How to Download and Play Google Drive Videos on iPhone


Apple iPhone comes with a measly 5GB of iCloud storage. That’s why most users prefer Google Drive to share and download files from iPhone. Additionally, Google Drive offers 15 GB of free space and offers native apps for Windows and Android. This makes it easier to store and view photos and videos on your iPhone.

Google Drive app on iPhone allows you to view details of videos and provides you with a basic drive to view them. To enjoy these videos in all their glory, you need to download them to your iPhone. However, Google Drive does not allow you to directly save these videos to the Photos app. We will show you how to download and play any video file from Google Drive on your iPhone.

Use default Google Drive video player

Google Drive supports all major video file types such as MP4, MKV, and MOV. The app has a default video player with sufficient functions like forward/backward, play/pause, and AirPlay.

Step 1: Open Google Drive on iPhone. Find any video in the Drive folder.

2nd step: Press the play button. Google Drive will download the video from the server to play it on your phone.

Download Google Drive Video on iPhone

When you want to edit Google Drive videos or upload them to iCloud or OneDrive, you need to upload them to your iPhone. As mentioned earlier, Google Drive does not allow you to download the video to your iPhone. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open Google Drive app on iPhone and find a video you want to download.

2nd step: Long press on a video. Select the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.

Step 3: Select “Open in” to download the video.

Step 4: Drive will open the iOS share menu once the download process is complete.

You can directly share Google Drive videos to IM (Instant Messaging) apps, send emails via Mail or Outlook, or even upload them to another cloud storage like OneDrive.

Step 5: Tap “Save to Files” to save video to Files app on iPhone.

Step 6: Save the video to your desired location in the Files app. You can also add a tag to easily filter downloaded videos.

Open the Files app on your iPhone and your downloaded video is ready to use.

Save Google Drive Videos to Photos App on iPhone

Due to a complex and rather confusing iOS behavior, you cannot download the Google Drive video directly to the Photos app. The Share menu on iOS won’t show an option to save the photo or video to the Photos app on iPhone. First, you will need to upload the video to the Files app and then save it to the Photos app. Here’s how.

Step 1: Upload the video from Google Drive to the Files app (refer to the steps above).

2nd step: Open the Files app on your iPhone. Long press on a video and select Share from the pop-up menu.

Step 3: Tap “Save Video” in the iOS share menu.

Step 4: Open the Photos app to check your recorded video.

You can now upload the video to iCloud, play with photo editing tools, or add it to an existing album.

Use VLC Player to Watch Google Drive Videos on iPhone

The default iPhone Photos and Files app does not support all video files. For example, you cannot play MKV video files in the Photos app. If you plan to download MKV videos from Google Drive, you need to use a third-party video player to watch them on your iPhone.

Step 1: Download and install VLC player on iPhone using the link below.

2nd step: Save the Google Drive videos to the Files app (refer to the steps above).

Unlike VLC on Android, VLC for iPhone will not scan and display all videos from the device storage. You have to manually open videos from the Files app. Continue with the steps below.

Step 3: Open the Files app on iPhone. Find the downloaded video in the Files app.

Step 4: Long press on a video and select Share from the pop-up menu.

Step 5: Select VLC in the iOS share sheet.

Step 6: The system will open the video in VLC player.

You can enjoy all the benefits of VLC like a feature-rich media player, subtitles, screen capture, custom playlists, and volume gestures.

Enjoy Google Drive Videos on iPhone

You can still play Google Drive videos using the default video player. If you want to edit or share videos, save them to the Photos app. For mkv and other unsupported video file types, turn to VLC on iPhone.

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