How to use Google Drive on the desktop

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-08 11: 27  read 175 views

Google Drive allows you to easily access and use your cloud storage files and is one of the most widely used cloud storage services.Users with a Google account can use it to store and share files across multiple devices and platforms.

Next, we'll show you how to use this extremely useful tool on your desktop computer, be it Mac or Windows.

How to Download and Install Google Drive on Desktop

To download and install Google Drive on your desktop, here's how:

1. Go to the download page of Google Drive and click to download the desktop version of Drive.The website is smart and it will instantly recognize your operating system, be it Windows or macOS.It will then download the appropriate file type for your operating system.


2. In the next window, select the folder where you want to save the installation file and click Save.The file should be named GoogleDriveSetup.exe for Windows and GoogleDrive.dmg for Mac.You can also choose to open the file automatically after downloading.


3. Next, click Install to start the installation.On macOS, an additional window will pop up that requires your Mac password to confirm the installation.Enter the password and click Install Software.


4. After the installation is complete, a new drive, usually named Google Drive (G:) will be added to your Windows desktop.For macOS, a Google Drive icon will appear in the top menu bar of your Mac.

5. Sign in with your Google account to complete the installation.If you're on Windows, you'll be redirected to your browser, which will open the login page.To access the login page on macOS, click the Google Drive icon in the top menu bar.After logging in, you have successfully installed Google Drive on your desktop.

How to use the desktop version of Google Drive

you can useGoogle Drive for DesktopSync all your Google Drive files and folders to your computer, or upload files to your Drive from your desktop.Because Drive for Desktop is a sync service, it will automatically sync local files to the cloud in the background, which minimizes the time you need to spend waiting for files to sync.

To upload files to your drive, open your drive, select Settings (gear icon) and click Preferences.On a Mac, select your computer from the left sidebar and click Add Folder.Here, your system will bring up your files directory and you can select the folders you want to sync to Google Drive.

Select Sync with Google Drive if you want to upload all the files in the folder to the cloud.If you only want to sync photos and videos, select the Backup to Google Photos option.


On Windows, just right-click on any folder you want to sync to Google Drive and select Sync or Backup This Folder.You'll see the same page as the one shot above, and you can directly select the folder you'd like to sync to Drive.

Remember, Google Drive is a sync service, not a backup service.This means that any modification you make to a file on one device will be replicated on all the other devices you're logged into.For example, if you edit or delete a file on your desktop, those changes will also be reflected on your smartphone.

How to Pause Google Drive Desktop Sync Jobs

Sometimes, you may want to pause syncing to Google Drive to save data or storage space.To do this, here's how:

1. Open the desktop version of Drive.

2. Tap Settings (gear icon), then Pause Sync.When you want to resume syncing again, just repeat these steps and click Resume syncing.

A word of caution: Google only offers 15GB of free storage on Drive.If that's not enough for you, you can increase your Google Cloud storage by purchasing more storage from Google, or free up some space on Drive by cleaning up some files.

Access your files from any device

Having Google Drive on your desktop means you can keep your files on all your devices, so you can access files, photos and videos whenever you need them.This will greatly improve your work efficiency.


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