I have been given access to a shared Google Drive folder. I want to download the content of that Google drive, modify / add / remove content in that on regular basis on my local machine.

I want to automatically sync up the changes in the Google drive itself in the same shared Google drive folder as it's being used by multiple users. How can I do it?

  • this question needs an update
    – Ooker
    Commented May 7, 2022 at 17:28
  • Questions about using installable clients are better suited for sites about installable apps, in the case of Google Drive Super User, Ask Different, Android Enthusiasts. Still, the target question used to close as duplicate is relevant because files were migrated from being able to have multiple locations to file and folder shortcuts. Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 21:38

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Select the folder in Shared with me on a computer, then press Shift + Z. You can then add the folder to My Drive. You can sync folders in My Drive with your computer by using Drive for desktop.

  • I don't really like my answer. I stopped using Google Drive just as shortcuts were implemented (and switched to Dropbox). Please see my other answer: webapps.stackexchange.com/a/146301/109353 which I think is a better answer.
    – ahorn
    Commented Jan 16, 2021 at 10:08
  • I'm not sure why you don't like your answer. It works perfectly for me and syncs the files back to the original sharer. But it's not a shortcut that has been created, it looks like a proper folder. In the context menu I can only find the option to create a shortcut (which doesn't help here), but SHIFT + Z works as you suggested! Commented Jul 15, 2021 at 11:15
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    Now that Google has indeed killed Backup and Sync (twitter.com/rafa_borges/status/1481763973045358594), this solution has stopped working. Commented May 17, 2022 at 10:34
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    @JeroenWiertPluimers the problem is that 'shortcuts' have replaced file sharing. In this answer, I explain that (I think) regular files aren't synced locally, so an alternate version control system is needed, such as a Google Workspace shared drive, Git, Dropbox, etc.
    – ahorn
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 10:13

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