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, such as Microsoft Office and 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.