Looking for ways to download your Google Drive files?

This article gives you 4 easy methods by which you can download your Google Drive data to your local storage system.


Google Drive is a cloud-based storage service offered by Google allowing users to store their documents, videos, photos, drawings, recordings and a whole lot more.

These files can be accessed from your smartphone, tablet or computer; you can also share these files and folders with friends, family, co-workers, associates and colleagues, who can view, comment on, and edit these files.

But what are the different ways in which you can download your Drive files?

There are four different ways in which you can do this.


How to Download Files From Google Drive?

If you want to download only a few of your files to your local storage system, you can use the ‘Direct Download’ option.

How to Download Files From Google Drive Using Direct Download Method?

  • Step 1: Login to Google Drive.
  • Step 2: Click on the file that you want to download or press ‘ctrl + A’ if you want to download your entire Drive files.
  • Step 3: Click on the vertical ellipsis option at the top right corner, and select ‘Download’.
    How to Download Google Drive - Direct Download
  • Step 4:  All your selected Drive files will be downloaded as a zip file. You can find these files in the ‘Downloads’ folder on your local system.
    How to download google drive -Download as zip format



How to Download Entire Google Drive?

You can download your entire Drive files using:

  • Option 1: Using Backup & Sync
  • Option 2: Using Google Takeout
  • Option 3: Using SysCloud

Option 1: How to Download Files From Google Drive Using Backup & Sync?

The Backup & Sync feature helps you to synchronize your Google Drive files with your computer. In this way, whatever changes you make in your Google Drive will be automatically synced in the Backup & Sync program on your computer.

To know how to download your Google Drive files using Backup & Sync, click here. 

Option 2: How to Download Files From Google Drive Using Google Takeout?

Google Takeout is a simple tool that lets you download your entire Drive data in a few steps. 

You can export your Drive data as downloadable ZIP files using Takeout. To know how to download your Drive data using Google Takeout, click here

Option 3: How to Download Files From Google Drive Using SysCloud?

SysCloud offers a fully automated cloud to cloud backup and restore service. SysCloud use industry-standard cloud storage solutions with military grade security.

With SysCloud, you can download your entire Google Drive data along with Team Drive (Shared files) data.

  • Step 1: Log in to SysCloud.
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Backup>Archive & Restore’. 

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  • Step 3: Select the user account whose Google Drive data you want to download.
  • Step 4: In the next page, click on the option ‘Drive’.
  • Step 5: On the left-hand side, click on the option ‘My Drive’. If you want to download your Team Drive files, click on the option ‘Team Drive’ and select the Team Drive folders that you want to download. After selecting the folders, click on ‘Export’.
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  • Step 6: Click on ‘Yes’ on the pop-up box that appears.
  • Step 7: You can check the status of your download process in the Export Report page. The download process will take a few minutes to complete depending on the number of files that need to be transferred.

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