UW-Madison Google Apps - Download and configure Google Drive Desktop

The following document explains how to download, install, and configure Google Drive Desktop. Screenshots below are from a Windows machine, but instructions are provided for both Windows and Mac.

  1. Log in to UW-Madison Google Apps with your NetID and password using the following URL:

  2. If you have multiple UW-Madison Google Apps accounts, select your desired account from the list provided.

    Select account

    If you only have one UW-Madison Google Apps account, you will be logged into your account automatically.

  3. Click Download Google Drive from the menu on the left-hand side

  4. Screenshot of Google Drive menu with Download Google Drive link

  5. You will then be prompted to agree to the Google Drive Terms of Service

    • For Windows: Click Accept and Install option
    • For Mac: Click Agree and Download

    Screenshot of Google Drive Terms of Service window

  6. The installer will most likely open automatically. If it doesn't:

    • For Windows: Find the installer file that was just downloaded -- googlefilesync.exe -- and double click to install
    • For Mac: Open your Downloads folder and double click on installgoogledrive.dmg

  7. Finish installing Google Drive Desktop

    • For Windows: Once you start the installer, it will go through a series of loading menus describing it's process of installing Google Drive. Follow the instructions provided.
    • For Mac: Drag the Google Drive icon into your Applications folder

  8. A window will then appear, thanking you for downloading Google Drive. Click Sign in now.

    Screenshot of Sign in to Google Drive window

    If this prompt doesn't appear automatically:

    • For Windows: Right-click on the Google Drive icon in the application tray -- located in the bottom right of your screen -- and select Sign in
    • For Mac: If this window doesn't appear on it's own, Navigate to your "applications" folder and select Google Drive
  9. On the Sign in screen, enter your full email address. Then, hit Sign in. Do not enter your password here.

    Screenshot of commercial sign in window for Google Apps
  10. You will be redirected to the NetID login screen. Enter your NetID and password.

    Screenshot of the NetID login screen

  11. If you have multiple accounts, select your desired account from the linked account login menu, as shown below.

    Select account

    If you only have one account, you will not see this screen.

  12. Now that you've completed the sign in process, you'll see a Getting started window. Click Next.
  13. Screenshot of Getting started window

  14. On the Advanced setup screen, select you preferred settings.

    • Only Sync some folders to this computer allows to choose which folders are synced
    • Sync Google Doc files allows you to enable offline viewing for Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets
    • If you unselect Start Google Drive automatically when you start your computer, you will need to open Google Drive manually before a sync occurs
    • For most users, we recommend selecting Automatically detect proxy settings to avoid connection problems

    Screenshot of Advanced setup screen

    The click Start sync.
  15. Congratulations! Google Drive Desktop is now configured for your machine.

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Owner:Christina G.Group:Google Apps
Created:2013-01-29 16:20 CDTUpdated:2016-04-25 16:30 CDT
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