Google Drive is a great way to sync your files and access them from different devices. You’ll have to log in every time you want to access your passwords if you don’t save them in a browser.
That is exhausting. There is a technique to get around this. Google Drive customers can view their files offline immediately from File Explorer using the Backup and Sync software for Windows.
You can view, alter, and delete your files without having to open a web browser if you have a Google Drive folder in File Explorer. Furthermore, any modifications you make in this folder will be reflected in your Google Drive. So, in a sense, the File Explorer will be able to handle both local and online storage.
We’ll go over how to set up, use, and manage Google Drive files via Windows File Explorer in this article. Let’s get this party started.
File Explorer With Google Drive
You’ll need to download and install the Backup and Sync programme on your PC to add the Google Drive folder to the File Explorer side menu. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Go to the Google Drive download page (see below) and select the Download option under Backup and Sync from the drop-down menu. Click Agree and Download when requested.
Step 2: To install Backup and Sync on your PC, run the EXE file and follow the on-screen instructions.
The Backup and Sync software, as well as shortcuts to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, will appear on your desktop once the installation is complete.
Step 3: Sign in with your Google Account and open the Backup and Sync app.
Step 4: Select the local folders on your PC that you want to back up to Google Drive on a regular basis. Additionally, check the box that says ‘Upload images and videos to Google Photographs’ if you wish to backup your photos and videos directly to Google Photos. Then press Next.
Step 5: From the File Explorer, you can choose which Google Drive folders you want to access. You also have the option of syncing everything. Make your choices and then press the Start button.
The Google Drive folder will appear in the File Explorer navigation pane once the sync is complete.
Now that your Google Drive folder is accessible locally, you may use File Explorer to manage your drive files.
File Explorer For Managing Google Drive
All of the files and folders that you chose to sync with the computer while setting it up can be found in the Google Drive folder. The files that have been successfully synced with Google Drive are shown by a green tick mark on the items. Anything you copy or move inside the Google Drive folder will be synced to your Google Drive account automatically.
If you delete a file from Google Drive, it will show with a red cross on it, indicating that it is no longer in the cloud. In addition, you’ll receive a message in the Backup and Sync app with the option to restore or delete the deleted file.
You can add up to three accounts to the Backup and Sync programme and manage them all at the same time using Windows File Explorer.
Deleting Files From Google Drive In File Explorer
Deleted files from File Explorer are not removed from Google Drive by default. This is done by Google Drive to prevent unintentional file deletion. However, you can quickly enable this option from the Backup and Sync app if you choose. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: From the system tray, select the Backup and Sync icon. Then, from the three-dot menu icon, pick Preferences from the drop-down menu.
Step 2: Next, go to the My Laptop section on the left and pick the ‘Always erase both copies’ option from the drop-down box under Google Drive. Then press OK.
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You’ll be able to manage Google Drive storage directly from Windows File Explorer by deleting unwanted files and folders this way.
Google Drive Folder Removed From Quick Access
If you no longer want the Google Drive folder in File Explorer, right-click on it and choose ‘Unpin from Quick access’ from the drop-down menu.
All files and folders that have already been synchronized with your PC will remain entirely intact whether you unlink your account or delete the Backup and Sync software from Windows.
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