Q. How do I set up Google Backup and Sync?


Google Backup and Sync is a downloadable application that allows you to upload and store files from any folder on your computing device in the Google Cloud via your Google Drive account.

  1. Navigate to google.com/drive/download/backup-and-sync

  2. Click the blue “Download Backup and Sync” button.


  1. Click the “Agree and download” button.

  2. Open the .exe or .dmg file wherever you chose to save the download. 


  1. When the installation is complete, click “Close.” 


  1. Open Backup and Sync. For Windows users, the icon will be in your systray – the area at the lower right corner of your screen. For Mac users it will be in the banner at the top right of your screen. It looks like a cloud with an upward pointing arrow.


  1. Proceed through the welcome screen. Click “Get Started.”


  1. You will be prompted to log in. Use your Google credentials.


  1. Sign in again if the system requires it.

  1. You will be prompted to complete the 2-Step Verification. Google will send you a code via text.


  1. If you don’t see a screen that lets you choose which folders to sync (it will be obvious) you will have to sign in through your browser. On your original sign-in page at the bottom you will see a link that says “Sign on with browser.” Click that. You will have to enter your credentials and do the 2-step authentication again, but you should then be good to proceed as indicated below. 

  2. In this window Backup and Sync is requesting access to your account. You will have to choose “Allow” if you want to proceed.


  1. Click “Got It” in the following window to start choosing folders to sync.


  1. You may choose to backup and sync all of the files on your Desktop, Documents folder, or Pictures folders. However, if you click “Choose Folder” under those options, you may specify a more specific folder on your computer. If you’d like to have Backup and Sync automatically move all of your photos and videos directly to Google Photos, you may do that by checking that box on the bottom of the screen. If you don’t use Google Photos, keep this box unchecked. Click “Next.”


  1. Backup and Sync will now give you the option to download all or some of your files from your Google Drive account to your computer. If you’d like to have some or all of the files on your computer and your Drive account match, this is a good idea. If you are just interested in making a backup of files from your computer once into Drive, skip this step by unchecking the “Sync my Drive to this computer” box.



  1. Your files should begin to sync; you will see the cloud icon with spinning arrows in it. This may take quite a while to complete, depending on the volume of data you have.

  2. You will be prompted to “Open Google Drive” to see your new file structure.


  1. You will see that you have a new option on the left-side menu. In addition to My Drive, Shared Drives, and Shared with Me drive, you now have one that says “Computer.” That’s where your newly backed up files reside.


Remember, this setup isn’t just a backup of your computer files onto Drive. It is a syncing process as well. That means if you delete a file or folder from your computer that you set up to backup and sync, that file will be removed from your Drive as well.


On your computer, if you’d like to stop syncing a folder to Drive automatically, right-click on the folder and you will see an option to “Stop syncing.” Clicking that means you can make changes to the files on your computer without the changes being reflected in Drive.

  • Last Updated Aug 27, 2021
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  • Answered By Sarah Mueller

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