How to Add Google Drive to Mac Finder (A Quick Guide)

Are you looking for storing your documents, photos, videos, etc on Google Drive and then accessing them easily from your Mac?

Well, it’s a piece of cake!

Once you have downloaded and installed the Google Drive application on your Mac, you can access it like you access any other folder.

It is that simple.

Just with a click you can access your Google Drive storage and view or make changes to it accordingly by adding Google Drive to Mac finder.

How to Add Google Drive to Mac

Google Drive is a great service that allows users to save their data online and then access it from any device with a username and a password.

It is also easy to sync your devices for easy access. And moreover, this service offers 15 GB of data completely free. Which is enough for many users.

But in case you need more space you always have the option to upgrade to a paid plan.

Sound’s great, right!

If you are still unsure about how this service works, don’t panic.

Go ahead and check out my guide on “What is Google Drive and how it works“. Reading this article will make it easy for you to have a basic understanding of Google Drive. And how you can check your Google Drive storage.

So don’t miss this piece of information!

Moving ahead let me brief you about the contents of this article.

In this article, I will be sharing a complete step by step guide on how to add Google Drive to Mac Finder. I will share all the details starting with how to download and install the application on your Mac.

But before that, it is also important to know about some of the basic features of Google drive.

So in this article, we will start with that!

How to Add Google Drive to Finder?

First, let’s start with some basics!

Google Drive is a service that offers cloud storage.

Now this service has two plans.

  • Personal. In this plan, you get 15 GB of cloud storage for free at first. But you always have an option to upgrade to paid Google One plans which offer additional storage from 100 GB up to 30 TB.
  • Business. The business plan is best-suited to fro Enterprises in which the company pays only for the space used by the users. So the billing is different depending upon use.

How to access Google Drive?

There are two simple ways to access Google Drive.

  • The first way is to through the web. Navigate to and enter the username and password for your Google account.
  • The second one is through the Google Drive application on your device. Based on which device you are using, download, and install the Goole Drive application. And then access your drive storage. Google Drive available to download for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

Features of Google Drive.

Google Drive is not just cloud storage but instead has many additional features that make it easy and useful.

  • You can save documents, files, photos, videos, presentations, etc on Google Drive.
  • The best part is that you can access your data no matter where you are and which device you are using. Until and unless you have the username and password of your account.
  • It is easy to collaborate with friends and colleagues on Google Drive by giving them access to your files.
  • Google Drive includes access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Forms, Google Drawing, etc. This makes collaborating easy.

Here in this article, we are specifically talking about adding Google Drive to Mac Finder.

So let’s get started with it!

1. Download “Backup & Sync” from the web

The very first step on adding Google Drive to Mac finder is to download Google Drive on your Mac.

It is important to download “Backup & Sync” from Google Drive.

This gives you access to Google Drive from your Mac.

  • Navigate to Google Drive from your web browser.
  • Next, you will find a “Download” option under “For Individuals – Backup & Sync“. Click on “Download“.
Download Google Drive for Mac
  • A small window will pop up requiring you to agree to the “Google Drive Terms of Service”. Click on “Agree and Download“.
Agree and Download Backup and sync for Mac
  • A file name with “InstallBackupAndSync.dmg” will appear in the downloads.

2. Install Backup and Sync on your Mac

  • Once your file has been downloaded go-ahead to the “Downloads” in “Finder” and double click on the file name “InstallBackupAndSync.dmg“.
Run program
  • After a few seconds, a new window will appear.
  • Simply drag and drop the “Backup And Sync From Google” file over the “Applications” folder on the window.
Drag and drop file
  • It will take a few seconds to copy the contents of the file automatically to the applications folder.
  • When completed close the window.

3. Launch “Backup and Sync from Google”

It is important to launch and set up Google Drive before having complete access to its features.

  • Go to “Finder” and then click on “Applications” from the left menu on the window.
  • Scroll down to find a file named “Backup and Sync from Google“.
  • Double click on it to run the program.
Install program
  • A small window will appear seeking permission to open the application. Click on “Open“.
allow permissions
  • “Welcome to Backup and Sync” window will open. Click on the “Get Started” option on the window.
get started with google drive

4. Set Up your Google Drive Account

  • There are three basic steps to set up Google Drive account.
  • First, enter your Email ID and Password of the existing Google account to log in.
Sign in to google account
  • If you do not have one create a new Google Account easily first.
  • Then, go ahead and click on “Got It” on the window asking for choosing folders for continuous backup.
  • Step two is to check the boxes next to the folders you want to synchronize and create a backup of. Adding to this you can also change the Quality of photos and videos uploads. You can either choose “High Quality” or “Original Quality” of photos and videos to be uploaded to drive.
  • After selecting the folders click on the “Next” option on the bottom-right corner of the window. These changes are not permanent. You can uncheck or add your choices anytime in the future.
Choose preferences Google Drive
  • The third step to sync files from My Drive to a folder on the computer. Therefore click on “Got It” to allow this action.
sync files from drive to a folder on the computer
  • The next part of the third step is to “Sync My Drive to this computer“. Now you have two options here. You can choose to “Sync everything in My Drive” as the name goes it will sync all the data on your drive. Or you can choose to “Sync only these folders” which means you can select specific folders to sync only.
  • Click on “Start” to complete this step.
sync everything in the drive

5. Access Google Drive on Mac

As soon as you have completed the process of installing and running the program on your Mac, the first thing you will notice is that the Google Drive icon is included in the Menu bar of your Mac.

Using this you get quick access to your Google Drive folder on your Mac as well as your Google Drive on the web.

This shortcut shows some of the most recent information related to your Google Drive account such as the files, pictures, videos or documents you added to your account.

And it also gives an update on the syncing of the items to your online account.

Now let us check out how it works.

  • Navigate to the Google Drive icon on the menu bar and click on it. A drop-down menu will appear immediately.
  • You will find the amount of storage used and how much is left here. And it also includes the number of recent uploads and sync status of the uploads.
  • On the top right side fo the drop-down menu you will find a menu displayed by three vertical dots. Go ahead and click on it.
  • Another additional menu will appear. Scroll down and click on the “Preferences” option.
  • This will open a new preferences window on the screen.
  • On the left side of the window, you will find three main items, My Mac, Google Drive, and Settings.
  • Clicking on each you can change your preferences related to each item.
  • This gives you complete control over your Google Drive account.

6. Access Google Drive from Finder

  • You can also easily access Google Drive from Finder.
  • Simply click on your Finder on desktop.
  • Now on the left side of the items, you will find Google Drive on the top.
  • Click on it and you can access Google Drive folder from there.

That is all of it!


I know there are small steps that seem a lot at first setting up the Google Drive account, but once it is set up, it is super simple to work with.

You can always add files, folders, photos, documents, videos, etc to the Google Drive folder. It can always be accessed by opening the Finder and then clicking on “Google Drive” from the sidebar.

It is important to note here that when you copy or move anything to your Google Drive folder on your Mac, it can be accessed from the web using the same username and password.

If you are looking at getting the most out of your Google Drive account, I would suggest you download and install Google Drive application on all your devices.

This will make it very easy for you to access all your data and edit, add, change, collaborate, etc, easily from anywhere.

As already discussed Google Drive applications are available for iOS and Android devices as well.

So try to make the most use out of it!


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