Drive File Stream is now called Google Drive for desktop. Later this year, we will unify our sync clients and bring features from Backup and Sync to Google Drive for desktop to create a better user experience.
How this affects your data and the features you use
|Backup and Sync||Drive File Stream||Drive for desktop|
|Use files in My Drive||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Use files in shared drives||No||Yes, if your plan includes shared drives or you’re invited to a shared drive||Yes, if your plan includes shared drives or you’re invited to a shared drive|
|Sync only selected folders in My Drive to your computer||Yes||No, but you can stream files instead to save hard drive space||No, but you can stream files instead to save hard drive space|
|Sync only individual files in My Drive for offline use||No||Yes||Yes|
|Open and store non-Google files like Microsoft Office & Photoshop||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|See who's editing with real-time presence in Microsoft Office||No||Yes||Yes|
|Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Meet scheduling||No||Yes||Yes|
|Sync local folders, like Documents or Desktop, to Google Drive||Yes||No||Yes|
|Back up photos and videos to Google Photos||Yes||No||Yes|
|Back up photos and videos directly to Google Photos instead of Google Drive||No||No||Yes|
|Access multiple accounts at the same time||Yes||No||Yes|
|Upload Apple Photos library||Yes||No||Yes|
|Upload from USB||Yes||No||Yes|
|File extensions you can ignore||Yes||No||No|
How Backup and Sync users can start using Drive for desktop
To get started with Drive for desktop, you can move your accounts and settings from Backup and Sync to Google Drive for desktop. During the process, you’ll review and confirm the settings for the folders on your computer you’re backing up and syncing with the cloud through Backup and Sync. Backup and Sync will be automatically uninstalled after you’ve moved your accounts to Drive for desktop.
Learn more about using Google Drive for desktop.