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Google Drive Desktop App Setup

Installing Google Drive Desktop App
 
  1. Open the Google Drive Icon on your desktop or start menu
  2. If Google Drive is not already installed, Go to https://www.google.com/drive/download/  and then open googledrivesync.exe to automatically start the installation process. If you see a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  3. Type your Google Account username and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your PC.
  4. Complete the installation instructions.
  5. Click Start and choose Google Drive.
  6. Move or copy files and folders from your desktop into your Google Drive folder to begin syncing items. You’ll be able to find your files and folders in "My Drive" on drive.google.com.
 
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Sync files and folders

As soon as you finish installing Google Drive for your Mac/PC or mobile app, your device can sync with Google Drive on the web so that you can view your files from any device. This sync will only take place with "My Drive", the section of Google Drive on the web that contains files and folders you've uploaded and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides that you own.

When everything has synced between your device and “My Drive” – it may take a few minutes if you have a lot of stuff – you can access and launch the same files from all your devices.

Pause syncing

If the syncing between Drive for your Mac/PC and Drive on the web is taking a while, you can pause it at any time.

  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  2. Click the overflow icon in the top right .
  3. Click Pause.

Resume syncing

If you want to start up the sync again after pausing it, you can resume syncing.

  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  2. Click the overflow icon in the top right .
  3. Click Resume.

See sync in action

You don't have to do anything to set up syncing other than connect to the Internet. If you want to see the status of your files as you’re syncing them, click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon and look at the symbol next to a file:

  • Fully synced
  • Still syncing
  • Not able to sync

My Drive

My Drive is the folder that holds the files and folders you create. This will show as a normal Windows folder, like your "My Documents" folder. To access your files from different devices, sign in to your Google Account.

What will I see in My Drive?

  • Files and folders you upload or sync.
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides you create.