How to use Google Drive for PC

Google Drive for PC : Google has done its part to ensure that everyone has a backup of data in the cloud; and recently launched a new tool for Windows users; and Mac bring the redundancy to the next level.

Appropriately called Backup & Sync is a fast and efficient tool to store your important files in the cloud; and that comes to replace applications to synchronize Google Photos and Google Drive for PC .

In other words, if you want to have your photos saved in Google Photos and your files saved in Google Drive; Google Backup & Sync is the tool you need.


Google Photos, Google Drive for PC and Google Sync

If you are an intensive user of Google; You probably already know the other Google synchronization tools: Google Drive and Google Photos. Now; both have been added to the Backup and Sync; so you can control all your files, videos, images and much more in one application.

It is here that you monitor the folders of your Unit to synchronize with your PC or Mac; In addition to specifying which folders of images should be copied to your Photo library.

Google Drive for PC , cloud storage

Google Drive for PC is really the core of the backup and synchronization tool, so; If you have never used the Drive application, a little explanation may be necessary.

Essentially, this new tool will allow you to synchronize your storage in the Google Drive for PC cloud ; either the entire disk or just the specific files and folders. They are then treated as local files on the computer; therefore, its important elements are always updated in all the equipment you own (and in the cloud).

The only exception is the Google Documents files (spreadsheets, documents, presentations), which are still online; since Backup and synchronization do not download them for offline access.

Icons in the Google Drive folder

However, the icons are placed in the Google Drive for PC folder ; so you can click twice on them as if they were normal documents; (You will only need an Internet connection to view and edit them).

Backup and Synchronization also adds one more tool to the equation: the option of backing up specific folders from your PC or Mac to your Google Drive. For example; You can use Google Drive to store almost everything, so it is accessible from all devices.

But the screenshot folder on my Windows machine may not be in the “My Google Drive” folder; but yes in the “Images of my PC” folder. With Backup and Sync, you can access the folder on any of my other devices at any time.

Configuring Google Backup and Synchronization

The steps are very simple for the installation and use of the Backup & Sync:

Step 1: Download and install the Backup & Sync

Of course, the first thing you need to do is download the Google tool . Be sure to collect the appropriate download for your device (Mac or PC). If you already have Google Drive installed, do not worry: this tool will replace automatically, without the need for uninstallation.

It must be downloaded quickly and you only have to start the installer when it is finished. If you are using Google Chrome; just click on the download button at the bottom of the page.

A few seconds later, the Backup and Synchronization will be installed. If you already had the Google Drive application installed, Backup & Sync should automatically sign in to your Google Account. Otherwise, you must login. After that, a quick start screen that will let you know the function of the application.

Step 2: Choose which folders are synchronized with Google Drive

The Backup & Sync tool is divided into two main sections:

Google Drive

It performs the same function as the original Google Drive application. Choose which folders to sync with your Google Drive cloud storage device and they will appear in a Google Drive folder on your computer. Everything you put in that folder is also synchronized with Google Drive.

My team

This part is new and allows you to synchronize files between your computer; and the Drive without putting them in the folder dedicated to Google Drive. You just have to choose the folders on your computer that you want to synchronize; and are synchronized with the cloud storage (although they appear in a separate section of the Google Drive interface, and not in all other Drive files).

Let’s start with the Google Drive section first. She is second on the list, but it is much simpler and more familiar to those who have used Google Drive in the past. You have some specific options of this menu. You can choose

  • Synchronizing my disk with this computer: use this option to activate / deactivate Google Drive synchronization with your computer.
  • Synchronize everything in my Drive: synchronize, literally, all the content of your Google Drive on your computer.
  • When you synchronize only these folders: allows you to specify which folders are synchronized from the Unit to your computer.

You just have to choose the one you want to synchronize and finish with this.

Step 3: Select one of the Folders on Your PC to Synchronize

Next, we are going to see the section of My computer; where you can select other folders on your PC to synchronize. There are some options already available here: Desktop, Documents and Images.

You can simply check the box next to the option to make the full backup of everything; from this place to your Google Drive. Simple. But, if you want to be a little more detailed; and make the backup of a certain folder, you can do this by clicking on the “Select folder” option.

You just have to navigate to the folder you want to back up and click on “Select folder”. That is all.

Synchronized files in Google Driven

NOTE: the files that you synchronize through your Google Drive folder; will not appear in Google Drive for PC next to all other files. To access these files, access Google Drive on the Web and click on “My computers”; in the menu on the left.

This option is also available in applications for mobile devices in Google Drive. If you want a file or folder to appear in “My Drive”, you will need to synchronize the old way: put it in the Google Drive for PC folder .

Step 4: adjust settings for upload photos

Under the options of the folder in the “My PC” section, you can also specify how you want to make an image backup (if you choose to back up images from your PC, of ​​course): Original Quality, that will occupy space in your usb or in High Quality (HD), that will not occupy space in your disk.

The second uses intelligent compression algorithms to reduce the size of the image without reducing the quality, the same as the Google Photos application on Android and iOS devices.

Delete items in Google Drive

You can also specify how you want to control the removal options: remove items in all places, do not remove items in the whole part, or ask before removing items in all places.

The last option is defined as standard, the one that really makes the most sense anyway. Feel free to change this according to your specific needs.

Finally, check the box in the “Google Photos” section; to automatically check the computer for new photos; and upload them to Google Photos.

There is also a small option at the bottom of the so-called “USB Devices; and SD cards “; It can be used to automatically send files from your digital camera or USB drives, if desired.

Just connect the unit or the card and specify what you want to do with it.

Using the cloud for backups with Backup & Sync

You can change the name of your computer by clicking on the text “My PC” (or similar); at the top of the “My PC” page; and give it a specific name.

You can easily update your storage in Google Drive for PC ; or disconnect from your account in the “Settings” tab.

The system boot rules, the file synchronization icon; and the right-click configuration can also be modified in the Configuration tab.

The network activities of Backup & Sync can be restricted in the “Network configuration” section of the “Settings” tab. Proxies can be specific and download / upload rates limited, if necessary.

The backup tool; and synchronization will remain in the system tray of your computer while it is running. To access the configuration, just click on the icon in the tray; Click on the three-point menu in the upper right corner and select “Preferences.”

Was there any doubt about this cloud storage tool? Leave your questions in the comments!

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