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Google Apps at NDSU

Your NDSU Google Apps account provides access to Google Sites and Google Drive. To get started using Google Apps at NDSU, see the information below or visit our Google Apps at NDSU FAQ page.

Google Drive: Create and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Collaborate in real time. Sync files from your computer to Google Drive. For more information about the features and functions of Google Drive, go to's Google Drive support website.

 Google Sites: Create dynamic websites with embedded documents, presentations and videos. For more information about getting started with Google Sites, go to's Google Site support website.

Log in to your NDSU Google Apps account for the first time

  1. Go to the Google Apps at NDSU login page (right click to open in a new tab or window)
  2. Type your NDSU email address (typically in the Email field
  3. Type your default password in an Xxx##YYYY format:   
    Xxx are the first 3 letters of your birth month, with the first letter capitalized
    ## are the last two numbers of your Student ID / Emplid
    YYYY is the year you were born
  4. Click Sign in
  5. When prompted, enter a new password, and then enter your new password again to verify you have entered it correctly
  6. Click Let’s Get Started to close the initial welcome message

Install the Google Drive app on your computer

Instructions for Windows:
  1. After you've logged in to your NDSU Google account for the first time, go to Google Drive
  2. In the left menu, click Download Drive for PC
  3. Download the installer, open it and then click Run
  4. Click Close when the installation is complete
  5. When prompted to sign in to your Google account, click Sign in now, and then sign in with your NDSU email address and your Google account password
  6. When the welcome screen appears, click Next, and then click Start sync to synchronize all items in your Google Drive to your computer.
Instructions for Mac:
  1. After you've logged in to your NDSU Google account for the first time, go to Google Drive
  2. In the left menu, click Download Drive for Mac
  3. Open the downloaded file, then drag Google Drive icon to the Applications folder to install the application.
  4. Go to your Applications folder and open Google Drive, and then click Sign in now and sign in with your NDSU email address and your Google account password
  5. When the welcome screen appears, click Next, then click Start sync, and then click OK and provide your computer credentials to authorize the change
  6. When finished, all items in your Google Drive will sync to your computer and you can drag the Google Drive install disk from the Desktop to the Trash

Get the Google Drive app on your mobile device

The Google Drive app is available for Android, iOS and for Windows phones.

For more information on how to get Google Dive on your mobile device, visit the Google Drive support site.

Special note for Android devices

Given that you already have a Google account on your Android device, you must add your NDSU Google account as a separate account to access your Google Apps at NDSU, including Google Drive.

  1. Go to your settings menu and choose Add account
  2. Choose Google, then choose Existing
  3. Enter your NDSU email address (typically and your NDSU Google account password
  4. Click OK to agree to the terms of service, and then choose what you want to sync to your phone
    (Note: If you already have the Google Drive app installed, it will appear in this list; otherwise, it will sync automatically when you install the app at a later time)
  5. If prompted with error messages, click on one of the messages and then click the Download button at the bottom to install the Google Apps Device Policy app
  6. Click Install in the Google Play store, accept the app permissions and open the app.
  7. Click Next on the Introduction, then click Activate, and then click Enforce
  8. If you still have errors in your notification bar, click on them and click Activate at the bottom
  9. You should be able to access your NDSU Google account from your device
  10. To switch to another Google account, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner and then click the account name to see a list of all your synced accounts




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Last Updated: Thursday, June 18, 2015 3:27:10 PM