If you’ve ever tried to download large files from Google Drive via the web download method, you may have noticed that the downloads go really, really slowly.
Typically, I’m seeing download speeds between 300kB/s and 500kB/s. And usually, I’m seeing Drive download speeds on the lower end of that range…
Now, I don’t have fiber or anything, but I started to wonder what’s going on because 300kB/s is pretty pokey these days!
Thankfully, there is a really simple way to download from Google Drive at much faster speeds.
Get ready for this: Download Google Drive, and install it on your puter.
Next, log in to Google Drive on your puter with the same Google account you use online.
Now, when you want to download files from a Google Drive page on the web, you can just click the Add to Drive button.
This will automatically sync the files or folder you’re viewing to your puter. When you use the Google Drive application on your puter to do the downloading for you, it appears to use multiple download streams. It will also download more than 1 file at a time.
The end result?
You get downloads from Google Drive that use the full speed of your net connection.
If you’re worried about security, the Google Drive application simply installs a “Google Drive” folder on your puter. By default, only files copied into this special folder will be synced to the Almighty Cloud.
So, it’s not like Drive will automatically copy your entire hard drive onto Google’s servers. Besides, you only get 15GB of storage space for free.
You can also right-click the Google Drive icon in your system tray and disable “Run at Startup”, so Drive will only do its thing when you want it to.
Pretty handy, eh?