In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to upload files and folders using the Desktop Sync app from Google. She also goes through a complete walk-through of the install.
- [Instructor] The Google Drive desktop app makes file syncing a breeze. The app puts a folder on your computer that works just like any other folder on your computer. Except in the background, it keeps that folder in sync, with your Google Drive in the Cloud. This way you can save a file directly into the folder and in seconds it will also be available on your phone, tablet, or through a web browser anywhere. It also means that you can make a change to a file anywhere, and that change will be synced right back down to your computer. One of my favorite uses for the desktop app is that when I initially start using Google Drive, it allows me to very quickly put all my data in the Cloud.
I can do a large copy and paste into that folder and let it very quietly sync in the background while I continue to work. To install the app, from the Google Drive interface, you can either click, get drive for pc or mac on the bottom left hand side of your screen, or click the gear icon on the top right hand side of the screen and choose download drive. I'll click download for pc and it's going to change depending on what you're using. And then I'll click the blue accept and install button.
Depending on what browser you're using, you'll be prompted to either download the file, run it, or save it. In this case I'm using Google Chrome, so on the bottom left hand side, I can see that the app has been downloaded. I'm going to double click to run on it. I'll click yes in the user account control dialog, and the app's going to begin to download. I'll click close on the installation complete. And now I can begin to set it up. I'll click the get started button on the bottom right hand side.
The first thing I need to do is sign in with my google account. You'll want to put in the google account that you have associated with Google Drive. From here click the blue next button. You'll be prompted to put in your password. Click sign in, and from here click next on the bottom right hand side. Click next again. You can read the features as you're going and then click next. From here, you can click done.
Google Drive has been set up on this machine. We're ready to start adding files to it. It puts it here in favorites. In fact, it's already started pulling my files and folders down. Here's the files that were already on the web version that we uploaded in a previous video. It's very easy to add folders to it. I'll click on my documents folder. I have a folder called work files. This folder is one that I'd like to upload to Google Drive. If I hover my mouse over it, I can see that it's currently 45 mega bites.
I can also right click and choose properties. If I'm using a mac, I can secondary click and choose get info. This is going to tell me how big the folder is. In this case because it's only 45 mega bites, it's a small folder and it's not going to hit that 15 gigabit limit that Google Drive gives me. I'll click cancel to close out of this dial up box. I'll right click on the folder and choose copy. Now I can go over to my Google Drive folder, right click, and choose paste.
Alternatively I could have chosen to directly move the folder into Google Drive by dragging it. But in this case I wanted to make a copy. The folder's placed here and I can click on it and see that it's starting to sync. A green checkbox next to a file or a folder means that it's currently synced up with Google Drive and the Cloud. I can see that there's two arrows besides this folder. This means that the folder contents are currently uploading and becoming in sync. You can also copy files over.
I'm going to go back into my documents folder. I can place check marks besides all sorts of files and folders that I want to upload to Google Drive. From here I can right click, choose copy, come over to my Google Drive, right click, and choose paste. As the files are uploaded, green check marks will appear next to those files. The best part is I don't have to be using Google Drive, I can come back, work on my computer, open a document, start typing, and do anything.
These files are going to continue to sync. In fact, if I go over to my drive, I can see them as they're appearing. The screen will refresh itself as my files and folders start to appear. Up next, lets convert some of these files we're uploading, into Google Doc format.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device