For heavy Google service users, using Chromebook make sense. However, the Chrome OS device is significantly less suited to users of other cloud storage services like OneDrive and Dropbox. This is because in the past, Google Drive was the sole cloud service recognized by its file menu. But not anymore. With a simple installation process, it’s now possible to view and open files from your chosen non-Google cloud service straight from the file menu of Chrome OS.
Step One – To start, open your Chromebook and initiate the “Files” app. Choose “Add New Services” at the page’s sidebar. The system will present several third-party add-ons that you may install. Each add-on is tied up with a specific cloud provider. Apart from the main storage providers available like Dropbox and OneDrive, you can find other functions such as SFTP and WebDAV net connections.
Step Two – Choose the cloud storage service you want and then click the “Install” button. This step will add the service you chose to your Chrome OS. When you see a pop-out window, click on “Mount.” This will generate a log-in screen that will launch the sign-in page for the required credentials for the cloud service providers. When you sign in, a new folder will show up. Press it to view all the directories and folders stored in that cloud account.
Once the set-up installation is finished, your documents will be available equally as they would appear on a regular computer. At this point, locating the right data or media file can be found straight from the “Files” menu.
The one downside to consider with this setup is that the “Files” menu links you to the other cloud server through these add-ons, instead of saving your files locally. This means the full size of the files on your hard drive will not store automatically. The restriction means you need to have an online connection to access your data.
Chromebooks are typically light in terms of hard drive space, so although this may annoy some users, this is just a part of the cloud-first approach of Chrome OS. Should you require offline touch-up features, either drag-and-drop the document into the Chrome OS “Download” folder or manually store the copy in your “Downloads.”
Disconnect the Service
If you want to disconnect one or all your chosen cloud storage services, simply click the arrow beside its cloud name located in the “Files” menu. This step will unmount the cloud service, although it will not get rid of the software from your Chromebook. If you decide to reconnect your “Files” menu to your preferred cloud account once more, simply search for the app in the application drawer.
This new cloud service set up installation will not replace the features you can do in Windows. However, it’s a great new technique for accessing the task you need from the non-Google cloud. What non-Google cloud storage services do you use? Share your thoughts below.