How to Download an Entire Folder in Google Drive

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

  1. Sign into Google Drive.

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

  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

  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

  4. Choose the “Download” option.

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

  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.

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.

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.

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