Some Android apps use my Google Drive account to backup their data. However, I am not able to see any files. I want to see and download a copy of the backup data.

Are these files hidden? How can I view them from a browser?

I want to store it in my computer which is running Linux.

I found out that these are hidden files. How can I view them?

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As you can see in the image, below EGW Writings, it says Hidden app data. I want to see it and download it. Is there a way?

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    Have a look at this support.google.com/picasa/answer/19606?hl=en.
    – BDRSuite
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 16:57
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    For those looking for a Backup file, it will be displayed under the backup section in the lefthand menu of Google Drive. Usually.
    – ssssss
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 13:42

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Seems like they can't be accessed from anyone but the app itself:

The user cannot directly access data in the hidden app folders, only the app can access them. This is designed for configuration or other hidden data that the user should not directly manipulate. (The user can choose to delete the data to free up the space used by it.)

The only way the user can get access to it is via some functionality exposed by the specific app.

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/a/22844899/1045199

EDIT (thanks Ruben) See Google documentation: https://developers.google.com/drive/web/appdata


On your laptop when in documents click on View and then tick Hidden items and they should appear. To take them off hidden right click the folder and go to properties and untick hidden

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    I don't see any of these links you're referring to. Can you add screen shots?
    – ale
    Commented Oct 27, 2015 at 18:20
  • The solution that you are mentioning is apparently based on the assumption that Google drive for PC/Mac will download ALL of the data and then the app folder can be manually marked as unhidden. The probability for this assumption is very low as Google has blocked the direct access for data integrity purposes
    – BiLaL
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 15:22

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