The Solution To Shared iPads and Google Drive?

Have you ever had a student forget to sign out of their Google Account?  It happens, and this maybe the solution to shared iPads in the classroom and using your GAFE accounts.

From either the Google Drive App, the New Google Doc App, or the New Google Spreadsheet App you can have multiple accounts logged in and create a four digit passcode for each account.

Let me paint the picture for you: Aria leaves the Google Drive App, and slowly walks iPad #16 over to the charging station with two hands.  Then Morgan goes to get iPad #16 – sharing is caring – and slowly walks back to her desk holding the iPad with two hands.  Sounds correct, right?  When Morgan opens the Google Drive App she can quickly switch to her account, type in her passcode and have access to all of her own stuff!

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive, Docs, or Sheets app and click on your account in the top left.  Don’t see it?  Click the three horizontal lines in the top left which will open up the sidebar.  Then you will see your account – again in the top left.

Step 2: Select the “Passcode Lock” (at the bottom)


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Step 3: Turn “Passcode Lock – On”

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Step 4: Create a four digit passcode, and re-enter to confirm it

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Step 5: I recommend you set it to “Always Lock” which will require the passcode each time you return back to the Drive, Docs, or Sheets App

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Something we always want to think about is “what if the kiddo forgets his passcode?”  Not a problem – well okay it is – but something we can manage.  If the kiddo forgets his/her passcode, just remove the account and have them log back in with their username and password.

Happy sharing!


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