Google Drive search on iOS gets better filtering options

Google Drive for iOS now lets you filter searches using drop-down menus for file type, owners, and last modified. she wrote on Friday on her Workspace Updates blog. Drop-down menus appear before and after the search, and relevant filter recommendations will appear as well as what users type.

Google says the update is available to Google Workspace customers and individual subscribers, as well as anyone with a personal Google Account on iOS. This feature hasn't been rolled out to Android users yet, but Google says it's coming too.

Here's the screencast I made to show how it works:

Drop-down menus are a goat, as the guys say.
Screen recording: Wes Davis/The Verge

The new filter update makes searching and browsing files more fun when you don't know where they are. For example, if you know you're looking for a video stored in Drive but you have no idea what it's called, you can just tap the video file type, then choose Custom Range under Last Modified and search for the time period you selected. I touched it last time. I'd like to update this to allow me to filter by other types of dates or file sizes.

It's a marked improvement to Google's previous approach, which included filter suggestions and scrollable filters. Turns out dropdown menus are still the best. Who would have thought?

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