By Kelsey / Last Updated October 9, 2020


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How Do I Upload Files to A Shared Google Drive?

“I do social media for a company, and they created a Drive folder and asked me to upload all of the pictures I have so everyone can access them. The files are taking up space on my personal Google drive, and I will not be able to upload everything because I only have 15GB of storage. How can I move the files from my Google Drive upload to shared folder so that they don't take up space on my account?”

About Shared Google Drive

As one of the most popular cloud storage services in the world, Google Drive is also an excellent collaboration tool. Anyone can work collaboratively with others by sharing files and folders. By default, people who are sharing files and folders have editing permissions. For files, this means they can make changes; for folders, it means they can organize folders, edit files, and add content.

However, many collaborators said that they don’t know how to upload files to shared Google Drive. This is actually very easy to solve. The operation method is similar to uploading files to Google Drive. The specific steps will be introduced in the next content.

How to Upload Files to Google Drive Shared Folder?

In the following, you will learn how to upload files to Google Drive shared folder in 3 ways. The first two methods allow you to manually upload files on the Google Drive web app. The third method can help you automatically upload files to the shared Google Drive. Read on and choose a method based on your needs.

Way 1. Use Google Drive Web

Shared folders will be displayed in the Google Drive interface. Users can select the shared folder from Google Drive and upload the required files to it. The specific steps for Google Drive to add files to the shared folder are as follows:

Step 1. Go to and log in to your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Select Shared with me in the task bar on the left, and click a folder you need to upload files to. Then the upper menu bar will show the label as shown in the figure.

Share With Me Label

Step 3. Click the Add shortcut to Drive icon, then click Go to Shared with me, and select the target folder, click the add icon to upload the file to the Google Drive shared folder.

Add Files To Shared With Me

Way 2. Drag Files into Google Drive

This method is also carried out on the Google Drive webpage, continue reading to learn how to add files to Google Drive shared folder by dragging.

Step 1. Log in to with your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Click Shared with me, navigate to the folder where you want to upload the file, and then open the local folder, and drag the file to the Google Drive shared folder.

Dragdrop File To Google Drive

Way 3. Use Backup & Sync

How to add file to shared Google Drive automatically? Using the desktop client program Google Backup and Sync can also easily upload files to shared folders.

Step 1. Install the Google Backup and Sync on your computer.

Step 2. On your computer, you will see a folder called Google Drive.

Step 3. Drag the file to the shared folder. They will be uploaded to a shared folder in Drive, and you can see them on

Google Drive Folder

Backup Google Drive Shared Folder in Advance

Whether you use Google Drive as a data storage or a collaboration tool, we do not recommend that you use it as an option to back up your data. Especially when the folder is shared with others, the data is likely to be lost due to the operation of others. To avoid this situation, you need to back up your Google Drive in advance. It is best to back up Google Drive to the cloud to avoid local threats.

We recommend that you use the reliable cloud backup tool - CBackupper web version to backup the Drive files to another cloud storage account (such as OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, etc.). Besides, it provides many useful and flexible backup functions, such as scheduled backup, which supports you to set a specific time for automatic backup tasks.

CBackupper Main Page

Let's take OneDrive as an example to show you how to backup Google Drive to OneDrive using CBackupper.

Step 1. Go to the main page of CBackupper, click Sign up to apply for an account, and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Add Clouds under the Clouds tab, select Google Drive and OneDrive and click OK. Then sign in your account and authorize CBackupper to access your files.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Select the Tasks tab at the top of the page, then click Create Task.

Create Task

Step 4. Name your backup task, click the Add Source button to add Google Drive, and click the Add Destination button to add OneDrive.

Add Source Destination

Step 5. Click Start Backup in the lower right corner to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive.

Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive

What if Google Drive storage space is insufficient?

If you usually use Google Drive for backups or sharing files, 15GB of storage space will quickly run out. Whether in terms of cost performance or software features, you can turn to cloud backup services that provide more professional backup methods and more reasonable backup space. CBackupper is a reliable backup service focusing on PC to cloud. It provides 1000 GB of space for only $6 per month and a 15-day free trial for each registrant:

1. Download and install it on your computer, and sign up with your CBackupper account.

  1. cBackupper Sign Up

2. After logging in, click on the Task tab and the New Task button subsequently.

Create Task

3. Click the Add Source button to select the PC files that you want to backup to AOMEI Cloud. After selecting, click the Start Backup button.

Add Source

Wrapping Things up

That’s all about how to upload files to shared Google Drive, you can try these methods to add files to Google Drive shared folder with ease. Meanwhile, don’t forget to backup Google Drive to another cloud storage with CBackupper in case of loss of data. If you have multiple cloud drive accounts, it also can help you merge all accounts into one for larger backup space and better management.