How to Download Files from Google Drive

After reading my in-depth guide on Google Drive, you have decided to rely on Google's cloud service to secure a backup copy of your files. Now you have the need to transfer your files to another device but, having little experience in this regard, you just have no idea of ​​the steps to take and you find yourself in very slight difficulty.

How do you say? Have I definitely hit the point? Then know that it happens in the right place, at a time that could not be better! In the course of this guide, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to download files from Google Drive through the best known operating systems for computers, smartphones and tablets: Windows, macOS, AndroidiOS. Do not worry if you are not very knowledgeable with technology, you have no reason: the steps illustrated below are anything but complex and can be put into practice by everyone, even by those who, like you, do not have much experience with themes like that.

So, armed with patience and a few minutes of free time, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I guarantee that, in a few minutes, you will have acquired all the necessary skills to complete the task you set out. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and ... good download!

How to Download Files from Google Drive to PC

For download files from Google Drive to PC, you can act in at least two different ways: using the Windows program Google backup and sync, or acting from Web version of the cloud service. In both cases, the steps to take are extremely simple: I'll explain everything in detail below.

Before continuing, however, I must point out an important aspect of this approach: all changes made in the Google Drive folder saved on the PC will be automatically reflected in the cloud. This means that files deleted from the Google Drive folder on your computer, or moved to another directory, will also be removed from the cloud space (and moved to the trash), new files copied to the appropriate folder on your computer will be automatically uploaded to the cloud, and etc.

Google Backup and Sync

Google Backup and Sync is the official program published by "Big G" and aimed at the integration of the files present in Google Drive directly into the Windows File Explorer. Getting it is really simple: connected to the client download page, click on the button Download located in the frame Backup and synchronization and press the button Accept and download to start downloading the program immediately.

Once you have obtained the file (eg. installbackupandsync.exe), launch it, then press the button Yes to start the automatic installation of the program and then on Close to close the setup window. At this point, if everything went well, you should see the icon of Drive (The cloud with upward arrow) next to the Windows clock: if it doesn't, click on Arrowhead up, to show the "hidden" icons.

Once you find the icon, click on it and press the button Start attached to the screen you see appear: therefore, access theGoogle account using the form that is proposed to you and press the button OK, to start the program configuration procedure.

Through the next window, you can choose whether perform continuous backup computer folders (by placing a check mark next to their names), the upload size of photos and videos and the management options of Google Photos. If you don't intend to sync your PC folders to the cloud (not required to download files), remove all checkmarks where possible.

Next, hit the buttons forwardOK, put the check mark next to the item Sync my Drive to this computer and indicates whether synchronize everything and download the entire content of your Google Drive personal space to your PC, or synchronize only some folders. When you are done, press the button starts to finish the configuration and start the program: the download of the files to the computer, depending on the size, could take up to a few hours.

Once the synchronization is complete, you will be able to access your entire Google Drive space (or the folders you have chosen to synchronize) by opening theFile Explorer Windows (the icon in the form of gialla poster located on the system tray) and clicking on the icon Google Drive placed in the bar of quick access.

Alternatively, you can access the Google Drive directory by clicking on the icon White cloud placed next to the Windows clock and then on the button in the shape of folder, located in the upper part of the panel that is proposed to you. Through the same panel, you can also add / remove folders to synchronize or intervene on the general Backup and Synchronization options: to do this, click on the button (⋮) situato in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Preference ... give the menu that you come purpose.

Google Drive Web

If you do not intend to download entire folders of your Google Drive on your PC, but you only need to download certain files, you can use the web interface of the service, accessible on this page through any compatible browser.

Once logged into your Google account, click on the section My Drive located in the left navigation bar and locate the file or folder you want to download from the list that is proposed to you, then right click on its preview, choose the option Download from the displayed menu and that's it: after a few moments, the file you have chosen should be downloaded to your computer (if it is a folder, a .zip archive containing all the files will be created).

If you wish, you can make a multiple selection by holding down the key Ctrl on the keyboard, and clicking on each element you want to download; when you are done, right click on one of the selected files and choose the item Download from the context menu - in this case, you should get a package .zip containing all the files and folders of your choice.

How to Download Files from Google Drive on Mac

Exactly as seen for Windows, you can download files from Google Drive on Mac with at least two different techniques: using the program Google Backup and Sync or using theweb interface of Google Drive.

Google Backup and Sync

As I have already explained to you in the section on Windows, Google backup and sync is the official Google Drive client, which allows automatic download and synchronization between computer folders and cloud space, with the ability to automatically download all the content of Google Drive (or only specific folders) and view it within a Finder folder.

To use it, connected to the download page of the program, click on the button Download backup and sync, by pressing the button Accept and download, then wait for the package dmg is completely downloaded to your Mac.

Once the download is complete, start the file in question (eg. InstalBackupAndSync.dmg) and, using the screen that is proposed to you, drag the icon of Google backup and sync in the folder Applications from the Mac.

Once this is done, start the newly installed program by calling it from the Launchpad (l'icona a forma di rocket located in Dock), click on your button apri to pass the macOS security check, then click the button several times OK to allow the permissions necessary for the program to function.

