About one or two week ago, Google introduced their new Google Drive for Desktop app. The app comes with a multiple features such multi-account support, Google Photos backup, etc. Also, it will merge the existing Backup and Sync app and the Drive File Stream app.
Now, Google has begun rolling out the app for both consumers and business users. The new Google Drive for Desktop will give you a unit experience and contain the best features from both of the older apps. These include the ability to:
- Sync external storage devices to the cloud, including flash drives and external hard drives
- Mirror Drive files on your desktop, which stores your files on your local device and enables quicker access to your content
- Upload and sync photos and videos to Google Photos and/or Google Drive
Over the next few weeks, Google will notify existing Backup and Sync users to transition to the Google Drive for Desktop app. The timeline will be as follows:
- Starting July 19, 2021: Backup and Sync will carry a guided flow to help users change onto Drive for desktop.
- August 18, 2021: Any users still on Backup and Sync will start to receive in-product notifications prompting them to change to Drive for desktop.
- October 1, 2021: Any users still on Backup and Sync after that point will no longer be able to sign in to Backup and Sync. To continue syncing with Drive and/or Google Photos, users will need to change to Drive for desktop.