By Jessie / Last update December 22, 2021

What Is Google Drive Two Way Sync?

Google Drive, one of the largest cloud storage in the world, is chosen by many users as a cloud drive device. It allows users to synchronize files and share information between multiple devices. Google Drive also allows you to invite your workmates to edit files together, which helps to improve team working efficiency. It also offers multiple transfer methods, such as a web interface, computer app and mobile app versions.

In Google Drive two-way sync, files are copied in both directions. Any changes you make in one end will be reflected to the other end in time, so that even if one end fails, you can still access your files through the other end.

Google Drive 2 Way Sync

Why Perform Google Drive Two Way Sync?

This article summarizes some common reasons about why perform Google Drive two way sync.

  • Save disk space: Syncing files to Google Drive can save local disk space compared to internal disks.
  • Protect data security: Syncing files to Google Drive is the same as making a backup of your source files, which can effectively protect your data.
  • Share information: Google Drive two way sync allows you to share information with others promptly and keep up with the latest news of your files.
  • Access files at any time: As long as there is an Internet connection, you can access Google Drive files on other computers at any time when you are logged into your Google Drive account.
  • Prevent file loss due to physical damage: Google Drive is more secure than internal and external disks, because it can prevent file loss due to physical damage, such as disk corruption, disk loss, virus attack, etc.    

How to Perform Google Drive Two Way Sync

Next, this article will share 4 methods to perform Google Drive two way sync including Google backup and sync web page, Google Drive folder, Google Drive desktop app and the safe and reliable sync software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can choose one of them according to your own needs. You can read on to learn detailed information.

Google Backup and Sync Web Page

The first method is to use Google Backup and Sync web page for Google Drive two way sync. First, open Google Backup and Sync web page and log in to your account. Then click + New > File Upload or Folder Upload to sync files to Google Drive manually. 

Google Drive File Folder Upload

Google Drive Folder

The second method is to use Google Drive folder for Google Drive two way sync. You can drag and drop files or folders to Google Drive folder on the desktop. And then all the data will be synced to Google Drive automatically.

Google Drive Folder

Google Drive Desktop App

You can also use the Google Drive desktop app to help you perform Google Drive two way sync. As the name suggests, Google Drive desktop app is an automatic file sync and backup tool for Google Drive. And its sync mode is two-way sync.

After setting, Google Drive desktop app will sync the files or folders that you selected to Google Drive automatically, and the files in Google Drive folder also will be synced to local. Here are steps.

Step 1. Download and install Google Backup and Sync desktop app, then open this app and sign in to your Google account.

Step 2. You will see two parts on this app: My Computer and Google Drive.

At the My Computer part, choose the folders to continuously sync files from computer to Google Drive. And set up other settings if need, press OK to confirm your operation.

Google Drive Sync Files To Goole Drive

At the Google Drive part, you can sync files from Google Drive to the computer (Google Drive folder).

Note: This desktop app can automatically sync files from Google Drive to local and vice versa, but it still has some drawbacks you need to pay attention to.

  • The Google Drive desktop app allows you to sync specific files or folders, but it only supports syncing files from your computer to Google Drive and vice versa. If you want to sync between other devices, this app will not satisfy your needs.
  • It could not automatically sync local files outside of Google Drive folder. If you want to sync other local files to Google Drive, then you need to manually drag and drop files to this folder. If you want to sync a lot of files, you may spend a lot of time repeatedly dragging and dropping files.
  • Some users reported that they encountered the Google Drive not syncing problem in the process of using it.

Safe and Reliable Sync Software - AOMEI Backupper Standard (Easiest)

Except for the three methods mentioned above, you can also choose an easier method, which is to use the safe and reliable sync software AOMEI Backupper Professional to help you perform Google Drive two way sync. It has the following advantages.

  • Auto sync: This software can help you automatically sync files with fixed intervals (Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event trigger/USB plug in) to Google Drive so that you don't need to upload them manually one by one.
  • Sync any files: It allows you to sync any files you want whether it is in Google Drive folder or not.
  • Support multiple devices: You can easily sync local files not only to Google Drive, but also to other common cloud storage devices such as Dropbox and OneDrive, so you can easily perform OneDrive two way sync if you need. In addition to cloud storage devices, you can sync files to other devices, such as local disks, external disks, NAS, network, etc.

Then you can follow the graphic tutorial below to perform Google Drive two way sync with a few clicks.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install and open it. Then click Sync > Two-Way Sync.

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Two Way Sync

Notes:

  • Basic Sync: It can easily sync changed files from the source directory to destination directory.
  • Mirror Sync: It will keep the source directory the same as the destination directory at all times. So any other files in the destination folder will be deleted.
  • Real-Time Sync: It will monitor the files or folders in real-time and sync changes from the source directory to the destination directory immediately, which is very useful if you need to change files frequently.

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the folders you want to sync. If you want to sync multiple folders, just click the + button repeatedly to add them.

Add Folders

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second bar and choose Select a cloud drive.

Set A Cloud

Step 4. Then select Google Drive as the destination path and click OK.

Google Drive

Tip:

If you cannot find Google Drive in the list, please go back to Step 3 and manually navigate to the Google Drive folder by clicking the folder shaped button in the second bar.

Step 5. Confirm all your operations and click Start Sync to perform Google Drive two way sync.

Start Two Way Sync

Notes:

  • Options: You can write comments for your sync tasks or set the email notification to remind you that the sync task has been completed.
  • Schedule: It allows you to automatically sync your files with different frequencies, including Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event trigger/USB plug in.       

Summary

Performing Google Drive two way sync helps save local disk space, protect data and share information. You can choose any of the methods mentioned in the article to achieve the goal. I prefer to use the secure and reliable sync software AOMEI Backupper Professional to perform Google Drive two way sync, because it can automatically sync any files in both directions and you can set a fixed interval to sync files in both directions regularly.

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