How to back up your Google Drive

Google Drive is one of Google’s main tools for storing our files in the cloud. Renewed less than a year ago to follow the new lines of Material Design , the service has managed to become, in our opinion, one of the best at a visual and functional level.

The article that concerns us today is about explaining how to make a complete backup of your content in Google DriveWhile the Big G cloud should be secure enough, it never hurts to have a local copy of our files for what might happen.

The same road, two access roads

The Google Drive backup is done through Takeout, an option of our Google account that allows us to backup all our data . By referring to all, we mean absolutely all the Google services you can imagine, such as Chrome, Calendar, Gmail, Photos, Google Play …

To access this section we have two options, the first is to complicate our lives, so let’s do it. First, we will access the web of our Google account . Once in it, in the Customize Google section , click on Manage your data and personalization options .

Within this section, go down to find the section Download, delete or create a plan for the data . Within it, you will see the section Download your data . This, as we have said, is the manual method . If you want to do it in a simple way, you only have to access it from the web takeout.google.com (but this is more boring).

After accessing to takeout the scenario will be to have all the Google applications marked. Luckily, you will see the option to uncheck everything , which you must press. Within the list, select Google Drive, and after clicking on it confirms that you want to make the copy of Google Docs, Music, Personal and Video (they are all marked by default). Also, we have the option to download files in various formats .

  • Documentos: PDF, RTF, ODT, DOCX, TXT
  • Dibujos: PDF, JPG, PNG, SVG
  • Forms: PDF, XLSX, ODS
  • Presentations: PDF, ODP, PPTX, PNG, TXT
  • Spreadsheets: PDF, XLSX, ODS

Once you have adjusted what you want to download and in what format, give it a next step , to access the menu where you can adjust the size of the file you will obtain, its format (zip or tgz) and by which way it will arrive (email , within the Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or Box).

After carrying out the process, Google will send us an email notifying that the backup copy has been requested, and on the web we will have the file available for download. Depending on the content to be downloaded, the process can take from minutes to hours .