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Why Sync Files to Google Drive?

Sync Local Folder to Google Drive
Sync Local Folder to Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the most useful and simple cloud storage services that allows you to store various files such as documents, excel files, screenshots, videos, audio files, etc. Every user gets 15 GB of free storage by signing up. Syncing important files to Google Drive or other storage devices is an option for many users because of:

  • Avoiding data loss due to force majeure. We all know that data stored on local devices may be lost due to hard drive corruption or malicious virus attack. To better protect data, many users choose to sync data from their local devices to Google Drive.
  • Freeing up space on the local device. Cloud storage services can help you save local disk space. Important data can be stored in the cloud, and you can get it directly from the cloud storage service when you need it.
  • Easier to edit and share. Once your data is on Google Drive, you can access files on any device (e.g. phone, tablet, computer) and easily share large files on Google Drive with friends and teammates for online collaboration. In addition, the powerful Google suite can support online editing, which makes editing and modifying files easier.

How to Sync Files to Google Drive [4 Feasible Ways]

So, how to easily sync files or folders to Google Drive? Next, this article provides 4 common ways for your reference, namely using the Google Drive webpage, Drive for Desktop, mobile app and third-party tool. Now, you can read the following for details.

Solution 1: Sync Laptop to Google Drive via Webpage

If you haven't installed Drive for desktop and don't plan to install it soon, you can take advantage of Google Drive on the web. The main way to do this is to manually upload files to Google Drive from your laptop. Let's take a look at the complete steps:

Step 1: Visit Google Drive on the web and sign in with your Google account.
Step 2: Press the plus icon on the left and select the file according to your situation.

Click New on Google Drive
Click New on Google Drive

Step 3: Choose what to sync from your laptop to Google Drive. Alternatively, you can drag and drop files or folders from your laptop into Google Drive's interface.

Upload to Google Drive
Upload to Google Drive

Note: You should make sure that you only have a few files to upload and that your internet connection is stable enough when using this method. Otherwise, you may encounter the Google Drive upload stuck issue.

Solution 2: Sync Computer Files to Google Drive via Desktop App

If you have Drive for desktop installed on your laptop, you can easily sync files from your laptop to Google Drive with this professional application. The following are the detailed operation steps.

Step 1: Launch Drive for desktop and log in with your Google account.
Step 2: Press the gear icon in the upper right corner and select "Preferences".

Preferences on Google Drive
Preferences on Google Drive

Step 3: Then click "Add Folder" on the "My Computer" interface. Select the folders on your laptop to sync to Google Drive.

Add Folder
Add Folder

Solution 3: Sync Android Files to Google Drive via Phone

For users who use mobile phones frequently, backing up photos from mobile phones to Google Drive is an essential part. With the Google Drive mobile app, you can manually or automatically sync files and folders from your Android device to Google Drive. Please start syncing all documents stored on your phone by doing the following:

Step 1: On your Android phone, open the Google Drive app.
Step 2: Click the "+" button.
Step 3: Click "Upload". Then select images or files to upload in the pop-up window.

Upload Files to Google Drive on Android
Upload Files to Google Drive on Android

 Notes:

  • You can only upload files on your phone. To upload a folder, you need to operate it on your computer.
  • If you are using an iPhone or iPad, the syncing method is similar to the above.

Solution 4: Automatically Sync Files to Google Drive

Through the above operation methods, we know that the above 3 solutions all require you to operate manually. For users who need to sync files to Google Drive regularly, the above method may take a long time. If you need to sync data to Google Drive regularly, you can try the best free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Many users are using this tool due to its clean interface and reliable performance. No special technical knowledge skills are required to sync data from cloud drives, external hard drives, USB drives, and more. In addition, the tool provides other useful features such as email notification and scheduled sync. These features will bring you more convenience when you sync files.

Note: This tool is suitable for Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP system. And, you need to install the Google Drive app on your computer in advance.

Now, let's start using AOMEI Backupper Standard to automatically sync files to Google Drive.

Step 1: Free download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and run the program,
Step 2: On the main window, select Sync > Basic Sync.

Basic Sync
Basic Sync

Step 3: Click "Add Folder" to select files or folders to sync to Google Drive.

Add Folder
Add Folder

Step 4: Click the inverted triangle and click "Select a cloud drive". Then select Google Drive as the destination.

Select a Cloud Drive
Select a Cloud Drive

Notes:

  • You can enable "Email notification" in "Options" to be alerted if your files sync successfully or if any error messages occur during the process.
  • If you want to sync your files as soon as they are changed to keep them up to date, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy the Real-time Sync feature. In addition, the professional version or higher also provides Mirror Sync and Two-Way Sync.
  • To automatically sync files to Google Drive, you need to click "Schedule" below and enable "Scheduled Sync", then select a specific time, such as daily, weekly, or monthly.
Schedule Sync Weekly
Schedule Sync Weekly

Step 5: After the setup is complete, click "Start Sync" to sync local files to Google Drive.

Bonus Tip: Automatically Sync NAS to Google Drive

To obtain and share files better or more securely, many users use a NAS to create a private cloud server. In this way, personal data storage and retrieval, home theater and game data backup can be easily achieved. But many users find it difficult to sync NAS and Google Drive data. Don’t worry! Online cloud-to-cloud sync tool - MultCloud can help sync NAS to Google Drive automatically.

Currently, MultCloud supports more than 30 leading clouds, including Google Drive, Google Workspace, Dropbox, Dropbox Business, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, MEGA, pCloud and protocols such as FTP, WebDav. Of course, MultCloud also supports NAS.

The "Cloud Sync" function provided by MultCloud supports 3 main sync modes: "Real Time Sync", "One-way Sync", and "Two-way Sync". One-way Sync includes "Simple Sync", "Mirror Sync", "Move Sync", "Cumulative Sync", "Update Sync", "Incremental Sync", "Full Backup Sync". These sync modes can meet most of your needs.

Below are the detailed steps to sync files from NAS to Google Drive.

Step 1: Create a MultCloud account, it's free.
Step 2: Log in to MultCloud and click the "Add Cloud" button to add your NAS account to MultCloud. Select your NAS among the cloud providers listed below, and authorize MultCloud to access your NAS account, and your NAS account will be added to MultCloud.

Add NAS
Add NAS

Step 3: Click Google Drive to add and follow the instructions to finish adding your Google Drive to MultCloud.

Add Google Drive
Add Google Drive

 Step 4: Since you want to sync your NAS to Google Drive, click "Cloud Sync", select your NAS as the source, select Google Drive as the destination, click "Sync Now" and the process will begin.

Sync NAS to Google Drive
Sync NAS to Google Drive

Notes:

  • If you have a lot of files to sync, you can close the page because MultCloud can run the task in the background.
  • If you want to know the execution result of the task, you can set up the email notification in "Options", so as to know the execution status of the task in time.
  • When creating a cloud sync task, MultCloud runs your task in simple sync mode by default. If you want to run your tasks in other modes, you can manually select the one you like best.

Conclusion

How to sync files to Google Drive? The 4 ways provided in this article can help solve it well. When you urgently need to sync files regularly, you can use the "Scheduled Sync" in AOMEI Backupper.

Also, if you need to sync data from your NAS to Google Drive, you can use MultCloud to help. Other features provided by MultCloud, such as Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload can also help you easily achieve cloud to cloud transfer and upload files to the cloud remotely.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

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