Google Drive is one of the best places to store your data. It’s safe, it’s secure, and it’s generally pretty reliable. One of the greatest things about Google Drive is how it allows you to sync your data across different devices. Let’s see how to sync multiple accounts in Google Drive.
The cloud storage functionality is great for letting you access your files no matter where you are or what device you’re using, as long as you’re logged into your Google account.
So what if you have several accounts, and you need data from more than one at a time? You will certainly have the inconvenience keeping switching between the different accounts.
The same is true if you want to send files to people that are in different accounts.
In this article, we’ll be demonstrating how you can sync all your accounts in Google Drive. That way, you can have everything you need in one convenient location.
Table of Contents
- How to sync multiple accounts in Google Drive
- Wrap Up
How to sync multiple accounts in Google Drive
Create a “Synced” folder
While this method may seem a bit complex, it definitely does work. Below is what you need to do:
- Log into your first Google account. This technique will sync your data across all accounts, so it doesn’t really matter which one you start with;
- Go to Google Drive;
- Click on the “+ New” button and create a new folder. You can also do this by right-clicking and selecting the option from the pop-up menu. This is going to be the folder that will store your synced data. You can name this folder “Synced” to keep organized;
- Move all the files that you want to sync into this folder. If you want to sync your entire Google Drive, then move all files there. While you can also copy the files, it isn’t recommended since that would just take up extra space, and may also be more time-consuming;
- Select that folder, and click on “Share”. You will find this option on the top right of your screen. You can also right-click to share.
- Enter the email of the other account or multiple accounts you want to share the folder with;
- Log into your other accounts that you sent the link to;
- Check the “Shared with me” tab to find the folder and all your data in it;
- Select the folder and click on “Add to My Drive”. You can right-click to bring up the menu for this option.
Your accounts are now synced together!
Note: This method is ideal for when you only have two accounts, as creating a folder, sharing it, and adding it to the drive of many accounts can become annoying and time-consuming. If you have more than 2 accounts, check out the other methods below.
Using Backup and Sync
This method involves using Google’s official tool: Backup and Sync. It is a fairly easy software to use and works almost perfectly.
- Once you have Backup and Sync installed and running, you should see its icon on your desktop’s taskbar. Click this icon to bring up a window with a hamburger icon at the far right. This is the button in the shape of three dots;
- From the menu shown, click on “Add New Account”;
- Follow the settings on the screen. The tool will guide you through the process and at the end of it, you will have synced your accounts to Google Drive.
You can repeat these steps for multiple accounts and have them all brought together.
Unfortunately, Google’s tool doesn’t always work perfectly, especially when you have large volumes of data, or change the files being synced.
The most common errors that people end up with are that all files don’t sync, and Google Photos are created in duplicates. There are other errors as well that make this option less popular with the cloud storage community.
However, there are potential solutions to these errors! If you’re having trouble syncing all your accounts through Backup and Sync, take a look at this article. A comprehensive guide on the problems faced and the way to fix them is provided.
Using third-party software
If the above methods didn’t work for you, you always have the option to go for third-party apps. Make sure to use certified and reliable software when you go down this route.
An example of one of the apps you can try is MultCloud. With this software, you just have to follow the procedure below:
- Create an account. You can also check out their services to a limited extent without an account;
- Click on “Add Clouds” from the main horizontal menu;
- Choose to add Google Drive to be synced;
- Click on “Cloud Sync” from the main horizontal menu. This window allows you to select sources and destinations for your data sync. Although the destination should be set to Google Drive, you can change it and sync your files in other places too.
Repeat these steps to add multiple accounts to be synced to the same destination. Tools like these help to solve most problems caused by Backup and Sync.
To conclude, it would be great if Google fixes the issues in its software so we wouldn’t have to rely on third-party apps. For now, though, you just need to choose the right app and have your sync options waiting for you.
If you have fewer data to sync, it would be recommended to stick to Backup and Sync so that your information remains more secure.
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