How to Install Google Drive on Your Computer

by Nov 28, 2023Google

In today’s digital age, having seamless access to your files is essential. Google Drive offers a convenient solution by allowing you to download a copy of your drive on your computer, enabling easy editing, deletion, and movement of files both on the Cloud and your device.

Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of installing and optimizing Google Drive for desktop use.

Installing Google Drive for Desktop

To begin, acquire the Google Drive desktop version by either searching for it on Google or visiting google.com/drive/download/. Alternatively, log in to your Google Drive account online, click on the gear icon next to your Avatar, and choose “Get Drive for Desktop.” Once you reach the same destination, click the prominent “Download Drive for Desktop” button.

Save the GOOGLEDRIVE.dmg file, a virtual disk image, and proceed by double-clicking it. Within the mounted disk, double-click the GOOGLEDRIVE.pkg file to initiate the installation – think of it as unzipping the application files from a .pkg file, similar to a ZIP file.

While the installation process may seem extensive, each step brings you closer to a seamlessly integrated Google Drive on your desktop.

Signing In and Configuring

Upon completing the installation, locate the Google Drive application in your Applications folder (on Mac) or Windows File Explorer (on PC). Open GOOGLE DRIVE.app, a bundle of files for Google Drive, and sign in with your preferred Google account. This step links your desktop Google Drive to your chosen account.

Post-Installation Cleanup

Once the application is installed, navigate back to where you saved the .dmg file. Move it to the Trash as it’s no longer needed. Additionally, eject the disk image on your desktop to remove all installation files, optimizing your computer’s storage space.

Exploring Sync and File Settings

To control settings and monitor your Google Drive account, find the black and white Google Drive logo at the top of your screen. Clicking it reveals your connected Google account and recent drive activity.

For further customization, click the gear icon and select “Preferences.” Here, choose between streaming and mirroring for file synchronization, each with its own benefits. You can also find the location of your Google Drive files by clicking “Open in Finder” on Mac or the equivalent on PC.

Disconnecting and Additional Preferences

Under the gear icon, you can disconnect your Google account if needed, crucial for future removal of Google Drive for Desktop. Scroll through other preferences and, once satisfied, click “Done” to close the window.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Google Drive on your computer, providing a streamlined approach to managing your files seamlessly between the Cloud and your desktop.

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