How to Download an Entire Folder in Google Drive

Putting files into your Google Drive cloud storage is a great way to keep copies of those files in a convenient location.

You might have even started organizing those files into folders to make them easier to find.

Our tutorial below will show you a quick way to download a folder from your Google Drive account.

How to Download a Google Drive Folder (Guide with Pictures)

Use these steps to download an entire Google Drive folder at once.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive.

Go to https://drive.google.com to access your Google Drive directly.
sign into Google Drive

Step 2: Select the folder that you want to download.

You can create a new folder by clicking the “New” button, then selecting the “Folder” option.
click on the folder to download

Step 3: Click the “More actions” button at the top-right of the window.

It’s the button with the three dots in a vertical line.
click the button with three dots

Step 4: Choose the “Download” option.

It’s the option at the bottom of the menu.
how to download an entire folder in Google Drive

Step 5: Select a location on your computer for the file, then click “OK.”

You have the option of changing the name of the downloaded file as well by clicking inside the “File name” field in the download window.
choose the location for the downloaded folder

I performed the steps in this article using the Google Chrome desktop Web browser on a laptop running Windows 10. These steps will also work on other desktop or laptop versions of other popular Web browsers.

If you would like to put a bunch of documents in a folder so you can download them, then our tutorial on how to create a folder in Google Docs will show you how.

You can move files into Google Drive folders by clicking and holding on a file, then dragging it to the folder. This moves that file into the folder, so you may wish to make a copy of the file first if you want to keep it in the overall Google Drive file list.

The downloaded Google Drive folder is going to be in a zip file. You can unzip a zip file in Windows 10 by right-clicking on the file, choosing the Extract all option, then clicking Extract on the window that opens. If you’re using Chrome then you can find the recent downloads folder in the browser’s Settings menu.

If you’re having trouble getting into your Google account, then you can read this article about the Google Drive sign in process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I mass download from Google Drive?

If you would like to download the entire contents of your Google Drive then you can either download and install the Google Drive app to your computer, or you can go to https://myaccount.google.com, click the Data & personalization tab, then scroll down and choose the Download your data option.

How do I download a folder from a Google Drive link?

It isn’t possible to create a link for a direct download in Google Drive that lets you download an entire folder. You would need to zip the folder first, then upload the zipped file back to Google Drive and share the download link for that folder instead.

How do I download files from Google Drive?

The method of clicking an item in Google Drive, clicking the three dots, then selecting “Download” works for individual files as well. You can also right-click on a file and choose “Download” as well.

How do I download a folder from Google Drive without zipping?

Google Drive will always zip multiple files when you download them through the Web browser interface. However, if you click the gear icon at the top-right of the Google Drive window, then choose “Get Drive for desktop” you will be able to download an app on your computer that syncs your Google Drive files to your desktop, allowing you to copy unzipped folders from the Google Drive desktop app to other locations on the computer.

While much of what we have focused on in this article involves downloading from Google Drive, you can upload Google Drive PDF files, as well as many other types of files, to have access to them from any computer where you can sign into your Google Account.

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