Automatically sync downloaded files to Drive

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When you download a file on your computer, you might want it on your phone and tablet, too. Instead of downloading it to each device, set up your downloaded computer files to synchronize to Google Drive. Your files stay on your hard drive. They're also in Drive, so you can access them on any device anytime.

Sync all downloaded files to Drive on Windows

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  1. If you haven't already, install Drive File Stream.
  2. On your computer, go to your Downloads folder (usually in C:Users your user name).
  3. Click Drive File Stream Drive File Stream.
  4. Click Open Google Drive Folder.
  5. Drag the Downloads folder into a Google Drive folder.
  6. Open Chrome.
  7. In the top-right corner, click MoreMoreand thenSettings.
  8. Click Advanced and go to Downloads.
  9. Click Change and in the pop-up, navigate to the Downloads folder that you dragged to your Google Drive folder and click Select. This selection is now your default download location.

Sync all downloaded files to Drive on Mac

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  1. On your computer, open Finder and navigate to Macintosh HDand thenUsers and thenyour user name.
  2. Drag the Downloads folder into a Google Drive folder.
  3. Open Chrome and click MoreMoreand then Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings  and go to Downloads.
  5. Click Change and in the pop-up, navigate to the Downloads folder you dragged to your Google Drive folder and click Select. This selection is now your default download location.

    Note: If Drive File Stream is not running, files are saved to a different location.

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