How to Add Google Drive to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Adding Google Drive to your Mac is a great way to ensure that your files are easily accessible and backed up in the cloud. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding Google Drive to your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Download and Install Google Drive

To get started, you need to download and install the Google Drive application on your Mac. Visit the official Google Drive website and click on the “Download” button. Once the download is complete, open the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Google Drive on your Mac.

Step 2: Sign in to Google Account

After installing Google Drive, launch the application. You will be prompted to sign in with your Google account.

If you don’t have a Google account, you can create one by clicking on the “Create account” link. Enter your email address and password to sign in.


If you have multiple Google accounts, make sure to sign in with the account you want to use for Google Drive.

Step 3: Syncing Files

Once signed in, you will see a setup wizard that allows you to customize how Google Drive syncs files between your Mac and the cloud. You can choose which folders or directories you want to sync with Google Drive by clicking on the “Choose Folder” button. Alternatively, you can let Google Drive automatically sync all files on your Mac by selecting “Sync everything in My Drive”.


If you have a large number of files or folders selected for syncing, it may take some time for them to be uploaded to Google Drive initially.

Step 4: Accessing Google Drive Files

Once the initial sync is complete, you can access your Google Drive files directly from your Mac’s Finder. Simply navigate to the “Google Drive” folder in your Finder’s sidebar or under the “Favorites” section. You can also access Google Drive files using the web interface by visiting


Any changes you make to files in the Google Drive folder on your Mac will automatically sync with your online Google Drive account and other devices connected to it.

Step 5: Managing Google Drive Settings

To manage your Google Drive settings on your Mac, click on the Google Drive icon in the menu bar at the top right corner of your screen. From here, you can access settings such as preferences, notifications, and account information.


You can also adjust how often Google Drive syncs files and whether it starts automatically when you log in to your Mac through the preferences menu.


Adding Google Drive to your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to easily access and manage your files from anywhere. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your important documents, photos, and other files are backed up securely in the cloud.

Remember to regularly check for updates to ensure that you have the latest version of Google Drive installed on your Mac for optimal performance and security.

  • Step 1: Download and Install Google Drive
  • Step 2: Sign in to Google Account
  • Step 3: Syncing Files
  • Step 4: Accessing Google Drive Files
  • Step 5: Managing Google Drive Settings

Now that you have added Google Drive to your Mac, you can enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that comes with having your files securely stored in the cloud.

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