If everything went well, you should see the software welcome screen: then click on the button Start, log in using your Google account, premium pulsating OK and, if you intend to automatically synchronize the Mac folders in Drive, put the check mark next to the folders of your interest and click on the button forward.

Note that this synchronization is not necessary for the purposes of this guide: therefore, if you are not interested in uploading the contents of the Mac folders to Drive, remove the check mark from all the boxes, where possible.

At this point, click on your button OK, put the check mark next to the item Sync My Drive to this computer and indicates whether synchronize everything, thus downloading all the contents of the Drive space, or synchronize only certain folders. When it is finite, click on the button starts to initialize the download process, which may take some time (depending on the amount of files selected).

Once the synchronization is complete, you can access Google Drive files in a very simple way: open the Finder Mac (the smiling face placed in Dock bar) and click on the icon Google Drive located in the left bar, inside the section Bookmarks.

Alternatively, you can access the aforementioned folder by clicking on the icon nuvola located on the top panel of the Mac and then on the icon of folder attached to the screen that appears. Through the same screen, you can check the status of the synchronization; then pressing the button (⋮), you can access the main menu of the program to perform some advanced operations, such as stopping the file download or accessing the initial program settings (item Preference ...).

Google Drive Web

If you don't want to sync your entire Drive space to a Mac folder, you can get the files you need individually using the Google Drive web interface.

The operation of the latter is absolutely identical to what has already been seen on Windows, so I refer you to the appropriate section of this guide for the appropriate instructions.

How to Download Files from Google Drive on Android

Modern devices Android they integrate the app as standard Drive, which you can start by tapping on its icon located in the drawer of the operating system (the area that contains all the installed apps). If it is not present, you can download the app for free from the Play Store.

At the first login, you should be asked to go through a simple initial setup procedure, in which you have to choose theGoogle account to use and, in some cases, the Android sync settings.

After this stage, you should be taken to the main screen of the app: the tab Home (the one with the casa) contains the items you recently accessed, the tab Special (the one with the star) encloses the files you have marked this way, the tab Shared (Quella with i two men) groups the files and folders you have shared with others and finally the icon My drive (Quella a forma di folder) contains all objects saved in the cloud.

In any case, go to the most appropriate section for your case, locate the fillet you want to download, press the button (⋮) site under its name, then tap the entry Make it available offline from the menu that appears, to download a "local" copy of the file.

If necessary, you can select multiple files at the same time by doing a prolonged tap on the first element of interest to you and putting the check mark on all the others: to download, touch the button (⋮) placed, this time, in the upper right corner, then select the item Make it available offline from the proposed menu. At the time of writing this article, it is not possible to download entire folders.

Once this is done, you will have the option to access the downloaded files as well in the absence of an Internet connection, again via the Drive app.

If, on the other hand, it is your intention to download a file directly in the device memory, you must first install an "external" file manager in which to share the file, for example File Manager +. after installation, start the manager to grant access permissions to the memory.

After that, go back in Drive, locate the file you are interested in, tap the button (⋮) corresponding to it and select the item Send copy from the proposed menu, therefore, choose the icon File Manager + (or any other file manager) from the panel displayed on the screen. Finally, specify the folder in which to save the file, tap the button Save / OK of the manager and that's it!

Note: the function Send copy it also allows you to share files with your contacts through the communication apps (WhatsApp, Telegram, Gmail and so on) installed on the system.

How to Download Files from Google Drive to IPad and IPhone

The operation of the Google Drive app for iOS is not very different from what we saw for Android. Once you've downloaded and launched the app, go through the brief initial setup to pair yours Google account (if you have already installed and configured other Google apps, you can choose the account in use on the latter with a single tap), therefore, select the section that contains the elements of your interest: Home (l'icona della casa, which contains recently opened files), Special (l'icona della star), Shared (l'icona dei two men) or Fillet (l'icona della folder, which contains all the files on Drive).

Once you have located the file of your interest, tap the button (...) corresponding to it and, to download an offline copy of the file, select the item Make it available offline from the proposed menu: starting from this moment, you will be able to access the aforementioned file through the Drive app, even without an Internet connection.

To select multiple files together, do a prolonged tap on the first file, therefore, tap on the following ones, touch the button (...) place, this time, in the upper right corner of the screen and tap on the item Make it available offline from the panel that appears.

If, on the other hand, you want to download the file directly into the iPad / iPhone memory, tap the button (...) placed in its correspondence, touches the voice Send a copy and then the button Copy attached to the panel that is proposed to you.

Finally, quit Drive, launch the app Fillet of iOS, go to folder where you want to download the file, then do a prolonged tap on an empty spot on the screen and select the item Paste from the menu that is proposed to you. Easier than that ?!

Note: after installing and configuring the Google Drive app, you can access the Google cloud files and copy them to the device memory also through the app Fillet of iOS. To do this, start it, go to the screen Positions e fai tap sul pulsating Modification located at the top right, then move up ON the lever relative to Google Drive. From now on, you can view Google Drive files directly in the Files app and copy them to iOS storage as you normally would.