What is Google Drive?
Google Drive is the best cloud backup service in the market so far that can protect you from losing all your data just in case if something goes wrong with your physical devices. It allows you to store any size of files all in one place and enables you to access all your files anywhere easily. Therefore, many users will choose to backup files to Google Drive to store data.
Explore the benefits of Google Drive
Simply if you have an established Google account, it offers generous storage space (15 GB) for free, forever. Any size and any type of file can be stored safely in this highly secured drive, which is encrypted using SSL. The drag and drop function makes uploading much easier. Also, it offers special apps for computers, mobile, or tablets to help you access and backup Mac to Google Drive, Windows PC to Google Drive as well as phones to Google Drive with offline or no service conditions.
Google Drive also has good file-sharing capabilities. You can let other people access any particular files and also set access options to allow them to view, comment, or edit. Powerful search is another option to help find the file you need quickly just search by name or content, which can even recognize objects in images.
Plus, Google Drive keeps the old version of files for 30 days, so you can go back to undo the changes you made. Amazingly, if you use Google Drive for Android, just shoot a photo of documents then Google Drive will store them immediately as PDFs.
Necessity of using Google Drive as a backup solution
☛Data protection: Using Google Drive to back up files means that the data is in the cloud and can be synced with the user's local system version. In this way, no matter what catastrophic situation your device is in, important data can be protected on the remote server.
☛High practicability: With Google Drive, users can access files from anywhere and on any device. And the service is seamlessly integrated with Google, which means that you can not only create and edit documents but are also equipped with intuitive tools that allow real-time collaboration.
☛Easy to expand storage: One of the disadvantages of using a physical hard drive to back up data is that it only has a fixed storage quota. As the data increases, you may also need to purchase another storage device. However, using the cloud for backup can subscribe to different expansion plans based on the amount of data.
So how to use Google Drive as a backup destination, and how to automatically backup files to Google Drive? Google Drive is widely used, and it is suitable for almost all devices. In the following content, we will introduce you to how to use Google Drive as a backup solution on your computer and mobile device.
How to Backup files to Google Drive from computer
If you have important files on your computer, you can back them up to Google Drive automatically or manually using the following methods.
Way 1. With Google Backup and Sync
Is there any way to automatically backup files or folders to Google Drive? Do you know Google Backup and Sync, the desktop program of Google? It can easily help you backup files to Google Drive automatically.
Have a look at how to backup files on Google Drive automatically through Google Backup and Sync.
1. Download and install Google Backup and Sync on your computer.
2. Tap “GET STARTED” to begin, and log in to your Google account.
3. In the My Computer window, you can select the folder to be backed up. If the backup file contains photos and videos, you can also choose the upload quality.
4. In the Google Drive window, you can choose whether to Sync My Drive to this computer. If checked, the files on Google Drive will also be synced to your computer.
✎Note: Once chosen, the program will place a folder on your computer and all files in Google Drive cloud will be synced to this folder on your local computer. This Google Drive folder on your computer can help you add files to the cloud with the Google Drive auto backup. You just need to drag and drop files that you want to backup to this folder.
5. Click "START". Then your computer will start backing up with Google Drive. This will take a while, depending on your connection speed and the number of backups.
✎Note: Although the official app - Backup and Sync app is easy to use, it prone to problems. According to users, they find Backup and Sync is not opening or sync slow sometimes. If you meet any problem when using Backup and Sync but can't solve the problem immediately, don't be panic, there is a free tool that can be used as an alternative.
This free tool is called AOMEI Backupper Standard, which is a professional backup software for Windows PC. You can download it to help you sync files to Google Drive easily.
Way 2. Automatically backup files with CBackup
If you want to avoid backup and sync issues, It's highly recommended to try the free cloud backup service CBackup, which allows you to automatically back up files to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. And you could increase Google Drive storage space for free if you meet the Google Drive storage full error.
Here are the steps of how to backup files in Google Drive automatically with CBackup:
1. Please create an account with CBackup, and sign in to the CBackup desktop app.
2. Click the My Storage tab, then click Add Cloud, select Google Drive and press Add. Grant authority to CBackup and allow CBackup to access your Google Drive files.
