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Description

The average iPad that is issued by PCS will have 32 GB of total storage space built into the device. While this may initially seem like a lot of space, system files, installed applications, and additional media on the device can quickly consume an iPad's free storage space. The most common culprit that consumes free storage space on an iPad is having a large amount of photos or videos that were taken on the iPad. While some photos and videos are truly extraneous and can be deleted freely, other photos and videos will want to be preserved in a safe location to be retrieved at a later date. In order to achieve this, we suggest that you back up the important photos and videos on your iPad's Photos app to your Google Drive app. This guide will provide instruction on how to backup and also download photos and videos from your iPad to your Google Drive.


Uploading Files to Google Drive

This section will demonstrate how to install Google Drive, locate the photos you wish to backup, and then back up those photos and videos to your Google Drive.


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  1. Ensure that your iPad already has the Google Drive app installed and signed into your PETK12 Google account.
    1. The Google Drive app icon:
    2. The Google Drive app can be installed at any time from the Self Service app.
    3. Sign into the Google Drive app by running the app. If you are not signed in, press the, "sign in" button on the app's home screen and sign into your PETK12 Google account. You are fully signed in if you see the contents of your account's Google Drive.
  2. Open the Photos app on the iPad.
    1. Photos app icon: 
  3. In the menu that appears, press the, "Select" button in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. This will enable the Select Items function.
  4. With the Select Items function enabled, tap on each photo you wish to back up. Once a photo is selected, you will see a blue and white checkmark appear in the lower-right corner of the image. Select all of the photos or videos you wish to backup to Google Drive.
  5. Once all of your photos or videos are selected, press the Share button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  6. In the Sharing menu that appears, select the icon for Google Drive called, "Drive".
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  7. In the menu that appears called, "Choose an Account", select the Google account that you would like to backup your files to.
  8.  In the Google Drive Sharing menu that appears, tap on the, "Select Folder" menu at the bottom of the menu.
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  9. In the "Select Destination" menu, navigate to the location in Google Drive that you would like to save your backed up images to. Once your location has been selected, press the, "Save Here" button.
    1. It might be advisable to save your backed up photos and videos into their own dedicated folder for easy organization. You can make a new folder in Google Drive by clicking on the folder with the plus symbol, after which you can select that folder as the location to save your backed up files.
  10. Once you have selected a Google Drive folder to save into, press the, "Upload" button in the upper-right corner of the Google Drive Sharing menu. This will begin the upload process that will copy the photo or video from your iPad and save it to your Google Drive in the Drive location you stated previously.
  11. You can confirm that the files are backed up by checking the location you saved to in your Google Drive.
  12. Finished!


Download Files from Google Drive

This section will demonstrate how to retrieve a photo or video that is saved to your Google Drive and download it onto your iPad's Photos app.


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  1. Ensure that your iPad already has the Google Drive app installed and signed into your PETK12 Google account.
    1. The Google Drive app icon:
    2. The Google Drive app can be installed at any time from the Self Service app.
    3. Sign into the Google Drive app by running the app. If you are not signed in, press the, "sign in" button on the app's home screen and sign into your PETK12 Google account. You are fully signed in if you see the contents of your account's Google Drive.
  2. Open the Google Drive app on the iPad.
  3. Navigate to the location of the photos or video you backed up in Drive.
  4. For each photo or video that you want to download, click on the three dots beside the name of the file.
  5. In the context menu that appears, select the, "Send a copy" option.
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  6. In the Sharing menu that appears, select, "Save Image". As soon as the Sharing menu disappears, a copy of the file is being downloaded and added to your Photos app.
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  7. You can confirm that the files are downloaded by checking the Photos app on the iPad and ensuring the files are shown.
  8. Finished!


Have More Questions? Need Further Assistance?

If you need to get in contact with the PCS Helpdesk team for further assistance with these matters, you may do so at any time by following the instructions here: Contacting the PCS Helpdesk.