How to Manage Apps Connected to Your Google Drive

When you install add-ons for Google apps like Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Forms, you may need to allow access to your Google Drive. Here’s how to view and manage apps connected to your Google Drive.

Permission to access your Google Drive may include the ability to create, edit, or open files, as well as view documents in which you use the add-on. You can view and manage apps connected to your Google Drive, make them default apps, view their product pages, or disconnect them.

View apps connected to Google Drive

Visit the Google Drive website and sign in with your Google account. Select the gear icon in the top right and choose “Settings”.

Settings in the gear menu

In the window that opens, choose “Manage apps” on the left. You will then see apps connected to Google Drive on the right.

Manage apps in Google Drive settings

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Manage Connected Apps

One of the options you have for a connected app is to make it the default app. For example, if you have a PDF extension, you can configure a specific application to open your PDF file by default instead of bothering to select it, as shown below.

Open with Google Drive menu

To do this, check the Use default box next to the application.

Use default box checked

You’ll notice that several Google apps are already marked as the default apps, such as Google Docs, Earth, and Forms. You can uncheck the box next to the app if you’d rather use something else.

Google apps connected to Google Drive

Another action you can take is to view an app’s product page. This is a good solution if you can’t remember the details of the extension or want to review its permissions. Select the Options drop-down menu to the right of the app and choose “Show Product Page”.

Show product page in an app’s Options menu

This will take you to the app’s page on Google Workspace Marketplace. When you’re done reviewing the details, use the cross to close the Marketplace and return to the Manage apps section in the Settings window.

App product page in Google Workspace Marketplace

The Google apps you see in the list don’t have this action in the Options menu. The Options drop-down menu may not even be available for these apps.

Disconnect an app from Google Drive

If you decide to disconnect an app from your Google Drive, it only takes a few clicks. Select the Options drop-down menu and choose “Disconnect from Google Drive”.

Disconnect from drive in an application’s Options menu

Confirm this action by selecting “Disconnect” in the pop-up window.

Logout confirmation message

Once you disconnect an app from Google Drive, you should no longer see it in the Add-ons or Extensions menu for the service or in the Open With menu for Google Drive files.

Open with menu before and after disconnecting an application

When you’re done viewing or performing an action on a connected app, select “Done” in the top right to close the settings.

Maybe you want to make an app the default for certain files or remove access to tools you no longer use. In any case, it’s good to review the apps connected to your Google Drive from time to time.

To learn more, see “How to organize your Google Drive” or “How to block spam”.

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