Showing posts with label Backup and Sync. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Backup and Sync. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Reminder - The Google Drive Desktop App Is Being Phased Out

Last month I posted an explanation of the pop-up notice you might be seeing in your Google Drive account regarding the end of the Google Drive desktop app. The day is almost here that will mark the end of the Google Drive desktop app being replaced by Backup and Sync and File Stream. Google has announced that transition will begin to happen on May 12th.

To be clear, Google Drive is not going away. What is happening is that the current version of the Google Drive desktop app for Mac and Windows is being phased out. It is being replaced by new tools called Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream. Backup and Sync is for Gmail-based Google Drive users (those who sign in with mygenericname@gmail.com). Drive File Stream is for G Suite users including G Suite for Education.

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Install Backup and Sync for Google Drive

Contrary to what some poorly written headlines will tell you, Google Drive is not going away. What Google did announce this week is the deprecation of the Google Drive desktop app for Mac and PC. That is being replaced by the new Backup and Sync desktop client. I installed it this afternoon and made a video of the process. That video is embedded below.


Backup and Sync is intended for consumers using Gmail accounts to access Google Drive. G Suite for Education users will also have access to a new feature called File Stream. You can read more about that here.

Just to be clear, you do not need to install Backup and Sync in order to use Google Drive. You can still just go to drive.google.com to access your files and to add new files to your Google Drive account.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Backup and Sync Will Automatically Save Your Desktop Files

Backup and Sync is a new service coming soon from Google. On June 28th you will be able to install Backup and Sync on your Mac or Windows computer. The service will let you have your desktop files or other folder files automatically backed up to your Google Drive account. You've always been able to quickly move files from your desktop to Google Drive through Drive desktop clients, but Backup and Sync will let you streamline that process.

It's important to note that Backup and Sync will be available to Gmail users and is not recommended for G Suite for Education users. A new Drive File Stream system is coming soon for G Suite for Education and G Suite for Business users.

Applications for Education
I envision Backup and Sync being useful for teachers and students who have files on their home/ personal laptops that they want to be sure to be able to access through Google Drive when they are using a school-issued computer.