Google Drive refreshed with multi-accounts, single sign-on and wireless printing

By , Nov 7, 2013

Google Drive 2.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Google Drive 2.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

In terms of feature additions, it’s been a quiet period for the Google Drive iOS app after a major visual makeover two months ago brought the software in line with its Android counterpart. But the team hasn’t been standing still. In a small but sweet update Thursday, the app has finally gained a much requested new feature – support for multiple Google Accounts – as well as the ability to print your documents wirelessly via either Apple’s AirPrint or Google’s Cloud Print protocol.

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As seen below, you can now switch between multiple Google Accounts in Google Drive with ease, without having to sign out. Simply add multiple Google Accounts and switch between them in settings.

Why would you want multi-account support in Google Drive?

Well, if you live in the Google world and use personal account for private stuff and the Apps account at work, you can now easily juggle between home and work documents in Google Drive on your iPhone and iPad.

Google Drive 2.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Google Drive 2.0.1 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)
Switching accounts (left) and wireless printing (right).

Likewise, it’s now real easy to print your Drive documents.

Just bring up the details panel when in the editor and choose the new Print option. You’ll be offered to send a document to a printer via either Apple’s AirPrint protocol (a built-in iOS feature that works with AirPrint-enabled printers) or Google’s Cloud Drive Beta, which first needs some setting up in the web interface (you must add at least one classic or cloud-ready printer).

Also mentioned in the iTunes release notes: iOS 7 support and single sign-in which also automatically signs you in to Google’s other iOS apps such as YouTube, Chrome, Google+, Maps and more.

The new version has been announced via Google+ today and should be live later today.

Google Drive 2.0.1 supports iPhones, iPads and iPods natively and requires an iOS 6-compatible device or later.

Download Google Drive free from the App Store.

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  • Jonathan

    YESSS

  • Modest

    Woah, multi accounts. I guess Dropbox knows what they have to do right now. And for all of their clients. Mac, iOS whatever.

  • Pusheen

    Does anyone know if a good client exists? Still no way to play mp3 OTA

    • Flid

      CloudBeats handles both Dropbox & Google Drive streaming (but not multiple accounts). I wish someone would do an equivalent to Tunebox (dropbox streamer) that handled multiple accounts/services, since Tunebox actually reads id3 tags and organises music.

  • thetomthebomb

    I wish they would update keyboard. Like it can’t be that hard

  • Chris Holden

    i recently uploaded an HD video but when i stream it on my ipad its blurry and pixelated, anyone else having the same problem?

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Hahaha only in the Apple world this can happen. You can’t even use an 2-3 years iPad anymore. No wonder Apple can sell new units when they make old ones obsolete so fast.

  • Martha

    great news! been using printcentral