Google Drive desktop brace for MacOS and Windows starts uprise

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.

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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.

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