How To Automatically Save Files To Different Cloud Services From Your Windows 8/8.1 PC

All popular mobile platforms, have the cloud storage apps and an automatic sync option to backup your files and folders. Especially, Android devices have the Google drive support by default. It lets you access all your files from anywhere on the web and even when your device is lost, your data will remain safe. Windows has its own cloud service called “One Drive” (formerly known as Skydrive) helps you use it as a common storage between different devices. Since, most of the popular cloud services are available as an app for Windows, today I’ve come with a simple tweak to save files in different cloud services from your Windows machine by default.

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In Windows 8.1, even if you don’t have an account in One Drive before, you can automatically create one, when you connect your Microsoft account with Windows Store. As soon as you create an account, it will create a separate folder in “This PC” (My Computer) to sync your files to One Drive. By default, if you want to sync any file to your One Drive account, just copy and paste in that folder. Instead of doing that, using this tweak you can move the default folders like Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos, etc., from “This PC” to your “One Drive” account. So, all the files in those folders will be automatically synced to your One Drive account. Not only your One Drive account, you can connect any cloud service with Windows and move these folders to them. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: If your primary cloud account is Dropbox, Google Drive or any other cloud service, first you have to download its Windows application. For instance, if you want to connect Google drive, you need to download and install its Windows app from the website.

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Step 2: After you complete the installation, go to “This PC” and you can see the installed Cloud application as a separate folder over there. To move your default folders, right click on any one of the folder, and select “Properties” in that list. For instance, if you have selected “Pictures”, in the properties window, click “Location” tab on the top, it will open a page as shown in the screenshot above.

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Step 3: Now, Click “Move” button below the text box. It will open a new window, which will show all the connected cloud applications and file explorers in your PC. Here I’m going to connect the “Pictures” folder from “This PC” to my Google Drive account. So, after I select ” Google Drive” from that list, the name of the default path will be changed to to Google Drive as shown in the screenshot below.

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After the connection, it will ask your permission to Sync all the files in pictures to your Google drive account. Click “Yes” to sync immediately or click “No” to manually choose the files to sync later. Anything you update on that particular folder will be synced automatically to your Google account. You can do this only to the default folders in your file explorer. If you want to sync other folders, you have to manually copy and paste them. Try this simple tweak on your Windows machine and share your experience with us in the comments. Thanks for reading, do share this post with your friends.

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