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Deploy the Drive sync client

To use the full power of Google Drive, you can deploy the Drive sync client in your organization. This synchronizes local files to Drive on the web, making them available on all your devices.

The latest Drive sync client is named Backup and Sync. Earlier versions were named Google Drive for Mac/PC.

This article is for administrators in an organization. If you’re using Drive with a work or school account, your admin may take care of this for you or let you know if they want you to install it yourself. If you're using a personal account, see Back up & sync files with Drive instead.

How it works

When you install the Drive sync client, it creates a folder on your computer named Google Drive. Anything you put in this folder syncs with a folder named My Drive in Drive on the web, and becomes available on all your Drive devices. This is a 2-way sync, so changes you make online are reflected on all your devices, and vice-versa. Learn more about syncing files.

With Backup and Sync, you can also sync Photos and other folders on your computer, as well as USB devices and SD cards.

Install or deploy the Drive sync client

Important: These steps install the latest consumer-focused sync client, Backup and Sync. A new enterprise sync solution will be available soon. If you’re an existing customer, we recommend that you keep your current Google Drive for Mac/PC sync client until Drive File Stream is available.

  1. Verify that the Drive system requirements work for your organization.

  2. Install Backup and Sync on each user's computer using one of these options:

    • Let each user install Backup and Sync on their own machine.
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      Note: Backup and Sync respects all administrator controls you’ve previously set for Google Drive for Mac/PC, and vice-versa.

    • Push the .msi file to your users. You can use this option for a silent, unattended installation. See your Windows documentation to learn how to install .msi files.

      You can also use Google Update to control whether Backup and Sync is automatically updated on your users' computers.

  3. Make sure Backup and Sync is enabled and specify whether users can see download links:

    1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

      Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

    2. From the Admin console dashboard, click Apps and then G Suite and then Drive and Docs and then Data Access.
    3. If you have the G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, or Nonprofits edition, select the desired organizational unit. (Learn about G Suite editions.)

      Otherwise, your settings apply to your entire organization.

    4. In the Drive section, select an option to allow Backup and Sync in your organization.

      • If you let users download and install Backup and Sync, they’ll see a link in Drive on the web.

      • Consider the option to hide the download links if you're using the .msi file to deploy Backup and Sync. You might also hide the links to prevent users from downloading the Backup and Sync while you wait for the new enterprise sync solution.

      • If you don’t allow Backup and Sync in your organization, all other Drive components are still available. Only the sync client is disabled. Users can still manually upload and download files to and from Drive on the web, and they can access Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

        If instead you want to disable all Drive components and the Docs editors, you can turn off Drive.

  4. Send your users an email letting them know about Drive and how they can get started. We provide a template email that you can copy and modify to suit your organization's needs.

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