How To Convert Word to Google Doc

Deyan G.
Deyan G.

Updated · May 06, 2022

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We’ve all used Microsoft Word at one point in our lives. Some of us for school and university, others for work. Many still use it.

However, it has become a bit old-school.

There are lots of newer writing software options out there. Unsurprisingly, though, many people have switched to Google Docs. Why? Well, in contrast with MC Word, which works offline and requires purchasing, Google Docs is entirely web-based and completely free. It also allows for easy collaboration and sharing.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to convert Word to Google Doc.

I suppose that if you’re considering switching from Word to Docs, you’d want to take your precious files with you. If I’m correct, then worry not. I’m here to show you just how to do it:

How To Convert Word To Google Doc?

To transfer a Word doc to Google Doc, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open your Google Drive
  2. Click on New
  3. Select File Upload
  4. Upload the Word file from your computer and open it
  5. Click on the File menu and select Save as Google Docs

Now let me guide you through them:

Step By Step Guide

1. Open your Google Drive

You can access your Drive by clicking on the Google Apps icon and selecting it. The icon is placed in the upper right corner of the main Google.com page, next to your Google profile picture. You’ll have to sign in to your profile. 

Another way to begin converting a Word doc to a Google Doc is to simply navigate to https://drive.google.com

2. Click on New

On the top left of your screen, you’ll find the New button, and after clicking it, you’ll see a drop-down menu:

3. Select File Upload 

uploading a file

4. Upload the Word file from your computer and open it.

Find the Word file among your folders and double click it:

How To Convert Word to Google doc - example

You’ll see the file being uploaded on the bottom right. After completion, double click on the upload to open it:

example doc

5. Click on the File menu and select Save as Google Docs

You’ll find the File menu on the upper left. After clicking on it, Save as Google Docs will show up as the fifth option from the top:

saving as Google doc

The converted file will open in a new tab:

converted file

A Less-Known Shortcut

If you want to avoid all the steps above, you can simply go to Settings and check the "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format."

Choosing the convert option

That way, all your uploaded files will be automatically converted to a Google Docs format. 

That’s how to turn a Word doc into a Google doc on a desktop. Can you do the same on your smartphone? 

Yes, you can.

Converting a Word Doc To Google Doc on a Mobile

Let’s sum up the steps first:

  1. Open the Google Drive app
  2. Tap the “+” button and select Upload
  3. Find the Word file on your phone, upload, then open it
  4. Tap on the drop-down menu and select Share and export
  5. Select Save as
  6. Select Google Docs format

Now, let’s see how to upload a Word doc to Google Docs in detail:

Step By Step Guide

1. Open the Google Drive app

Download the Google Drive and Google Docs apps. Open the former.

2. Tap the “+” button and select Upload

The “+” is in the lower right corner of your screen:

After you tap it, choose Upload from the options that come up:

upload a file on mobile

3. Find the Word file on your phone, upload, then open it

Look for the Word file on your phone, then tap on it to upload it.

Open the file.

4. Tap on the drop-down menu and select Share and export

The drop-down menu is in the upper right corner:

When you tap on it, Share and export shows up as the sixth option:

share and export options on mobile

5. Select Save as

6. Select Google Docs format

selecting a google docs format

Now the file will be saved in your Drive in both the Microsoft Word and Google Docs formats.

Wrap Up

So that’s how to convert Word to Google Doc

Not hard at all, right? 

Feel free to convert anything you’ve written — web content, books, resumes, schoolwork, etc. — and collaborate freely with colleagues or classmates.

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Deyan G.

Deyan G.

Techjury.net's manager. Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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