Recently, it was discovered that Google Drive iOS app users were having issues opening some file types, including Microsoft Word (.docx) documents.
At the time it was hypothesized that the problem wasn’t with the Files app from Apple, but rather a Google Drive app issue, which could quickly be patched with a software update. And, sure enough, that is indeed the case. The official Google Drive app has been updated to better work with Apple’s Files app, which means opening files shouldn’t be an issue from this point.
Here’s how Google puts it, per its own official announcement:
“With the latest version of the Drive app installed, you can easily access and manage documents and photos stored in Drive just by opening up the Files app on your iOS device. If you have Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps installed as well, tapping on any Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation in the Files app will open the app of the associated Google editor. You can also take advantage of new iOS 11 features like dragging and dropping files between apps and folders in the Files App.”
As noted by Google, the integration with the Files app also extends to Docs, Sheets, and Slides — all apps offered by Google. The Google Drive app is a free download from the iOS App Store, and you can find a link to install it below.
Were you having any issues with Google Drive before the update? Have you tried it out now? How are you liking Apple’s new Files app?