How to Download Files to Google Drive on Mac and Windows


Mac and Windows are the most popular operating systems for any user. Although there is a never ending war between Mac and Windows according to some people, they love both because both of the operating systems are useful in their track. Besides that, let’s assume that you are an avid Google Drive user and want to backup everything to Google Drive. There are different ways to backup different things to Google Drive on Mac and Windows. However, if you want to download files to Google Drive on Mac or Windows, here is a simple guide.

Let’s presume that you have a laptop that comes with only 128GB of SSD. Obviously, you always need to delete unnecessary files from your computer to make more space and store necessary data. In case you need to download a lot of heavy weight files to your computer and you do not want to use an external hard disk to store them, you can use Google Drive for sure. But two things you should remember e.g. those downloaded files need to be uploaded to Google Drive correctly. Otherwise, it may damage your file. Secondly, you must have Google Drive app on your Mac or Windows computer. Otherwise, you cannot select the location where you need to save your downloaded files. If you can cope with those two conditions, you can head to the following steps to get it done.

How to Download Files to Google Drive on Mac and Windows

What mentioned in the following paragraphs is two different methods for two different browsers, i.e. Google Chrome and Apple Safari. You can use any of these tutorials based on your preference. For example, if you use Google Chrome more often than Safari, you can head over to Google Chrome tutorials and vice versa.


Apple Safari

At first, open Apple Safari browser on your Mac computer. Following that, click on the Safari button and select Preferences. Alternatively, you can press Command + comma sign (,). On the General tab, you can find an option called File download location. Click on the drop-down menu and select Other.

How to Download Files to Google Drive on Mac and Windows

Now, you need to select Google Drive as your download location. That’s it! From now on, all the downloads will be saved in Google Drive.

Google Chrome

If you do not use Apple Safari on your Mac or use Windows computer, you can follow these steps that are compatible with Chrome. The steps are same for Mac and Windows, but the following screenshot belongs to Mac’s version of Google Chrome.

At first, open Google Chrome and respective Settings page. Now, click on the Advanced button to expand the advanced settings. Among all the settings, you can find Downloads option. Under that, click on the Change button.

How to Download Files to Google Drive on Mac and Windows

Therefore, you need to select a location where you want to save your newly downloaded files.

That’s all! Hope these simple steps would be helpful for you.

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