Set default label values for files in Google Drive

What’s changing

Currently, admins can create, publish, and utilize Google Drive labels to apply file level classifications. This helps users organize, find, and comply with company policies as it relates to Drive items. 

This week, we’re expanding the automated classification capabilities of Drive labels to support setting default label values in addition to the current admin ability to apply labels by default. With automated classification, label admins can construct rules that add labels when files are created or when file ownership is transferred.

This update helps organizations ensure critical labels are applied to files at file creation. Using labels can serve as a condition for enforcing certain policies, such as Data Loss Prevention.

Who’s impacted 


Why it matters 

With default field values, admins can now be more specific with their label configuration. In addition, this feature provides more flexibility with policy controls while creating a default policy standard within an organization. 

Getting started 

Rollout pace 


  • Available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, Education Standard customers 
  • Not available to Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Education Fundamentals, the Teaching and Learning Upgrade, Nonprofits, and Frontline, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers 
  • Not available to users with personal Google Accounts