How to Add Google Drive to Mac Finder

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Adding Google Drive to Mac Finder can be a convenient way to access and manage your files in the cloud. With just a few simple steps, you can integrate Google Drive seamlessly into your Finder window, making it easier than ever to organize and locate your files.

Step 1: Sign in to your Google Account
Before you can add Google Drive to your Mac Finder, make sure you have a Google Account. If you don’t already have one, visit to create an account.

Once you have a Google Account, open a web browser and go to Sign in with your Google Account credentials.

Step 2: Download and Install Backup and Sync
To integrate Google Drive with your Mac Finder, you’ll need to download and install the “Backup and Sync” application provided by Google. This application allows you to sync files between your computer and Google Drive.

In your web browser, navigate to Click on the “Download” button to download the Backup and Sync application.

Once the download is complete, locate the downloaded file (usually in the “Downloads” folder) and double-click on it to start the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 3: Configure Backup and Sync
After installing Backup and Sync, it’s time to configure it so that it syncs with your Google Drive account.

Open Backup and Sync from your Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight (Cmd + Space). You will be prompted to sign in with your Google Account. Enter your credentials and click “Next.”

In the next screen, you’ll be asked to choose which folders on your Mac you want to sync with Google Drive. You can select specific folders or choose to sync your entire home folder. Make your selection and click “Next.”

On the following screen, you can choose whether to sync all of your Google Drive files to your Mac or only selected folders. Select the option that suits your needs and click “Next.”

Finally, you’ll have the option to choose whether to automatically sync photos and videos from your connected devices. Make your selection and click “Start” to begin the initial synchronization process.

Step 4: Accessing Google Drive in Finder
Once Backup and Sync has finished syncing with Google Drive, you can access it directly from your Mac Finder.

Open a new Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock or using the Cmd + N shortcut. In the left sidebar, you should now see a section labeled “Google Drive.” Click on it to expand the list of synced folders.

You can now browse and manage your Google Drive files just like any other files on your Mac. You can create new folders, move files around, rename them, and even drag and drop files between Google Drive and local folders.

Step 5: Syncing Changes
Any changes you make to files in the Google Drive folder within Finder will be automatically synced with your online Google Drive account. Similarly, any changes made in the web interface of Google Drive will be reflected in the synced folder on your Mac.

It’s important to note that syncing takes place in real-time or at regular intervals depending on your settings. This ensures that both versions of a file are always up-to-date.

If you encounter any issues during the installation or syncing process, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

1. Restart Backup and Sync: Sometimes restarting the application can resolve temporary issues.

To do this, click on the Backup and Sync icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on the three vertical dots, and select “Quit Backup and Sync.” Then open it again from your Applications folder.

2. Check your internet connection: Ensure that you have a stable internet connection as syncing requires an active connection to Google’s servers.

3. Update Backup and Sync: Make sure you have the latest version of Backup and Sync installed.

To check for updates, click on the Backup and Sync icon in the menu bar, click on the three vertical dots, and select “Preferences.” Go to the “Settings” tab and click on “Check for Updates.”

4. Contact Google Support: If all else fails, reach out to Google Support for further assistance. They can provide specific troubleshooting steps based on your issue.

    In conclusion,

integrating Google Drive with Mac Finder can greatly enhance your productivity by providing easy access to your files from both your computer and the cloud. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to seamlessly sync and manage your files across devices.

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