Google's 'Backup and Sync' Tool Is Now Available To Download

Image of new Google sync app to choose folders to back

Image of new Google sync app to choose folders to back

After a slight delay, Google has today announced that their Drive and Photos backup and Sync tool is now available to download for Mac and Windows computers.

Files in the folders you've specified are then backed up automatically, and made accessible on the web and on any other computers where you've got Backup and Sync installed.

As the image above shows, you'll first need to sign into your Google account, then choose which folders on your computer you want backed up to the cloud. This will prove extremely helpful in scenarios where users want to save photos and files from multiple locations like desktop folders, SD cards, cameras, external hard drives, etc. on their Google Drive. The tool replaces the current Google Photos desktop uploader as well as Drive for Mac and PC, according to Google; it is faster, easier to use, and more reliable, all important things for an equally important task. But once you find the flawless cloud storage solution, you still have to solve the problem of how to upload all your stuff.

Back up desktop documents and
Back up desktop documents and

Google has not announced any changes to Drive subscription plans with Backup and Sync.

From within the Backup and Sync software, you'll be able to configure a number of settings and preferences, including whether you want photos and videos uploaded to Google's cloud in their original quality (as pro photographers would likely choose), or just high quality. That means Backup and Sync will become an even more attractive option for people looking to back up their photo collections or Microsoft Office documents for free. With all this in mind, there might be an increased need for more than the free 15GB of data storage that Google provides. If your company uses G Suite, you might have a different storage allotment included with your Google account for work.

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