How to Add Google Drive to File Explorer

How to Add Google Drive to File Explorer

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

Install Google Drive for Desktop
Run the Google Drive file and complete the installation.
  1. Download Google Drive for desktop.
  2. To install, run the file and select Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
  3. In the Drive’s installation wizard, mark the checkboxes to add desktop shortcuts.
  4. Click Install.

2. Sign in with your Google Account

Sign in with your Google Account
Open the Google Drive application and sign in to the Google account on the browser.

Once the installation is complete, you will see a Sign in to Google Drive window.

  1. Click Sign in with the browser.
  2. Choose the account you want to sign in to Google Drive with.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Add Google Drive Folder to Quick Access.
Add the Google Drive folder 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.

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