Google Drive is one of the widely used cloud storage solutions and users can access it on most of the platforms on both computers and handhelds. Talking about Windows, a user can use the dedicated windows application to keep the folders between Google Drive and local computer in sync, and any changes made, either on the server or the linked local folder is reflected in real-time. The app for Android, however, misses this feature and the official app is yet to get this feature.
Google Drive Sync is an app for Android that aims to fill this gap. It’s a nifty app that brings two-way sync for Google Drive on Android devices, just like we have it on our PCs.
Syncing happens in the background as a service, depending upon how the app is configured. So let’s have a look at how it works.
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Using Google Drive Sync for Android
After installing Google Drive Sync, when you open it for the first time, it will give you the option to connect to Google Drive. The app will automatically use the linked Google account of the device and will sign in for you. It will then ask you to grant special permissions to access your files on the drive and complete the initial setup.
Next, select one of the folders on your phone’s memory that you would like to link to Google Drive for syncing. Create a new one if you don’t already have a dedicated folder and link it to a folder on Google Drive in the next step.
Finally, the tool will ask you the type of sync you would like to perform. There is a lot more to choose from other than the two way sync that we’re concerned about.
That’s all, the tool will create the rule and automatically start syncing the two folders.
That was good enough, but the real power of the app lies in its settings. Users can configure each and every when it comes to sync, like the required battery percentage, whitelisting or blacklisting of Wi-Fi networks, and sync interval. This makes the app robust and battery efficient. You can also exclude certain system file types (like the thumb.db) from the sync list to save memory and bandwidth.
The free version of the app, however, comes with some limitations. There is an upload file size limit of 8 MB and the user can create sync rules for just one folder at a time. However, if you like the tool it can be upgraded to Pro version ($4.99) to remove all the limitations.
So that was how you can use the app to create a two-way sync rule for Google Drive on your Android Device. The app only focuses on syncing and left the basic functionalities for the Google Drive official app to handle. I am highly impressed by the app and really recommend it to Android users if they have some important documents that they always want to keep in sync.
Do try it out and let us know how it worked out for you.