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Can I sync network folder with Google drive?

“Previously, I can use Google Photos Desktop Uploader to sync network folder, but now, it’s disconnected. So, I just tried Google Backup & Sync and it does not allow me to add a network mapped drive as a sync location, saying, 'The network folder can only be synced in photos and videos mode.' or 'network folder will only be synced while mounted on your computer.'

This is totally unacceptable, since many users including me are storing photo libraries on NAS drives and still want to sync them with Google photos. How do I sync network drive or folder to Google Drive. Any kindly advices will be appreciated.”

Not Sync to Network Folder

As a matter of fact, Google Backup and Sync does not have an option to sync non-media data from any network attached storage devices. Therefore, if you want to sync all files on the network drive, it's suggested to use best free file sync software as alternative. If the error you encounter is the second one, you may change the backup mode to “Back up photos and videos”, you can change it back and try again.  

In addition, you may encounter “An invalid argument was supplied” error or find “Add to my drive” missing. For the previous one, you can download Windows update KB4284848 to fix if your shared folder using SMBv1 protocol. For the later one, you can use "Shift + Z" to achieve the same effect. And the option "Add to my drive" has been replace with "Add shortcut".

Google Backup and Sync alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard

Google Backup and Sync is widely used by many users to sync files and folders. But some users report it's error-prone when syncing network folder with Google Drive. This is why you need an alternative software. Here I strongly recommend you Windows file sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard. It supports Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista and works well in syncing network drive files to Google Drive. Also, it can be used for Dropbox sync network folder or OneDrive.

Then. let's have a closer look at it.

  • Free and easy to use, even for beginners. This software has a clear interface and user-friendly design, so users can understand this software in a very short time. 

  • Multiple sync storages. You can sync network or shared folder to external hard drive, USB drive, different computer, cloud drive like Google Drive, etc.

  • Schedule sync files or folders. Here are 5 options for you, namely, daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in, and the last two options are available on AOMEI Backupper Professional at least. Any of them can sync files you were selected and its changes later.

  • Many sync options. You can comment on the sync task for clearly distinguish, enable email notification to get result easily, create pre-command or post-command, and enjoy other options.

Step by step guide: sync network folder to Google Drive

Please note this software only works when your computer has Google Drive app. If not, please download it first and sign in your account.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Then, click “Sync” and “Basic Sync” subsequently on the main page.

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File Sync

The core of "Basic Sync" is one-way file sync and it only sync files and its changes from source to destination. And there are three different sync options in AOMEI Backupper Professional that may be more in line with your needs. Please stay for a while and carefully check them.
>> “Real-time Sync": This feature can monitor the changes of files you were added in real-time and sync them immediately when detected. This is very useful for users who modify files frequently or teamwork purpose.  
>> "Mirror Sync": With this feature, any newly added, modified and deleted files will be synchronized to destination while the newly added files in the destination will be deleted and changes will be undone. 
>> "Two-Way Sync": This feature will track changes of your files in both source and destination directory, then compare with the other side and sync.

Step 2. Add network folder to be synchronized. 

First of all, click “Add Folder” in the following picture. 

Add Folder

Then, click “Share/NAS”. If the network drive is mapped to local computer, you need to click "This PC" and select the mapped drive. 

Share NAS

Next, click "Add Network Location" and type the required info to add network drive. The IP address, username and password are required and the display name is optional. After that, the network drive will be listed under “Network Location”, double click it and then select network folder or shared folder.

Add Network Location

Step 3. Click the Inverted triangle and click “Select a cloud drive” to add Google Drive.

Select a Cloud Drive

Then, in the pop-up window, select “Google Drive” and click “OK” to exit. Also, you can sync network folder to OneDrive, Dropbox, etc as long as you have installed them on the desktop.

Sync Network Folder to Google Drive

Step 4. To track changes of your files and schedule sync network drive files to Google Drive, click “Schedule” at the lower location. You can sync files at a regular basis, such as, daily, weekly, monthly. 

Schedule Sync

In addition, you can set up sync options in the "Options". Please note the "Basic Sync" feature does not sync deleted files automatically, you need to tick "Sync the deletions in source directory to destination" manually if necessary.

Sync Options

Step 5. Click "Start Sync" if everything is OK.

◕ Don't change the source folder name, otherwise this software will not sync changed files or folders anymore.
◕ Except for syncing network drive to Google drive, you still can sync local folder to Google drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.


With the help of Google Google Backup and Sync alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard, syncing network folder to Google Drive is simple and efficient. The entire process is complted within 5 steps. Meanwhile, you can schedule sync files regularly, daily/weekly/monthly sync, or set sync options for it, such as, comment, email notification etc.

In addition, it's also a Windows backup & restore software to protect data and system of your computer by its robust features, including file backup, system backup, disk backup, incremental backup, incremental backup or differential backup, daily backup, create bootable media, system restore, and more. Don't want lose any data? Please download the freeware to have a try.