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The Google Workspace apps can run on macOS, iOS, iPadOS and web - gmail, docs, sheets, drive and calendar are notable apps in the workspace suite.

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Prevent Google Drive from automatically installing other Google apps like docs, sheets and slides

Google Drive keeps installing other Google Suite apps. I know these are just links to the web services and I can delete them. However, they are installed again after an update. I installed drive via ...
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Can't cd in my Google Drive from MacOS with terminal or iTerm2

There is a perfect question for this but I can't comment due to reputation. I'm using MacOS Sonoma 14.1.1. If I list my home, I can see: lrwx------ 1 [myuser] staff 88 Oct 11 2021 Google ...
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How to upload file to Google Drive using duck?

I usually access my Google Drive using Cyberduck. So far, no problem with creating folders, moving files, etc. Then I noticed it has a command line interface called duck. Should be handy since I work ...
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Can't move file notifications

I'm getting the following Google Drive notifications pop up (Mac running Ventura 13.3), which is happening every few minutes and annoying me. I can't find the files in question on my drive, nor do I ...
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Time Machine [Failed to unlink item] with Google Drive

While looking at the log files for Time Machine, I realized that the previous backups were not being deleted due to an error with a single file: 2023-07-16 05:50:29.434071-0700 [BackupThinning] ...
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Search on all sheets in Google Drive on iPhone

In the Google Drive app, I can search all sheets for some text. But it just lists the files containing that text. If I click on a particular spreadsheet, the spreadsheet opens, but it doesn't move to ...
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Cannot open some files when stored in a "cloud" location (iCloud/One/Google Drive, etc.)

I'm using the officials OneDrive (version 23.071.0402.0001) and Google Drive (version 73.0.4.0) macOS apps to sync my cloud files on my Mac. It worked fine for few months, but now I cannot open some ...
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Google Drive New Location "Access Denied"

Google Released an update to its Desktop app for macOS which moved the location of your files to "~/Library/CloudStorage" I host scripts in a Google Shared Drive and since this move "...
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Help! - macOS Ventura Updated - Google Drive Local cache location missing

I've received this message on Google Drive - The folder location is controlled by macOS - and Local cache files have now been moved with an update. I use Local cache files to backup synced on an ...
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Google Drive is not even installed on the iPhone but it consumes a lot of time

My girlfriend has an iPhone 13 and she doesn't even have Google Drive on her phone, but according to the screen time we've noticed that Google Drive consumed 15h 32m today. And looking at the App ...
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Managing GoogleDrive to use fileprovider or not

Google is rolling out FileProvider usage per Google account for a year now. This results that there are different user experiences (even within 1 Google Workspace domain). Some users are activated ...
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Missing permissions for syncing folders on partition with Google Drive for Desktop (macOS 12.1+)

I currently have folders in a partitioned volume that I would like to sync with Google Drive (without moving them to my startup volume). With the Drive for Desktop app, I can choose folders on my ...
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Lost my Drive email address- can I access app data off my iPhone?

I forgot the email address I created and logged in on the Google Drive app on my iPhone. I’ve tried all the generic troubleshooting steps to no avail (no recovery email or phone number) I think the ...
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Google Drive strange prompt

Hardware: Macbook pro 13-inch, M1, 2020 OS: Ventura 13.0.1 Google Drive sync options: file mirroring on a single folder symptoms: when I delete a file from any folder on my mac, then I hit cmd+z to ...
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When using "Google Drive for desktop" and I sync a "Folder from your computer", can that folder also be synced with other computers?

"Google Drive for desktop" has two different sync options: (1) "Folders from Drive": This isn't actually an option, since you have no option to turn it off. It has two modes, ...
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How to make Google Drive save files “locally” on an external drive?

