How to automatically save screenshots & camera uploads to Google Drive

I’m a huge fan of Google Drive and Google Photos, and am in the process of moving all my photos over from Dropbox. One feature I miss from Dropbox is that it can capture screenshots and photos and automatically place them the cloud for you.

Thankfully, it’s super easy to configure this for Drive on a Mac as well.

Saving screenshots to Drive automatically #

  1. Create a new folder called “Screenshots” in your Google Drive.
  2. Open Terminal.
  3. Run the following commands:

    defaults write location ~/Google\ Drive/Screenshots/
    killall SystemUIServer

Now screenshots will be saved to the Screenshots folder in your Google Drive, not the desktop.

Saving camera uploads to Drive automatically #

  1. Create a new folder called “Camera Uploads” in your Google Drive.
  2. Connect your camera
  3. Open the “Image Capture” app
  4. Select your camera on the left
  5. At the bottom of the devices list on the left, you may see “Connecting this camera opens:”. If not, tap the little up arrow on the bottom left of the screen.
  6. Select “AutoImporter” from the list of applications for “Connecting this camera opens:”.
  7. Change the “Import To:” folder to your Camera Uploads folder in Google Drive.

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