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Google Introduces Backup and Sync to Replace Drive for Mac/PC

Written by Super User 20 June 2017


Google recently announced it would soon release an application labeled Backup and Sync to help users backup the files and photos stored on their computer to Google Drive. The new app is likely to replace the Google Drive client and the Google Photos Backup app as it combines both apps’ sync features in a more unified client interface.

As the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC, Backup and Sync allows users to monitor and backup files present inside the user’s specified folder. For far Google Drive for Mac/PC requires to create a new folder on your computer and all the files in this folder will be synced to the cloud, and therefore you have to first move files into Google Drive folder and then wait for Drive to sync them to the cloud, while the new Backup and Sync tool will be able to backup and sync any file and folder from the Desktop, Documents, Pictures, or other desired directories on your computer.

Backup and Sync app will be available for download starting on June 28th for all G Suite editions. Drive for Mac/PC users will be able to upgrade to Backup and Sync, which will be included in the update of Drive and integrated into Google Photos desktop uploader. According to Google, the new version will “respect any current Drive for Mac/PC settings in the Admin console”, to make the transfer seamless.

Google added that Backup and Sync is primarily intended for consumer users. G Suite customers are recommended to persist on Drive for Mac/PC until the new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream, is made generally available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Education, and Nonprofit domains later this year.

Google Drive is a cross-platform cloud storage services that allows users to store, manage, sync and share their data easily. Free Google accounts have a 15GB online storage, and paid accounts start from $1.99 a month for 100GB to $299.99 a month for 30TB, with the most popular tier currently $9.99 a month for 1TB of storage.


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