How to pause google drive upload (Windows & macOS)

Google Drive has proved to be the one-stop storage solution for our basic needs and business needs as well. Google Drive supports almost any document format available. Due to the increased usage of documents, we tend to store extremely large files such as large video files, pdfs, etc. When there is a need to upload or download such large content from Google Drive, it’s impossible to get the job done at one go. There can be internet connectivity issues, you may want to switch to a different task and resume later. These are all common right? Cool, let’s explore the process of how to pause Google Drive upload in detail in this article.

How to pause Google Drive upload on Windows?

It’s super simple to pause Google Drive upload on Windows. Just simply follow the below steps to pause Google Drive upload.

Steps to pause Google Drive upload on windows: 

Step 1: Click on the Backup and Sync icon on the status bar. It’s the white cloud with an arrow at the bottom-right corner of the screen (probably near the clock icon). This would expand a menu.

Note: If you don’t see the icon, click the upward-pointing arrow in that same area to expand more icons.

Step 2: Click ⁝. It would be at the top-right corner of the Backup and Sync menu.

Step 3: Click Pause. All active uploads to your Google Drive will be paused now.

It’s that simple. 

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:

Step 1:  Click the Backup and Sync icon. It’s the cloud with an arrow near the top-right corner of the home screen. A new menu will be expanded.

Step 2: Click ⁝. It’s at the top-right corner of the Backup and Sync menu.

Step 3: Click Pause. All active uploads to your Google Drive will be paused.

To continue uploading files, repeat this method, but this time select Resume instead of Pause.

How to pause Google Drive upload on Android?

Step 1: Open the Google Drive app on your android phone. You’ll usually find it on the home screen or in the app manager.

Step 2: Select each file you want to upload. You’ll be noticing a blue and white checkmark at the top-left corner of each selected file.

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Step 3: Tap Image titled Android7share.png. It’s at the top of the screen.

Step 4: Choose Upload

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Step 5: Finally select Save. The selected item(s) will begin to upload.

Step 6: Now, pull down your Android’s notification bar. To do this, swipe down from the top of the home screen. You will notice an entry for the Drive upload process that displays some information about the upload, including a progress bar and the number of files.

Step 7: Tap the blue circle with a white arrow, next to the progress bar.

Step 8: Tap the pause icon on any file you want to pause. You can find it at the bottom-right corner of each file.

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Note: 

  • To unpause/restart the upload, tap Upload paused at the bottom of each file.
  • To stop the file from uploading at all, tap the X at the bottom-right corner of its filename.

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

Many times during the upload process, you would definitely 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’ll be provided with the option to retry the download. This will start where you left off if the download was in process.

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Thus, we have successfully discussed some easy tricks you can use to pause upload on Google drive on different devices. What else are you waiting for, just try and get your hands dirty from now on?

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