You have Google Drive on your smartphone, but what about your desktop or laptop? Did you know that you can setup Google Drive on your home computer to automatically sync files to the cloud? It’s really easy, and it’s a huge time saver. It’s especially helpful if you lose a file, but can keep your peace of mind knowing that it was automatically backed up to the cloud.
Details after the break on how to set it up.
Google Drive and desktop syncing
Setting up Google Drive for desktop syncing is essentially the same process for Windows and Mac. The first step is to, of course, download the application to your computer and install it. You can do that by clicking here. Google will automatically detect if you’re on a Mac or Windows, and let you download the corresponding file for free.
Once you have everything setup with your Google account, setting up desktop syncing is easy! Make sure your Google Drive application is open. If it isn’t, you can head into Finder > Applications > Google Drive on Mac or Start > Programs > Google Drive on Windows.
Next, you’ll want to click on the hamburger Menu button and select Preferences.
From there, you can change up how the desktop sync settings work. Any files you want to sync with Google Drive will have to go into the newly created Google Drive folder in Finder or Windows Explorer.
But, you can choose which Google Drive folders sync with your computer. You can select all of Google Drive.
Alternatively, you can go through and select and deselect certain folders you want to sync with your computer. Selecting all of Google Drive is a little less time consuming in that you don’t have to wade through all of that depending on how big your Google Drive database is.
That’s all there is to it! Setting up Google Drive for desktop syncing on your Mac or Windows device is quick and easy.