The Google Drive suite of apps isn’t exactly great on iOS when it comes to accessing files that you watch a lot. On App Factor, they developed a guide to streamline this process with the Launch Center Pro launcher.
The idea is to create a series of links to your most-used files and folders so that you can access them with one click from Launch Center Pro. In this case, you hang the link from a file in Drive, paste it into Launch Center Pro and create an action that leads directly to that file. This way you can access it with a few clicks. This is extremely useful for files that you have a lot of access to, such as schedules, constantly updating folders, or anything else. Once it’s set up, you don’t have to deal with goofy Google sorting. Visit App Factor for the complete guide to implementation by yourself.
How to create a better Google Drive workflow with Launch Center Pro
Just created a folder inside of Launch Center Pro for all Google Drive files that you access often. Inside of that, you’ve then put direct links to the files you want to access.
Doing it this way allows Google to route me to the correct app the first time, instead of having to be routed through Drive, not to mention no longer have to remember where files are inside Google Drive.
All you need is a direct link to the file you want quicker access to, which you can find inside Google Drive by following these steps:
- Find the file you want easier access to and tap on the overflow menu.
- Tap on get the link.
- You should see a message on the bottom of the screen confirming a link has been copied to your clipboard.
Once you have your direct link, you’re ready to create a simple action in Launch Center Pro by following these steps:
- Tap the Edit button in the top right-hand corner of Launch Center Pro.
- Tap on the tile or drill down inside the folder you want the new action to be located at.
- Tap on Action Composer.
- Tap on All Supported Apps and then choose Google Drive, Sheets, or Docs. Since this is a Google Doc, that’s what I’m going to choose in this example.
- Tap on Open Google Doc or Sheet on the next screen.
- Here you can give your file a name and paste the URL you just copied in the previous set of steps.
- Tap Done and then Done again.
Your new action is now ready to use. Just repeat this process for all the files inside access Google Drive you want from Launch Center Pro. And if you have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can add file access right to your Home screen via 3D Touch, which sometimes does with frequently accessed documents.