Google Backup and Sync is the new backup and synchronization desktop app from Google for Windows and Mac platforms. It allows you to easily backup and organize all your important files and photos from your desktop to the cloud (in Google Photos and Google Drive services).
It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to keep your most valuable files and photos safe. Just choose the folders you want to back up, and Google Backup and Sync will take care of the rest.
What is Google Drive?
Google Drive is a cloud file storage and synchronization service developed by Google and launched on April 24, 2012. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. With Google Drive, you can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, PDFs and beyond.
Drive can recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents. So you can search for a word like "Eiffel Tower" and get text documents with that word, as well as images of the actual Eiffel Tower. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. So wherever you go, your files follow. You can quickly invite others to view, download, and collaborate on all the files you want–no email attachment needed.
Google Drive is offering 15GB free online storage for all users. If you wish to have a bigger cloud storage space you should subscribe to Google Drive, which offers from 100GB to 30TB of storage with various paid plans. Files uploaded can be up to 5 terabytes in size. As of March 2017, Google Drive had 800 million active users, and as of September 2015, it had over one million organizational paying users. As of May 2017, there were over two trillion files stored on the service.
What is Google Photos?
Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and spun out of Google+, the company’s social network. Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to a 1080p resolution. The service automatically analyzes photos, identifying various visual features and subjects.
What's the difference between Google Backup and Sync and Google Drive?
Google Drive is a unified solution that combines the best and most-used features of Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync. Since October 2021, Google Backup and Sync will prompt you to move to the powerful and unified sync client Google Drive.
- Create and collaborate
- Safe, secure and shareable
- Safely back up your files
- Access it wherever you go
- Open, organize, and make changes to any of your files
- Seamless integration with other Google services
- Search everything
- Get 15GB of storage for free
Download Google Backup and Sync
Download for Windows (Offline Installer)
Download for Mac OS X (Offline Installer)
Since October 2021, Google Backup and Sync will prompt you to move to the powerful and unified sync client Google Drive for desktop application. More info can be found here: Moving from Backup and Sync to Google Drive for desktop, Backup and Sync users should begin transitioning to Drive for desktop.
Last Update: January 25, 2021
Current Version: 3.54.3529.0458
Languages: Multiple Languages
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Server 2012 / Server 2016 / Server 2019 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Google, Inc.