Adding Google Drive to Nautilus File Manager
Google, unfortunately, does not provide a software package for Linux for Google
Drive support. However, one can still get support for Google Drive through
third-party software or one can use support provided with
, aka Nautilus, which is the default
for the GNOME
desktop software under
Linux. To be able to access files and transfer files to and from Google Drive
storage under CentOS 7 Linux, take the following steps:
Click on Applications at the top, left-hand corner of the screen and
select System Tools.
Then select Settings.
Select Online Accounts from Settings.
In the online accounts list, click on Google.
You will then be presented with a Google Account sign in window where you
can provide your Google credentials, e.g., an email address or phone number.
After you hit enter and log in, you will then be asked to accede to allowing
GNOME to access your Google account, which will allow GNOME the following
If you then click on Applications and Files, you
should see your Google account listed at the left side of the window.
You can then copy files to and from your Google Drive folders to the local
host or access files already stored in Google Drive.
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Free 2 GB Google Drive storage increase on Safer Internet Day
Since today is the yearly
Safer Internet Day
you can get a free, permanent additional 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage on
by checking the security settings for any Google account you
may have, e.g., a Gmail account. If you are signed into your Google account
in your browser, when you go to
, you should see "It's #SaferInternetDay. Stay safe online
with a 2-minute
". If you click on the
"Security Checkup" link you will be prompted to verify your security settings.
If you are not signed in, you will see
Explore tips to help
you stay safe online
", instead. You can also start the process by going to
and signing in to your Google account from that page.
If you missed the storage upgrade opportunity on February 9, Valentina
Palladino notes in
Today you can get 2GB of Google Drive storage for free that
"There's no word on when this 2GB offer will expire, but you have at
least one week to complete the security check-up."
It should only take about a minute to complete the process.
At the first step of the process you will be prompted to
"Check your recovery information" for your account.
Help us get in touch with you if there’s unusual activity in your account or
you accidentally get locked out. Don’t worry, we’ll only use this info if we
need to reach you about your account.
You will be asked to verify that your recovery phone number,
recovery email address, and security question are correct. At the next
step you will be asked to "Check your connected devices"
Next, please review the devices connected to your Google Account. Let us know
if any of these devices look unfamiliar to you, and we'll work together to
ensure no one else has access to your account.
You will be shown a list of devices identified as "Windows", "Linux",
etc. depending on what devices you use to access your account, and a city
where that device was used to log into your Google account. If they look
ok to you, you can click on "Looks good" and proceed to the next step,
which is "Check your account permissions". E.g., if you use Google Drive,
you may see it listed with "Has some account access, including Google
Drive, Google Hangouts". You will see other services listed to which
you've given permission to access some information associated with your
Google account. You will see the date authorization was granted to a
service and you have the opportunity to remove access to Google account
information by that service. If they all look ok, you can click on "Done"
to complete the process. If you click on "Continue to account settings",
if you click on "Your Google Drive storage" under "Account preferences"
on the left side of the browser window, you should see that you've been
granted another 2 GB of storage on Google Drive.
The files that you store in Google Drive are always encrypted in transit
between your systems and Google's servers and also while stored in Google’s
data centers. By confirming the settings for your account, also, you help
to ensure the security and privacy of the data that you store using Google's
Today you can get 2GB of Google Drive storage for free
Yet another annual promotion from Google, marking Safer Internet Day 2016.
By Valentina Palladino
Date: February 9, 2016
Google Is Awarding 2GB Of Free Drive Space To Promote Safer Internet Day
By: Amit Chowdhry
Date: February 9, 2016
Synching Google Drive from the command line
If you want to synchronize files stored on a computer with the Google Drive
cloud from the command line, the only way to do so currently using the
application provided by Google appears to be to kill the
process that handles the synchronization
and then restart it. You can kill the processes - there are actually two
of them running with the same "googledrivesync.exe" name - from the command line
taskkill /f /fi "imagename eq googledrivesync.exe"
then restart them with the command
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync
application is stored in the
default location of
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\
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Google Drive files not syncing - not connected
If Google Drive files are not synchronizing between systems or files are
not appearing when you view the conents of your Google Drive storage area
from a browser by going to drive.google.com, it is possible the system
that should be synchronizing the files has lost its connection to Google
Drive. Clicking on the Google Drive icon in the system tray should reveal
if that is the case. It can be easy to remedy the connection problem, but
you may have to wait a fair amount of time before all files are synchronized
after you reestablish the connection.
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