How to use G Suite apps in Safari on iPadOS


You may work with many G Suite apps in Safari on iPadOS. If you want to work offline, you’ll need to install the apps.

Photo of iPad 12.9" 2017 with Smart Keyboard attached, display shows Google Drive in Safari on iPadOS.

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The launch of iPadOS in September 2019 included an upgraded Safari browser that supports many “desktop class” apps such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. For people who use G Suite apps, this means you may now open Safari, sign in to your Google account, then access Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Keep (Figure A). Each of these apps except Forms and Keep also enables access to side panel apps, such as Tasks. For people with G Suite Business or Enterprise accounts, Cloud Search works in Safari as well.

Figure A

GIF shows a screenshot from each of the apps described, in Safari on iPadOS (in October 2019).

Many G Suite apps work within Safari on iPadOS as of October 2019. In sequence, the apps shown above include Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Drawings, Forms, Keep, and Cloud Search.

G Suite URL and keyboard shortcuts work in Google’s apps in the browser on iPadOS, too. In Safari, type doc.newsheet.newslide.new, or form.new to create a new Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms file, respectively. If you use an external keyboard, standard desktop shortcuts for the G Suite apps work (e.g., Command + K to create a link) with either Apple’s Smart Keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard paired with your iPad.

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The presence of an installed G Suite app may change how the system attempts to open a new file as of October 2019. For example, try to create a new Google Doc in Safari from drive.google.com. If you have the Docs app installed, the system shows an error. If you don’t have the Docs app installed, the system creates a new Google Doc. This new file opens in a new Safari browser tab.

You need an internet connection to use these G Suite apps in Safari on iPadOS….



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