Mobile Short Links to Launch Google Drive

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Mobile Short Links to Launch Google Drive

Short.io provides Android targeting to open a mobile application after Android users click a short link.

Today, on the Short.io blog, we will show how to create a short link that opens a mobile Google Drive app on the specified page, if the app is insalled.

When using Android targeting, visitors will end up on Google Drive after clicking a short URL. As a result, you can automatically open necessary files on the app without redirection to the browser. That helps to provide a better access to a file, as users are already logged in to their accounts and end up on a necessary page.

1. Redirect to Google Drive Files

When applying Android redirect, iOS users will be routed to a specified for iOS link that will open a browser. For Android users, a mobile app will be opened. For example, if you want to redirect Android users to Google Drive app, you need to:

  1. Shorten a link.

  2. Open the Android targeting tab.

  3. Specify a link to Google Drive. Example: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1yYBaspvlegb3PKD.

  4. Specify the application package name: com.google.android.apps.docs.

  5. Save.

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After clicking a short URL, the Google Drive mobile application will be opened for Android visitors.

Note: You can replicate the same scenario with any Google Drive link.

Conclusion

The use cases described above are just examples of how you can use Android targeting. Apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Gmail can also make use of this feature, but make sure these apps are installed on your users' mobiles. Otherwise, the link will serve an error.

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