder. 

Step 7: The extracted file is saved in a folder with the same name as the ZIP file.

how to Unzip files in Google Drive

After extraction, click “View Files” to go to the unzipped files in Google Drive.

Method 3: How to unzip files in Google Drive by “Sync with cloud”.

Syncing the local folder with the cloud is one of the easiest ways to deal with zip operations. 

Sync all downloaded files to Drive on Windows

To unzip files, Sync all downloaded files to Drive on Windows by following the below steps.

Step 1: Download and install Drive File Stream.

Step 2: On your computer, go to your Downloads folder 

Step 3: Click Drive File Stream.

Step 4: Click Open Google Drive.

Step 5: Drag the Downloads folder into a Google Drive folder.

Step 6: Open Chrome browser.

Step 7: In the top-right corner, click More > Settings.

Step 8: Click Advanced and go to Downloads.

Step 9: Click Change and in the pop-up, navigate to the Downloads folder that you dragged to your Google Drive folder and click Select. This selection would be your default download location now.

Sync all downloaded files to Drive on Mac

  1. On your Mac, open Finder and navigate to Macintosh HD > Users > your user name.
  2. Drag the Downloads folder into a Google Drive folder.
  3. Open Chrome and click More: > Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings and go to Downloads.
  5. Click Change and in the pop-up, navigate to the Downloads folder you dragged to your Google Drive folder and click Select. This selection will become your default download location.
    Note: If Drive File Stream is not running, files are saved to a different location.

If you are syncing folders on your device/computer to your cloud, then you could use that device/computer to zip up the data inside a folder on that device/computer using one of the various zip apps (Windows, Winzip, etc). It would then be synced to your cloud.

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Cool right, thus we have seen different methods on how to unzip files in Google Drive. Choose your feasible method and get your job done.

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