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How to Use Google Drive on Mac Finder?

Wish to Access Google Drive Files on Mac Finder to Manage and Use Drive Folders. Here are Simple Steps to Add Google Drive to Finder Using Drive for Desktop.
How to Add Google Drive to Finder

Having the Cloud storage option on Mac File Finder can assist to sync and upload the files to Google Drive with a quick drag & drop option or copy and paste the files to and from Drive. So, if you are looking to use Google Drive storage as a virtual drive on your MacBook Computer? You can! All you need to do is to install Google Drive for Desktop app on your Mac PC, configure the settings and you can access the Google Drive files and folder from your MacBook Finder.

Steps to Add Google Drive to Finder

Here are the Steps to Add Google Drive as a Folder to Finder on MacBook Computer.

  1. Download Google Drive for Desktop from Offical Site.
    Download Drive for Desktop
  2. Once downloaded click on the file to install it.
  3. The downloaded file will be verified by the system. You can skip the verification but I do not recommend you to do so.
    Verifying the File
  4. Once the verification is over a new window will pop up with a pkg file, double-click on it.
    Google Drive PKG File
  5. A new installation window will pop, here click on the Continue button.
    A new installation window will pop, here click continue
  6. The next page will appear, if you wish you can change the location or click on the Install button. The file will be installed inside Macintosh HD or an equivalent storage location.
    Change Location or Click Install
  7. You may be asked to enter the Mac Password to confirm the installation.
  8. The files will compile and write themselves to install on Mac PC.
  9. Within a few seconds, the application will be installed on your macOS.
    Install Google Drive on mac
  10. A Google Drive icon will show up on the top menu bar on MacBook.
    Google Drive Icon on Mac Menu Bar
  11. If it doesn’t show up, look for the app on Launch pad and open Google Drive. The icon will show up on the menu bar.
    Press F4 to Open Installed Apps
  12. Now click on the Google Drive icon on the menu bar and click on sign in.
    Sign in to Google Drive
  13. A Google account login page will open in a browser. Log in with your G-Account to confirm the access.
    Select Account
  14. Confirm the login by clicking on Sign in.
  15. Once the login is a success you will see a confirmation message on the browser.
    Success Login Google Drive for Desktop
  16. You can confirm the login is a success by clicking on the drive icon on the menu bar.
    Login Success
  17. Click on the Gear iconGear_ICon_Google_drive and open Preferences.
    Click on Gear Icon
  18. Here click on the options Google Drive.
    Steps to Back Up Mac to Google Drive Using Drive for Desktop Download Google Drive for Desktop on your macOS. Install the Application. Once installed open the App. Now Sign-in with your G-Account. You may need to confirm the account using a web login that will be prompted. Once done, click on the Drive icon on the top menu bar. Click on the Gear icon. Now click on the Preferences option. A new window will open. Here click on the option My MacBook/My PC. Click on Add Folder option. It is important to note that only folder/s can be backed up to Google Drive, individual files cannot be uploaded to drive. So add all the files or folders inside a parent folder to back up it to Drive.
  19. Here you will be prompted with two options to choose from Stream Files and Mirror Files.

    Stream Files
    PROS-1 Store all My Drive files in the cloud only.
    PROS-1Choose specific files and folders to make available offline.
    PROS-1Access files from a virtual drive on your computer.

    Mirror Files
    PROS-1Store all My Drive files in the cloud and on your computer.
    PROS-1Access files from a folder on your computer
    PROS-1All files are automatically available offline
  20. Select the option according to your preference.
  21. Open Finder on your Mac, and you will see Google Drive Folder.
    Google Drive in Mac Finder
  22. Make sure that Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App.
    Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App

That’s it with this simple guide you can access the Google Drive on Finder.

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