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.