Google Drive (TMS)

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  • All paid plans

Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage and synchronization service designed to integrate with most operating systems and devices, sync content in real-time across multiple devices, and act as a backup data repository for data.

Google Drive connector allows the downloading of source files and uploading of target files directly to/from personal and shared Google Drive repositories. Files shared by other users and present in the Shared with me section are not supported. The connector uses the Google Drive API to implement the integration.

Google Docs Support

Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides use specialized file formats that Phrase does not support. The connector converts these file types to .docx, .xlsx, or .pptx, respectively, for processing. When a translation of any of those types of files is completed and uploaded back to Google Drive, they are automatically converted back into their native Google format.

Google Drive cannot export Google files (Docs, Sheets, Slides) over a certain size (approximately 10 MB) due to a limitation in the Google API. The error The file is too large to be exported is triggered and the job will not be created. In this case, download the file and upload it to manually.

Use Cases

There are a number of use cases for the connector:

  • Project managers can add files directly to projects from an online repository.

  • Set up the submitter portal to allow Submitters to add files to requests directly from the online repository.

  • Use automated project creation (APC) to have new projects automatically created when a change in the last modified date is detected for monitored files or a folder.

    • Selected files are imported the very first time APC runs. All files are imported when a folder is monitored.

    • This connector supports absolute path setting.

  • Set up continuous jobs to have selected files monitored for changes.

Google Drive Settings

No changes are required.

Phrase TMS Settings


If accessing from a custom domain (ex., open an incognito browser window and log in via or to apply the authentication required for the creation or saving of the connector. After saving, the connector can be accessed via the custom domain.

  1. From the Settings Setup_gear.png page, scroll down to the Integrations section.

  2. Click on Connectors.

    The Connectors page opens.

  3. Click New.

    The Create page opens.

  4. Click Connect to Google Drive.

    A Google authentication screen will appear where you can select your account.

  5. Click on Allow.

    A checkmark will appear in the connector setup if the connection was successful. A red exclamation point will appear if it wasn't. Hover over the icon to see additional details.

  6. Click Save.

    The connector is added to the list on the Connectors page.


Currently, only one connector per Google Drive account (including its personal and shared drives) may have valid authentication at a time.

To switch between connectors, or to add an additional Google connector to the same account and force its authentication, the following steps:

  1. Visit the Google Drive page.

  2. Click on the account (top right corner)

  3. Click Security on the left, and scroll down to Third-party apps with account access.

  4. Click on Manage third-party access. If Phrase Connector is listed here, delete it.

  5. Create a new connector to this Google Drive account with valid authentication.

To switch authentication between your existing connectors, go to the inactive connector's setup page and press Re-connect to Google Drive.

Google Drive Privacy Policy

By using this service, you agree that Phrase can access your Google Drive, browse files and folders, access and download selected files, upload the translated versions back to your Google Drive, and access and download native Google documents in your Google Drive. Phrase use of Google user data is limited to the practices explicitly disclosed in this privacy policy.

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