Top 9 Ways to Fix Google Drive Not Syncing in Windows 11

Google Drive has native apps on Windows and Mac to sync files across devices. Google also offers files-on-demand to view all your files without taking up too much space on the desktop. But not syncing Google Drive in Windows 11 might confuse you. Instead of relying on the cumbersome Google Drive web to upload or download files. Use the following methods to resolve syncing with Google Drive in Windows 11.

You can easily switch to Google Drive from the File Explorer app in Windows 11. But if Google Drive doesn’t sync. Changes will not be reflected for your account on other devices.

1. Make sure Google Drive is running in the background.

Before making changes to Google Drive, You need to make sure it is running in the background. usually Google Drive runs in the background at startup. If you disable it, You will need to open it yourself.

Step 1: Click the Windows key and search for Google Drive.

Step 2: Press Enter. No app will appear on your screen.

You can check the Drive icon by clicking the up arrow on the Windows Taskbar. This confirms the current Google Drive status.

2. Open Google Drive on startup.

You can set Google Drive to open at startup on your Windows device. In this way, No need to worry about opening the app manually to sync files and latest changes. Google Drive automatically starts up and updates you with changes. There are two ways to open Google Drive at startup.

Windows 11 Settings menu

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app in Windows 11.

Step 2: Select Apps from the left sidebar.

Step 3: Click Startup on the right.

Step 4: Turn on the button for Google Drive from the menu below.

Google Drive settings

Step 1: Click the up arrow icon on the Taskbar in Windows.

Step 2: Right-click on Google Drive and open the Settings gear.

Step 3: Select your preferences.

Step 4: This will open Google Drive Preferences. Tap the Settings gear in the top right corner.

Step 5: Enable the check box next to ‘Open Google Drive at startup’.

3. Check the network connection.

If you have slow internet speeds on your phone or computer. Google Drive may fail to sync changes. For better internet speed and downloads; Connect to the 5GHz Wi-Fi frequency band on your dual-band router. Alternatively, you can use an Ethernet connection to your desktop.

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Click Network & internet from the left sidebar. If you are using a LAN cable, verify that the Ethernet status is Connected. You can also check the Wi-Fi frequency under the Properties menu.

You can also run internet speed tests to check the speed and reliability of your internet connection.

4. Restart Google Drive Syncing.

You can pause Google Drive syncing for a few hours. Follow the steps below to resume syncing.

Step 1: Open Google Drive from the Windows Taskbar (refer to the steps above).

Step 2: Open Settings and choose to resume syncing.

5. Check Google Drive Storage.

Your Google Drive storage, Gmail inbox, Docs, Sheets, Counts with Slides and Google Photos media. It’s very easy to fill up the free 15GB storage. If your Drive account is low on space, The app will stop syncing on the desktop.

Step 1: Select Google Drive from the Windows 11 Taskbar (check the steps above).

Step 2: You can check your remaining Drive storage under your email address.

6. Pause the background download process.

If you’re downloading large files from the web or streaming Netflix or Prime Video in 4K; Google Drive does not have enough internet bandwidth to sync files. Pause the download or streaming process in the background and try again.

7. Check the Google Drive Error List.

Google Drive provides a separate error list to check which files cannot be uploaded to the servers. Here’s how you can check.

Step 1: Open the Google Drive app’s settings on your desktop (refer to the steps above).

Step 2: Select ‘Error List’.

Step 3: Select the files and try to sync them.

8. Check the Bandwidth settings in the Google Drive app.

Slow download or upload speeds if Google Drive bandwidth is limited. It may experience problems syncing recent changes.

Step 1: Go to the Google Drive Preferences menu (refer to the steps above).

Step 2: Go down to Bandwidth settings and turn off the tick next to ‘Download speed’ and ‘Upload speed’.

9. Reconnect your Google Drive account.

You can disconnect your Drive account and connect it again to start syncing changes. It’s also an easy solution when changing your Google Account password. You can authorize the account using the steps below.

Step 1: Go to Google Drive Preferences (check the steps above).

Step 2: Disconnect the account and confirm your decision.

Connect your Google Drive account from the same menu.

Access Google Drive files in Windows 11

If none of the tricks work. You must use Google Drive web to upload or download files. Which troubleshooting tips work for you? Share your experience in the comments below.

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