Can I Let Google Drive Sync Shared Drive to Desktop?

Google Shared Drive Sync to Desktop
Google Shared Drives Sync to Desktop

“I have the Google Drive Backup and Sync desktop application installed on my PC and it syncs my personal My Drive to my computer without any problem here. However, I also have the demand to access some Shared Drives on my PC. I want to sync those Shared Drives to my computer so that I can process files from software that is not supported on Google Drive official website.”

In the past few years, it may be impossible for you to sync Google Shared Drive to desktop since the Backup and Sync desktop application didn’t allow you to add Shared Drives in the application. But luckily, with the advent of Google Drive for desktop, now you can sync Google Shared Drive to computer easily by adding your Google Workspace account to the new application.

Why Use Google Drive for Desktop to Sync Shared Drive to PC?

Google Drive for Desktop
Google Drive for Desktop

Google Drive for desktop application shares similar functions to its former products like Backup and Sync and Google Drive File Stream. But Google has mixed the main functions of these former applications into Google Drive for desktop, making Google Drive for desktop the most powerful desktop application nowadays. Here we sum up the differences between these three applications in detail.

Features Google Drive for Desktop Backup and Sync Google Drive File Stream
Use My Drive on desktop Yes Yes Yes
Use Shared Drives on desktop Yes No Yes
Sync only selected folders in My Drive No Yes No
Sync only individual files in My Drive Yes No Yes
Integrate with Microsoft Office/Outlook Yes No Yes
Sync local folders to Drive Yes Yes No
Use with multiple accounts Yes Yes No
Ignore file extensions Yes Yes No
Backup to Google Photos Yes No No

From the comparison, you may find that among these three Google Drive apps, only Google Drive for desktop supports most of the functions. And the most important thing is that Google Drive for desktop allows you to easily use Shared Drives (Team Drives) on your PC by adding the corresponding Google Workspace or Google Workspace for Education account to the app. 

After adding an account, you can access Google Shared Drive directly from the file explorer of your computer. And there are two useful syncing options for you to let Google Workspace Shared Drive sync to desktop automatically.

The next part of this article will show you the step-by-step instructions of how to sync Google Shared Drive to PC by using Google Drive for desktop application.

And if your PC is lack storage space, your network is slower than usual, or the installation of this app always fails, we highly recommend you to try the “Bonus Tip” solutions to efficiently sync Google Shared Drive to another cloud account with a single click by using a free web-based cloud file manager without installation.

How to Let Google Drive Sync Shared Drive to Desktop Successfully

To let Google Shared Drives sync to desktop, you have to download and install Google Drive for desktop application, add a Google Workspace account to the app, and choose a syncing option to let the app sync Shared Drives between the local and cloud.

Step 1. Download and Install Google Drive for Desktop

Download Google Drive for desktop from the official website to your computer and open the installation package to install Google Drive for desktop to your computer.

Step 2. Add Google Workspace Account to Google Drive for Desktop

Click the Google Drive icon in the taskbar below and add your Google Workspace account to it. You can also click “Add another account” to add another Google Workspace account or your personal Google account to the app if you need.

Add Account to Google Drive for Desktop
Add Account to Google Drive for Desktop

Step 3. Open Preferences in Google Drive for Desktop

Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the pop-up window and choose “Preferences” in the dropdown menu.

Choose Preference in Google Drive for Desktop
Choose Preference in Google Drive for Desktop

Step 4. Choose Options to Let Google Drive Sync Shared Drive to Desktop

Switch to the “Google Drive” page, choose “Stream files” or “Mirror files” as the sync mode to sync Google Shared Drives to desktop.

Choose Syncing Options in Google Drive for Desktop
Choose Syncing Options in Google Drive for Desktop

Step 5. Make Shared Drives Available Offline

No matter which sync option you choose, all the files in Shared Drives will not be automatically available offline since files in a Shared Drive belong to the team but not to individuals. 

However, you can manually choose certain Shared Drives from the file explore of your PC and right-click the Shared Drives. Then you can choose “Available offline” in the dropdown menu so that you can access the synced Shared Drives on PC even without an Internet connection. And once your PC connects to the Internet again, all the modified files in the Shared Drive will be synced to the cloud as soon as possible.

Make Shared Drive Available Offline to Sync to Computer
Make Shared Drive Available Offline to Sync to Computer

Tip: You can make Shared Drives available offline on a computer only if you are a “Contributor”, “Content manager”, or “Manager” of a Shared Drive. If your access permission level of a Shared Drive is not high enough, just ask the “Manager” to increase your permissions.

