Cloud Storage can be a very convenient way you can store your data (photos, videos, music etc.) remotely using platforms like iCloud and Google Drive. You can then access your data stored in the cloud via the internet using any of your devices (computers, mobile devices etc.).
As the demand for more and higher quality media increases, so too does the requirement for more space to store such media. Since the hardware (e.g. a hard drive in an iPhone) cannot keep up with this demand, people turn to Cloud Storage to store their data - this keeps space free on their mobile device.
Google Drive is Google's answer to the people's calls for cloud storage.
Install Drive on your Mac or PC, download the mobile app to your phone or tablet, or visit anytime at drive.google.com.Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize content in your scanned documents and images. We get you started with 15 GB free. Learn more at drive.google.com. Get 15 GB of free cloud storage today and keep your life connected by downloading Backup and Sync from Google for your Mac or PC computer. Download Backup and Sync for Mac Google Drive Terms. Safely store and share your photos, videos, files and more in the cloud. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google account.
Get the most out of your Drive - get rid of duplicates to save yourself time and money.
So, you've set up your Google Drive and have saved some files there. How do you download those files to your computer or to your phone?
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Method 1: Download files from Google Drive to PC
First, ask yourself whether you want to transfer certain files from Google Drive to your computer, or whether you would prefer to always keep your computer and Google Drive in sync.
The first option will do for those who only want certain files from their Google Drive, or who only rarely need Google Drive files on their computer.
For those who always want access to their Google Drive files from their computer, I would recommend using Google's 'Backup & Sync' app. Any files added, removed or edited on Google Drive will be reflected automatically on your computer, so you can keep all your up to date files in both locations at once.
Let's see how to download from Google Drive to PC:
- Open the Google Drive website (https://drive.google.com/).
- If you're not logged into your Google account already, click 'Go to Google Drive' and enter your details.
- Select all the files that you wish to download. You can hold the 'ctrl' key on your keyboard while clicking multiple files to select many files at once. Or after clicking a file, hit 'ctrl + A' on your keyboard to select all files in your Drive. If you are using a Mac, use 'cmd' instead of 'ctrl'.
- Click the menu icon in the top-right corner of the window to access More Actions.
- Click 'Download'.
- Your files will be downloaded from Google Drive to your computer as a zipped file. To access these files on your computer, you'll first need to extract them (you'll find an 'Extract' option when you open the folder in File Explorer).
Now let's see how to sync files from Google Drive to PC. The Backup & Sync setup wizard will take you through this process, but I've noted the steps below for you as well:
- Download Google's 'Backup & Sync' from https://www.google.com/drive/download/
- Click 'Agree and Download' to begin the download.
- Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation.
- When the install is complete, click 'Get Started'.
- Sign in to your Google Account.
- If you wish to also sync folders from your computer with Google Drive, check the relevant checkboxes (when you add, edit or remove files in these folders, they will also be reflected in Google Drive).
- Click 'Next' to continue with the setup.
- Click 'Got It' to proceed.
- Check 'Sync My Drive to this computer'.
- Choose to either sync all folders from Google Drive with your computer, or to only sync certain folders.
- Click 'Start' to download files from Google Drive to your computer.
Depending on how many files you have chosen to sync, the download may take some time. However, when the download is complete, you will be able to access your Google Drive files on your computer.
To do this, open File Explorer on your computer, then click 'Google Drive' from the left-hand column.
Method 2: Download from Google Drive to iPhone
Downloading files from your Google Drive to your iPhone is easy, but first, you'll need the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
If you've not already got the Google Drive app on your iPhone, you can download it from the App Store.
How to download files from Google Drive to iPhone:
- Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
- Tap the menu icon next to the file you wish to download.
- Tap 'Open In'.
- Select the app to open the file in, and it will be downloaded to your device.
How to download photos and videos from Google Drive to iPhone:
- Open the Google Drive app on your iPhone.
- Tap the menu icon next to the photo or video you wish to download.
- Tap 'Send a Copy'
- Tap 'Save Image' or 'Save Video'.
- The file will be added your iPhone Photos app.
Method 3: Delete Duplicates from Google Drive
So, we've seen how to download files and photos from Google Drive to your computer and to your iPhone.
However, you may find that in the process of transferring files from place to place or saving files from different devices; that you will accumulate duplicates of some of your files.
Not only are duplicate files annoying and messy, but they take up valuable space in your Google Drive. Since you only get 15GB free space with Google Drive, duplicates can eat away at this allowance and may eventually cause you to consider upgrading to gain more space even though you may not need to.
There's a simple remedy for this issue - Duplicate Sweeper.
Duplicate Sweeper is a handy tool for your Windows PC or Mac which scans your folders and deletes duplicate files based on your preferences. It can save you hours or even days of looking through folders and files to discover if files are duplicated and considering which ones to move.
