UW-Madison G Suite - 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. Click on the link below to download Google Drive on your desktop.

  2. Depending on which operating system you have, you will see either Download Drive for PC or Download Drive for Mac.

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

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

    Screenshot of Google Drive Terms of Service Mac

  4. The installer will open automatically. If it does not, please follow the instructions below:

    • Windows: Find the installer file called googlefilesync.exe that was just downloaded and double click to install

    • Mac: Open your Downloads folder and double click on installgoogledrive.dmg

  5. Finish installing Google Drive on your desktop.
    • Windows: Once you start the installer, it will go through a series of loading menus describing its process of installing Google Drive.

    • Mac: Drag the Google Drive icon into your Applications folder.

    Drag Google icon into the Applications folder

  6. Sign into your Google Drive folder.

    • Windows: Go to your Google Drive folder on your desktop or click on the Google Drive icon in the application tray located in the bottom right of your screen and select Sign in.

    • Mac: If this window does not appear on its own, navigate to your Applications folder and select Google Drive.

    • For both users:
      • You will be prompted to enter your credentials. Enter your netid@wisc.edu email address.
      • You will then be redirected to the NetID login screen. Enter your NetID and password.

        Screenshot of the NetID login screen

      • If you have one UW-Madison G Suite account, you will be logged into your account automatically.

      • If you have multiple UW-Madison G Suite accounts, select your desired account from the list provided.

        Select the account you would like for Google Drive to download from
  7. Complete the Welcome to Google Drive steps and click Done.

    • The information that is in your Google Drive will be added to the folder on your desktop.

    • Please note: If you have a large amount of data in your Drive folder, this may take a few minutes to fully transfer. You may also find other applications (e.g., Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides) on your desktop.  To clean this up, place each application into your Google Drive folder.

  8. Google Drive is now configured on your desktop.

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Owner:Christina G.Group:Google Apps
Created:2013-01-29 16:20 CDTUpdated:2017-02-27 13:00 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Google Apps
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