Google Backup and Sync App Updated With APFS Support for Macs Running High Sierra

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google this morning quietly updated its Backup and Sync client app with APFS support for Macs running the latest macOS High Sierra beta.

    The change, first spotted by Piunikaweb, means users of Google Drive and Google Photos can now take advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS), which was introduced in High Sierra. APFS replaces HFS+ and unifies the file system across macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, meaning it's optimized for devices that use flash and solid-state storage.

    Google's new Backup and Sync client app was broken by the OS change, and some High Sierra users resorted to moving their Google Drive to an external disk formatted to HFS+ to allow their files to sync again.

    However, that step should no longer be necessary with Backup and Sync version 3.36. Users can take advantage of the new APFS support by either downloading the Google app anew or waiting for their client to auto-update sometime in the next week.

    Google Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Google Drive is a free download for Mac.

    Article Link: Google Backup and Sync App Updated With APFS Support for Macs Running High Sierra
  2. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    This thing does not work for me at all. I have about 12.000 photos in Photos, which have already been uploaded to Google Photos in the past yet this thing tries to upload 38.000 photos that do not exist????

    Then i try the Google Photo app on my iPhone and again it seems to try to upload the same images from Photos AGAIN which makes my iPhone run out of space because it automatically downloads every image from iCloud to upload to Google
  3. dantracht macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2013
    Same experience for me. I ended up deleting it from my iMac.
  4. Tsuius macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    Ooh yeah! Give google all your files for analytic assimilation:

    "We are the google. Your private and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile."
  5. WBRacing macrumors 65816


    Nov 19, 2012
    I know! First they charge you for the service and then. Oh, wait....
  6. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    If your drive is encrypted. Which it should be, then it doesn’t matter
  7. makitango macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Can someone explain to me how a filesystem can be optimized for a SSD or non-SSD? It sounds rather markety to me.
    I know that you can optimize a filesystem in general towards a certain use case, allocating data and meta data differently, but where is the difference in software when operating the same hardware whose only difference in performance is speed?
  8. blacktape242 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    a little off topic but hangouts seems to be "discontinued" in messages in High Sierra....probably because its still in beta?

    in system prefs in internet accounts the messages check box is nonexistent.
  9. polymersayb macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    Yay you can deselect RAW upload!!!

    Had to disable previous version because it used up all my drive space with RAWs, even though I just wanted to replicate the previous Google Photos behavior (free backup and sharing of my JPGs).

  10. joesegh macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Is it still a super broken app when it comes to Photos backup? I found it WAY worse than the Google Photos-specific app. It hung, crashed, tried to upload thumbnails for and Aperture, and just generally crummy software.

    I have about 22K photos in my library, and for some reason it was trying to upload over 100,000 items again (even though the old Google Photos uploaded had already done all of that). I deleted it and went back to the Google Photos Uploader for now.

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