How to Install and Setup Google Drive on MacBook?

Here is the Complete Guide to Install Google Drive on Mac PC and also Setup the App to Backup, Sync and Access the Files across Mac and Drive.
How to Install and Setup Google Drive on MacBook

Google Drive is the most popular file storage and backup tool available on the web. The service offers 15GB of free storage. You can use Google Drive to backup and sync your MacBook PC as well. Google offers an application to stream, backup, and sync your Google Drive and Mac PC.

Earlier there were two applications viz; Backup and Sync and Google File Stream. The Backup ad Sync was used to Backup PC files to Google Drive and also sync to access the Drive files on Windows or Mac PC. On the other hand, File Stream was used to creating a local drive over the cloud and they only used the device space when the files were opened.

Google integrated both the applications to bring a single application with both features combined into one as Google Drive Desktop. Today in this post I will talk about the complete process to install, set up, and use Google Drive for Desktop on macOS.

Google Drive for Desktop: How to Install?

Here is the Simple Guide to Install Google Drive for Desktop on Old MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Latest Mac using Apple M1 Chip.

  1. Download Google Drive for Desktop from Offical Site.
    Download Drive for DesktopDownload_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.
    Enter_Password
  8. The files will compile and write themselves to install on Mac PC.
    Writing_Files
  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 all apps (F4 Button) 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.
    Confirm_the_Download
  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

Google Drive for Desktop: How to Backup Mac to Drive?

Here is the Detailed Guide to Backup Macbook to Google Drive.

[Guide] How to Auto Backup MacBook to Google Drive?

  1. Click on the Gear iconGear_ICon_Google_drive.
    Click on Gear Icon
  2. Now click on the Preferences option.
    Open Preferences
  3. A new window will open.
  4. Here click on the option My MacBook/My PC.
    Select My MacBook PC
  5. 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.

    CLick on Add Folder

  6. Select a Folder to Backup to Google Drive and click Open.
    Select a Folder to Backup to Google Drive and click Open
  7. Now select Sync with Google Drive option and hit Done.
    Select Sync with Google Drive and Hit Done
  8. The folder will be backed to Drive.
  9. Make sure that Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App.
    Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App
  10. Similarly, you can add other Folders to backup to Drive as well.
All your files and folders, including photos and videos inside that folder, will be uploaded to Drive. If you edit, add or remove files in the folder, those changes will be automatically synced with Google Drive. That is, if you modify the folder contents then the changes made to the folder will be automatically updated on Drive.

Google Drive for Desktop: How to Sync Google Drive with Mac?

[Guide] How to Sync Google Drive with MacBook?

  1. Once done, click on the Drive icon on the top menu bar.
    Top Menu Bar Drive Icon
  2. Click on the Gear iconGear_ICon_Google_drive.
    Click on Gear Icon
  3. Now click on the Preferences option.
    Open Preferences
  4. A new window will open.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Select the option according to your preference.
  8. Open Finder on your Mac, and you will see Google Drive Folder.
    Google Drive in Mac Finder
  9. Make sure that Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App.
    Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App
  10. That’s it you can access all your My Drive files/folders on your MacBook PC.

Conclusion

With this detailed guide above. You can Install Google Drive on your MacBook PC and backup, sync and file stream the file across Drive and your macOS.

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