By Nicky / Last Updated October 9, 2020

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Can I Automatically Sync Folder to Google Drive?

“I want to automatically sync specific folders to Google Drive, and it must be able to update in Google Drive if I delete them from the original folder, just maintain an exact copy in Google Drive. Do you know how to achieve it? If an application is needed, do you have any recommendation?”

Why Sync Folder to Google Drive?

There must be many important folders containing a large number of files like photos, documents, videos, etc. on our computer that you may want to make a copy for data security. As we all know, Google Drive is an advanced online storage service that can keep your data safely and far away from your location. What’s more, it offers generous 15 GB free storage space that is enough for storing your important folders.

Therefore, you may want to sync your important folders to Google Drive for safekeeping. Given this is a long-term project, you must wan to sync them to Google Drive automatically to save both time and effort. If you don’t know how to achieve it, please read on.

How to Automatically Sync Computer Folder to Google Drive?

To automatically sync local folder to Google Drive, you need to rely on some effective tools. Google releases a desktop sync tool called Backup and Sync to help you sync folders with Google Drive efficiently. Besides Google Drive's official tool, you can also try some free third-party tool to automatically sync folder to Google Drive easily. Learn how to use these tools in the following contents.

Way 1. Sync via Google Drive Official Desktop App

Backup and Sync is Google Drive’s official desktop app for Windows and Mac, which offers two functionalities — backup and sync and has a lot of advantages. You can easily take an online backup of selected folders or files on your computer without your intervention.

Step 1. On your computer, download and install Backup and Sync.

Step 2. Open Backup and Sync, sign in to the Google Account that you use for Google Drive.

Sign In

Step 3. Select to back up only photos or videos, or all files. Select any folders you want to back up.

Select Folder

Step 4. You will be asked to choose if you want to sync Google Drive to this computer. You can choose to sync entire drive with your computer or sync specific folders on Google Drive with this computer. After selection. Click Start.

Sync My Drive

After setting up Backup and Sync on your computer, it will create a Google Drive folder on your computer to store the contents from Drive. You can see this folder in Windows Explorer and add files or folder into this folder to let Google Drive folder automatically sync them to the cloud.

Way 2. Sync via a Third-Party Tool

Another way to sync local folders to Google Drive is by using a third-party tool. You can choose a free tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is a professional backup software for Windows PC and laptops. With it, you can sync files or folders to Google Drive automatically and easily.

It supports many mainstream cloud drives including Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. As long as you install the desktop app of these cloud drives on your computer, AOMEI Backupper Standard can recognize it as a backup destination. And besides cloud drive, it also supports syncing files or folders to NAS/Network drives, external hard drives and so on.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard and click Backup and File Sync subsequently.

File Sync

Step 3. Click Add Folder to select the folders that you want to sync to Google Drive.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click the drop-down menu, tag on Select a cloud drive, choose Google Drive in the next windows and click OK to exit this window. Then, click Start Sync.

Add Destination

Tips About Access and Protect Folders in Google Drive

Tip 1. How to Access PC Files and Folders on Google Drive?

You can access the folders that you backed up to through Google Drive website. To make it easier for you to identify the PC folder and the local Google Drive folder, they are stored in a separate section of Google Drive. You can find them under the "Computer" section.

Google Drive Computer

Tip 2. How to Protect Files and Folders on Google Drive?

The files in Google Drive are not absolutely safe, so, to avoid losing files both on local and Google Drive, you’d better make one more Google Drive backup. You can backup Google Drive files to another cloud storage directly with CBackupper.

CBackupper is a free cloud backup service for almost all platforms and devices because it is web-based. It also provides many useful features like scheduled backup, file filter, email notification and so on to improve your backup efficiency. Let’s see how to protect your Google Drive files with CBackupper:

Step 1. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab, select your clouds (here is Google Drive and OneDrive), and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button. Name your backup task, click “Add Source” button to add Google Drive and click “Add Destination” to add another cloud (e.g. OneDrive).

Create Task

Step 4. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to backup files from Google Drive to OneDrive.

Google Drive to OneDrive

By the way, CBackupper also offers a PC cloud backup tool, which can help you backup files or folder from Windows PCs to its secure cloud called AOMEI Cloud. It offers 1000 GB of storage space and a 15-day free trial. And if you want to use it after trial, it costs only $6.00 per month and $60.00 per year.

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Conclusion

According to the contents above, you can use Google Backup and Sync tool to automatically sync folder to Google Drive. But sometimes, Google Backup and Sync may stop working for unknown reasons. If you meet this situation, you can use a Google Backup and Sync alternative like CBackupper to sync files from local to Google Drive.