Blocking Google Drive: How to save your data to your computer

Pop­u­lar ser­vices can stop their work at one moment or be in dan­ger of being blocked. In our mate­r­i­al, we will explain how to save data from Google Dri­ve
Blocking Google Drive: How to save your data to your computer
Block­ing Google Dri­ve: how to save your data to your com­put­er. Pho­to: globallookpress.com

In the spring of 2022, a non-illu­so­ry threat of block­ing loomed over many for­eign ser­vices. Not with­out Google prod­ucts. At the end of Feb­ru­ary, Roskom­nad­zor demand­ed from Youtube video host­ing to stop block­ing Russ­ian chan­nels in Ukraine, and on March 14, the State Duma spoke about the ban on the ser­vice. There­fore, it is now impos­si­ble to exclude the pos­si­bil­i­ty of block­ing the Google Dri­ve file stor­age on the ter­ri­to­ry of the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion. In our mate­r­i­al, we will explain how to save Google Dri­ve doc­u­ments even before its pos­si­ble restric­tion or com­plete block­ing.

Why Google Drive may be disabled in Russia

So far, there has been no infor­ma­tion that some state struc­tures are call­ing on the own­ers of the Google Dri­ve ser­vice to stop actions in the pro­hib­it­ed ter­ri­to­ries of Rus­sia. There are no obvi­ous pre­req­ui­sites for block­ing the ser­vice by the coun­try’s author­i­ties right now.

How­ev­er, ear­li­er Google dis­abled the reg­is­tra­tion of new Google Cloud users (ser­vices for run­ning appli­ca­tions and web­sites) from Rus­siaone. There­fore, we can assume that one day users from Rus­sia may encounter the fact that Google Dri­ve does not work.



Step-by-step instructions for saving data from Google Drive to a computer

For this, a con­ve­nient and sim­ple Google Take­out ser­vice is pro­vid­ed.2. It allows you to con­fig­ure the down­load of all data from Google prod­ucts. We explain how you can save Google Dri­ve doc­u­ments in just a few min­utes.

Saving data in normal mode

  1. On the Google Take­out web­site, you need to find the “Disk” ser­vice and click on the check­mark next to it.
  2. After that, you can choose which file for­mats you need to down­load. If you don’t know what you need, choose all.
  3. Press “Next”.
  4. Then you need to select the “Method of obtain­ing” — we leave the option “By link”.
  5. In the “Fre­quen­cy” col­umn, select “Once”.
  6. Leave the rest of the export options unchanged.
Opposite the
Oppo­site the “Disk” ser­vice, put a tick. Screen­shot KP.RU
Export options.  Screenshot KP.RU
Export options. Screen­shot KP.RU

After some time (depend­ing on the num­ber of files), an email will be sent to your Google account with a link to the saved files that can be down­loaded to your com­put­er. There may be sev­er­al files in the let­ter — if the amount of data is large.

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Alternatives to Google Drive

As an alter­na­tive to the for­eign Google Dri­ve, it would be best to con­sid­er the ser­vices orga­nized by Russ­ian com­pa­nies. The chance of their com­plete block­ing is low­er than that of their for­eign coun­ter­parts. There are offi­cial appli­ca­tions of these ser­vices for all mod­ern plat­forms.


A con­ve­nient ser­vice from Russ­ian devel­op­ers, which in the cur­rent con­di­tions can be called “Russ­ian Google”. All users are offered 10 giga­bytes of space in the cloud. An addi­tion­al 100 giga­bytes will cost 69 rubles per month. For 199 rubles a month, the user will receive a ter­abyte of space and the abil­i­ty to cre­ate mail on a beau­ti­ful domain. The max­i­mum stor­age can be expand­ed up to 50 ter­abytes.

Mail.ru cloud

Anoth­er good alter­na­tive to for­eign cloud stor­age. New users are allo­cat­ed 8 giga­bytes of space. The size, of course, can be increased. 32 giga­bytes will cost 59 and 53 rubles when reg­is­ter­ing with iOS and Android, respec­tive­ly. 64 gig — 75 rubles. 128 addi­tion­al giga­bytes will cost 149 rubles, and ter­abytes — 699.


Rel­a­tive­ly fresh ser­vice (was launched in Sep­tem­ber 2021) from a well-known bank. Users here are pro­vid­ed with 15 giga­bytes of space. An addi­tion­al 100 giga­bytes will cost 99, and a ter­abyte at 300 rubles per month. With a paid sub­scrip­tion, the con­di­tions will be more favor­able.