How to Convert Videos with Google Drive


Given that millions of people rely on Google Drive and Gmail for their everyday tasks, learning how to convert videos using this cloud platform can prove useful for speeding up the work.

Although there is no special converter from Google (yet!), the service has supported services, one of which is an online video converter. In this article, we will describe how to easily convert a Google Drive video to a different format.

How to convert a Google Drive video

Step 1. Make sure you're logged into your Google account. Click the "+ New" button and select "File upload". Choose the video from your device to upload it to Google Drive.

How to upload a video to Google Drive

Step 2. Once the file is processed, hit the three dots icon and proceed to the "Open with" option. In the drop-down menu, pick "CloudConvert".

Open the online video converter

Step 3. You will be hinted to choose an email to use with the CloudConvert website. Select the one you wish to connect.

Select Google Drive account

Step 4. On the next page, hit "Allow" to let the converter access your Google storage.

Give permission to access your Google Drive

Step 5. Register if you don't have a CloudConvert account yet.

Register on the video converting website

Step 6. Your file will be automatically uploaded to the video converter. You will only need to pick the output format. You can convert your Google Drive video to MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, WebM, and WMV. Video to audio conversion is possible too.

Pick the output format

Step 7. Put the check mark next to the "Save output files to Google Drive" settings and hit the "Convert" button.

Save the result

Step 8. Once converted, your video will be available for download.

Download the converted video

Step 9. Go back to the tab with your Google Drive open and refresh the page. You will see both videos, the original and the converted, in your cloud storage.

See your converted Google Drive video

How to share a video on Google Drive

Google Drive is a convenient way to share large files seamlessly. It provides a hassle-free, secure, and accessible method of content distribution, making it an ideal choice for various personal, educational, or professional purposes.

Here's a guide to how to share a video stored on Google Drive:

  1. Upload the video to your Google Drive if you have not done it yet.
  2. Select the file and click the tree dots icon. Hit "Share" to open the drop-down menu.
  3. Click "Share". Type email addresses in the "Add people and groups" field and set the "General access" restrictions. There are two options: "Restricted" and "Anyone with the link".
  4. You can also regulate what people can do with your file: be a "Viewer", "Commenter", or "Editor".
  5. Once shared, anyone with access to your file can view or edit the video depending on their permission level.

Reasons to use Google Drive for sharing videos:

  • Ease of access. Google Drive allows users to access videos from any device with an internet connection, making it convenient for both the sender and recipients.
  • Large file handling. Videos can be too big to send via email. Google Drive eliminates the need to compress videos by allowing the sharing of large files effortlessly.
  • Collaboration and control. Users can set permissions to control who can view, comment, or edit the video. It's ideal for collaborative projects or sharing videos for feedback while retaining control over access.
  • Security and backup. Google Drive offers robust security measures to protect shared videos. Additionally, it serves as a backup storage, ensuring videos are not lost in case of device failure.
  • Integration with Google services. It seamlessly integrates with other Google services like Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Slides, streamlining workflow for users within the Google ecosystem.

Cons of sharing videos with Google Drive:

  • Storage limitations. Provides a limited amount of free storage space (15GB as of the last update). If you're sharing large video files or have many of them to share, you may quickly exceed this limit.
  • Bandwidth restrictions. Google Drive has bandwidth limitations, especially for free accounts. If you're sharing videos with a large number of people, you may encounter slow download speeds or even temporary restrictions on access.
  • Dependency on connection. Accessing videos stored on drive requires a stable internet connection. If you or your recipients are in areas with limited access, streaming or downloading videos may be impossible.
  • Ownership. When you upload videos to the cloud storage, you're essentially relinquishing some control and ownership to Google. While you retain intellectual property rights to your content, Google's terms of service grant them certain permissions to use, host, and distribute your videos.

Overall, sharing videos on Google Drive is a great way to keep everyone up-to-date and collaborate with others quickly and easily!

Formats supported by Google Drive

Google Drive supports many different video formats. However, be aware that not all of them can be played on all devices.

Supported formats:

  • WebM files (Vp8 video codec; Vorbis Audio codec)
  • MPEG4, 3GPP, and MOV files (h264 and MPEG4 video codecs; AAC audio codec)
  • AVI (MJPEG video codec; PCM audio)
  • MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec; MP2 audio)
  • WMV
  • FLV (Adobe - FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio)
  • MTS
  • OGG

If you intend to store a video on Google Drive, verify the format is one of those mentioned above. If it's not, you'll need to convert the video file into one of these compatible formats before uploading it.

FAQ on converting Google Drive videos

Can I upload multiple videos at once?
Yes, you can pick several videos at once to upload and share in Google Drive.
Is there a size limit for uploading videos?
The maximum file size for uploading videos is 5 TB per file (if you've purchased a paid subscription). With the free account, the storage available is 15 GB, which is essentially the largest video size you can upload.
Can I stream videos stored in Google Drive?
Yes, you can play videos saved in Google Drive using the Chrome web browser on PCs and Macs, and also mobile devices with the Chrome mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
What video resolution is supported by Google Drive videos?
Videos of any resolution can be uploaded, but the smallest size for viewing in Drive is 4 KB. The highest resolution for playback is 1920 x 1080. Keep in mind that internet speed and quality can impact the video's playback quality.


To sum up, using Google Drive to convert videos is easy and handy. It helps make your videos work on different devices and file sharing simpler.

Google Drive is a fast and user-friendly approach to video conversion that lets you change formats without hassle. Try it out!

Alexandra Meyer

Editor-in-Chief at Icecream Apps

With experience spanning over several years, Alexandra Meyer holds the esteemed position of editor-in-chief at Icecream Apps. Originally involved in the website's establishment in 2014, Alexandra now ensures the maintenance of the company's exceptional content standards across their various projects. Specializing in technology, software, online services, and human resources, she has extensively written and edited numerous articles on these subjects.
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