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How-To: Manually Force Google Drive To Sync Your Files

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Cloud storage is the best way to backup your important data and files. Even if your system crashes your data is still safe allowing you to access and recover it at anytime. Along with Dropbox, Google Drive is one of the most widely used service.

Consider a scenario:

You are working in a group along with your team constantly accessing and modifying certain file. You always want others to have the latest version of the file with updated content. What if you find out that the changes you made are not synced? Google Drive application does not provide an option to trigger a manual file sync instead it does it automatically.

If you find that your files were outdated by days, what would you do to sync them or always have them in sync. Here is an app that I came up with to address this issue.

How to Manually Force Google Drive To Sync Files

Force Google Drive to Sync Files and Keep them Updated

Meet Google Drive Force Sync, a tiny app which helps you keep your Drive content always in sync by forcing manual updates periodically.

How it Works?

As of now Google Drive app doesn’t have any option to force file sync manually. But there is one behavior of the app which we can use it to our advantage. Each time drive application is opened it scans for new files it has missed out to sync. So our app will be automating this, it will be restarting gDrive application every 5 minutes and hence triggering file sync and keeping contents as fresh as possible.

How to Install and Use the App?

1. Download and rename file extension(Press F2) from .abc to .exe. Then run Google Drive Force Sync.exe

How to Rename File Extension

2. That’s it. Now on, every five minute Google Drive app will be restarted automatically.

How To Force Update Google Drive

3. To terminate this app, right click it from task bar and click exit.

Note: Google Drive application should be installed only in default location under Program Files for this to work. Otherwise you will get an invalid path error message.

Tips and Suggestions:

1. Pausing and resuming sync sometime helps in forcing updates.
2. If there are files which are still not synced at all, you can right click on Google Drive icon on task bar-> select view unsyncable files and then click retry all.

So did it work for you? Have better suggestions? Feel free to share it with us!

Credits: This app is inspired by tip from binarybum

28 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Mustak Ali says:

    Great article on Google drive. Sir can I able to use Google drive as my html website host. If possible please post a new article on your site.

  2. Antony Dwyer says:

    Hi, I like your little app. Is there a way I can change it to every 30mins? I have about 74gb on Google drive and it doesn’t get through scanning it all before it restarts. Thanks.

  3. Kerry says:

    Hi, I like the idea of your app because I have been having sync issues for a week or two and haven’t been able to find a solution. My only problem is when I don’t seem to have a programme that is able to open it?

    Can you tell me what I should use please?


  4. Paul says:

    Its installed but nothing happens…sync has not resumed.

  5. Shawn says:

    What happens if the googledrivesync is still synchronizing files when the 5min elapses and your app goes to restart the google processes?


    • It will probably start over or start from where it was left. If your files are huge, taking time to sync, I can tweak the polling time for you. Write to

  6. Lloyd Stearns says:

    I love the app. I have a batch file that calls for GoogleDriveForceSync.exe to start before accessing the drive to do backups to my GoogleDrive. This way I know I have a fully synced set of files. But (it was bound to come), once I run it, I get a leftover GoggleDrive icons in the Windows 10 System area of the task bar every 5 minutes. I can get rid of them (many time up to 50) by floating the mouse over the icons (I don’t even have to click on them for them to go away; but they do mount up. How do I prevent these from collecting on the system icons of the task bar?

  7. Mark says:

    Hi, While a solid idea it doesn’t work for me, since the sync frequency is such that it kills cover notes (to go along with a link) which I am writing using the Google Drive Share facility. How do I uninstall this? (I could not find it in the obvious place.) Thnx.

  8. saps ibubapa says:

    yeah.always face this kind of problem when the document not sync ..thank for the solution..

  9. pop smoke says:

    Thanks thanks thanks. Let me get this straight. You found a major error in a leading product from a billion dollar firm and you fixed it. WOw. I am retired, my hobby is a computer network I set up of 19 computers, laptops and towers. When the miscreants at Dropbox told me they were dropping support of XP (shortly after they dropped support of my Mac OS 4.11) I looked for another platform and with great reluctance added GDRIVE to all 19 machines. Yes that took a while, but, as I said, retired. Today I used it for the first time and it did not sync. (Dropbox, in spite of the intriusive updates, always synced.) So faced with the thought of 19 un-installs I went to the web version thinking I would manually upload that way and see what happens. Google refused to allow my Firefox browser — which I have about 6 versions of, 1 installed and 5 portables — to touch their GDRIVE. That is a new level of MEAN and they could have mentioned this in the install. So I was back to the 19 un-installs when I found your app and OMG it works! Anyway I owe you one.

    • Hi Pop,

      Great to know. This certainly made my day ๐Ÿ˜‰ And please do share and spread the word across. And you can always buy me a coffee:

  10. Robert Koernke says:

    This is a great idea. Google-drive has many issues. But this blows up Windows-10 Store apps, when running in ‘tablet-mode’. Every 5-mins it would crash a metro-app I was running. I don’t think it happens in normal mode.

  11. Robert Koernke says:

    Give us a chance to change the frequency. I’m a fraid i had to turn it off. It was too much. I was seeing the “black command box”.

  12. Chie says:

    Great tool. Sometimes it takes my Gdrive more than 2 days to sync things, and that’s ridiculous. I am thinking of quitting Gdrive then came across this article and it really helps. Thanks for providing this.

  13. John says:

    Please ignore previous comment. I figured out I had to view in a folder in order to be able to change the name and the good news is that it works! Thank you so much!

  14. Miles Lowe says:

    I came across this tool and it works well but it would be great if you could disable the auto sync every five minutes (or adjust this time period would be great) and found an option to suspend hot keys – I don’t see anything telling what the hot keys are. I would rather see an option to:

    1. Be able to set your own auto sync time
    2. Have it just check the date and times and not sync unless the dates and times changed on the google side or PC side
    3. Be able to shut off the autosync and a way (even right clicking for that option) to manually sync it.

    Thanks for the tool and your willingness to make changes to it.

  15. Rick says:

    Awesome program, thank you for your hard work. One issue is I get a lot of leftover google drive icons in my taskbar. They go away with a mouse hover, but it seems I get one for every sync. So after half a day I may have 50+ of these.

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