I have a lot of photo's and video's I wish to upload to my Google Drive**

I don't want to sync them, because that means I have a local copy AND a copy in the cloud. (And if I delete the local copy, then it syncs with the cloud and deletes that item from the cloud)

I don't want to BACKUP all of this stuff because that generally means that, if I wish view them in the cloud, i need to RESTORE the data to my local and then view them.

It's like i want to FTP my files up to my Google Drive and access them via a browser.

Can this be done?

** If google drive can't do this - is there another option?

  • If you don't want to sync, Google Drive is probably not the right service for you. Why not use one of the services specifically for images and videos, like Flickr?
    – ale
    Apr 19, 2014 at 14:06
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2 Answers 2


Sure you can by whitelisting which folders you want to sync.

Though, I am not aware of any "blacklisting" approach with Google Drive (i.e "not sync selected folders").

If you're looking for other solutions, you can try some other services such as Bitcasa or BackBlaze.

  • but this is still syncing right? i just want to go one-way...
    – Pure.Krome
    Apr 19, 2014 at 10:45
  • Then I would suggest using either a backup service with versioning such as Time Machine for OS X, or simply pushing to FTP server with a simple web server running on the front. Maybe you can find a solution in services based on OwnCloud (or installing it yourself). Or just upload manually your files into ordered folders on Google Drive?
    – avetisk
    Apr 20, 2014 at 13:26
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    Bitcasa has proven to be quite unreliable by changing their subscription types and wiping customer data without a proper warning in November 2014. I would not recommend their product at all.
    – Arjan
    Jan 25, 2015 at 15:55
  • I totally agree.
    – avetisk
    Jan 26, 2015 at 10:11

You can upload photos to Google+ (or to picasaweb, alas only if you keep a pre-Google+ account) and then view them on the web. Ditto with Flikr and Smugmug and other photo-sharing sites.

You don't upload via sync to these sites but that sounds like what you want: post, not sync.

After upload, you may delete your local copies.

I'd upload the videos to YouTube. You can choose whether to make them public, or visible only to people who know the URL, or private.

BTW you can upload an unlimited amount of "standard size" photos to Google+, or a limited amount of full size photos for free and pay for more storage if needed. See https://support.google.com/plus/answer/156348?hl=en#

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