IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Google replaces Backup and Sync with Drive for Desktop

The tech giant recommends that users transition to the new service by the end of September

Google has announced plans to move users from its Backup and Sync file-syncing services to a new unified desktop app for Drive

Onboarding for the Drive for Desktop app will start on 19 July, with Google recommending users make the switch by the end of September before they're locked out on 1 October. 

The transition is just for Backup and Sync users, however, as business clients who are already using Drive File Stream - the enterprise name for Drive for Desktops - should already be set up. 

The aim of moving to a unified desktop app is to create "a powerful and unified sync client", according to Google, with the best features from both consumer and enterprise services that should be more straightforward to use and easier for IT teams to manage.

In a blog post, Google suggests the new app will be pretty familiar to anyone who used its previous file-syncing services. Drive for Desktop will offer easy access to files and photos stored in the cloud, and will sync files in the background to keep them up to date.

Google also suggests the app can sync external storage devices like flash drives to Drive, mirror files between Drive and local files on a desktop computer, and let users choose whether they store individual photos and videos in Drive or Google Photos.

Related Resource

The care and feeding of cloud

How to support cloud infrastructure post-migration

How to support cloud infrastructure post-migration - webinar from Trend MicroWatch now

The launch of Drive for Desktop coincided with a few announcements from the tech giant, which included changes to services that helped many through the pandemic. In April 2020, for example, Google Meet was made available to all users with day-long group calls, but that has been switched to an hour as of 1 July. As such, free Gmail users will now have to make do with calls with three or more participants at a limit of 60 minutes.

Featured Resources

Activation playbook: Deliver data that powers impactful, game-changing campaigns

Bringing together data and technology to drive better business outcomes

Free Download

In unpredictable times, a data strategy is key

Data processes are crucial to guide decisions and drive business growth

Free Download

Achieving resiliency with Everything-as-a-Service (XAAS)

Transforming the enterprise IT landscape

Free Download

What is contextual analytics?

Creating more customer value in HR software applications

Free Download

Recommended

Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy
flexible working

Apple executive rejoins Google over remote work policy

18 May 2022
Here’s the first look at Google’s new Bay View campus
Business operations

Here’s the first look at Google’s new Bay View campus

17 May 2022
Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills
Careers & training

Google offers UK SMBs £87,000 scholarships to boost tech skills

10 May 2022
Google Cloud confirms it is building a dedicated team to support Web3 developers
Cloud

Google Cloud confirms it is building a dedicated team to support Web3 developers

9 May 2022

Most Popular

Linux-based Cheerscrypt ransomware found targeting VMware ESXi servers
ransomware

Linux-based Cheerscrypt ransomware found targeting VMware ESXi servers

26 May 2022
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

13 May 2022
Open source packages with millions of installs hacked to harvest AWS credentials
hacking

Open source packages with millions of installs hacked to harvest AWS credentials

24 May 2022