Google Drive offers users 15 GB of free storage, making Google Drive one of the best backup and sync options for files. Using a Google account on Windows and macOS is quite easy. The following article will guide you how to use Google Drive on Ubuntu Linux.
Accessing and using Google Drive on Ubuntu Linux is not too difficult, refer to how to use Google Drive on Ubuntu, Linux in the following article of Taimienphi.vn.
Install Google Drive account on Gnome
In System Settings in Ubuntu, there is an Online Accounts section, but that’s not the section we use to set up Google Drive accounts on GNOME. Instead, we will install Gnome Online Accounts on the Gnome Control Center.
To install the Gnome Online Accounts package, click Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Terminal window. Then enter the following command and press Enter:
sudo apt install gnome-online-accounts
Open Gnome Online Accounts
After installation is complete, enter the following command to open Gnome Online Accounts:
You can also open Gnome Online Accounts through the Unity Launcher. Click here Search button in the top corner of the Unity Launcher bar, then type “gnome control center” go there.
Click on the icon Settings inside Applications.
Then click Online Accounts in the section Personal on the All Settings dialog box.
Add a Google Drive account
On the Online Accounts dialog box, click Add an online account.
On the Add Account dialog box, click Google.
Enter the Gmail address for the Google Drive account you want to access and click next. Enter the password when prompted and then click next Again. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can sign up for Gmail new fast.
Click here Allow to allow Nautilus file manager to access your Google account.
Secure slider Files is transferred to ON. Then close the Online Accounts dialog box.
Mount (mount) Google Drive in Nautilus
You can now access your account and use Google Drive on Ubuntu directly on Nautilus. Your account is mounted in Nautilus and displayed with the same Gmail owner in the left panel. Click on your email address to access the files in your account.
You can add as many Google Drive accounts as you want. To add another Google Drive account, open Gnome Online Accounts again and repeat the steps that Taimienphi.vn introduced in the section adding Google Drive account above. The accounts will be listed separately on the sidebar in Nautilus.
You can also mount the Google Drive folder on Unity Launcher. Hover over the drive icon on the Unity Launcher bar to see which Google account is attached to that icon. Nautilus will open the Google account directly mounted on it.
Use Google Drive files on Ubuntu
Unlike Windows or macOS, your Google Drive files are not downloaded and stored locally in Ubuntu. You must use an Internet connection to access your account.
To add local files to your Google Drive account, copy the files to the Google Drive folder in Nautilus. To use Google Drive on Ubuntu offline, you copy the mounted files from the account to a folder on the hard drive.
Also you can work directly on files in the Google Drive folder. After you have changed the files, those files will be synchronized immediately back on your online account. However, this way is slower than working directly with files on the hard drive.
If you need to work with multiple files in your Google Drive account, you first need to copy the files to the folder on the local hard drive. Once completed, copy the files back to your Google Drive account to replace the original files.
Display thumbnails for Google Drive files
By default, Nautilus does not load pre-files or thumbnails from remote moutn accounts. However, if you want to access Edit =>Preferences in Nautilus to change.
In the Files Preferences dialog box, click Preview tab. Then change the settings Show thumbnails Fort Always under Files.
Nautilus also does not display the number of items in remote directories by default. To view the number of items in a folder in your Google Drive account, in the menu Count number of items In Folders, you choose Always.
Unlink Google Drive account
To unmount the Google Drive account, click the eject icon located at the right corner of the Gmail address in Nautilus.
You can also unmount the Google Drive folder on Unity Launcher. Right-click the drive icon on the account you want to unmount. Then choose Unmount.
That icon for that Google account is still locked on Unity Launcher, unless you choose Unlock from Launcher from the right-clicking menu. Keep the folder icons attached to the Unity Launcher bar to easily re-attach folders for each Google account again.
Some alternatives to Google Drive on Ubuntu
Google Drive is not the only cloud storage solution. In addition to Google Drive, there are several alternatives to Google Drive on Ubuntu, including:
Dropbox is one of the great options. The reason is because the Dropbox client for Ubuntu works similarly to the Dropbox client on Windows. The files are synced and stored in a folder in the folder on your hard drive, you can choose the folder in your Dropbox account to sync. After installing Dropbox on Ubuntu, you’ll get an indicator on the control panel that provides access to Dropbox’s features.
Download Dropbox for Ubuntu on your computer and install it here: Download Dropbox for Ubuntu
Mega offers 50GB of free storage and the MEGAsync tool provides easy synchronization between your computer and Mega account. There is also a Nautilus extension that integrates your Mega account into the file manager in Ubuntu.
You can get an additional 20GB of space by installing MEGAsync and 15GB by installing apps for mobile devices.
Other cloud storage services like Box and OneDrive do not provide Linux clients. You can access OneDrive in your browser and download and upload files.Ubuntu uses Ubuntu One, but this hosting service doesn’t exist anymore.
So in the article on Taimienphi.vn just showed you how to use Google Drive on Ubuntu. Although there are no features like file sharing, Google Drive makes it easy to access and sync files in your account. Good luck.