Fix: Google Drive won’t sync in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Because of enhanced data safety and accessibility, cloud storages emerged as leading solution for both individual and organization users. Google Drive is at the top of the list because of its good set of options and security. Even though the competition is challenging, the Google Drive solution is leading in many categories. The free plan brings out 15 Gb of free space, and upgrades to the business plan are not too expensive (up to 30 Tb of storage can be obtained).

Therefore, Google Drive is a reasonable option for many users. But, as it’s the case with any existing software, issues may occur. We found the reports of a syncing problem in Windows 10. After reinstalling Windows, some users had issues with syncing their desktop files with Google Drive.

It is quite a mischief, but you don’t need to worry because we found few solutions for you.

How to fix broken sync with Google Drive in Windows 10

There are a few ways to resolve this issue. We enlisted them here so you can look them out and try to solve this malfunction.

Reinstall Google Drive

The first thing we’re going to try, is simply reinstalling Google Drive. That way, the service will completely reset, and occasional bugs may disappear. In case you’re not sure how to reinstall Google Drive, follow these instructions:

  1. Quit Google Drive. You will do this by opening the icon in notification area.
  2. Uninstall Google Drive
  3. Rename your Google Drive folder on your local storage whatever you like.
  4.  Download latest version of Google Drive and install.
  5. Syncing should work now.

Turn off Windows Firewall and disable Antivirus

Sometimes Firewall and antivirus programs can slow down or even block your syncing. Try to disable them and it may work.

  1. Go to the Control Panel and find Windows Firewall
  2. On the left side, you will find an option to turn it off. Do drive not syncing
  3. In the notification the area, you should find your antivirus icon.
  4. With right-click it should open options and there you can disable it.
  5. Restart your PC.
  6. If the problem is gone, your Google Drive should start syncing.

Install the previous version of Google Drive

If your current version doesn’t work, you may want to try some of the past ones. To try that, do as following:

  1. Uninstall Google Drive from your system.
  2. Use trusted third-party cleaner to clean registry.
  3. Download past version from this link.
  4. Install chosen version.

If you are sure that some of the past versions worked fine and the problem occurred after the update, this is a good way to do it.

Those were our possible solutions for your problem. We hope that you ‘ll manage to make it work. If you have other solutions, please tell us in the comments.


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