Google recently announces it’s Backup and Sync app exclusively for their end consumers and the business consumers were advised to continue using Drive for Mac/ PC until its new Drive File Stream is made available widely. The new Googlereplaces both the company’s Drive and Photos desktop apps for Windows PCs and Macs. You can use the app to back up the contents of your entire computer or just selected folders. Google Backup and Sync is essentially an upgraded version of Google Drive. In addition to handling your Google Drive files and letting you sync them to your local device, you can now pick and choose folders in other locations on your Mac or PC, whether on your main hard drive or external one.
The new tool offers a simple user interface, where you’ll first sign into your Google account, then select the folders you want Google to continually back up to Google Drive. Because it’s replacing current users’ existing Google Drive installations, the tool will respect any current settings you’ve already specified on Mac and PC
With the Google Backup and Sync tool, users can backup files from their entire computer, USB-connected devices, like cameras, as well as SD cards among other sources. It can be downloaded from both Google Photos as well as Google Drive. After the back up is complete, your files can be accessed in Google Drive from any device including your computer, phone or tablet. Your photos and videos, meanwhile, will be available in Google Photos.
How to use Google Backup and Sync app:
Next, launch the app, sign into your Google account and select which folders you’d like to continuously back up to Google Drive. For photos, you have two options: High quality or Original quality. High quality will compress photos larger than 16 megapixels and videos with a resolution higher than 1080p but these compressed files will not count against your data cap. Google Drive provides 15GB for free but after that, you’ll need to pay.
There’s also a checkbox to Upload photos and videos to Google Photos. Use this option if you want all of the photos you have stored on your computer to show up on Google Photos.
Next, click the OK button and Backup and Sync will start uploading.
If you ever run out of space, open the Google Drive application and tap “Upgrade” You’ll be able to buy more storage from Google.
And Finally keep in mind that its not a restoring tool,it’s just a simple replacement for Google Drive and Google Photos. And the best part is that you no longer need to manually drag files to Google Drive to create those cloud backups. You just point Google to the folders on your computer that you want it to keep an eye on and keep continuously backed up.