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a file storage and sync service provided by Google to replace Google Docs

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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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Sync Google Drive with Mac external hard drive

How can I sync my Google Drive to my external hard drive without using the Google Drive app? It's incredibly buggy and keeps crashing.
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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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Is it possible to make an App Shortcut to open a specific Google Doc? [duplicate]

There is a Google Doc that I edit frequently on my phone and I’d like to make an “App” for it on my Home Screen. I haven’t been able to use Safari to make a Home Screen shortcut because I’m linked ...
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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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Spotlight integration with Google Drive for Desktop?

With previous versions of the Google Drive app for Mac (Google Drive, Drive File Stream) it was possible to search the filenames using Spotlight. After installing the current Google Drive for Desktop, ...
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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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macOS Monterey - Google Drive not launching

Nothing happens after installation and launch. I tried launch the App from Terminal to check. I get the following message: Unable to create user config directory at /Users/Username/Library/Application ...
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Should I add Google Drive to Developer Tools? A syspolicyd question

I've been using Google Drive for Desktop on my Macbook to mirror my cloud files to an external "backup" HDD. Ejecting the HDD and having to rescan/resync all files later is a common scenario....
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How can Google WorkPlace Shared Drives be seen by third-party iOS apps?

First, this question is not about "Shared Folders", but "Google WorkPlace Shared Drives". Google WorkPlace 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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Dimmed icons in Files app on IPad?

I tried to export some files from an app to my google drive. The files turned up looking like this. Dimmed, with a red circle icon. The files are however NOT on google drive, they just show like this ...
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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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How to reopen the Google Drive icon?

Sometimes the icon of Google Drive, on the top menu, disappears. This really annoys me also because this is happening always more frequently (and I don't want to go to the web browser and search for ...
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Is there a way to configure Finder to move files to external drives by default, rather than copying them?

I was recently helping somebody move their Mac's information to Google Drive, and the best solution turned out to be using the Google Drive client for Mac. I moved the relevant files to their Google ...
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How to sync Google Photo from phone to mac?

As of July 10, that's changing. Google says that Drive sync was causing confusion with users, so Photos will no longer include an option to sync with Google Drive. Is there any idea for seamless way ...
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Google Drive on Mac disk uses 11 GB

I have an iMac running High Sierra. Years ago I signed up for Google Drive and currently have about 70 GB free space remaining out of my 100 GB subscription. I have a Google Drive folder on my ...
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Does google drive work with Finder integration?

I know there is an app from google, but it is to automatically upload files from macos to drive. I would like to be able to see the files that are in my drive from the finder, open then and when saved ...
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Cyberduck Google Drive connection error

I've downloaded Cyberduck for Mac. I'm using Mojave 10.14.6 and Cyberduck 7.2.2 I have a google drive 2T account (Google One now) and my Google Backup and Sync is working fine. I open cyberduck and ...
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Google Drive File Stream syncing forever

Google Drive Files Stream is stuck syncing since installation. I tried waiting a few days, I tried a clean install, nothing seems to work. It's especially annoying since the Activity Monitor on my mac ...
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Sync text files (.txt) between iPhone and Mac; and edit (in-place), and search them on iPhone

I keep notes in text files (.txt) in a folder. I want to be able to edit and search these on my iPhone. I currently use VS Code to edit the text files on my Mac. Currently, I sync them via Dropbox. ...
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Cannot sync Google Drive between MacBook and iPhone app

On my iPhone I installed GoogleDrive 'Drive' app. On my MacBook I installed Backup and sync from Google.app, which has created a ~/google-drive/ folder. I have set the account to my@gmail.com and ...
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Photos saved to iOS from Google Drive randomly downsized in resolution

Anybody experienced this please? How can I always have the original resolution? Since these photos are exported from a raw to a gif on my laptop, they are around 4000x of resolution. Sometimes they ...
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Different Google Drive icon in sidebar?

I do not understand why in the sidebar there is not the Google Drive icon, while the folder in /Users/name/Google Drive has the right icon. How can I solve? Any idea?
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Google Drive File Stream keeps enabling it's Finder extension

I do not want any Finder extensions and turn I them off in System Preferences. After quitting and reopening Google Drive File Stream, its Finder extension always turns back on. What can I do to ...
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How can I move videos from Google Drive to Apple Photos on iPad?

My uncle has a lot of videos in Google Drive on his iPad. In Google Drive i can’t find a way to export/save to Photos. I can only move to another Google drive but not onto the native Photos app. Is ...
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