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Deploy Backup and Sync

This article is for administrators in a G Suite organization. If you’re using Google Drive with a work or school account and want to use Backup and Sync, contact your admin. If you want to install Backup and Sync for your personal account, see Back up & sync files with Drive.

You can synchronize local files to Google Drive on the web. Deploying Backup and Sync in your organization makes those files available on all your devices.

What can I sync?

When you install Backup and Sync, a new folder (named Google Drive) appears on your computer. Files in My Drive (and any subfolders you select) copy over to this new folder. Changes made in one folder are automatically reflected in the other.

You can also sync existing folders on your computer, such as Documents or Desktop. They appear in the Computers folder in Drive on the web. Other items you can sync:

  • USB devices and SD cards
  • Your photos and videos to Google Photos

Tip: To sync shared drive folders, use Drive File Stream. For details, see Choose a sync solution.

Learn more about syncing files.

Install or deploy Backup and Sync

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Step 1: Check settings and requirements
Step 2: Install Backup and Sync
Install Backup and Sync on each user's computer using one of these options:
  • Let each user install it on their own machine. For details, see Back up & sync files with Google Drive.
  • Push the appropriate Backup and Sync .msi file, 32 bit or 64 bit, to your users. See your Microsoft Windows documentation to learn how to install .msi files.

Control automatic updates

You can decide whether Backup and Sync updates automatically on your users’ computers. For details, see Manage Chrome updates (Windows) or Manage Chrome updates (Mac).
Step 3: Communicate with your users
Tell your users about Drive and how they can get started. For email templates you can use, go to Announce Drive to new users (sample email).

Customize default user settings

You can customize the default Backup and Sync settings for your users.

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Step 1: Create a setup file
Create a plain text file named user_setup.config
Example content:
[Computers]
desktop_enabled: False
documents_enabled: False
pictures_enabled: False
folders: /path/to/folder1, /path/to/folder2, /path/to/folder3
high_quality_enabled: False
always_show_in_photos: False
usb_sync_enabled: True
ignore_extensions: ext1, ext2, ext3
# Delete mode can be: ALWAYS_SYNC_DELETES, ASK, NEVER_SYNC_DELETES
delete_mode: ALWAYS_SYNC_DELETES
[MyDrive]
folder: /path/to/google_drive
my_drive_enabled: True
[Settings]
autolaunch: True
show_overlays: False
[Network]
download_bandwidth: 100
upload_bandwidth: 200
use_direct_connection: False
Step 2: Customize the file
Change the parameters of the text file in step 1 to meet the needs of your organization.
Note: Environment variables are not supported for the folder attributes.
Step 3: Deploy the file
Deploy the configuration file to the user's computer.
  • On an Apple Mac computer:

    ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Drive/user_default

  • On a Windows computer:

    %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Drive\user_default

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