By Kelsey / Last Updated November 2, 2020

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Can I backup my Mac on Google Drive?

“I have always used Google Drive to store my important data. Some time ago, I transferred my main work to Mac for use. Can I completely backup my Mac on my Google Drive? (I would have used Time Machine, but I don't have a big enough hard drive.)Can someone give me some suggestions? Thanks!”

Why should backup Mac to Google Drive?

Your Mac must store a lot of important data. Is there any way to avoid data loss caused by hard disk damage, virus intrusion, or even computer theft? Of course, it is cloud backup.

Cloud Backup

More and more people use the online backup as a means to ensure data security, and Google Drive has become one of the last welcome services. It is a data storage service provided by Google. It provides 15 GB of storage space for free, which can be used to store important files, documents, pictures, etc. Many people even use it instead of backing up computers to iCloud.

Google Drive

Using Google Drive to back up your Mac has the following benefits:

Protect more data to the cloud freely: Google Drive is almost the cloud storage service that provides the most free space on the market, which means that if you don’t want to spend your budget on data backup, you can back up more data with Google Drive.

Collaborate with others: If you happen to use Gmail, you can also use Google Drive to send large files to your contacts directly from your email account.

Or use the excellent sharing function of the service to share files with family and friends.

Convenient access to files: If you back up your Mac to an external hard drive, you need to carry these items at any time. Backing up files to Google Drive can avoid this trouble. It uses cloud computing technology, which means your valuable data is stored on one of Google’s servers, so you can access it from anywhere.

2 ways to backup Mac with Google Drive

In this chapter, we will provide you with two methods to complete Google Drive Mac backup, both of which can implement the file backup process for free and quickly.

How to backup Mac to Google Drive via Website?

Step 1. Visit the Google Drive website on your Mac and log in to your account. If you use it for the first time, you can apply for an account first.

Step 2. Click My Drive on the main page, and then you can choose to upload files or folder from your Mac computer.

Upload Files to Google Drive

  • Choose Upload files: Select the file you want to upload to Google Drive and click Open.

  • Choose Upload folder: Select a folder and click Upload.

How to backup Mac to Google Drive via Backup and Sync?

To access Google Drive on a Mac (not from a browser), you can download and install Google Backup and Sync for Mac.

Step 1. Go to the Google Drive website and click the Download button under the Personal tab.

Step 2. Read and agree to the terms of service, click Agree and download to start downloading the Mac version of Google Drive. Launch Backup and Sync from Google, located in Applications.

Backup and Sync from Google

Step 3. Then click GET STARTED in the Welcome to Backup and Sync window.

Mac Get Started

Step 4. Enter your email address and click the Next button to log in to your Google Drive account.

Mac Sign In

Step 5. Next, you can choose Mac files that need to be backed up to Google Drive, and if you're using Google Photos, you can check Update photos and videos to Google Photos.

Sync Photos Library

Step 6. You can also check Sync My Drive to this computer to sync Google Drive files to Mac, then click START to confirm.

Mac Start

Step 7. Now, the application will backup Mac with Google Drive.

How to get more Google Drive free backup space?

Google Drive's free 15GB of storage space allows users to backup only some of the files on their Mac, and more storage is needed to backup more Mac files to Google Drive or backup the entire Mac to Google Drive. So is there any way to get more free backup space on Google Drive?

You can use cloud manager services like the CBackupper web app to merge Google Drive account storage. CBackupper allows you to add and merge unlimited cloud storage accounts and merge free storage space for each account to create a huge backup space. And you can make the most of to protect more Mac data.

CBackupper Main Page

Let's see how to get more Google Drive backup space for free with CBackupper:

Step 1. Go to the CBackupper website, create an account freely and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add your clouds, even different accounts. Click Clouds and Add Clouds, authorize your Google Drive account, and click OK.

Add Google Drive

Note: CBackupper is based on the standard OAuth system and will never save your login information, so you needn’t worry about information leakage. Also, you can cancel access from your cloud drive account at any time.

Step 3. You can modify the display name of your cloud drive to distinguish them and allocate space for backup, then click the checkbox before Note, and click OK to confirm.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Step 4. Now you have completed the entire process of adding a cloud drive. You could repeat the above steps to add all your cloud drives (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) and check the combined total space under the My Clouds list.

Combine Cloud Storage

Bonus tip: How to protect your Windows PC?

If you are looking for a good backup solution for your Windows computer, we recommend you to use the CBackupper desktop application - a reliable PC cloud backup service. The cloud backup service provides more professional backup methods and more reasonable backup space, providing 1000 GB of space ($6/month, $60/year). If you need to do a temporary PC cloud backup or plan to move data between PCs, CBackupper is a good choice. Also, it provides a 15-day free trial for each registered account, start your experience now.

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In the end

The 2 free methods of how to backup Mac to Google Drive have been listed above, and you can choose the more suitable one according to your situation. To protect more data on your Mac, you can use CBackupper to easily merge the backup space of multiple Google Drive accounts for free. The CBackupper desktop application can also help you back up your Windows PC.