Compare Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream

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.
  • Drive File Stream streams all files and folders from the cloud. You can only use Drive File Stream with a Google Account through work or school.

See differences between Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream

  Backup and Sync Drive File Stream
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 No Yes
Sync other folders, like Documents or Desktop Yes No
Use with your personal Google Account Yes No
Use with your work or school Google Account Maybe Yes
Upload photos and videos to Google Photos Yes No

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

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