With Google Drive, you can open your files from your computer’s Drive folder on the desktop or from your browser. Files you create with Google Docs open in your browser or mobile app.

Syncing Google Drive with Canvas

If an assignment uses files from Google, the Google file can be synced within Canvas.  The Google Drive web service allows you to integrate Canvas with your Google Drive account. All users can authorize their Google Drive accounts for access to Google collaborations and assignment uploads.

How do I connect to Google Drive as a web service in Canvas as a student?

NOTE: Both the teacher and student must have their Google Drive synced with Canvas.

Re-Registering Google with Canvas

One of the many benefits of the Canvas Online School is the ability to integrate with Google for Education services including Google Drive.  The Google Drive service must be re-registered periodically in order to access Google Drive, Google documents, and teacher assignments.  

Please re-register the Google Drive service in your student Canvas account by following the steps below:

  1. In the student account, click on the menu item labeled “Account” and choose “Settings”

screenshot of canvas account settings
  1. Scroll down to see the section titled “Web Services” and look under “Registered Services” where you will find "Google Drive":

    screenshot of canvas web service select google drive
  2. Hover over the "Google Drive" link showing your student GCA email address and then select the red “x” from the pop up box.

screenshot of canvas web services select x
  1. After selecting on the red “x” you will see a message asking, “Are you sure you want to unregister this service?”.  Select “OK”.

screensot of canvas message - select OK
  1. After unregistering the service, Google Drive will appear under the “Other Services” column.  Under "Other Services", select “Google Drive”.

screenshot of canvas web service select google drive
  1. Authorize Google Drive Access in the pop-up box by selecting "Authorize Google Drive Access".

screenshot of canvas authorize service
  1. A new browser tab will open asking you to choose the account to associate with Google.  Use the student G-Suite GCA credentials. (Example:

choose an account
  1. Select “Allow” to allow Canvas to access your Google account.

allow access to google drive

You have now completed the re-registration of your student Google Drive Canvas integration and can access Google Drive, Google documents, and teacher assignments.