Drive File Stream's name is changing to Google Drive for desktop. Learn more about the change.

Compare Backup and Sync & Google Drive for desktop

If you want to sync files between Google Drive and your computer, you may be able to use one of two apps.

Some Google Drive features are only available with a work or school account, and you're not signed in. To sign in to your work or school account, click here.

  • Backup and Sync syncs and stores Drive content locally on your computer.
  • Google Drive for desktop streams all files and folders from the cloud.

Tip: Drive File Stream is now Drive for desktop.

  Backup and Sync Google Drive for desktop
Use files in My Drive Yes Yes
Use files in shared drives No Yes
Sync only selected folders in My Drive* Yes Yes
Sync only individual files in My Drive* No Yes
Use native apps, like Microsoft Office & Photoshop Yes Yes
See who's editing with real-time presence in Microsoft Office No Yes
Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Meet scheduling No Yes
Sync other folders, like Documents or Desktop Yes Yes
Use with your personal Google Account Yes Yes
Use with your work or school Google Account Yes Yes
Upload photos and videos to Google Photos Yes Yes

*With Google Drive for desktop, you can make selected files or folders 'Available offline' to sync them to your computer rather than an online stream.


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