How to add Google Drive to the desktop on your Mac computer, and automatically sync folders in both places

It’s possible to add Google Drive to the desktop of your Mac so that you have synced Drive files on your computer. Oli Scarff / Getty Images

File-sharing programs make it easier than ever to share data – from simple documents to larger video files.

Google Drive is one of the best file-sharing tools out there, and you can even add all of your Drive files on to your Mac computer’s desktop. With Backup and Sync, you can select certain Google Drive folders to keep housed on your desktop, as well.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to add Google Drive to the desktop on your Mac computer

1. Download and install the Google Drive app to your Mac if you haven’t already.

2. Once you’ve installed and added it to your applications, a Google Drive folder should appear in your Finder.

Locate the Google Drive folder in Finder on your Mac. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

3. You can now sync your documents and files to your Google Drive directly from your desktop. In your Google Drive, your computer should show up in the left sidebar menu, under Computers.

Find your Mac computer in your Google Drive. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

How to sync files between Google Drive and your Mac desktop

1. Open the Backup and Sync cloud icon in the top toolbar of your Mac. This should have also downloaded with the Google Drive app.

2. Click on the three vertical dots to the right of the drop-down, then scroll to Preferences. This is where you can customise everything that will sync between your Mac and Google Drive.

3. Click on choose folder.

4. Find the folder on your computer and click on it.

5. A popup will ask if you want to upload to Google Drive on the web. Click on “Continue.”

Click the blue Continue button in the pop-up. Ryan Ariano/Business Insider

6. That folder will now be set up to sync with your Google Drive.

7. Double-check that it worked by opening your Google Drive in a browser, and click on “My Computers” in the sidebar.

8. Click on your computer, then click on the folder that you selected in Backup and Sync.

9. Ensure that any files you put in the folder have also shown up in Google Drive. If so, you essentially now have a Google Drive folder on your Mac desktop.

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