Setting Scrivener to Auto-Sync with Google Drive

In Scrivener / Apr 27, 2014

A friend asked if Scrivener can be synced with Dropbox, and I found the Three Helix’s post about how to do it.  So I sent the post to a friend, and it got me thinking:

How come I don’t have Scrivener set to automatically sync and save my manuscript somewhere other than my hard drive?!? I periodically back up my work to a flash drive and/or Google Drive by compiling and saving the manuscript. An automated sync would be so much easier.

From reading the Dropbox How-To a few weeks ago, I knew there’s a “Sync” option under the file menu in Scrivener, so I went there. I chose the “Sync with external folder” option, which brought up a new menu. I clicked the “choose” button to access Google Drive. [Note: see Peter’s comment below if you have a PC.]

I quickly went over to Google Drive and started a folder specifically for my manuscript, and then went back to Scrivener and chose the new folder. So only Scrivener files related to this manuscript will be in the folder. This is supposedly ideal given the way the program saves data. Try to save your manuscript in a folder that already has documents and Scrivener will give you a warning button that explains why you should have dedicated folder with no other files.

I clicked “Sync.”

And that was it. My manuscript is now automatically synced with Google Drive, so whenever I close Scrivener, my Google Drive folder will be synced automatically.

 

Note:

This post was edited on 1/16/17 to call attention to Peter’s comment below, which says: “Update Infos for 2017: Scrivener on PC behaves now almost like on Mac and you find the sync function under the file menu. Also you need to install Google Drive as an application on your operating system in order to use it as a folder. Else there will appear no special option inside the synchronization wizard for google drive.”

This post was edited on 5/23/16 to add the PC note above. Thanks, Robbie Taylor, for your question about PCs versus Macs.

14 Comments

  • Reply John Morgan August 4, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks so much!!! I had no idea about this feature. This helped me out tremendously!

  • Reply Alesa January 7, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Wow. Thanks a million! You saved me hours of trying to figure this out on my own.

  • Reply Robbie Taylor May 21, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Is this the Mac version of Scrivener? I don’t see a Sync option under the File menu of the Windows version.

    • Reply Kelly May 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Yes–this is for the Mac version. According to the Third Helix’s post on syncing Scrivener with Dropbox, for a PC go to Tools -> Options.

  • Reply Rachit June 10, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Thanks very useful. I am still using a trial version to Scrivener to see if it makes sense. Syncing across Google Drive was one my main criteria.

  • Reply Carys September 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    And if I am using scrivener on another computer, how do I get that software to look at the same synced version in google drive? Any ideas gratefully received!

    • Reply Andy May 25, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      I’m wondering about a similar question. Did you find an answer?

  • Reply Jim Meyer November 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Is this reliable now? I tried this a while back and the files in Google drive were corrupted, if I recall the error correctly, and a little online research told me that this was a known problem with Scrivener. I’d rather do it this way, since I’m using both a Windows desktop and a Macbook to write, and I’d like a painless way to work on the same piece from both machines.

  • Reply Peter January 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Update Infos for 2017: Scrivener on PC behaves now almost like on Mac and you find the sync function under the file menu. Also you need to install Google Drive as an application on your operating system in order to use it as a folder. Else there will appear no special option inside the synchronization wizard for google drive.

    • Reply Kelly January 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks!!

  • Reply Kayode January 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for this…

  • Reply Linda February 7, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I had to make sure I followed the note to download Google Drive as an app so it could appear in the drop down browse menu. It worked like a charm – much easier than Dropbox for me! Thank you so much.

  • Reply Alan May 12, 2017 at 9:21 am

    As Linda has said, works perfectly for me with google drive, thanks for the heads up

  • Reply Jennifer Sommer June 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks so much. This will free up some space on my computer too.

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