Adding Google Drive to your File Explorer can save you the hassle of opening the Drive as a separate app (either on the web or on the desktop) and make it look like a Drive on your local storage. There are two steps to add Google Drive to your File Explorer on Windows:
- Installing Drive for desktop
- Signing in with your Google Account
1. Install Google Drive for desktop
- Download Google Drive for desktop.
- To install, run the file and select Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
- In the Drive’s installation wizard, mark the checkboxes to add desktop shortcuts.
- Click Install.
2. Sign in with your Google Account
Once the installation is complete, you will see a Sign in to Google Drive window.
- Click Sign in with the browser.
- Choose the account you want to sign in to Google Drive with.
- You might get a warning that says, “Make sure that you downloaded this app from Google,” to ensure that you’re not giving your account away to a hacker.
- After signing in, you’ll be redirected to the Success page.
You’ll also get a notification that says Google Drive is loading your files. You can find your Google Drive in File Explorer.
Add Google Drive to Quick Access
You can also add Google Drive to Quick access. This is a File Explorer folder containing all the recently opened files.
To add Google Drive to Quick Access, right-click on the Google Drive folder and select Pin to Quick access.