Duplicate Sweeper can quickly scan multiple folder or drives to return your duplicates. Simply select whether to keep the newest or the oldest of each duplicate to remove them automatically, or manually select which to remove.Find out more >
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Check out our guides on how to use Duplicate Sweeper to remove duplicate files from Google Drive, and how to delete duplicate photos in Google Photos.
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Earlier, Google Drive either used to stop the download or throw an error if the download size exceeded 2GB. Later, Google added the functionality where files were divided into 2GB zip folders automatically. However, that didn’t solve the issue of zip files giving trouble to Drive users. Many people still face the Google Drive zipping files forever problem.
If you also face the issue of Google Drive zip downloads stuck or zip files fail to download, then you are at the right place. Here we will tell you six ways to possibly fix the issue. And as a bonus, you will also get to know a few tips to improve the zip download process.
Let’s get started.
1. Restart Computer
I have a habit of either hibernating or putting my laptop on sleep, which causes problems at times. The problem is mostly related to browsers due to issues in temporary files. So, if Google Drive is zipping files forever on your PC, you should start by restarting your computer. I know, I know ... but if only common sense was that common.
2. Follow the Right Steps
The zip downloads fail for most users due to the unintuitive nature of the download steps. The initial steps are logical i.e. select the folder or multiple files that you want to download and then click on the Download button. Google Drive will then start zipping your files. Once it finishes it, here’s what changes.
You will receive a Leave site pop-up at the top. Normally, pop-ups make sense with a yes or no button. But here things are different.
The text says ‘Changes you made may not be saved’. You are offered two options — leave and cancel. A regular user would think that the download for the zipped files will be canceled by clicking on the Leave button. So they click on Cancel. But that’s wrong. Pressing the Cancel button will stop the downloads. As strange as it may sound, you have to click on Leave. Doing that will start the download process of the zipped files.
Didn't Get Any Pop-up?
In case you don’t receive any pop-up, follow the below steps to fix it on Chrome.
Step 1: Open the link chrome://settings/ to go to Chrome Settings.
Step 2: Click on Advanced to reveal more settings.
Step 3: Under Privacy and Security, click on Site Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on Pop-ups and redirects.
Step 4: If the pop-ups are blocked, click on the Add button next to Allow. Add https://drive.google.com to the allowed pop-ups.
Step 5: Close Chrome. Then try downloading the files. Do remember to click on Leave instead of Cancel in the pop-up.Tip: Sometimes, downloads are blocked on Chrome. Find out how to unblock them.
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3. Clear Browser Cache and Cookies
You should also try manually clearing temporary files of your browser such as cookies and cache. We have mentioned the steps for Google Chrome browser.
Step 1: Again go to the settings page by typing in chrome://settings/ in the address bar or finding it from the Chrome menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and you will find the Advanced option. Click on it to reveal more settings.
Step 3: Under Privacy and security, click on Clear browsing data.
Step 4: Select the checkbox available next to ‘Cached images and files’ and ‘Cookies and other site data’. Uncheck others. Finally, hit the Clear data button.
Step 5: Close Chrome and launch it again. Then try downloading your zip files from Drive.
4. Try a Different Browser
If your current browser fails to download zip files, try it in a different browser.
5. Sign Into Correct Account
If you are signed into multiple Google accounts on your browser, sign out from all of them. Keep only one account signed in from where you want to download Google Drive files.
6. Reset Google Chrome Settings
Sometimes, the issue could be due to an extension or incorrect settings. So resetting Chrome will fix it. Even though your data is safe when you reset it, do read what happens when you reset Chrome.
To reset it, open Chrome Settings. Then, tap on Advanced. Scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Restore settings to their original defaults’. Confirm by clicking on Reset.
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Where Are Zipped Files Downloaded
Typically, the files will be available in the Downloads folder on your PC. However, if you have changed the download location, they will be available in the new folder.
Tips to Improve Zip Download on Google Drive
Follow the below steps to ease the process of downloading zip files from Google Drive.
1. Download in Incognito Mode
If the zip files are giving you trouble while downloading in the normal browsing mode, try downloading it in the incognito mode.
2. Download Files Instead of the Folder
Instead of downloading a folder, select multiple files inside it and then download them. Some users have suggested that this trick quickened the zipping process for them.
3. Use Backup and Sync from Google
Google Drive has dedicated apps for both Windows and Mac. You should install those for downloading huge files from Drive. Besides being user-friendly, it doesn’t zip files, so the overall process of downloading files is fast. Do read our guide on how to use Backup and Sync from Google.
4. Download Multiple Files
Downloading multiple files from Drive will always create a zip file, which may seem slow for some users. If you don’t want to install the Google Drive apps yet want to download files without zipping and quickly, check out our dedicated post for the same.
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Hopefully one of the above tips did it for you and you were able to zip past (no pun intended) this annoying problem. In case you're still stuck, maybe your internet speed (or something else like the ISP's DNS) is to blame? Try to explore that angle and see if it works.
Next up: Is your Google Drive storage space running out? Know what counts towards storage quota on Google Drive. Check the article below.
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