A Simple Trick to Sync Multiple Google Drive Accounts on Desktop

Google drive is one of the biggest cloud storage solutions. And with its seamless integration with other productivity apps such as Google Docs and Google Sheets, it seems to be a favorite among consumers. Throw in the 15GB free storage for all users, and you have a win.

Though, there is a handicap. Google Drive doesn’t allow more than one account to be synced on a single Desktop device.

This issue becomes a problem when you have multiple Drive accounts you need to sync often.

The good news is there’s a workaround. The following Google Drive tips will show you how to sync multiple Google drive accounts on desktop without using a paid service.

Sync Google Drive Accounts on Desktop

You can sync Google Drive accounts using its native share solution. The “Share” feature grants permission to another account to access a folder on your main account.

Here’s how to go about it.

1. Select one main Google account. This will be the account you will use to sync all the others.

2. Next, log into the account you want to sync from.


3. Create a folder inside your account and give it a unique name. This unique name will help you identify it in any other account you intend to sync from. Using your email ID is an excellent way to name this folder.


4. Next, select all the files in your Drive account and move it into this new folder. If you don’t intend to sync all these files always, then only move the ones you need to sync. You can drag and drop these files.


5. Once you have moved all the files that you need, you should have a clean drive dashboard. Open the folder to confirm that all your items have been successfully moved without errors. Once confirmed, click on “Drive” to go back to your dashboard.


6. Right-click on your folder and select “Share.”


7. Enter the email address of your main Google Drive’s account. Make sure you grant it permission to read, write and organize this folder. Now click “Send.” You can add more than one account if you want.


8. Google will send an email invite to your main account and ask for permission to have access to this folder. Sign in to your main account. (You can do this on another browser or by using an incognito/private tab.) You should receive an email like the one below.


9. Click on “Open,” then click on the “Shared with me” folder. You should see all the contents that you shared through your second Google account here. Right-click on the folder and select “Add to my Drive.”


10. Now you are set. The shared folder should be there in all its glory. You can sync this account’s content from your main account anytime you want.


11. Also, note that you can sync this folder to your desktop and have access to its content offline.


Wrapping Up

Syncing multiple Google Drive accounts is a great way to collaborate with different projects on one desktop. Not only does it boost productivity, it also saves time and allows you to concentrate on what matters the most.

Hopefully these tips will be good enough to help you set up sync across all your Drive accounts. Cheers to smoother collaborations.

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  1. Backup and sync from Google, the replacement for Google drive sync has the functionality to sync multiple accounts on desktop. This replacement has been there for a few months.

  2. Except, Sudesh, Backup and Sync is limited to three Google accounts. This solution might work better for those wishing to sync with more than three accounts.

    1. How would I use Backup & Sync for multiple accounts? Specifically for Drive Backup & Sync.

  3. Does this increase your 15GB? Or does it fill your 15GB on your main account faster?
    I am looking for a way to have 3 accounts, maybe more, share or have access to share 1TB of cloud storage. Will gladly pay for the storage, just need all the accounts to have access without having to pay for all 3 to have their own 1TB of google drive.
    Thank You!

  4. There is a major flaw with this strategy… if you create a new file on your laptop and put it in any of those folders that are sync’ed, your main Google account will be the owner… and there is no way to change who owns a file.
    Trust me from experience, this can be problematic in the future.

    1. LOL, I was thinking this exactly, took the words right out of my mouth. Yes, Rad you are correct. This is a major consideration! This might not be a terrible limitation if you own all three accounts, but if not, this is a very bad idea!

      1. Especially if one of the accounts is a work account and the other a personal. You wouldn’t want your personal files in your work account and you definitely don’t want your personal account to be the owner of your work files.
        There needs to be another way. Even a third party extension or software would be acceptable.

  5. I’m trying to figure out how to use Backup and Sync for multiple accounts. My file access issues are a nightmare and I’m trying to do a major cleanup and resolve so I can finally get some work done instead of searching for things all the time. I have 3 accounts. Personal, My New Business, My Old Business which I still want to keep active while I’m transitioning. I don’t know which account is currently being backed up, and worse, which ones aren’t. When I try to add another account, I just keep prompted to install the Back up & Sync Installer again.

  6. How do I add a link from my secondary GD account in my main GD accounts in Windows 10 Quick Access?

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