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Speed up Upload and Download Speeds in Google Backup and Sync (formerly Google Drive)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/31

[Wayback] Speed up Upload and Download Speeds in Google Drive is still relevant, despite the name change of Google Drive to Google Backup and Sync.

In my experience (fiber 100 mebibit symmetric with less than 5 milliseconds latency to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange) the only option that really matters is to set the Proxy Settings from “auto-detect” to “direct connection”. This saves as much as 25% on latency, which plays a big role when syncing many small files.

These are the steps in pictures:

  • Start the “Preferences”:
    Google Backup and Sync - preference

    Google Backup and Sync – preference

  • Click on “Settings”:
    Google Backup and Sync - preferences - My PC

    Google Backup and Sync – preferences – My PC

  • Click on “Network Settings”
    Google Backup and Sync - preferences - Settings

    Google Backup and Sync – preferences – Settings

  • Click “Direct connection”:
    Google Backup and Sync - preferences - Default Proxy is Auto-Detect

    Google Backup and Sync – preferences – Default Proxy is Auto-Detect

  • Click “OK”:
    Google Backup and Sync - preferences - Default Proxy is Direct Connection

    Google Backup and Sync – preferences – Default Proxy is Direct Connection

  • Click “OK”:
    Google Backup and Sync - preferences - My PC

    Google Backup and Sync – preferences – My PC

–jeroen

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