By Nicky / Last Updated July 29, 2020

One-way sync vs two-way sync

As you may know, file synchronization is the process of making sure that two or more locations contain the same, current files. Actually, file synchronization also has different types. The most common types are one-way sync and two-way sync.

To put it simply, one-way sync means that files are copied only from source to a target in one direction, but no files are ever copied back to the primary location. In a two-way type of sync, files get copied in both directions. Both locations get synchronized with each other. This way, in the event of a failure, you can still access your documents via another machine.

Can I set up Google Drive one-way sync?

As one of the most popular cloud storage around the world, most users should all be familiar with Google Drive. To help users back up files to its cloud, Google Drive offers many uploading tools such as web app, desktop app, mobile app and so on.

Generally, the web app only allows users to select and upload files manually. If you want to sync files to OneDrive automatically, you should set up Google Drive desktop app – Google Backup and Sync on your computer to sync your local files or folders.

As the name suggests, Google Backup and Sync is an automatic file sync and backup tool for Google Drive. The sync mode of Google Backup and Sync is two-way sync. After setting, Backup and Sync will sync the folders that you selected to Google Drive cloud automatically, and the files in Google Drive folder also will be synced to local.

If you want Google Drive sync files just in one-way mode, you can learn how to set up Google Drive one-way sync from local to cloud with different sync tools in the following contents. Please read on to learn the detailed information.

How to set up Google Drive one-way sync with sync tools?

As mentioned above, you can rely on an automatic file sync tool to Google Drive in one-way mode. Here, we will take the official sync tool of Google Drive - Backup and Sync and a free third-party tool – AOMEI Backupper Standard as an example to show you how to set up Google Drive one-way sync from local to the cloud.

Part 1. Set up one-way sync with Google Backup and Sync

1. Download and install Backup and Sync from Microsoft's official website to your computer and install it.

2. Sign in your Google Account. Then, you will be given the general introduction of this application.

Sign In

3. On the next screen, the app will prompt you to choose which folders you want to sync to Google Drive. Click “Choose Folder” to select the folder. Make your selection and hit “Next”.

Select Folder

4. On the last screen, there is a box next to “Sync My Drive to this computer”. Don’t tick the box if you don’t want to reverse sync your existing Drive files on your computer.

Sync My Drive

5. Finally, select “SRART” and to let Google Drive sync one-way only.

Part 2. Set up one-way sync with AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional backup freeware for Windows PC and laptops. With its File Sync feature, you can set up one-way sync to Google Drive automatically and easily as long as you install the desktop app of the cloud drives on your computer. Besides Google Drive, it also supports many other mainstream cloud drives including Amazon Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.

1. Download and install Backup and Sync on your computer.

2. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it.

3. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard and click “Backup” and “File Sync” subsequently.

File Sync

4. Edit the task name if necessary. Click "Add Folder" to select the folders you’d like to sync to Google Drive.

Add Folder

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

Add Destination

How to set up Google Drive one-way sync between clouds?

Google Drive only syncing one way is not only for local to cloud, but also cloud to cloud. You can also set up one-way sync to sync files from other cloud storage to Google Drive. Let’s see how to do it with free cloud transfer tool – MultCloud.

1. Create a MultCloud account and sign in.

2. Click the "Add Clouds" in the toolbar, and check the Google Drive, then click "Next" to add your it to MultCloud list. Add another account (e.g. Google Photos) you need like this.

Add Google Drive

3. After adding, files in both Google Drive and Google Photos will be displayed here. Click on “Cloud Sync” and select the folder in Google Photos as source and folder in Google Drive as the target. Then, click on “Sync Now” to perform the task.

Cloud Sync

Final words

You can follow the steps to set up Google Drive one-way sync with different tools. No matter you need to sync files from local to Google Drive in one-way mode or from another cloud to Google Drive, you can find useful free tools in the contents above.