Install Google Drive on your Mac/PC

You can keep your Google Drive files on your desktop by downloading Google Drive on your Mac or PC. As an added bonus, you can sync your files between your desktop and the web. This means any changes you make to a file on your Mac or PC will automatically show up on the same file at drive.google.com.

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

Windows
  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Open the settings menu .
  3. Click Download Drive.
    • Don't see Download Drive? You may be using the old Google Drive and should use the alternate instructions below.
  4. On the download page, choose PC from the list that appears under "Download Drive".
  5. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download. You may also check the box next to "Optional" if you'd like to share your usage statistics and crash reports with Google.
  6. 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.
  7. Type your Google Account user name and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your PC.
  8. Complete the installation instructions.
  9. Click Start and choose Google Drive.
  10. 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" in the left hand navigation on drive.google.com.
Alternate instructions for the old version of Drive
  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Connect Drive to your desktop in the left hand navigation.
  3. Click Download Google Drive for your PC.
  4. 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.
  5. Type your Google Account user name and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your PC.
  6. Complete the installation instructions.
  7. Click Start and choose Google Drive.
  8. 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" in the left hand navigation on drive.google.com.

If you’re having trouble signing into Google Drive on your PC, make sure you have the following enabled in Internet Explorer:

Mac

Download Google Drive using the New Google Drive

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Open the settings menu .
  3. Click Download Drive.
    • Don't see Download Drive? You may be using the old Google Drive and should use the alternate instructions below.
  4. On the download page, choose Mac from the list that appears under "Download Drive".
  5. Read the Terms of Service and click Agree and download.
  6. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  7. Move the Google Drive icon to your Applications folder.
  8. Open Google Drive. If you see a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  9. Type your Google Account user name and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your Mac.
  10. Complete the installation instructions.
  11. Open Google Drive for your Mac from the the top right of your screen.
  12. 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" in the left hand navigation on drive.google.com.
Alternate instructions for the old version of Drive
  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Install Drive for your computer in the left hand navigation.
  3. Click the Install Drive for Mac button.
  4. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  5. Move the Google Drive icon to your Applications folder.
  6. Open Google Drive. If you see a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  7. Type your Google Account user name and password to sign in to Google Drive. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your Mac.
  8. Complete the installation instructions.
  9. Open Google Drive for your Mac from the the top right of your screen.
  10. 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" in the left hand navigation on drive.google.com.

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