Google Drive Backup and Sync lets you backup your entire computer: Here’s how it works


Google Backup and Sync is compatible with Windows PCs and Mac.

Google’s new Backup and Drive feature for Google Drive was expected to be announced on June 28, but the feature was delayed and has finally rolled out mid-July. The new feature lets users backup all files on their system — not just photos, to Google Drive. Google has not mentioned any storage limitations for the data for now though the number of files that can be saved is equivalent to the free space in the Drive. The new backup feature suppers both, Windows and Mac-based systems. Users can choose one or multiple folders, and commence backup accordingly. 

All the user needs is an active Gmail account synced to Google Drive. The new Drive Backup and Sync app can be downloaded, and installed on the desktop. Once the folders and files to be backed up are selected, it will automatically choose and sync the folders. The new service eliminates the need to sign in separately into cloud, and backup each file separately. Having the app right on the desktop makes the process smoother and easier. It merges Google Photos and Drive and gives access to everything at one place. New folders can be added later, and the backup feature will constantly track and update all changes to files in cloud.

While uploading images, the thing to bear in mind is photos are saved in full quality and not compressed.Talking about the new feature, Google mentions, “You probably keep your most important files and photos in different places—your computer, your phone, various SD cards, and that digital camera you use from time to time. It can be a challenge to keep these things safe, backed up, and organized, so today Google is introducing Backup and Sync. It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the files and photos that mean the most to you. This new tool replaces the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC.”  ALSO READ: Google is using AI and machine learning to identify malware apps on the Play Store

If you wish to backup your data, here’s how you can do it easily:

Download the Backup and Sync app: The app can be downloaded from Google Drive homepage, or from Google Photos. Once the app is downloaded, run the application. Sign in to your Google account.

Choose files for backup: Once you’re signed into the app, Google automatically opens the default tab to choose files and photos from the system. Select all the files that you want to be backed up to drive.

Choose Sync My Drive to this computer: Choosing the option starts the sync. Below the option, there are choices to auto-sync all files in the future, or to restrict the feature to only limited files. Depending on your need, choose one of the two options.

Visit Drive and cross-check: Once all the files are uploaded, visit Google Drive and check the Computers tab to verify if all the files are backed up.The feature works a little differently for G Suite users who still have to wait before the Drive File Stream functionality is unveiled. Meanwhile, G Suite users can use Google Drive for backup. Once the new feature is rolled out, they will automatically be switched to the new platform.



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