By Nicky / Last Updated August 27, 2020


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Why need to restore backup from Google Drive to PC?

Generally, users back up files to Google Drive for safekeeping. But sometimes, they may want to restore backup from Google Drive to PC so that they can access offline. Since cloud storage is online storage solution, whenever you want to view your files or make some changes to your data, there is an internet connection needed. However, data on PC, especially on the desktop, can be accessed and viewed at any time easily.

Or, people delete the original files on PC after backing these files to Google Drive but they need these files on the original location sometimes. In this case, they also need to restore backup from Google Drive to PC. No matter what reason you restore backup from Google Drive to PC for, you must need efficient ways to achieve that. Keep reading, you will learn how to restore backup from Google Drive to PC in different ways.

Manual ways to restore backup from Google Drive to pc

Users can directly download backup from Google Drive using the “Download” option of the Google Drive web app. Follow the steps below to backup Google Drive files to computer (PC):

1. Open the Google Drive account in your browser and go to

2. Browse for the data and choose the item/folder you want to restore from Google Drive account. Right-click on the file/folder and click on the Download button.

Google Drive Download

3. After clicking on the Download button, it will compress the selected folder in a ZIP file and download it to your PC. Do this operation for all folders and files that you wish to restore from Google Drive to PC.

This method is feasible for restoring backup from Google Drive, but you need to download each folder one by one. You cannot directly download complete data from Google Drive to your PC or external hard drive for safekeeping. If you want to restore all the backup from Google Drive to PC at once, you can use Google Takeout to download all your backup at once:

1. Go to the Google Takeout page. Google products that have your data are automatically selected. Tick the box next to Drive to include them in your download archive. Select Next step.

Select Google Drive

2. Customize your archive format. Choose the delivery method, frequency, file type, and size as you like. Choose the maximum size archive you want to create. If the data you’re downloading is larger than this size, multiple archives will be created.

Create Archive

3. When your archive is created by using one of these options, Google will email you a link to its location. You can download the archive to PC directly.

Automatic way to restore backup from Google Drive to pc

Generally, if you back up data to Google Drive via a third-party tool, you can restore your files with the tool easily. And these tools allow you to restore complete data from Google Drive to the desired destination location.

If you have backed your data with a third-party tool and don’t want to go through the trouble of restoring Google drive backup files one by one to PC, you can restore backup from Google Drive to PC automatically with your tool. Let’s take a commonly used backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to show you how to restore backups:

1. Open AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Restore and Select Task. If the system image backup does not be detected, you can click Select Image File to find it.

Select Task

2. Select a file backup in the list and click Next. Then, select the folders and files from image backup in the list tree and click Next.

Choose Files

3. Select a location for your files and click Next to start the pending operation. When it ends, click Start Restore.

Start Restore

Bonus tip: Move backup from Google Drive to another cloud storage

Actually, if you restore backup from Google Drive to PC because you don’t want to keep the backups in Google Drive any more or you have insufficient storage space in Google Drive, you can consider moving the backup from Google Drive to another cloud storage directly instead of wasting local storage space.

To move files between cloud storage efficiently, you are suggested to rely on a professional cloud backup service like CBackupper, which supports many mainstream cloud storage like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and so on. With it, you can create a backup task to move files easily and quickly and use some backup features to save both time and space.

1. CBackupper is a web-based service so you don’t need to download or install any app. Just go to the website of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name to create an account and sign in.

Sign Up

2. Now, you are on the main page of CBackupper, click “Add Clouds” under “Clouds” tab to select the clouds you want to add and click on “Add”. Then, you will be led to sign in your public cloud storage account and authorize CBackupper to access your account.

Create Task

3. To backup data, click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button to create a backup task.

Create Task

4. Name your backup task in order to distinguish. Click “Add Source” button to add Google Drive (you can choose the entire cloud storage or just certain files in this cloud storage here) as backup source. Click “Add Destination” to another cloud as a backup destination and click "Start Backup".

Add Source and Destination


In order to access your data easily or protect your data carefully, it is very important to restore the backup from Google Drive to the PC. The easiest and fastest methods through which you can easily restore your Google Drive backup easily have been introduced, you can choose one way to follow according to your needs.