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How to Fix Google Drive Uploads That Are Slow or Not Working at All

This article explains what to do if your Google Drive upload is slow or incomplete or does not progress.

Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services on the web. It comes with lots of functionality and handy features and is widely used by both individuals and enterprises.

While Google Drive is definitely one of the most reliable cloud services around, it is still not without faults. And, occasionally, you may run into an error or glitch when sharing or storing your files using Google Drive.

One of the most frequently reported Google Drive issues is that sometimes the uploads are too slow — or not happening at all. This may result in incomplete uploads and lots of other problems that you surely don’t want to have. In this post, we will look into how to fix incomplete Google Drive uploads and the “waiting to upload” error.

How to Fix Google Drive Upload Issues

If your Google Drive file upload is too slow, stuck or not working properly, there are several things you can do to fix it. Here are the solutions we suggest:

  • Checking the status of your Google Drive
  • Renaming the file you are trying to upload
  • Disabling your firewall (if you are using one)
  • Reconnecting to your Google account
  • Clearing the cache on your PC

Below, we will look into each of these solutions in more detail.

Fix 1: Check the Status of Your Google Drive

The first thing you should do is check the status of your Google Drive. In order to do this, you will need to visit Google’s Status Dashboard. The dashboard lists all Google services that are running on your PC and tells you if they are running properly or not.

If you see that Google Drive is down, the only thing you can do is wait until Google gets Drive running again. In most cases, this shouldn’t take long.

Fix 2: Rename the File You Are Trying to Upload

A number of users have reported that they couldn’t upload files to Google Drive simply because the file names had unsupported characters. So, in order to upload your file, all you need to do is rename it and upload it again.

When renaming your file, try using common letters and numbers instead of special characters.

Fix 3: Disable Your Firewall (If You Are Using One)

There is a good chance that you are using a firewall or an anti-virus tool to keep your PC safe from outside threats.

While these programs are very useful and absolutely necessary for your system, they are also known to cause conflicts when uploading files to Google Drive. So, if you are having problems with file uploads, we suggest you try disabling your firewall and uploading your content again.

Here’s how to disable the default Windows Defender antivirus:

  1. Use the Win + I keyboard combo to go to Settings.
  2. Next, navigate to Update & Security.
  3. Go to Windows Security.
  4. Click Open Windows Security.
  5. Here, you will be able to turn off the firewall.

Once your firewall is disabled, try uploading your files to Google Drive again.

Fix 4: Reconnect to Your Google Account

Another way to fix the problem is to disconnect your account first and then reconnect to it again. By doing this, you will make all your files resync. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, this may take a while. Here is what you should do:

  1. Now, go to the system tray.
  2. Here, click Backup and Sync.
  3. Go to Settings by clicking the three-dot icon in the corner.
  4. Click Preferences.
  5. In the left section of the menu, navigate to Settings.
  6. Select Disconnect account.
  7. Click Disconnect.
  8. Then, click Got It.
  9. Now, click the Backup and Sync icon again.
  10. Go to Sign In.

After you’ve reconnected to your Google Account, try uploading your files again.

Fix 5: Clear the Cache on Your PC

Finally, clearing the cache on your PC can help you get rid of the error. Google Drive stores cache on your system via the web browser — this helps it load files faster. However, it can also cause occasional errors. Thus, we suggest you clear your browser cache. Here’s how:

  1. Open your browser and go to Settings.
  2. Navigate to Advanced settings > Privacy and security.
  3. Here, select Site Settings.
  4. Go to Cookies.
  5. Click “See all cookies and site data”.

Here, you will be able to remove cache for a particular website.

After the cache has been cleared, try uploading your files again.

And these are the solutions to Google Drive errors that we have for you today. However, if all you want to do is share a file online, there is a faster and much more efficient way to do it. You can use a service called FileWhopper to send a file or folder of any size over the web. Here’s why we like FileWhopper:


● Unlike Google Drive and many other cloud storage services, FileWhopper lets you transfer files without asking you to sign up for a monthly subscription. You pay as you go. It’s clear, straightforward and simple — with no hidden fees lurking around the corner.

More than that, your first transfer (up to 5GB) is totally free.

●  You can send files and folders of any size. While a lot of cloud storage services place limits on how much you can store and share, this is not the case with FileWhopper. This means that you can send over photo albums, videos and even software.

FileWhopper is an easy and secure way to send files and folders of any size without compression. Zero-knowledge encryption ensures top-level data protection.

● Your data is safe and secure. FileWhopper uses zero-knowledge encryption for top-level privacy protection. This means that nobody, including the FileWhopper team, can access your data.

● FileWhopper is really simple to use. You won’t be distracted with features that you don’t need. Plus, your files don’t need to be synchronized, and this can help avoid lots of sync-related errors — like the one we are solving in this article.

● All you need to get started with FileWhopper is download a tiny app that will help you upload your content. The app will auto-delete once its job is done. You will then get a link and password to share with the recipient(s). When everything is ready, you will get a delivery report.

● While FileWhopper doesn’t bug you with extra features, they are available on demand. For example, you can add more recipients to your transfer for an extra fee. Or, you can keep your data on FileWhopper’s servers for longer.

Plus, FileWhopper transfers don’t get interrupted. If any issue, like a connection failure or a blackout, occurs, your data transfer will pick up right from where it left off.

The best thing about FileWhopper is that you don’t have to rely solely on our little review. You can simply head to and try the service out for yourself. Your first 5GB transfer is free, remember?

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