In a vacuum, Google Drive’s Quick Access feature is a pretty neat feature. It’s a good way to access useful files in a pinch, rather than run around Google Drive looking for that single file you need. Unfortunately, if you’re using Google Drive via its app, well, it can take up quite a bit of your screen. When you’re working with limited space, that isn’t fun.
Google Drive does have a grid view option, but that doesn’t exactly help. Instead, it draws attention to thumbnails on your screen.
And let’s not forget the privacy concerns one can experience. In a vacuum, that isn’t a problem. But if you’re trying to show someone something on Google Drive and they see what you’ve been working on, something only for your eyes?
You aren’t alone in feeling irritated or concerned. Thankfully, there exists options for both the mobile version of Google Drive and the website to remove the Quick Access or, at the very least, hide it from unwanted attention.
Removing Quick Access from Google Drive via PC
Let’s start by pointing out an itty bitty caveat with the removal of Quick Access on a desktop: it doesn’t sync to your other devices linked to Google Drive. When you remove it from the desktop, it will NOT do the same on, say, your mobile device.
1. Start by launching your preferred web browser and head on over to Google Drive, preferably with a safe and secure network.
2. If you aren’t already logged in, sign into Google Drive with your Google account.
3. In the upper right corner of the page, open Settings by clicking the gear icon. In the drop down menu that follows, choose Settings.
4. In the Settings window, look on the left hand side. In the column, choose the General tab. Afterwards, scroll down until you come to Suggestions. Uncheck the box next to “Make relevant files handy when you need them in Quick Access.”
5. Click DONE in the top right corner of the Settings window.
Removing Quick Access from Google Drive via App
1. Locate and launch Google Drive.
2. Sign into Google Drive with your Google account if you aren’t already logged in.
3. Now, open the Google Drive menu by tapping the menu icon in the top left corner of your screen, the three horizontal lines.
4. In the side panel on the left, head down to Settings and tap it with your finger. For iOS, “Settings” is the gear icon at the top.
5. If you’re using an iOS device, you’ll have to tap Quick Access and then disable it by moving the slider to the left. If you’re using an Android device, scroll down to the “Suggestions” subsection. Disable Quick Access by moving the slider to the left next to “Enable Quick Access.”