How to Fix Google Drive Not Syncing on Mac

The Backup and Sync app from Google works well when it comes to letting you sync content locally with your Google Drive account. Sometimes you may encounter errors with this synchronization. When sync issues occur, you can’t sync any files from your Mac to your Google Drive account.

There are a few things you can do when Google Drive isn’t syncing on your Mac. These methods include restarting the synchronization process, shutting down the proxy server, etc.

Pause & Restart Sync

When your files stop syncing with the Backup & Sync app, the first thing to do is pause and resume the syncing process. This refreshes your sync connection and helps fix problems you’re having with syncing your files.

  1. Click the app icon at the top, select the three dots and click Pause. This will pause your current sync.
Pause in the three-dot menu
  1. Click on the app icon, select the three dots and select Curriculum vitae to continue the synchronization process.
Continue in the three-dot menu

Quit the app and open it again

Sometimes the app encounters some minor glitches that can be resolved by simply closing the app and then reopening it. This is the most basic method you can try and it works in many cases.

  1. Click the app icon at the top, click the three dots and select Exit backup and sync.
Exit Backup and Sync in the three-dot menu
  1. Click Launchers in the Dock, search Backup and Syncand open it.
Back up and sync in Spotlight Search

Log out of the app & Sign in again

If Google Drive still won’t sync on your Mac, you can try signing out and then back in to the app on your machine. This will give it a fresh start to sync your content.

  1. Click the application icon in the menu bar, click the three dots and select Interests.
Options in the three-dot menu
  1. Option Setting from the left sidebar.
  1. Click Disconnect the account on the right hand compartment.
  1. Sign in to the app again with your account.

Restart your Mac

If this is the first time you’re having problems with Backup and Sync on your Mac, try restarting your Mac and see if that fixes the problem for you.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select Restart.
  1. Launch Backup and Sync when your Mac boots up and let it sync your files.

Turn off the firewall on your Mac

Firewall settings determine which connection requests your Mac can send and receive. Since Google Drive sync uses your network connection to transfer files, you need to make sure that your firewall doesn’t interfere with it.

Turning off the firewall while syncing files should fix most connection problems.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  1. Option Security & Privacy on the following screen.
  1. Click Firewall navigation.
  2. Select the padlock icon at the bottom of the screen and enter your login details.
  3. Click Turn off the firewall to turn off the firewall on your Mac.

Tick ​​the folders you want to sync

If you’re having trouble with Google Drive not syncing certain folders on your Mac, make sure those folders are turned on in the Backup & sync app. The app syncs only ticked folders.

Here’s how you guarantee it.

  1. Click on the app icon at the top, select the ellipsis and select Interests.
  1. Click My MacBook Pro in the left sidebar. The app may display a different device name depending on what you are using.
  2. Make sure that the folder you want to sync is listed and ticked on the right hand pane.
  1. If the folder is not listed, click Select folder to add it to the sync list.

Make sure the app opens at login for automatic sync

If Backup and Sync doesn’t automatically sync your files, you probably haven’t set it to automatically run at startup. You can fix it by adding the app to your startup items list.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  1. Click Users & Groups on the following screen.
  1. Click Login Items on the right pane.
  1. Make sure there is an entry named Backup and Sync from Google in the list.
  1. If not, click + (plus sign), navigate to Applications folder and select Backup and Sync to be added to the list.

Run the script packaged with “Backup and Sync”

The Backup and Sync app comes with a script, and running it sometimes fixes many problems with the app on your Mac. You can access it by revealing the contents of the apk.

  1. Open Applications folder using Finder and find Backup and Sync from Google application.
  2. Right click on the application and select View Package Contents.
  1. Open Content folder.
  1. Open Mac OS folder.
  1. Double click the script that says Backup and Sync and let it run.

Turn off proxy connection

Proxy connections can sometimes interrupt your synchronization. Therefore, always turn off your proxy while you use the Backup & Sync app to sync files with your Google Drive account.

  1. Click Backup and Sync in the menu bar, select the ellipsis and select Interests.
  1. Click Setting in the left sidebar.
  2. Option Network settings on the right hand compartment.
  1. Under Proxy settings activated Direct connection right to buy. Then click ALRIGHT at the bottom.

Reinstall the “Backup and Sync” app

If Google Drive still won’t sync with your Mac, your last option is to reinstall the Backup & Sync app on your machine. This will delete your old configuration and create new account files and settings for you.

  1. Download the AppCleaner app on your Mac.
  2. Launch AppCleanersearch Backup and Syncselect it and click Search.
  1. Tick ​​all files and click Delete.
  1. Close AppCleaner.
  2. Head to the Backup and Sync download page, download the app, and install it on your Mac.
  3. Open the app and sign in to your Google account to sync your files.

When it comes to file syncing with a cloud storage provider, which is best for you? Is it Google Drive, iCloud or something else? We want to know in the comments below.

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