Adding Google Drive to File Explorer lets you access your cloud files without having to open a web browser. You can then manage your cloud files as if they were your local files. Here’s how to set that up on your Windows PC.
To add Google Drive to Windows File Explorer, you’ll use the free Google Drive app. This app integrates your cloud files with your local PC, allowing you to upload new files, upload existing ones, and turn file syncing on and off.
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Link Google Drive to Windows File Explorer
To start the integration, first launch a web browser on your PC and open the Google Drive download page. There, click on “Download Drive for Desktop” to download the application to your computer.
When your file is downloaded, double-click it to run the installer. In the prompt “User Account Control” which opens, choose “Yes”.
You are now on the Drive Setup Wizard. Here on the “Install Google Drive?” choose whether you want to add Drive and Google’s online office suite shortcuts to your desktop.
Then click on “Install”.
Once the application is installed, a window “Connecting to Google Drive” is displayed. Here, click “Connection with the browser”.
Your PC’s default web browser will open to take you to the Google site. Here, Google will ask you if you want to allow your newly installed app to access your Drive files. Enable this permission by clicking “Login”.
Google will display a message indicating that you have successfully signed in to your Google account in the Drive app. Close the browser window because you no longer need it.
And that’s all. Google Drive has now been added to your File Explorer. Access it by opening the File Explorer utility using the Windows + E keyboard shortcut.
In the left sidebar of File Explorer, you will see a new item called “Google Drive”. Click it to access your cloud files in your familiar file manager app.
You are ready.
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Configure Google Drive sync settings
To help you import your Drive files to your PC, Google Drive offers two sync methods, each offering unique features.
The first method is called “Stream” which allows you to manually download files from the cloud to your PC. If you don’t want to fill your PC’s storage with all your Drive files, this is the method you should enable.
The other method is called “Mirror” which keeps your Drive files on both your cloud storage and your PC. Since this downloads a copy of all your cloud files to your PC, your PC’s storage will fill up pretty quickly.
Once you’ve decided which sync method you want to use, set it up in the Google Drive app. To do this, first click on the Google Drive app icon in your PC’s system tray (the bar at the bottom of your screen).
You will see a Drive pane. Here, in the top right corner, click “Settings” (a cog icon) and choose “Preferences”.
In the right pane, enable “Stream Files” Where “Mirror Files”depending on which method you decided to use.
And Google Drive will sync your cloud files accordingly. Enjoy!
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