3. Edit the Display name and Storage path, and check the Note option and click OK.
After adding Google Drive to CBackup, you could set Google Drive automatic backup as below:
1. Click the Backup Tasks tab, then hit New Task button.
2. Modify the Task Name, and click Add Source to choose files to backup to Google Drive, and click Add Destination > Single Cloud > Next > Google Drive > OK.
3. Hit Settings at the bottom left of the window, tick Enable schedule backup under Schduled Backup, select the interval to backup files to Google Drive regularly, at a specific time, daily, weekly, or monthly.
4. Press Start Backup button to backup files to Google Drive automatically.
Way 3. With Google Drive website (manually upload)
Google Drive also has its own traditional manual method for backing up files via its web app. You can go to the website and sign in to your account to upload files directly without downloading any app. But some users feel that this method is a bit troublesome for them if they have too many files waiting to be uploaded.
1. Go to the Google Drive website and sign in to your Google Account.
2. On the main page of Google Drive, click "My Drive" and then choose "Upload files..." or "Upload folder..."
How to Backup files to Google Drive from mobile devices
If you want to protect important data in your mobile device, you can also use Google Drive to backup iPhone and Android phones. Google Drive provides a mobile client, and you need to perform the following steps.
Way 1. With the Google Drive app
Step 1. Download the Google Drive app on your mobile device, launch it, and log in to your Google account.
Step 2. Click the Folder icon in the lower right corner of the main interface, and then select the folder to store the backup data.
Step 3. Click Create New (plus icon) > Upload, select the file or folder to be backed up, and then click Done to confirm your operation.
Way 2. With Gallery
If you need to back up photos or videos to Google Drive, you can use this method on your Android device.
Step 1. Open the Photo Gallery on the device, select photos or albums, and then click the Send or Menu button on the interface. If you are a Samsung user, you can click SHARE.
Step 2. Click Save to Drive in the pop-up window to upload the picture or video to Google Drive.
Step 3. The backup progress will be displayed on the interface, you just need to wait for all photos and videos to upload.
Bonus Tip: Protect Google Drive files in advance with CBackup
Although cloud storage like Google Drive is a safe place for your data, chances are that you may lose your data in Google Drive due to virus ransomware or human accidental deletion. Therefore, keep a backup version of your data in another cloud storage can add another layer of protection to your data. To achieve that, you can rely on the web version of CBackup. It can help you quickly and directly back up files on Google Drive to other cloud drives (such as Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.).
Try to follow the steps below to backup Google Drive files to another cloud drive (Dropbox for example):
1. Sign in to your CBackup account. If you have added your Google Drive account to CBackup account already, the web version of CBackup will list the cloud you added automatically and you can only add another cloud as follows.
2. Click “My Storage” > "+" > “Add Cloud” to add your accounts. Select “Dropbox” hit “Add” to continue. Then, set up settings for Dropbox on CBackup.
3. Click “Backup Tasks” and “New Task” subsequently to create the backup task.
4. Click “Add Source” and select “Google Drive”, then click “Add Destination” and select another cloud storage (Here is Dropbox) that you added and click “Start Backup”.
More about CBackup
Schedule backup: Our data will change with our daily use. In order to avoid forgetting to back up important data, you can set up scheduled backups (daily/weekly/ monthly) in CBackup, which not only can effectively prevent you from forgetting to back up important data, Allows you to save effort and time.
Allocate space: You can use all free space for backup images (default), allocate certain spaces for backup, or set the remaining space on the contrary. Reasonably arranging the cloud disk space can prevent the backup file from occupying the cloud disk and causing the cloud disk to not store other files.
Combined Cloud: If you have multiple Google Drive accounts or other cloud drive accounts, you can connect them to CBackup, and their storage space will be combined into a complete large backup space, and you can back up any data to this Google Drive hybrid cloud.
That's all about how to backup files to Google Drive. No matter you choose to use the Backup and Sync tool, CBackup or Google Drive web app, you can follow the steps to achieve that easily. If you meet any problem when using Backup and Sync, you can use the alternative introduced in this article. In addition, don't forget to protect your Google Drive files with free CBackup.