I have my own Google Drive and also a shared drive from my organization. Upon install and log in, I'm able to move what’s in my own Google Drive to an external drive where I can access files and ...
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How do I recover my accounts with Google Auth after my phone died? [I have my codes] [duplicate]

I've done a bunch of googling and I find it difficult to find answer to this question. Here's the story. I had Google Authenticator set up on my iPhone. I used it to verify login for a bunch of ...
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How to remove Google FinderHelper - its taking loads of my CPU

When I click on my battery I constantly see this Google icon (FinderHelper) in there, is there any way to reduce its CP usage?
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How to save icon / bookmark to iPhone home screen for Google Sheets?

On my Android Pixel 3, I was able to save a specific file from Google Sheets to my home screen. I can then click that bookmark, and it opens the Sheets app directly to that file. How can I accomplish ...
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Access Google Drive "drive" from terminal?

I have installed the Google Drive desktop app and it's available on Finder as a mounted drive, but I can't seem to access it from the terminal. For example, when I do cd 'Google Drive' I get a cd: ...
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macOS Mojave: Text file that I downloaded from my personal Google Drive triggers App Security Check?

I have a large (a few GB) text file that I downloaded from my personal Google Drive. It's a text file, although it wasn't labeled with a ".txt". When I try to open it in a text editor, I get ...
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Cannot fully uninstall google drive on mac

Google drive is terrible software for backing up your files. I'm now trying to get rid of it but am having a hard time getting back all the gigs that it devoured. I read the recomendations for doing ...
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Keeping ampersand & in filenames when extracting zip files

I want to copy my Google Drive folders to an external USB. Google prepares a zip file for me but if I extract that zip file, the & character in filenames are replaced with _. I don't want such a ...
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How do I import my RAW files from Google Drive to my iPhone?

I wanted to try out Darkroom+ on my iPhone to edit the RAW photos I took with my Sony a7iii but it seems like iOS does weird things with RAWs. I've tried exporting from Google Drive app, downloading ...
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Google Drive installed itself in /Volumes not /Users/username

I am using a Mac running OS 12.1. I am switching to Google Drive from another cloud service. I didn't notice it at the time of installation, but it installed to /Volumes/GoogleDrive, with My Drive and ...
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New Google Drive Desktop - Disable Streaming

This question is about the new Google Drive for Desktop on a MacBook Pro with Catalina 10.15.7. When you install the "new" Google Drive for Desktop on Windows you get an option in the ...
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Can't unmount GoogleDrive (Resource busy)

I have a problem to unmount Google Drive volume. I opened a file, Google Drive crashed and I couldn't connect again. I deleted the ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/DiveFS folder. But no change. ...
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Google Drive excessive battery drain

I noticed that my battery is draining faster than expected and after looking at the Activity Monitor -> Energy, I noticed that Google Drive has the highest value in the 12 hrs Power column. Is ...
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Google Drive for macOS requiring system extension to mirror files

My Google Drive client (version 54) on macOS Big Sur started insisting that I install some kind of system extension in order to mirror files locally offline. It wants me to restart the Mac, go into ...
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Restore text messages from Google Messages to new iPhone (Android phone is bricked)

How can I restore my text messages backup from the Google Messages app into my new iPhone? I know there's a move to iOS app, which is great if your old phone is functional. Problem is my Pixel 4 ...
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How does Google Drive locally cache files before uploading them? How safe is it when offline?

I've been using Google Drive to backup via Time Machine on a macOS 10.13.6. More precisely, I've created a sparse bundle disk image, attached such image and mounted it in order to make it visible to ...
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Cannot use my home folder (mac) as the Google Drive for Desktop root

On my Windows PC I am allowed to create Google Drive for Desktop (using file mirroring) root folder in c:\users\me, and once done, I can relocate the Desktop, Documents ,Pictures folders within Google ...
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How can Google WorkSpace Shared Drives be seen by third-party iOS apps?

