Setting Scrivener to Auto-Sync with Google Drive

In Scrivener / Apr 27, 2014

November 2017: Scott Neufeld (see his comment below) alerted me to this advisory about using Scrivener with Google Drive. The short version: Literature & Latte doesn’t recommend using Google Drive as a backup due to potential issues. Note you can still backup full manuscripts in .doc formats to Google Drive, but consider looking for a different way to automatically sync your projects.

Original post:

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 a 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.

 

 

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