How do I remove a folder from Google backup and sync?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To remove a folder from Google Backup and Sync, follow these steps:

1. Open the Backup and Sync application on your computer. You can usually find it in the system tray or menu bar, represented by a cloud icon.

2. Click on the cloud icon to open the Backup and Sync menu.

3. In the menu, click on the three-dot icon (usually located in the upper-right corner) to open the preferences or settings.

4. In the preferences window, navigate to the “Google Drive” tab. This tab contains options specific to syncing with Google Drive.

5. In the “Google Drive” tab, you will see a checkbox labeled “Sync only these folders.” Check this box to enable selective syncing.

6. Once you’ve checked the “Sync only these folders” box, you will see a list of folders that are currently being synced with Google Drive. By default, all folders are selected for backup.

7. Go through the list of folders and uncheck the ones you want to remove from the backup. This will prevent those folders and their contents from being synced to Google Drive.

8. After unchecking the folders you want to remove, click on the “OK” or “Apply” button to save your changes and close the preferences window.

9. The Backup and Sync application will now update its settings and stop syncing the folders you removed. The files within those folders will no longer be backed up to Google Drive.

It is important to note that removing a folder from backup and sync will only affect the syncing process and not the actual files on your computer. The files will still remain in their original location, but they will no longer be synced to your Google Drive account.

By selectively choosing which folders to sync, you can save storage space and bandwidth, especially if you have large or unnecessary folders that don’t need to be backed up. This can be useful for managing limited storage on your Google Drive or if you want more control over the files that are being synced.

Remember that if you remove a folder from backup and sync, it will no longer be automatically backed up to Google Drive. So, ensure you have alternative backup measures in place if you want to keep your files safe and secure.