By Kelsey twitter/ Last Updated September 29, 2021

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Google Drive Selective Sync, is it possible?

“I, like many others, have recently been using lots of cloud storage solutions recently and have come to appreciate certain things. Google Drive is very convenient to use, but every time a large number of synced files occupy my disk. I would really like to use Google Drive more, so I hope to take a Google Drive selective sync. Is this possible now?”

Why only sync certain folders in Google Drive?

Google has been working hard to ensure that important data is backed up for everyone. In addition to being an excellent storage destination, many users use the Google Drive client to sync files in the cloud to the local, so that no matter where they are edited and changed, these changes will be automatically synced with the corresponding folder to keep up to date.

But if you save a lot of data in the Google cloud, syncing Google Drive will take up a lot of local disk space. Computer space is limited, so you can use the Google Drive selective sync on Mac or Windows PC, only sync certain folders to save space.

Google Drive Selective Sync

How do I selectively sync in Google Drive? Read on to learn about the specific methods and steps for syncing some folders on Google Drive.

How do I selectively sync in Google Drive?

Does Google Drive have selective sync? On computers, people usually use Google Drive's client - Google Backup and Sync to sync files between Windows or Mac and Google Drive. This tool provides a useful function to back up specific folders from local to the cloud.

After enabling this function, you can still access all the files in the Google Drive account from all other devices, but you can only access the sync specific folders on a Windows PC with selective sync enabled. Next, let's learn2 ways to enable Google Drive selective sync on Windows and Mac.

Way 1. Enable selective sync with Backup & Sync

If you have not installed Backup and Sync on your computer, please follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download the Google Backup and Sync to your computer, install the program and run it. Enter your Google Drive account information to sign in.

Sign In

Step 2. Click CHOOSE FOLDER in the next window to navigate to the folders you only need to sync and check them, then click NEXT.

Choose folder

Note: If you need to take a Google Photos selective backup, you can select the image and video upload size and check Upload photos and videos to Google Photos.

Step 3. You can choose whether to Sync My Drive to this computer. Once checked, you can choose Sync only these folders from the options below. After selecting, click START to selectively sync files between Google Drive and your computer.

Sync only these folders

If you have installed Backup and Sync on your computer, please follow the steps below.

Step 1. Start Google Backup and Sync, right-click the Google Drive icon on the taskbar, and click Preferences.


Step 2. In the Preferences dialog, switch to the Google Drive tab and check the Sync only these folders option. You can uncheck all the content that you do not want to be synced to the current computer, and click OK to confirm.

Sync My Drive to this computer

Way 2. Enable selective sync with Google Drive folder

After you log in to the desktop Google Backup and Sync with your Google Drive account, it will create a folder on the local disk. You can selectively synchronize Google Drive by following the steps below.

Step 1. Navigate to a folder named Google Drive on your computer, or you can double-click the Google Backup and Sync application to open the folder.

Step 2. The data stored in the Google Drive folder is saved in the cloud and hard drive, and you can keep only the folders that need to be synced.

Google Drive Folder

Way 3. Enable selective sync with CBackup

In addition to using the Google Drive service, you can also use the professional cloud backup and sync service - CBackup to allow Google Drive to selective sync files on a Windows PC. When your Google Drive freezes or other problems occur, you can use it as an alternative.

Step 1. Download the CBackup, go to create an account, and sign in to the software.

CBackup client

Step 2. Tap My Storage and click + > Add Cloud, then choose Google Drive and click Add. Then follow the guide to allow CBackup to access files in your Google Drive account.

Add Cloud

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Click the Backup Tasks, then press the New Task button to create your backup task.

Add Cloud

Step 4. You can modify the Task Name, and click Add Source to select folders from the PC that you want to backup to Google Drive. Then click Add Destination to select Google Drive as the backup destination.

Add Source

Step 5. Then, press the Start Backup button.

Start Backup

Then you can delete the backed-up files locally to free up hard drive space. The files that have been backed up to Google Drive through CBackup will always exist in the cloud.

How to selective sync Google Drive to other cloud storage?

Many users use multiple cloud storage services at the same time. They are different in many aspects, including price, quantity, function, performance, etc. In order to easily manage multiple cloud storage services, you can cloud to cloud sync files from your Google Drive account to another cloud drive account to connect them.

Professional cloud management tool - CBackup can help you seamlessly back up Google Drive to another cloud drive account (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.). In addition, you can also use CBackup for professional PC to cloud backup and cloud to cloud backup. Next, you can learn the specific steps to sync Google Drive to another cloud drive.

CBackup Main Page

Step 1. Sign in to CBackup website with your CBackup account.

Sign Up

Step 2. After logging in CBackup, click on the My Storage tab and the plus icon, select Google Drive below to add.

Add Google Drive


  • CBackup only allows one cloud drive account to be added and authorized at a time. You should follow the process to complete cloud adding.

  • For the same cloud drive provider, there is no limit to the number of cloud drives added.

Step 3. Go to Sync Tasks > New Task to create your cloud to cloud sync task.

Create Sync

Step 4. Click Add Source to add Google Drive as the sync source, and click Add Destination to add another cloud drive as the sync destination.

Add sync source and destination

Note: You can select only the folders that need to be synced in the list.

Google Drive selective sync folders

Step 5. Click Start Sync and wait for the process to complete.

Sync Google Drive to OneDrive

Frequently asked questions of Google Drive selective sync

In addition to how to selectively sync Google Drive, here are some related questions that users often ask.

#1. Does Google Drive have Smart Sync?

Dropbox Smart Sync is a useful feature that enables you to store files online and access files through Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder without taking up your local hard drive space. Unfortunately, Google Drive does not support this feature. When you need to store the folder both locally and in the cloud, the folder will be synced.

#2. Is selective sync available in Google Drive File Stream?

Google does not provide the Google Drive File Stream selective sync feature. By default, all files and folders can only be used online when using Google Drive File Stream.

Final words

Following any of the above methods, you can easily implement Google Drive selective sync on Mac or Windows PC. If you want to back up or sync Google Drive to another cloud drive, you can try CBackup, it can also provide the safest backup method to transfer your PC files to CBackup Cloud for protection.

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