Sharing large files or folders containing many files are not suitable for email attachments, and are not even particularly well-suited to sharing via Airdrop.
Instead, Google Drive's feature called "File Stream" can be used to create a folder that is available on your Macbook, like any other folder or file.
This article will show you how.
To create a shareable folder that will appear in your file stream:
In Chrome: Create a folder on drive.google.com and give it a distinct name so that you and those you share it with will be able to identify it in their drive.
- On this newly created folder. Click the "share" button and add any person you want to have access to the folder and the files inside.
Search in Google Drive for any files (or folders) you want to share. As you find them, you can move (or copy) those files into the folder you intend to share.
- Alternatively, you may open Finder () and click on "Google Drive" on the left sidebar, then click on "My Drive" and find the new folder you created and you can drag files/folders from anywhere on your computer into this shared folder and they will be uploaded and appear as shared files.
Important note about shared files:
The folder is "literally" shared, so any changes one person makes to the folder (i.e. adding, renaming or removing files) will remove the files for everyone that has editing permissions on the folder. Editing permissions are useful and important for when you want others to be able to add or remove files and folders from a shared folder, so before making any large changes, you should communicate with those that you've shared the folder(s).
To add a folder shared to you so that it appears in your file stream:
- On drive.google.com, click on "Shared with me" on the left sidebar.
- The most recent files/folders should appear here, and the one that was shared with you should be near the top (you may also have gotten an email informing you, and there is a link in that email that will take you to the folder.
- Click on the "..." dots to the right of the folder (this may also be in the top right corner of the folder). And click on "Organize..." and choose "Add Shortcut..." from here you can simply put the shortcut to the folder in "My Drive".
Now open Finder (looks like this)
- Click on "Google Drive" On the left sidebar
- Double-click on My Drive. The shared folder will be in that folder.
- IF you would like to put a shortcut to the folder on your Desktop: Hold down the option key and drag the folder to "Desktop" on the sidebar. (holding down the option key puts copies the link, rather than trying to move the folder) ✅