This article is for administrators. If you’re using Google Drive with a work or school account and want to use Backup and Sync, contact your administrator. If you want to install Backup and Sync for your personal account, go to 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 Google Drive for desktop. For details, go to Choose a sync solution.
Learn more about syncing files.
Install or deploy Backup and SyncStep 1: Check settings and requirements
- Let each user install it on their own machine. For details, go to 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
Customize default user settings
You can customize the default Backup and Sync settings for your users.Step 1: Create a setup file
folders: /path/to/folder1, /path/to/folder2, /path/to/folder3
ignore_extensions: ext1, ext2, ext3
Note: Delete mode can be: ALWAYS_SYNC_DELETES, ASK, or NEVER_SYNC_DELETES
- On an Apple Mac computer:
- On a Windows computer:
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