By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Sync Google Drive with Your PC

Google Drive is a commonly used cloud service for file storage and sharing. You can select multiple folders on desktops or laptops and sync them to Google Drive, or in other words, sync Google Drive with PC. Thus even if your PC breaks down, these files will stay safe. And if you sign-in the same account on another device, you can sync files in Google Drive to that PC easily.

Compared to direct uploading & downloading, synchronization is a more convenient way and usually implemented by a desktop app of the cloud service. But please note Google Drive app for PC has been replaced by Google Backup and Sync, with which you can sync computer to Google Drive or vice versa.

In the following article, I’ll introduce how to sync Google Drive with PC folders using Backup and Sync, and also an easy alternative in case you want a more flexible solution to manage data between computer and cloud.

Sync Files From Pc To Google Drive

How to Sync Google Drive with PC Using Backup and Sync?

Backup and Sync is a convenient tool enables you to sync computer to Google Drive and sync Google Drive to computer. It’s practical, easy-to-use, yet also has some deficiencies:

  • It’s called Backup and Sync, but it actually only supports automatic file sync. Any changes you made to selected PC folders will be synchronized to Google Drive automatically, therefore it’s difficult to retrieve an earlier version.

  • It’s not a backup & restore tool, so you can’t backup PC to Google Drive, neither can you backup the operating system in case of system failures.

  • Google Docs files like Sheet, Docs, and Slides are only available online, you cannot view them without internet connection.

What’s more, this app only works between Google Drive and computers. It’s fine with a loyal user of Google, but if you own more than one cloud drive or storage device, you may need an alternative with wider application range to manage data transferring.

By and large, Backup and Sync is an effective tool for Google Drive synchronization, you can follow this tutorial to set it up.

1. Download Backup and Sync for Windows here. It can back up all of your content to the cloud, easily access your files in Google Drive and your photos in Google Photos.

2. Install and Sign in it. Enter your Google account and password, after authenticating, it will jump to the next interface.

Sign In Google Backup And Sync

3. In My Computer/Laptop, you can choose folders to continuously back up to Google Drive (click CHOOSE FOLDER to add other folders), select upload size for photos and videos, or upload photos and videos to Google Photos if you want. That is, you can also sync Google Photos with PC.

My Laptop

Click Backing up all files and foldes, you can choose File Types to sync. If you want to exclude files with specific format, expand Advanced settings and then enter the extensions you want to ignore.

File Types

4. After setting up PC to Google Drive sync, you can go to the next part.

In Google Drive page, ticking Sync My Drive to this computer will sync Google Drive to PC folder. If you simply want to sync computer folders to Google Drive, but don’t want to do it the other way around, then just uncheck this option.

Also, you can click Change... to modify the path of Google Drive folder on PC, choose to sync everything in My Drive or only selected folders.

Google Drive To Pc

5. Click START to confirm all the settings and perform the synchronization. Google will provide continuous data protection to these files.

Why is Google Drive not syncing with my computer?

If you encounter problems along the way with this tool, such as files not syncing between your PC and Google Drive, Backup and Sync stuck on "Preparing for Sync", or it stops suddenly, you can try restart Backup and Sync, disconnect and reconnect your account, restart computer, or reinstall Backup and Sync.

For details, you can view the troubleshooting page of Google Backup and Sync and find corresponding solution for each error message. If the problem can still not be solved, maybe you should try the alternative.

Free Alternative to Sync Google Drive with PC in Windows 10/8/7

As a free data protection & disaster recovery solution for Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, AOMEI Backupper Standard is not limited to backup and restore, but also integrates file sync feature allowing you to sync Google Drive with PC, or vice versa.

☛ With it, you can create multiple backup & sync tasks at the same time to build a flexible data protection strategy. Not only Google Drive, you are allowed to manage more storage locations such as OneDrive, Dropbox, external hard drive, USB drive, NAS, local PC, etc.

☛ For sync, you can sync folders to cloud drive manually or with a schedule. In advanced editions, you can even sync changed files in real time.

☛ For backup, you can set up a schedule backup to save different copies of files/partitions/system/disk on regular basis. It will run incremental backup by default to save only changed files and therefore save your space.

Download the free Standard edition to have a try:

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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How to sync Google Drive with PC folders:

1. Open the software, click Sync on the left pane and choose Basic Sync. This mode is available in all editions, with it, files will be synchronized from source directory to target directory.

Basic Sync

You can upgrade to Professional edition to enjoy following sync modes:
Real-Time Sync: Sync changed files from source directory to target directory in real time. It doesn’t need a schedule.
Mirror Sync: Always keep the files in target directory exactly same as the source. Any changes mistakenly made to target directory will be erased at next synchronization.
Two-Way Sync: Any changes made to source directory or target directory will be synchronized to the other side.

2. Click Add Folder to select folders you want to sync. You can repeat this process to add multiple folders.

Add Folders

In Pro edition, you can click the funnel icon beside source folder to include or exclude specific file formats.

3. To sync computer to Google Drive, click the small triangle beside the destination select box, choose Select a cloud drive in the drop-down menu, select Google Drive in the popping out window and click OK.

Select Google Drive

4. Set up a Schedule on Daily/Weekly/Monthly basis and click Start Sync to start synchronization.

Schedule Sync Wake Computer

In Pro edition, you can also choose Event triggers and USB plug in.

In this way, you can sync Google Drive with PC folders automatically. If you want to do it another way around – sync Google Drive to PC, just select the source directory as the Google Drive folder on PC.

If you want to backup PC to Google Drive, just switch to Backup tab, choose File Backup/Partition Backup/Disk Backup/System Backup as you like.


To sync Google Drive with PC continuously, you could use Backup and Sync developed by Google to specify the folders you want to sync. It supports Google Drive to computer sync as well.

However, this tool is only for Google Drive, and there’s also some inconvenience using it. If you have multiple cloud drives or devices to manage, or you want to backup PC to Google Drive in addition to synchronization, AOMEI Backupper is a good choice with high compatibility and complete features.

With it, you can also sync network folder to Google Drive, sync NAS to Google Drive, sync cloud drive to external hard drive, etc. Even if you want to backup Windows Server to cloud, there’s a Server edition can help.