Are you going on vacation soon and would like to have the ability to watch HD movies not included on one of your streaming subscriptions on your tablet or smartphone? Does your destination have a decent wi-fi or 4G connection? Or, do you just want relax all weekend and watch your collection of movies from your DVD collection? You can use Google Drive for this! For video instructions on how to convert your DVD collection to the mp4 format click here.
Any kind of file can be stored on Drive. Some may not realize certain files stored within Drive can be utilized within the application. For example, audio mp3 and video mp4 files are playable within Google Drive. This can be done on a computer, tablet, or smartphone in HD. At the time of writing this article there is no Chromecast capability within the Google Drive app for iPhone or first generation Nexus 7 tablet. However, Google has released the SDK for Chromecast recently. Expect new functionalities soon.
Most of us with a Gmail account realize that it comes with 15 GB of free storage. Most of my free storage is already filled with other files, however. Therefore, it behooves anyone with the ambition to store their media collection on Drive to create a new Gmail account strictly for this purpose. The following steps will walk you through, (this may be most helpful for those already with a Gmail account, as I found the process of creating one while having an existing account a bit confusing).
Below is a screen capture of the first step in this process. You have to sign out of your current Gmail account to begin, (if you don’t have an account just go to www.gmail.com and create one). Once you sign out click the “Add account” tab.
Next, a screen with the option of creating a new account will pop up. Once you arrive at this screen be sure to not sign into your account. Clicking on “Create and account” in blue lettering underneath the “Sign In” box will take you to the next task in the sequence.
At long last, you will arrive at a screen which will let you create a new Gmail account. The set up instructions are straightforward and you can use your current email account to link to.
Click here to learn to navigate Drive if you are not familiar with the Google’s cloud storage feature. Once you upload your media files a brief “processing” period may occur. For larger files, (HD movies) it may take about 24 hours for this task to complete.