July 13, 2017
The wait is over. Google has launched its new Backup and Sync tool that will enable you to back up files and photos from your PC or Mac.
The new tool, which replace the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC, is a combination of the two software programs in one app.
“Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos, so they’re no longer trapped on your computer and other devices,” Google said in a blog post. “Just choose the folders you want to back up, and we’ll take care of the rest.”
Once you’ve downloaded the app, using the new tool is as simple as signing into your Google account and choosing the folders you want to be backed up. The app also gives you the ability to back up a desktop folder in its entirety rather than saving files individually. Once you’ve selected the files, the app will regularly backup your chosen folders to keep you up-to-date.
It is not all good news, however. Google will only store up to 15GB of your files for free. If you need additional space, it will mean opening up your wallet.
Backup and Sync is primarily intended for consumer users. Google said G Suite customers should continue to use Drive for Mac/PC until its new enterprise-focused solution, Drive File Stream (currently in EAP), is made generally available to all G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, Education, and non-profit domains later this year.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.