Many people have multiple Google Drive accounts – say, for work and personal use – but Google doesn’t let you run two instances of Google Backup and Sync app on a single PC. Therefore, users have been paying for third-party apps just to sync multiple Google Drive accounts simultaneously.
However, in my view, paying for a feature that should have been offered by Google years ago (like Dropbox) doesn’t feel right. And so, after many experiments, I have managed to come up with simple solutions that allow you to sync multiple accounts simultaneously without using a third-party app. Let’s get straight to it.
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You just need to create another user account in Windows and open another instance of Google Drive desktop app under the new account’s privileges.
Windows allows you to open another instance of most apps in the same account as long as it’s opened under the privilege of a different user account.
Below I’ll show you how to create a new user account and then open another instance of Google Drive and syncs data.
For demonstration, I’ll be using Windows 10. If you are on Windows 7 or 8, then follow these instructions on Microsoft support page instead. Make sure you create an administrator account so you may have full access to the data.
If Google Drive isn’t open already, then launch it and sign in with your primary account. You can only open another instance of Google Drive from the Google Drive execute file in the file explorer. Either manually access it from the Program files, or right-click on the Google Drive Start menu shortcut and select Open file location in More option. Afterward, follow the below instructions.
Another instance of Google Drive app will open up and you’ll see its icon in the taskbar.
As this instance of Google Drive app is opened under a different user account, things may seem a bit different. Let me guide you through the sync process:
Once you have selected the folders you want to sync, click on Next and finish up the syncing process.
Your data in the secondary Google Drive account will be saved in a separate Google Drive folder listed in the new user account’s folder. And anything you add in the synced folders will automatically sync.
You can repeat the above process to sync as many Google Drive accounts as you like.
Important note: Make sure you go through the above setup process when you launch the second instance of Google Drive app. For some reason, Windows won’t allow you to set it up from the same user account in the future (more on it below).
By now, both of your Google Drive accounts will be running and your data will be synced. However, there are few limitations that you should be aware of:
So with this little setup, you can use as many Google Drive accounts on your PC as you like without spending a single penny or using a third-party app. If we look at the drawbacks, they are very minor and won’t limit your usage in any way.
If you manage to find a way to make this process even smoother, do share with everyone else in the comments below.
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