By Ivy / Last update October 18, 2021

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How do I sync my local folder with Google Drive?

“Hi there. I don’t want to manually back up (copy & paste) all my files to the Google Drive on Windows 10 desktop PC. It’s a method I've used in the past and very tedious. Is there a way to sync multiple folders to Google Drive. Is it possible to access the backed up files from multiple computers, even when out-and-about. Thank you!”

The answer is Yes, you can sync multiple folders to Google Drive via Backup and Sync. It's a worldwide used sync tool release by Google. Google Drive folder comes along when you install Google Backup and Sync on your computer. In addition, a trust and reliable file sync software is also a good choice, AOMEI Backupper Stanndard, for example.

Why sync local folder to Google Drive?

On the market, you can find many storage device, such as, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, NAS, cloud drive like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. Why use Google Drive instead of other storage devices?

Compared with other storage devices, Google cloud drive has a clear advantage:

  • It can be accessed as long as there is an internet connection.
  • Besides, you do not need to worry about you will lose it by accident.
  • Also, you are not afraid that it will be corrupted owing to system crash, virus infection, fire, etc

Method 1: Sync local folder with Google Drive using Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync integrates Google Drive and Google Photos Uploader, which can help you sync files, folders, photos, videos, and more.

Backkup and Sync is divided into 2 sections, including My Computer and Google Drive. Under My Computer, you can sync any folder to Google Drive and upload photos and videos you like.

Under Google Drive, you can sync folders in My Drive to the local computer. After syncing, you can see the synced folder when offline. But Google Docs files (Sheet, Docs, and Slide) are only online, you cannot see it without internet connection unless you create a shortcut on the local computer.

Then, learn the detailed steps below and synchronize local folder with Google Drive

Step 1. Download Google Drive Backup and Sync and sign in with your Google Drive account, and then start the first sync.

Step 2. Uncheck the default folders under My Computer and tag on CHOOSE FOLDER to mount the specified folder on the localcomputer and then click Next to continue.

If you already have Google Drive and finish the first sync, you can click Google Backup and Sync icon on the taskbar, tap on Settings and then select Preferences options.

Choose Folder

Note: y default, Backup and Sync will back up files and folders with all kinds of file extension. If you just want to backup files with certain file extension, you can click Change at the right side, click Advanced settings, and then type the file extension you want to ignore and click Add.

Step 3. Tick the options you like under Google Drive and click Start. Sync My Drive to this computer is selected by default. You just need to tick sync everything or only certain folders.

Sync My Drive to This Computer

Notes:
♥ If you just want to use it as a backup tool, you can uncheck Sync My Drive to this computer.
♥ If you want to save Google Drive folder to another location, you can click Change and select a path on the local computer.
♥ During the sync process, you still can pause and resume the operation. To pause the operation, you can click Backup and Sync icon on the taskbar, and then select Settings > Pause. To resume the operation, you can click Backup and Sync icon > Settings > Resume.

Step 4. After the first sync operation, by default, all the local folders will be synced to My Computer. You need to check if all the folders are synced successfully. At the same time, you will have a Google Drive folder on the local computer.

My Computer

After you run the first sync, you can see extra options called Removing items and Use Devices & SD cards.The first option gives you a chance to set how to delete files, including Remove items everywhere, Don’t remove items everywhere, Ask me before removing items everywhere. The latter allows you to backup SD card to Google Drive. You can choose to backup files, folders, photos, videos and more.

Tips:
♥ If you want to do Google Drive sync with multiple computers, you can download Backup and Sync on all of your computers and follow the steps above. Please remember to tick Sync My Drive to this computer.
♥ If you want to keep the changed files or folders in real-time, you need to click Select Folder and sync it to cloud drive.

Method 2: Sync local folder to Google Drive via Google Drive folder

If you tick sync My Drive to this computer, you still can use Google Drive Folder to sync local folder to Google Drive. After syncing, all folders will be saved to My Drive and you can check if your folders are synced successfully.

Step 1. Double-click Google Backup and Sync on your desktop, and then you will access Google Drive Folder.

Step 2. Right-click the folder you want to backup, and then copy and paste it to the specified Google Drive folder. After that, all folders will be synced automatically.

Google Drive Folder

Step 3. Check if all the folders are synced to My Drive.

Method 3: Auto sync local folder to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free file sync software, which can deserves to be mentioned. It can help you complete the sync task easily and quickly. To be specific: 

  • It supports 4 sync functions, namely, Basic Sync, Real-Time Sync, Mirror Sync and Two-Way Sync. Note the last three options are available in the professional version of AOMEI Backupper and designed to meet the need of different users. 
  • It is capable of schedule sync files in daily/weekly/monthly. 
  • It not only synchronize local folder with Google Drive, but also sync local folder to One Drive or Dropbox. In addition, local drive and external disk (eg: USB flash drive) are also supported.
  • It provides many useful backup option, such as, email notification, comment, pre/post-command, etc. 

Then, follow the specific instruction below and sync local folder with Google Drive in simple steps. In the first of place, download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it on your computer. Then, be sure Google Drive can be recognized by Windows. 

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, Click Sync and Basic Sync subsequently.

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File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select folders on the local computer.

Add Folder

Note: If you want to sync files with certain file extention, you could use Filter settings, which display as a funnel shape at the right side of the selected folders. Note it’s available in the professional at least. 

Step 4. Click the drop-down menu and choose Select a cloud drive. 

Select a Cloud Drive

Then, in the Select Cloud windows, you will see all the available cloud drive, such as, Google Drive. Select it and click OK to exit this window. To sync local folder to Dropbox or OneDrive, select the corresponding cloud drive.

Select Google Drive

Step 5. Then, confirm everything is correct and click Start Sync to sync local folder to Google Drive.

Google Drive not syncing on Windows 11/10/8/7 – how to Fix

When you use Google Drive Backup and sync on Windows 10/8/7, you may receive the following error message.

  • An unknown error has occurred.

  • Connection failure.

  • The file on your computer is missing.

  • Syncing is stuck.

  • Unable to complete sync.

  • Backup and Sync quits unexpectedly.

  • This file is a link to an online Google document. It cannot be changed.

Don’t worry about it. You can try the following methods and see if it works.

1.  Restart Backup and Sync. You can click Backup and Sync icon at the taskbar, tag on Settings and Quit Backup and Sync, and then open Google Drive Backup and Sync again.

2. Disconnect and reconnect account.You can click Backup and Sync icon > Error – Google Drive folder is missing > Disconnect account. After that, you need to sign in again.

3. Reinstall Backup and Sync.You can download Backup and Sync from website again and click Yes when you are asked to replace the existing version during installation.

4. Restart your computer.

The way forward

Google Drive Backup and Sync or Google Drive folder can help you sync local folder to Google Drive effortlessly. But if you want an easier way or more advanced features, you could try third-party file sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard.

It can not only sync files to Google Drive, but also OneDrive and Dropbox. In addition, it supports daily/weekly/monthly schedule sync, event triggers, email notification, etc.

Except for the sync feature, you still can use it to backup files to cloud drive like Google Drive, external hard drive, network drive, and more. System and disk protection are also supported. In a short word, it's one of the most powerful software to protect your computer and data on it. Just download it and have a try right now!