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Import from Google Drive

Last updated4 September 2023
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Connect your Google Account to Dovetail to import files and Google Meet recordings directly into Dovetail.


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Connect your Google Account

To connect your Google account, select ⚙️ Settings > Integrations in the sidebar. Locate Google Drive in the integrations list and select Connect. Continue to login to your Google account and review requested permissions.

Import files into Dovetail

Once you have connected your Google Account, you can import supported files into Dovetail where they can be stored and viewed by your team. Google Drive files can be added to any project readme, note, tag description and insight.

For example, in a note click the + icon in the editor toolbar and click the Google Drive button, or click the Import from Google Drive within an empty note.

If you've selected a Google Meet recording, you can then follow the steps to transcribe your video and tag this in your note.

If you've imported a Google cloud document, sheet, slide or drawing, it will be imported as a PDF.

Disconnecting your Google Account

If you wish to disconnect Zoom account from Dovetail, select ⚙️ Settings > Integrations. Locate Google Drive in the integrations list and select Disconnect.

When you disconnect Dovetail, we will no longer have access to your Google Drive files or your Google Account information. Any files that you have imported into Dovetail before disconnecting will not be deleted and will remain in Dovetail.

Requested permissions

When you connect Google Drive to Dovetail, you will grant Dovetail access to see your primary Google Account email address, associate you with your personal info on Google, see and download all your Google Drive files as well as the names and emails of people you share files with. We use this information to display and import your Google Drive files to Dovetail, and to link your Google Account with Dovetail.

Dovetail's use of information received from Google APIs will adhere to the Google API Services User Data Policy, including the Limited Use requirements. Any information received from your Google Account is also handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Troubleshooting your Google Drive imports

Size limits

If you are importing a Google cloud document, sheet, slide or drawing, please be aware there is a 10MB size limit.

Permissions and access

When integrating Google Drive for the first time, please ensure that you allow Dovetail to 'See and download all your Google Drive files' when prompted.

If you are importing a file from Google Drive that has been shared with you by another owner, please be aware of the file access permissions.

In Google Drive, there is an option for owners to prevent people from re-sharing, downloading, printing, or copying the file or changing access permissions. Unfortunately, this will also prevent the file from being successfully imported into Dovetail if you do not have the correct access.

To troubleshoot this, file access permissions will need to be amended by the original file owner. To amend a file's access permissions for a viewer or commenter on Google Drive, open the file in Google Drive, right-click to open Share settings and enable Viewers and commenters can see the option to download, print, and copy for the file.

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