How to Backup to Google Drive

Author: Michael J. Leaver, 2BrightSparks Pte. Ltd.

SyncBackPro can backup, restore and synchronize files with a number of cloud services, including Google Drive. In this article we'll show how to create a profile to backup to Google Drive. The same steps can be used with other cloud services, e.g. Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.

Creating a backup profile

- Download and install SyncBackPro if you don't already have it

- Run SyncBackPro and click the New button to create a new profile:

The New button at the bottom-left of the main window

- Enter a name for your profile, e.g. Backup to Google Drive, and click Next

- We are going to do a backup, which is the default, so click Next

- Change the Destination to Google Drive then click Next:

Select Google Drive as the destination in the New Profile window


- Now we need to allow SyncBackPro access to your Google Drive account. To do this click the Authorize button:

Click the Authorize button to begin the authorization process with Google Drive

- A browser window will open to let you login to your Google account:

Sign in to your Google account

- Once you have logged in you are asked to allow SyncBackPro access to your account. Click the Allow button:

Click Allow to give SyncBackPro access to Google Drive

- Next a web page is shown with a code:

Copy the Google Drive authorization code

- Copy that code to your clipboard, paste it into the prompt in SyncBackPro and click OK

Paste the code into SyncBackPro

- A dialog box will appear confirming the SyncBackPro is authorized. Click OK.

SyncBackPro is now authorized with Google Drive

- A dialog box will appear asking if you would like to use the current Google Drive account as your default linked account. Click on Yes button to store the authorization token provided by Google Drive server in a central cloud storage, so that SyncBack can use that authorization code automatically when creating a new Google Drive profile connecting to the same account. Alternatively, you can click on No button if you do not want to use that account as your default linked account.

SyncBackPro is now authorized with Google Drive

- Then click on the Done button to close the Profile Creation Window.


- You may now get a prompt telling you that a window will open where you can change the profile. Click OK

Prompt notifying that the profile setup window will now open

- Now we can choose which files we want to backup to Google Drive and where on Google Drive we want them stored. To do this click the folder icon next to the Source button:

Click the folder icon next to the Source button

- In this example we'll choose the C:\ drive and select a folder on it. So after selecting your folder, and returning to the Profile Setup window, we are going to click the Choose sub-directories and files button:

Click the Choose sub-directories and files button

- We don't want to backup our entire C:\ drive, so we untick the root (\) which will untick everything under it:

Deselect all files and folders first by unticking the root

- Next we select the folder we want to backup. In this example we're just choosing one folder but you can of course select multiple folders and files:

Choose the files and folders to backup

- Once you've made your selections click the OK button to close the File & Folder Selection window

- You can also change where to backup your files to on Google Drive (by clicking the folder icon next to the Google Drive button or simply typing in a path)

- In this example we'll backup to the folder \Backup\ on Google Drive:

Change the backup path on Google Drive

- There are many other things we could do, e.g. enable versioning, but in this example we'll just do a simple backup, so click OK to close the Profile Setup window and return to the main window


- A prompt will appear asking you if you would like to perform a simulated run for this new profile:

Simulated run prompt

- A simulated run does a test run which does not delete or change any files. It gives you a chance to make sure everything is set correctly before performing the backup for real. Click Yes to make sure everything is set correctly.

- SyncBackPro will now connect to your Google Drive account, scan it, and see which files need copying to it:

Differences window

- As this is a simulated run nothing will actually be copied or deleted. Click the Continue Simulation button.

- Assuming everything was correct, and you don't need to make any changes, you can now run the profile for real and make a backup of your files. To do this select the profile in the main window and click the Run button.

- You can easily create a set & forget backup by selecting the profile and clicking the Schedule button. For example, you can have the profile run every morning at 9am. When a profile is run via a schedule there won't be any prompts. It will be done in the background without any interruptions or prompts.

Google Drive

File size limits depend on whether the file is a Google Docs file or not and the type of Google Docs file. Files that are not Google Docs files are limited to 5TB in size.

Google Drive is tightly integrated with the Android and Chrome operating systems and also Google Docs. Google Docs provides a way to create office files (documents, spreadsheets, etc.) online and to share them with others.


SyncBackPro supports not only Google Drive backups, but also Google Photos™, Amazon S3™, Google Storage™, Microsoft Azure™, Microsoft OneDrive™, OneDrive for Business (Office 365), SharePoint™ (Office 365), Dropbox™, Box, SugarSync™, OpenStack, Backblaze™ B2, OVH™, Egnyte™ and WebDAV. It can not only backup online your files to a cloud service but also backup your cloud service. For example, you may want to backup the photos that your phone uploads to Dropbox automatically. Files can also be uploaded encrypted and compressed for added security. SyncBackPro also has it's own versioning meaning you can have multiple versions of your files on cloud services that don't have their own versioning.

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