Enhanced File Organization Coming to Google Drive on Android: New Categories Feature in Development

Google introduced a feature last year that provided a new way for Google Drive users to organize their files and easily find them later based on some pre-defined filters.

However, while helpful, this feature was also very limited, as it was only available on iOS and the filter criteria were very narrow. This might be changing soon, though, as Google Drive is now testing more expansive search categories in its Android app.

Google is expanding file organization options within Google Drive with a new “Categories” feature, as @AsembleDebug from┬áThe SP Android discovered while looking through the Google Drive app’s code. Unlike the existing “labels” feature, whose creation is currently limited to Workspace admins, “Categories” promises broader usability and better ways to keep your Drive tidy. This is also the case with the iOS implementation, which is limited to the pre-established categories (file type, owners, and last modified status).

How it works?

The Categories feature will let you assign files to one or more of 12 predefined categories, such as:

  1. Auto
  2. Banking
  3. Expenses
  4. Home
  5. IDs
  6. Insurance
  7. Medical
  8. Pets
  9. School
  10. Taxes
  11. Travel
  12. Work

Files can be categorized by tapping the three-dot menu next to a file and selecting “Manage Categories.” This makes it easy to tag important documents with the appropriate labels.

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