The momentum behind the launch of Google has come to a head as the company finally released its Cloud Storage Service. Google Drive serves as a Cloud-based storage solution for those using many of Google’s services. Google Drive for PC lets you utilize the cloud storage through your computer and not only sync files but store them online.

Our guide will get you started with Google Drive for PC and show you how to use it the first time. Keep in mind that Google Drive and its PC software are still in the beginning stages so while it may seem simple now, Google Drive will get even better in the future.

Getting Started with Google Drive for PC

Once you have received your invite to Google Drive, you can also take advantage of the PC sync it offers.

Upon logging into the service the first time, you will be prompted to download and install the software for the PC.

Install Google Drive for PC

Click the “Install Google Drive for PC” link.

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A pop-up will appear asking you to go over the Terms of Service. You want to read through the Google Apps Terms of Service and Google Terms of Service before continuing.

You can also opt in to sending usage statistics and more to help make Google Drive for PC even better. Click “Accept and Install” when you are ready to go through the installation process.

Google will then thank you for trying Google Drive out.

Thanks for trying Google Drive!

From there, once the installation file is finished downloading, you can begin installing it. Simply follow the common steps to install Drive for PC and then you can get started with using it.

How to use Google Drive for PC

When you first open the app, you will be prompted to login.

Sign in

Simply enter your username and password to get started. From there, you can also opt to stay signed in so that Google Drive for PC can sync and work on your behalf instantly.

Click “Sign in” to continue.

Google will welcome you to Drive, click “Next” to move forward.

(6) welcome

From here, you can access the advanced settings for Google Drive for PC. Click “Advanced setup.”

Google Drive on the web.

This will allow you to set where your default Google Drive folder will be on your computer as well as opt into which folders on your computer can be automatically synced. You can also choose whether Google Drive for PC will launch when you start your system or not.

Advanced setup

When you are ready, click “Start Sync” to set up the sync between your PC and Google Drive.

Google Drive default folder

When you are finished with the settings, your Google Drive folder will pop open for you to begin working with.

Google Drive desktop shortcut

You will also be given a shortcut on your desktop to the folder for easy access as well as a tray icon for Google Drive for PC.

In order to easily start using Google Drive for PC, simply drag and drop files or folders into the Google Drive folder.

Google Drive default folder

Once there, they will begin syncing as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Synced files online

If you log into Google Drive through your Internet browser, you will now have access to the file you dragged and dropped.

New file online

Now, through your browser, if you create a new document, once saved it will also sync with your desktop through Google Drive for PC.

New file on desktop

Anytime you want to sync files from your desktop, all you need to do is drag and drop them into the Google Drive folder. If you set up automatic syncing of folders, this process will happen without you having to do a thing. You can change what folders are synced automatically at any time by right clicking the Google Drive for PC tray icon and going into its settings.

Google Drive is just getting started, and if you have not seen what it can do online, you can take advantage of what it can also do on your PC.

Pros of Google Drive for PC:

  • Very easy to use
  • Simple interface to get started syncing between Google Drive and the PC

Cons of Google Drive for PC:

  • Not many features
  • May be too simple for those looking for more from the Cloud

Is Google Drive for PC an effective way to manage online storage?

Whenever using Cloud-based services, being able to manage them on the go, at home, at work and elsewhere is key to getting the most out of them. Google Drive is no different. Google Drive for PC, coupled with its online version along with mobile apps can help bring together your life no matter where you go. We spend so much time on our computers, whether for business or pleasure, and being able to take our lives on the go is becoming even more important. Google Drive wants to take what you do through various Google services and make it possible no matter where you choose to work on your documents, videos, presentations and more.

Give Google Drive for PC a try today and let us know what you think of it. What would you like to see Google add to it? Is it working easily for you? Are you finding much use to Google Drive for PC? Let us know in the comments below!

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