By Kelsey / Last Updated November 9, 2020

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Can I use Google Drive for backup?

Google Drive is a cloud-based service that allows you to create, edit, store, and share documents with others. Many users use it as a file backup system because of its remote location. You can use one of Google Drive’s many ways as a backup tool, but you can’t back up the entire hard drive in the traditional way. For security reasons, the best solution to use Google Drive as a backup is to backup important files to Google Drive.

Google Drive Logo

Necessity of using Google Drive as a backup solution

Data protection: Using Google Drive to back up files means that the data is in the cloud and can be synced with the user's local system version. In this way, no matter what catastrophic situation your device is in, important data can be protected on the remote server.

High practicability: With Google Drive, users can access files from anywhere and on any device. And the service is seamlessly integrated with Google, which means that you can not only create and edit documents but are also equipped with intuitive tools that allow real-time collaboration.

Easy to expand storage: One of the disadvantages of using a physical hard drive to back up data is that it only has a fixed storage quota. As the data increases, you may also need to purchase another storage device. However, using the cloud for backup can subscribe to different expansion plans based on the amount of data.

How to use Google Drive backup?

Google Drive is widely used, and it is suitable for almost all devices. In this chapter, we will introduce you to how to use Google Drive as a backup solution on your computer and mobile device.

#1. Use Google Drive to backup computer

If you have important files on your computer, you can back them up to Google Drive automatically or manually using the following methods.

Way 1. With Google Drive website

Google Drive provides a web terminal, you can manually upload important data to Google Cloud through this interface.

Step 1. Go to the Google Drive website through the browser on your computer and log in with your Google account.

Google Drive login

Step 2. If you want to back up files to an existing folder, open the folder or create a new folder. Then click Upload files... or Upload folder... under the My Drive tab.

Upload files to Google Drive

Step 3. Then select the destination folder to save the data.

Save To

Way 2. With Google Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync is a desktop application of Google Drive. It can be easier and faster to protect the most important files and photos to Google Drive.

Step 1. Go to the download website to download and install Google Backup and Sync to the desktop.

Step 2. Launch the program, and then enter the information in the Sign in window to log in to your Google account.

Google Backup and Sync sign In

Step 3. In the My Computer window, you can select the folder to be backed up. If the backup file contains photos and videos, you can also choose the upload quality.

Select Folder

Step 4. In the Google Drive window, you can choose whether to Sync My Drive to this computer. If checked, the files on Google Drive will also be synced to your computer. Finally, click START.

Sync My Drive

#2. Use Google Drive to backup mobile device

If you want to protect important data in your mobile device, you can also use Google Drive to backup iPhone and Android phones. Google Drive provides a mobile client, and you need to perform the following steps.

Way 1. With the Google Drive app

Step 1. Download the Google Drive app on your mobile device, launch it, and log in to your Google account.

Android Google Drive

Step 2. Click the Folder icon in the lower right corner of the main interface, and then select the folder to store the backup data.

Android Open Folder

Step 3. Click Create New (plus icon) > Upload, select the file or folder to be backed up, and then click Done to confirm your operation.

Android New Upload

Way 2. With Gallery

If you need to back up photos or videos to Google Drive, you can use this method on your Android device.

Step 1. Open the Photo Gallery on the device, select photos or albums, and then click the Send or Menu button on the interface. If you are a Samsung user, you can click SHARE.

Samsung Share Option

Step 2. Click Save to Drive in the pop-up window to upload the picture or video to Google Drive.

Share to Drive

Step 3. The backup progress will be displayed on the interface, you just need to wait for all photos and videos to upload.

Samsung Gallery to Google Drive

Bonus tip: What to do if Google Drive space is insufficient?

Google Drive only provides 15GB of free storage space for each account. If you need to back up important data of multiple devices or use your account to share with others, the space in your account will soon be exhausted. Do you need to protect more data without paying for an advanced plan? Fortunately, today we will introduce CBackupper, which can help you in two ways.

Expand Google Drive backup space for free

Step 1. Enter the homepage of CBackupper, create an account, and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Clouds > Add Clouds, authorize your Google Drive, and click OK.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Change the display name of your Google Drive account, and allocate space for backup, then check the Note and click OK.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Now you have completed the entire process of adding a cloud drive. You can repeat the above steps to add our clouds, even different accounts.

Note: If you want to move a file in Google Drive to another account or other cloud drive, you can go to the Tasks tab, add the backup source and destination, click Start Backup at last.

Switch to pro backup service to protect data

Moreover, the CBackupper desktop application is a professional cloud backup tool, which can be used as a great offsite backup solution. Compared with Google Drive, it has a more professional backup method and a more reasonable backup space plan. It focuses on realizing a large storage space (1000GB) local cloud backup at a lower price (US$6/month, US$60/year). The CBackupper client provides a 15-day free trial for each account. Let’s start a professional backup experience now.

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Conclusion

That’s all about how to use Google Drive as a backup solution, you can use Google Drive to backup your computer and mobile phone according to the method provided in this article. Also, if you are worried about insufficient Google Drive storage space, you can use CBackupper, which not only helps you combine the space of multiple cloud drive accounts, but also provides more professional backup services.