First, this question is not about "Shared Folders", but "Google WorkSpace Shared Drives". Google WorkSpace administrators set up "Shared Drives" for each department. ...
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Unable to upload file from Files application

When I go to App Library -> Productivity & Finance -> Files on my iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14.8) I have an Exports folder with a number of *.glb files in it. I click on one, click on the ...
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How do I hide or rename Google Drive connected server icons on macOS?

How do I hide or rename the Google server icons from my macOS desktop (other than hiding all other "connected servers" with the Finder setting as well)? With multiple accounts, the Google ...
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Spotlight Indexing of Google Drive File Stream Disabled on Restart

I recently got issued a Macbook Air M1, 2020 running macOS Big Sur 11.2.3. I rely on Google Drive file stream for my work and I have so far managed to successfully install the program. However, it ...
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Give "Backup and Sync from Google" access only to "~/Google Drive" directory (on Big Sur)

My Google Drive (aka Backup and Sync from Google) is /Users/marcin/Google Drive. I upgraded to Big Sur and Google Drive stopped synchronizing due to access restrictions. The only options I can find ...
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Where does Google Drive File Stream store offline files and folders on a Mac?

I use Google Drive File Stream for work, and there are certain mission-critical files that I need available for offline access. File Stream makes this easy: control-click on the file, and choose &...
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How to get long movie clips from iCloud to Google Drive

What is the easiest way of getting large movies (20 minutes) from my iPhone/iCloud to my Google Drive account for work?
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How to fix persistent crashes in Google backup and sync?

I have set up Google Backup and Sync to automatically synchronise certain folders on my iMac to Google Cloud both for backup and enabling sharing with other computers. The process works well. But one ...
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Any way to continue using Google Backup & Sync on an older MB Pro (mid-2009)?

I have an older (mid-2009, 13 inch) Macbook Pro (MacBookPro5,5) running Yosemite (10.10.5). Lately whenever I start up or shut down, a dialog pops up letting me know that Google Backup & Sync is ...
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WhatsApp Chat Transfer from Google Drive to iPhone?

My wife just got a brand new iPhone. I am just wondering, how do I transfer WhatsApp chat history from Google Drive to iCloud or directly to the iPhone. I have backed up everything to Google Drive. ...
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Can I delete files and folders in /private/var/tmp folder? [closed]

I ran into the situation where using simultaneously Google Drive File Stream (DFS) and Code42 Crashplan and some other Corporate SW like CrowdStrike's Falcon, Bitdefender, etc... which seems are not ...
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Why is Google Backup and Sync exchanging files bidirectionally instead of unidirectionally?

Everything was fine until I uninstalled Google Backup and Sync in favor of Dropbox Plus (what a mistake!). I ended up actually restoring my entire internal flash drive from a backup, which I thought ...
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How do I safely restore files to a shared folder after they were replaced with symlinks created by iCloud's "Optimize Storage" feature?

(Thanks in advance for suggestions on how I could make my question clearer) Context: I have a team that uses a shared folder that we each auto-sync to our local machines. We use Google Drive and ...
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Weird files on my Desktop after installing programs

My "problem" is resolved, but I still want to know what this was, as I am new to Mac OS. After Installing a few programs, I had weird files/folders with what looked like a hard drive icon ...
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Google Drive File Stream folders are missing

I am using Google Drive File Stream and have a problem where some of the folders are missing from a team drive/shared drive. The folders appear in the web interface, but not in the Mac Finder. There ...
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In-cell carriage returns in Google Spreadsheet iOS app

How can I do carriage returns to second string ling in-cell in Google Sheets iOS app when use standard iPhone's keyboard?
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How do I sync my photo's from my iPhone to Google Drive?

I try to find a way to sync my photo's on my iPhone to my Google Drive, it appears that this is not so easy, this is what I did allready: In my photo app on my iPhone I select 4 photos > share &...
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Sync multiple macs together (which is better iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive?)

I have 3 MacBooks and I made a Time Machine on one of them e.g macA and then restore it on the others macB and macC. Now I want to keep the 3 Macs in sync where if I did some changes on any mac (added ...
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