You can now download Drive for desktop. To learn more about how to transition to Drive for desktop, go to Moving from Backup and Sync to Google Drive for desktop.
How this affects your data & features you use
|Backup and Sync||Drive for desktop|
|Use files in My Drive||Yes||Yes|
|Use files in shared drives||No||Yes, if your plan includes shared drives or you’re invited to a shared drive|
|Sync selected folders in My Drive to your computer||Yes||No, to save hard drive space, you can stream files and select folders to be available offline. For details, go to the FAQs below.|
|Make select files in Drive available offline||No||Yes|
|Open and store non-Google files, like Microsoft Office & Photoshop||Yes||Yes|
|Show who's editing a document in Microsoft Office||No||Yes|
|Sync local folders, like Documents or Desktop, to Google Drive||Yes||Yes|
|Back up photos and videos to Google Photos||Yes||Yes|
|Back up only photos and videos to Google Drive||Yes||No, you can back up folders directly to Google Photos|
|Use multiple accounts at the same time||Yes||Yes|
|Upload Apple Photos library||Yes||Yes|
|Upload from USB||Yes||Yes|
|Exclude the upload of select file extensions to Drive or Photos||Yes||No|
|Prevent deletes from syncing between folders from your computer and Drive||Yes||No|
How Backup and Sync users can start using 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.
Frequently asked questionsWhy are you making this change?
In Backup and Sync, you synced specific folders from My Drive to your computer to save hard drive space. With Drive for desktop, you can stream your My Drive files and only use hard drive space for select files.
To make specific files and folders available offline when streaming:
- Right-click a file or folder.
- Click Offline access Available offline.
- Mirror local folders to Drive and Photos
- Back up files from external drives and devices