Skip to content
Home » Blog » How to Merge PDFs Using Google Drive

How to Merge PDFs Using Google Drive

Why Merge PDFs?

PDF documents are merged for a number of reasons. One common reason is to combine multiple pages of a document into one file. Whenever PDFs are created from different sources like scans of paper documents or art files, often the resulting scans are different sizes and resolutions. Plus, they may contain text, images, and assorted other data. In reality, if you want uniform PDFs then merging is the solution. When PDFs are merged, the end document becomes a consistent size and resolution, and contains all the data from the original PDFs.

Step by Step – Using Google Drive to Merge PDFs

How does one merge multiple PDFs? Google has provided a solution found in Google Merchant Marketplace.

First, log in to your Google account. Access Drive from the Google search page or access it from within your Gmail account.

Image illustrating how to find Google Drive in a gmail account from the search engine main page.
Where to find Google Drive from the main search page of Google

Installing a Google Add-on to Merge PDFs

Next, you will need to access an add-on from Google called PDF Mergy. The description states this app “Allows to merge PDF files with a simple drag and drop interface.”

There are a number of ways to find this add-on. An easy way to access it is from the top left of your Google account as in the example below. Click on My Drive and use the drop down menu; select ‘More’ then ‘+Connect more apps.’ Now you are in the Google Workspace Marketplace.

A screenshot showing the steps to connect apps and add-ons to your Google Drive.
How to find Google Apps and Add-ons

Using the Add-on PDF Mergy

In the search box type in PDF Mergy. Find the app icon and click the blue Install box. Note: This is a safe add-on since it is verified by Google and isn’t a third party merchant.

A screenshot showing how to find PDF Mergy a Google add-on.
PDF Mergy – the Google Add-on found in Google Workspace Marketplace

If it’s your first time installing PDF Mergy there is a permissions box to fill out.

Next, locate the PDF files in Google Drive you want to merge and select them holding down the CTRL key for PC and CMD for Mac. Once you have selected the files, right click on one of them and a menu opens. Select ‘Open With’ and you will see PDF Mergy as in the example below.

A screenshot showing how to find PDF Mergy once you have installed the Google Add-on in your Google Drive.
How to find PDF Mergy after you install the Google Add-on

After you select PDF Mergy, the next page displays the message in the box below. Click the blue ‘Grant Access to Google Drive’ button.

This box shows the permission box that pops up asking for permission to grant access to Google Drive once you have installed an Add-on like PDF Mergy.
The permission box to grant access to Google Drive

After you click the blue button it asks you to identify your Google account. Next, select permissions for PDF Mergy.

A screenshot showing how you grant access to PDF Mergy to the correct Google account.
Google will ask you to identify the account you have given PDF Mergy access to

Final Steps to Merging PDFs in Google Drive

Once you have given PDF Mergy permission to your files there’s only a few simple steps left. You will see your files in the Mergy app similar to the example below. Now click the blue ‘merge’ button.

A screenshot showing how to merge the PDF files you have selected in your Google Drive.
Merging multiple PDF files in Google Drive using PDF Mergy

Above all, decide where you want PDF Mergy to save your files; either on your computer or in your Google Drive. Most important, name the file containing your merged PDFs and lastly, opt in to see your new merged PDF in Google Drive.

A screenshot showing the final step to merging multiple PDFs in Google Drive using the verified Add-on PDF Mergy
The final step to name and save the PDF files you have merged using Google Drive and PDF Mergy

Congratulations! You have just merged multiple PDF documents within Google Drive. At this point you are ready to print your PDFs.