Check Shared Drive Access Permissions
Check Shared Drive Access Permissions

Bonus Tip: How to Sync Google Shared Drive to Another Account Easily

Apart from using Google Drive for desktop to let Google Drive sync Shared Drive to desktop, you can also sync Google Shared Drives to other places especially if your computer lacks enough storage, or the Google Drive for desktop application always causes trouble when you want to sync Google Shared Drive to the computer. And the best and most secure place for you to sync Shared Google Drive to maybe is another Google Workspace account or your personal Google account.

To sync 2 Google Drive accounts and Shared Drives most efficiently without any complicated steps, you can try a great third-party multiple cloud storage manager called MultCloud.

MultCloud
MultCloud

MultCloud is professional to help you sync and transfer data between 30+ clouds, including Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, pCloud, MEGA, Flickr, etc. at once or as a scheduled plan for completely free in a well-designed interface.

• One-key Seamless Cloud to Cloud Sync without Data Loss: With MultCloud’s unique function Cloud Sync, you can choose 1 of 10 multifunctional modes to sync Shared Drives between two accounts according to your conditions by a single click without downloading and uploading, which means there’s no risk of data loss during the cloud to cloud sync.

• Easiest Multiple Clouds Management in One Interface: After adding all your clouds to MultCloud, you can use Upload, Download, Preview, Rename, Cut, Copy, Delete, Public Share, Private Share, Source Share, Remote Upload, and Sub-accounts Management to easily manage multiple cloud storage accounts in MultCloud.

• Great Security Protection of Cloud Accounts and Data: MultCloud uses an OAuth authorization system to access your clouds without recording the username and password, while the 256-bit AES Encryption is applied by MultCloud to protect your cloud data from being cracked during syncing.

Here we will take how to sync Shared Drives to personal Google account as a brief example to tell you how to sync Google Shared Drive to another account easily by Cloud Sync.

Sync Google Shared Drive to Another Account by Cloud Sync

Step 1. Sign up MultCloud for free. You can click “Try without signing up” and get a temp account to enter.

Sign Up MultCloud
Sign Up MultCloud

Step 2. Choose “Shared Drive” and enter the Google Workspace account to add Shared Drives of this account to MultCloud. Then choose “Google Drive” and enter your personal Google account to add to MultCloud as well.

Add Shared Drive and Personal Google Drive to MultCloud
Add Shared Drive and Personal Google Drive to MultCloud

Tips:

  • In MultCloud, a Google Workspace account is divided into My Drive (Google Workspace), Shared Drive, and “Shared with me” folder. And a personal Google Drive account is divided into the My Drive (Google Drive) and “Shared with me” folders. So, you could add these Drives respectively to MultCloud to manage with better order.
  • MultCloud has no limit to the number of adding cloud, you can add as many cloud accounts as you have to MultCloud for free.

Step 3. Switch to the “Cloud Sync” page in MultCloud, select a Shared Drive or files and folders in it as the source, then select Google Drive or a folder in it as the destination.

Sync Google Shared Drive to Personal Google Drive by Cloud Sync
Sync Google Shared Drive to Personal Google Drive by Cloud Sync

Tip: Before selecting the Shared Drives, you still need to ensure that you have enough access permission to the Shared Drives.

Step 4. Choose a sync mode you need in the “Options”.

  • For all users: You can use Simple Sync and Real Time Sync of both one-way and two-way.
  • Only for upgraded users: You can enjoy all the above modes and other 6 advanced modes like Mirror Sync, Move Sync, Incremental Sync, Cumulative Sync, Update Sync, and Full Backup Sync.
Options of Cloud Sync
Options of Cloud Sync

Tips: 

  • You can set up “Filter” if you want to ignore or only sync files with certain file extensions from Shared Drive to personal Google Drive, 
  • You can choose a daily, weekly, or monthly plan in the “Schedule” to let MultCloud automatically sync files between Shared Drive and personal Google Drive.
Schedule of Cloud Sync
Schedule of Cloud Sync

Step 5. Click “Sync Now” and MultCloud will sync Shared Drive to personal Google Drive immediately.

Tips:

  • MultCloud supports offline sync and will perform tasks in the background. So, you can close the website or shut down your computer after creating the Cloud Sync task.
  • You will get 30 GB of data traffic per month to transfer and sync data between clouds for free. 
  • If you would exceed the free traffic, you can subscribe MultCloud to a higher plan to get data traffic from 150 GB per month to unlimited traffic for a lifetime and lightning-fast sync speed.

Conclusion

From this detailed instruction about how to let Google Drive Sync Shared Drive to desktop and another account by the excellent methods illustrated above, now you can feel free to sync Google Shared Drives to computer or another account in the most time-saving and labor-saving ways.

Besides, if you let Google Shared Drive sync to desktop just to make backups of Shared Drives, you can try MultCloud and use Cloud Backup to backup Google Drive to Dropbox and other cloud accounts efficiently and get the most convenient way to manage all the versions of each backup.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

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