Google Drive Won’t Sync on Windows 10 [SOLVED]

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Google Drive is a well-known web storage offered by Google. In this article, we are going to discuss about its sync error and how to fix it. Whenever the Google drive stop syncing data it could be due to many reasons like a glitch, a Google account error or maybe something blocking Google drive. There can be a large number of reasons why this happens but we are going to cover most common causes and their solutions.

How can I fix Google Drive Won’t Sync?

There are 10 most common causes for this error. In this article we are going to learn 10 solutions that will undoubtedly solve your problem. You can try all of them to get perfect results. Without further due here are the solution for most common causes.

Solution #1 Pause It

Many times the problem is just a glitch which can be resolved easily. Many users resolved their problem with just simply pausing and resuming it again. In order to do that simply follow the steps down below.

Step 1: Look for Google Drive icon in bottom right corner of taskbar.

Step 2: If you didn’t see drive icon there then click on hidden icon tray and right click on Drive icon.

Step 3: Now you will see some options one of them will be Pause simply click on it.

Step 4: Now restart your computer and perform steps above again but choose Resume this time.

Solution #2 Restart Backup and Sync

If the above solution didn’t worked out for you then you should try to quit and restart the Backup and Sync. In order to do that simply follow the steps down below.

Step 1: Look for Google Drive icon in bottom right corner of taskbar.

Step 2: If you didn’t see drive icon there then click on hidden icon tray and right click on Drive icon.

Step 3: Now you will see some options one of them will be Quit simply click on it.

Step 4: Now press Windows key and enter Google drive and press Enter.

Step 5: Now look for icon for of syncing in system tray. Click on it.

Step 6: Wait for 2 to 3 minutes and check again if it is working or not.

Now you have successfully restarted the service it should be working fine now. If you are still seeing the same problem then there might be another cause for your problem be sure to check all other solutions as well.

Solution #3 Reinstall Backup and Sync

If simple solutions didn’t helped you then most probably your version of backup and sync is either outdated or corrupted in both cases you will face the same problem. The best possible way to fix it is to uninstall and reinstall the latest version of Google Drive. In order to do that simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings.

Step 2: Now choose Apps from the menu and search for Backup and sync.

Step 3: Click on it and choose Uninstall.

Step 4: Finally visit this link www.Google.com/drive/download to download and install latest version of Google drive.

Now you have successfully reinstalled latest version of Google drive your problem should be resolved by now. If not then your cause could Windows or Google account problem.

Solution #4 Choose Correct Account

Since most of us uses more than one Gmail account for ourselves. With many accounts sometimes we get confused and we use some another account instead the account we meant to sync. If the account is different it will not sync. If your primary account is not logged in then you should login to it. Now adding another account into Backup and sync is pretty easy. Follow the steps 1-2 from solution 1 and choose to Add New Account.

Now after choosing right Google account you should be able to sync it. If you are still facing that problem then you should try other solutions as well.

Solution #5 Sync Folder Settings

Google drive sync comes with its own settings which can be used to select the folders user wants to sync. If somehow those settings got changed by user or someone it can lead to this problem. Hence in this solution we will check and correct the settings of sync folder. Simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Look for Google Drive icon in bottom right corner of taskbar.

Step 2: If you didn’t see drive icon there then click on hidden icon tray and right click on Drive icon.

Step 3: Now you will see some options one of them will be Preferences simply click on it.

Step 4: Make sure that all the options are enabled.

Step 5: Finally restart your computer.

Now you have corrected sync folder setting your Google drive should have started syncing. In any case if you are still seeing that same error move to other solutions.

Solution #6 Firewall Settings

Firewall is a Windows features which allows and block features and apps to make computer safer. However it can also block these Backup and sync apps as well. In this we will make sure that firewall is not blocking Google Drive. In order to that simply follow the steps down below.

Step 1: Press Windows key and type firewall and hit Enter.

Step 2: Then select Allow an app through Firewall and locate Backup and Sync make sure they are allowed .

Step 3: Save the settings and close the window.

Now you have finally configured Firewall settings you should be able to run and sync your files. If this was not your cause of problem then check other solutions down below.

Solution #7 Run as Administration

Like any other Network and data interacting app requires special permissions which is some cases is refused by the system. In order to avoid that we run the Program as administrator. To perform that simply follow the steps down below.

Step 1: Right click on the application icon and select Run as Administrator. If this helps then continue to step 2.

Step 2: Right click on app icon again and select Properties then go to Compatibility tab.

Step 3: Now check the box saying Run as Administration and click on apply.

Now you have given admin privileges to Backup and sync app it should be working fine now. If this solution didn’t helped you then try other solutions as well.

Solution #8 Proxy Settings

Proxy settings is something you don’t want to mess with until you are familiar with it. I this solution we are to configure correct settings for Google Drive. In order to that simply follow the steps down below.

Step 1: Look for Google Drive icon in bottom right corner of taskbar.

Step 2: If you didn’t see drive icon there then click on hidden icon tray and right click on Drive icon.

Step 3: Now you will see some options one of them will be Preferences simply click on it.

Step 4: Now choose Settings from left side menu then select Network settings.

Step 5: Now make that there is no limit for upload or download and proxy is set to Auto Direct.

Finally save the settings and close the Window. Now check if the sync started or not if not then check other solutions.

Solution #9 Delete Desktop.ini File

Every time when Google drive fails to sync any folder it creates a desktop.ini file there which basically tells the drive that this folder didn’t synced. I this solution we are going to delete that file and check if it works or not. In order to delete that file simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Go to the folder which is not being synced.

Step 2: Enable Show hidden files and locate desktop.ini file.

Step 3: Click on that file and press shift + delete to delete file completely.

Now restart your computer once you are done and check for syncing again.

Solution #10 Check the file name and size

Since most of the users don’t buy extra space other than 15GB free. If the size of the files go beyond 15 gb your files won’t sync without an extra plan. In some cases there are weird file names which goes beyond 255 characters. These kind of files are not synced by Google. Hence we recommend you to check for free space and file name.

Conclusion

At the end of the article I hope all of you have found out your solution to this problem. We encounter with these kinds of errors daily. No matter how much gigantic the problem is its solution could be tiny.