Google Drive is useful for automatically backing up and syncing files, sharing photos, creating documents with Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, and collaborating with others on those documents. Google Drive can also be used to store your music for access from multiple devices, and there are a few ways to upload and play those music files.

Uploading From Google Drive

Sign in to your Google account, click the “Apps” icon, and then select “Drive.” If you have not enabled Google Drive for your account already, you are prompted to do so. Before uploading your files, you may want to make a separate folder for your music to keep everything organized. Click the “Create” icon, select “Folder,” type in a name, and then click “Create.” Click on your new folder to open it. From here you can drag and drop files from File Explorer in Windows, or you can click the “Upload” button, and then select “Files” to choose which items to upload. Select multiple files by holding the “Ctrl” key while clicking on each filename. If you are using the Chrome browser, you can upload an entire folder by selecting “Enable Folder Upload.” If you're using another browser, you will be prompted to install a browser add-on to upload folders.

Uploading With Google Drive Software

Google also offers a software version of Google Drive, which creates a folder on your computer that automatically syncs with Google Drive. To upload songs, copy the desired files or folders to the Google Drive folder. Google Drive can be installed on multiple Windows, OS X, iOS and Android devices to access your files from anywhere. To install the Google Drive software for Windows, click the “Connect Drive to Your Desktop” icon from the Google Drive screen, click “Download Drive For PC,” and then select “Save.” Double-click the “Googledrivesync.exe” file from your Downloads folder, and then click the “Yes” button to run the program. After it downloads the required files, click the “Close” button, and then select “Sign in Now” in the Google Drive window. After signing in, click the “Next” button, and then select “Start Sync.” There is now a Google Drive shortcut on your desktop, and you can also access the folder from its full location at C:\Users\Username\Google Drive -- remember to replace “Username” with your Windows account name.

Playback From Google Drive

To play a song located on Google Drive, simply click on the file to have it play in your browser. To download the song to your current computer for offline use, right-click the file, choose “Download,” select “Save,” and click the “OK” button.

Playback With Google Drive Plugins

For more advanced playback options, you can also use Google Drive plugins, such as DriveTunes or Music Player for Google Drive. These programs allow you to play multiple songs from within Google Drive, create playlists and add features like shuffle without installing an external media player. To try these plugins, right-click on a song from Google Drive, select “Open With,” and then click “Connect More Apps.” Enter “Music” in the search bar, select a plugin, and then click the “Connect” button to install it.