How to Add Google Drive to File Explorer
If you’re a Windows PC person, you’re familiar with File Explorer. Windows 10 brought an improved Explorer, allowing you to access One Drive easily. But what if your primary cloud-based storage is Google Drive?
Can you create direct access to your Google Drive using the File Explorer? The answer is yes, you can. But it will require tinkering. We’re going to explain the process in this article.
Adding Google Drive to the File Explorer
If all of your precious files are in Google Drive, it’s perfectly reasonable to want to have fast and convenient access to them.
Your Windows File Explorer is a fantastic tool, but you have to access your Google Drive via browser by default. The solution is to download the Google Drive desktop tool for Windows. Here’s everything that you need to do:
- Download the Google Drive Windows desktop tool. You can pick between Individual, Team, and Enterprise options.
- Install it and then sign in with your Google Account.
The installation process only takes a few minutes, and once you sign in, you’ll be able to see the Google Drive folder in your File Explorer. Your Google Drive for Windows will show up as (G:) in the navigation panel in the File Explorer.
It will function as a local drive on your computer. When you add or delete anything from it, it automatically syncs with your Google Drive.
File Explorer Quick Access
When you click on the File Explorer icon, on the top of the navigation pane, you’ll see a little blue star and “Quick Access.”
Most savvy Windows users already know that the list of all of your favorite and frequently used folders is there. You can add Google Drive there immediately if you want to.
All you need to do is right-click on the Google Drive folder and select “Pin to Quick Access.” That way, you’ll have your Google Drive at your fingertips at all times.
Will It Work Offline Too?
You might wonder if this is going to work if you lose the internet connection and need to access your Google Drive Files. The answer is no, and you can’t.
Even though this is a desktop utility, it works the same way Dropbox or One Drive does in your Windows File Explorer. If you want to have specific files from your Google Drive always within your reach, you can download them.
And you can always delete them from the local desktop drive and download them again since they’re safe in the cloud.
All you need to do is right-click the File you want to download and select “Available offline.” In rare instances, when this option is greyed out, you can access the File via Chrome and go to File>Make available online.
You will also have access to Google Drive from your Windows Start Menu if that’s more convenient. And you can even pin Google Drive to the Windows taskbar for more convenient access.
What Makes Google Drive Great
Major cloud storage services are competing for your attention all the time. And in most cases, let’s face it, people don’t use just one due to storage limitation and different features.
But if you have a Google Account, you also have Google Drive. So, what can you do with it?
Android users receive the Google Drive app preinstalled on their device because they need a Google Account to navigate the phone. And iOS users can also download it and make the most of it.
The app is very responsive and lightweight. Since it’s connected to your Gmail account, it can help your productivity if you send emails via your phone all the time.
Another reason to have Google Drive on your computer and phone is that it offers a lot of storage. Initially, everyone with a Google account receives 15GB for free.
Keeping Your Google Drive Files Close
If you work on your Windows computer every day, you likely use File Explorer a lot. Depending on how you organize your files and folders, it can help you stay super-efficient.
So, having access to Google Drive through File Explorer is more than beneficial. And all you have to do is install the Drive desktop app for Windows, and that takes a few minutes.
Do you use Google Drive often? And would you like to have it in the File Explorer? Let us know in the comments section below.