Google Drive for Desktop can be installed on a Mac or PC. Follow the steps below:
1. On your computer open "Software Center" from the desktop or search for it in the Windows taskbar search box :
2. In the Software Center sidebar menu, click “Applications” and find Google Drive for Desktop:
3. Click “Install” in the Google Drive for Desktop installation menu:
4. Next, in the Google Drive pop-up dialog box, click “Sign in with browser”:
5. Sign in with your App State credentials then click “Sign in” to confirm that you are downloading the app from Google:
6. Your Google Drive (G:) can then be found under “This PC” in File Explorer:
1. At the bottom right of your screen, on the Windows taskbar, click the Drive icon
(you may need to click the “show hidden icons” arrow to show the Drive icon.)2. Then click the gear icon
to open the settings drop-down menu.3. From this drop-down menu, click “Preferences” to open the "Google Drive Preferences" window.
- From the Google Drive Preferences window, located in the left sidebar menu, click on “Google Drive Folders from Drive”.
- To open your Drive folders in File Explorer, click “Open in Explorer.” From here you can see your "My Drive" folder as well as any shared folders.
- From the Google Drive Folders from Drive, you can also change your Drive Syncing options by choosing to stream or mirror files. Streaming uses less hard drive space and is preferred. Only choose mirror files if you are sure you have enough hard drive space on your computer to store all your Drive files.
1. From the Google Drive Preferences window, in the “My Computer Folders from your computer” menu, click to sync your Desktop, Documents, Pictures, or other folders with your Drive.
2. Select your Desktop (or any other folder) and click “Select Folder”:
3. In the Drive Settings dialog box, choose “Sync with Google Drive” (Optionally, check “Back up to Google Photos” if the files in your folder are photos or videos) and then click “Done” (Repeat this process for your Documents, Pictures, Downloads, or any other folders you want to sync to your Drive):
4. Once you have created a folder make sure to click “Save”. After you save, you can click on the “Computers” link to open a browser on your computer that automatically takes you to your backed-up Drive cloud folder. This folder is where your synced files are stored in the Drive cloud:
1. Open Self Service on your computer and search for Google Drive.
2. Under the Google Drive logo in Self Service, click “Install” to download Google Drive for Desktop.
3. From your Applications folder, open Google Drive and then click “Sign in with Browser”:
4. Sign in with your App State credentials, confirm that you are downloading the app from Google, and then click “Sign In”:
5. After you have installed Google Drive for Desktop, click “Open Security & Privacy settings”, to allow the Google Drive software access to your Google Drive Files:
6. In your Computer System Settings, in the “Security & Privacy” menu, click the lock to make changes, enter your username and password, and click “Allow” next to the setting that says “System Software from developer “Google Inc.” was blocked from loading":
Click on the Google Drive icon located at the top right of your screen on the Mac menu bar, then click on the gear icon at the top right of the Drive menu to open preferences:
You can access your Google Drive account folders (My Drive and Shared Drives) by either double-clicking on the Google Drive logo on your desktop or clicking “Open in Finder” from the Google Drive Preferences menu:
1. From the Google Drive Preferences window, in the “Folders from your computer menu”, click
to sync your Desktop, Documents, Pictures, or other folders with your Drive.
2. Select your Desktop (or any other folder) and click “Open”:
3. Next, click “OK” to allow Google Drive to have access to your files and then click "Done":
4. Repeat the above process to add your Documents, Pictures, Downloads, or other folders to sync them to your Drive, then click “Save”. After you save, you can click on the “Computers” link (next to "Syncing Files from 4 folders to ") to open a browser on your computer that automatically takes you to your backed-up Drive cloud folder in your browser. This folder is where your synced files are stored in the Drive cloud: