It’s been a few months since Google declared the end of the Drive File Stream and Drive Backup & Sync apps. It was just at the beginning of the year that Google promised it would release a new version of Google Drive for the Desktop.
The new version is now available and it’s better than ever. Google Drive for desktop came to replace Backup and Sync.
Google Drive, in addition to storing files, also has the Cloud that many users choose to keep their files synchronized with each other on multiple computers. The Cloud also extends across platforms such as smartphones to the PC.
Synchronization is one of the tools that users most admire, but in the old version it already needed updates. This new update will allow Drive files to be synchronized with your PC or Mac.
Google is finally gradually making the new version available, this same version comes with some functions such as:
- Upload and sync photos and videos with Google Photos and/or Google Drive;
- Sync external storage devices with the cloud, including flash drives and external hard drives;
- Drive file sharing on your PC, saving files on your local device, allowing faster access to your content on another device.
This version is dedicated to the desktop. Google decided to renew this proposal and create a new tool. Thus, it will integrate into the new Desktop Drive with Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream.
Google in a Publication gave more details on how the transition of files to the new Drive will work.
- Starting July 19, 2021: Backup and Sync will offer a guide to help users transition to the new Drive.
- As of August 18, 2021: All users who are in Backup and Sync will start receiving notifications asking them to transition to Drive.
- As of October 1, 2021: All users who are in Backup and Sync after that date will no longer be able to log in to it. To continue syncing with Drive and/or Google Photos, users will need to transition to Drive.
The change will be mandatory with Backup and Sync crashing on October 1st, so don’t wait until the last minute.