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Install Google Drive on your Mac or 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 and install Google Drive on your Mac, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

Download Drive

  1. Click Download for Mac.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download.
  3. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  4. Move Google Drive to your Applications folder.
  5. Open Google Drive.
    1. 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 into Google Drive.
  7. To finish the installation process, click Next.

Move your files to Google Drive

  1. Open Google Drive for Mac Google Drive.
  2. To start syncing, move or copy your files from your computer into the Google Drive folder.

After Google Drive is done syncing, you can find your files in "My Drive" on drive.google.com.

Windows

To install Google Drive on your PC, click Download Drive and follow the steps below.

Download Drive

  1. Click Download for PC.
  2. Read the Terms of Service and click Accept and install.
  3. Open googledrivesync.exe.
  4. If you see a window asking if you want to allow the program to make changes on your computer, click Yes.
  5. If you’re asked to restart your computer, do it now.
  6. Start Google Drive.
  7. Type your Google Account username and password to sign into Google Drive.
  8. To finish the installation process, click Next.

Move your files to Google Drive

To start syncing, move or copy your files from your computer into the Google Drive folder.

After Google Drive is done syncing, you can find your files in "My Drive" on https://drive.google.com.

Problems with signing in to Google Drive

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.

Mac
  1. In the menu bar, click Google Drive Google Drive and then More More and then Quit Google Drive.
  2. Open the Applications folder.
  3. Drag Google Drive to the trash on your dock.
  4. To empty the trash, right-click the trash and click Empty Trash.
Windows
  1. In the bottom right, click Google Drive Google Drive.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click Preferences and then Account and then Disconnect account.
  4. In the window, click Disconnect.
  5. Open the Start Menu.
  6. Click Control Panel and then Programs and then Programs and Features and then Google Drive.
  7. Click Uninstall.

Delete the Google Drive folder

All files and folders in the Google Drive folders on your computer will remain unless you delete them.

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

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

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