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How To Fix Google Drive Not Syncing On Windows 11?

You can resume the syncing permissions, clear the app's cache, and free up Drive storage to start syncing your computer's data to Google Drive.

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The ability to sync your device’s data on Google Drive is super-useful. However, if you find Google Drive not syncing on Windows 11, fret not. The problem usually arises due to storage limitations, network issues, or incorrect app configurations. I applied multiple solutions that restored the Google Drive syncing on my Windows PC.

Key Takeaways
  • Google Drive may stop syncing data due to lack of storage, large or corrupt files, bandwidth/Firewall restrictions, and more.
  • Lift off bandwidth restrictions, reinstall the Google Drive app, and check Drive settings to fix the issue.
  • Ensure you have free storage available in the Drive to continue syncing.

Method Difficulty Rating

Enable Syncing
Rated: 1/10

Change Preferences
Rated: 2/10

Launch At Startup
Rated: 2/10

Disable Bandwidth
Rated: 3/10

Verify Syncing Permissions

It is also possible that you temporarily paused the Google Drive syncing feature, which halted the process completely. Therefore, make sure this is not the case on your computer. If the syncing is paused, resume it using the following method.

  1. Navigate To Google Drive: Find the arrowhead pointing upwards on the left side of your Windows Taskbar > Click on it > Press the Google Drive icon.
    Choose Google Drive Icon
    Choose Google Drive Icon (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Turn On Syncing: Choose the Settings gear > Resume Syncing.
    Resume Syncing
    Resume Syncing (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Tip: Ensure that the file you are trying to upload is in a supported format and does not exceed the maximum limit offered by Google Drive. The complete details are available on Google Drive Help.

Modify Drive Preferences

In my case, I noticed that after updating the app, the Drive settings were automatically changed to sync limited folders instead of syncing everything on my PC. So, I had to go to the Preferences menu and re-adjust the configurations. These steps will help you move ahead with the solution.

  1. Go To Drive Folder: Open My PC > Select the drive where the Google Drive file folder is stored and locate it.
  2. Select Preferences: Once found, right-click on Google Drive > Hover the mouse over Google Drive in drop-down > Preferences.
  3. Allow Sync Everything: Move to the Sync Options tab > Mark the circle beside Sync Everything In My Drive > Apply.
    Sync Everything In Drive
    Sync Everything In Drive (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Allow Startup Permissions

For Google Drive to sync data without any hassles, ensure you have allowed the app to launch as soon as you boot up the computer. Consequently, the Drive will begin syncing your files and folders without you having to back them up manually.

In case the option is disabled, the syncing process may be halted. Therefore, I verified that the relevant permissions were enabled on my Windows with this technique.

  1. Head To Startup: Click on the Windows symbol on the Taskbar > Settings > Apps > Startup.
    Select Startup (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Enable Permission: Find Google Drive in this list > Turn On the permission via the toggle switch.
    Allow Google Drive
    Allow Google Drive (Image By Tech4Gamers)
WARNING: Granting startup permissions will cause the app to use data and storage in the background which might slow down the PC.

Remove Bandwith Restrictions

Imposing bandwidth restrictions means that I limit the amount of data that can be transferred over the network within a specific period, for instance, setting the bandwidth limit to 50GB per day. When this is done, it may affect the syncing process as larger files require more bandwidth to sync to the Drive.

Additionally, enabling restrictions also slowed down the network speed on my PC. Hence, the smart decision was to disable it. Confirm that the Drive’s bandwidth usage is not restricted in any way with this step-by-step process.

  1. Launch Preferences: Come to Google Drive’s Preferences > Bandwidth Settings.
  2. Unrestrict Bandwidth: Unmark the boxes beside Download Rate and Upload Rate.
    Bandwidth Settings
    Change Bandwidth Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Wrap Up

Upon researching, it was clear that I was not the only one facing this problem and that multiple users on Reddit were struggling with the same. Still, there has been no official response from Microsoft yet, and users have mostly relied on workarounds like the ones mentioned above.

One thing I did was to use the web version of Google Drive to sync data from my computer instead of the app. It worked as a temporary fix until the root cause leading to the error was gone. On the other hand, reach out to Google Support for personalized assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is Google Drive Not Syncing On Windows 11?

You can sync the Xbox One controller with Bluetooth or USB cable.

How Do I Resume Google Drive Syncing On Windows 11?

Disable bandwidth restrictions, reconnect the account and use the app in administrator mode to resume the syncing.

Will Reinstalling Google Drive Delete My Data?

Because the data is saved in your Google Drive account and not on the computer, reinstalling will not erase anything on the Drive.

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