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Install "Google Drive for your Mac/PC"

Automatically sync Google Drive files on your computer with your Google Drive files on the web using "Google Drive for your Mac/PC." You can do things like:

  • Drag files in and out of folders
  • Edit, save, and remove files

Any changes you make locally in your Google Drive folder will sync to your "My Drive" on the web. That means if you share, move, edit, or move files to trash, your changes will also show in My Drive the next time your computer syncs.

Install the app

Mac

To download Google Drive on your desktop, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

Download Drive

  1. Hover over "Download Drive" and choose Mac and PC.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download.
  3. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  4. Move the Google Drive icon to your Applications folder.
  5. Open Google Drive. If you see a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  6. Type your Google Account username and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your Mac.
  7. Complete the installation instructions.
  8. At the top of your screen, open Google Drive for your Mac .
  9. Move or copy files and folders from your desktop into your Google Drive folder to begin syncing items. You’ll be able to find your files and folders in "My Drive" on drive.google.com.
Windows

To download Google Drive on your desktop, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

Download Drive

  1. Hover over "Download Drive" and choose Mac and PC.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download. Check the box next to "Optional" if you'd like to share your usage statistics and crash reports with Google.
  3. Open googledrivesync.exe to automatically start the installation process. If you see a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  4. Type your Google Account username and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your PC.
  5. Complete the installation instructions.
  6. Click Start and choose Google Drive.
  7. Move or copy files and folders from your desktop into your Google Drive folder to begin syncing items. You’ll be able to find your files and folders in "My Drive" on drive.google.com.

If you have trouble signing into Google Drive, make sure you have the following turned on in Internet Explorer:

Uninstall the app

You can remove Google Drive for your Mac/PC and turn syncing off from your computer by uninstalling the application.

Windows
  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon (usually in the bottom right task bar).
  2. At the top right, click the options icon .
  3. Click Preferences > Disconnect account.
  4. Open the Start menu.
  5. Select Control Panel Programs > Programs and Features Google Drive
  6. Click Uninstall.
Mac
  1. Quit the Google Drive application by opening the Google Drive menu and selecting Quit google drive desktop icon.
  2. Open the Applications folder.
  3. Drag Google Drive to the trash (on your Dock).
  4. You can purge your trash by right-clicking the trash and selecting Empty Trash.

Deleting the Google Drive folder from your computer

After you uninstall the application, you can delete the Google Drive folder from your computer without deleting anything in your Google Drive on the web. 

The Google Drive folder – including the files and folders it contains – will remain on your computer unless your delete it.

Evan is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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