How to pause Google Drive upload (Windows & macOS)

When uploading or downloading such significant content from Google Drive is needed, finishing the job in one go is impossible. There can be internet connectivity issues, and you may want to switch to a different task and resume later. These are all common. Cool. In this article, we will explore the process of pausing Google Drive upload in detail.

How to pause Google Drive Upload PC

It’s super simple to pause a Google Drive upload on Windows. Follow the below steps to pause the upload.

Steps to pause Google Drive upload on Windows: 

1. Click on the Backup and Sync icon on the status bar. A white cloud with an arrow is present at the bottom-right corner of your screen.

Note: If you don’t see the Backup and Sync icon, click on the upward-pointing arrow to see more icons.

2. Click on ⁝ from the top-right.

3. To pause the upload process, click the Pause option.

It’s that simple. This is how to pause Google Drive upload in Chrome.

How to pause Google Drive upload on macOS?

You can also pause Google Drive upload on macOS by following the steps mentioned below.

Steps to pause Google Drive upload on macOS:

1. Click the Backup and Sync icon, which resembles a cloud with an arrow located at the top-right corner of the home screen. A new menu will expand.

2. Click on ⁝ from the top-right corner.

3. To pause the upload process, you just click on the Pause option, and to continue the upload process again, you just need to click on the Resume option.

How to pause Google Drive upload on Android?

1. Open the Drive app on your Android phone. You’ll usually find it on the home screen or the app manager.

2. Select each file you wish to upload. You’ll notice a blue and white checkmark at the top-left corner of each selected file.

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3. Tap Image titled Android7share.png from the top of the screen.

4. Choose Upload.

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5. Finally, select Save. Now, the upload process will start for all the selected items.

6. Now, you can see the number of files downloaded with the progress bar in the notification area.

7. Tap on the blue circle with a white arrow that is present after the progress bar.

8. If you want to pause the upload process, tap the pause button for the respective files.

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  • You can tap the Upload paused option to resume or restart the upload process.
  • Tap the X option for the respective files to stop the upload process completely.

Tricky with no pause, but cancel functions the same way on PC/Mac

Many times during the upload process, you would need to pause your upload.  The UI would only show you a “Cancel” button. But the tricky note is that this button essentially provides a way to pause an upload on Google Drive. If you hover over the “!” button after you click ‘Cancel’, you can retry the download. This will start where you left off if the download is in process.

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Thus, we have successfully discussed some easy tricks for pausing uploads on Google Drive on different devices. What are you waiting for? Start getting your hands dirty.