Google Launches 'Backup and Sync' Mac App for Google Photos and Google Drive

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced the launch of Backup and Sync, a new app for Macs and PCs that's designed to back up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos. The new app is meant to replace the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC.

    To use Backup and Sync, Google Drive/Photos users just need to download the app and then choose the folders they want to back up. From there, the selected folders will be continually backed up to Google's services, providing an alternative to Time Machine and making it easier to automatically store important files in the cloud.


    In addition to specific folders on a Mac or PC, Backup and Sync can also automatically import files from SD cards and USB devices when a camera, SD card, or other device is connected to a computer.

    There are also specific options users can set to dictate how file deletions are handled, and users can choose to upload photos at a lower quality if space is a concern.

    Backup and Sync is available starting today through Google Drive and Google Photos.

    Article Link: Google Launches 'Backup and Sync' Mac App for Google Photos and Google Drive
  2. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
  3. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  4. expiredyogurt macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2016
    not america
    Been waiting for this to launch now. It was supposed to launch back in june but ofcourse they delayed it and finally it's here.

    I'm gonna test it out with my son's pc and see how it goes. It's mainly ms paint drawings that he has and whatnot so I'm not too scared about the privacy issues that people are whining about.

    It would definitely be a good alternative to time machine as well
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I'm surprised Google has not come out with an app equivalent to for MacOS and Windows.

    Android users don't have a nice app like we do that stays synced automatically and keeps a constant local copy of your library. They can only view their photos on the website.

    Google would do well releasing a equivalent. I wonder why they won't.
  6. Pman17 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2011
    Galveston, TX
    Sweet! I can finally get my OneDrive on my "Unlimited" Drive.
  7. motm95 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I swear, Google is the king of replacing and deprecating its services for something new that basically does the same thing. Kind of annoying.
  8. raazman macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    This is not the same thing.
  9. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
  10. benz240 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2008
    I miss Picasa
  11. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    Do you mean like the Google Photos app available for Android and iOS? It is an awesome app on both iOS and Android. I prefer it to the built in Photos app in iOS. I am not sure where you got the impression that Android users were stuck using a web app? It is particularly good if you have devices on both platforms and want to access your photos across all of them. Unlimited storage if you don't mind it scaling photos over 16 megapixels (iPhone is 12) isn't bad either. Though it would be nice if they would release a storage option between the 100GB and 1TB plans.

    This isn't replacing or depreciating anything, rather enhancing and combining the experience of two existing products. Despite their knack for creating promising products and then slowly ruining them, Google has done a pretty good job with their Photos platform. Just wish they would have created an updated version of Picasa or new standalone desktop app to integrate with it.
  12. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Time Machine is more than just backup though. It also has versioning, which is very handy when I want to go back to an older version of something.
  13. macLifestyle macrumors newbie


    Apr 19, 2012
    Kansas City
    This is not " alternative to Time Machine." Time Machine is a local backup. Google Drive is a remote backup. They are fundamentally different. Both local backups and remote backups are part of a complete backup plan. It could correctly be said Google Drive is an alternative to iCloud backup.
  14. xpxp2002 macrumors regular

    May 3, 2016
    Right. I'm certain it doesn't back up system preferences or installed apps, either.
  15. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    They lie. They say it works with MacOS Versions 10.9+. It does not work with APFS.
  16. subjonas macrumors 65816

    Feb 10, 2014
    So how does pricing work? Photos are free with certain limitations, and for other file types you use up your regular google storage subscription tier?

    Doesn't google scan all my photos and files? I'm not comfortable with that. Does iCloud have a selective folder sync feature?
  17. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    With iCloud, files you drag into the iCloud Drive sidebar in Finder will be synced
  18. subjonas macrumors 65816

    Feb 10, 2014
  19. bartvk macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2016
    The Netherlands
    So it is just sync, instead of backup and sync? That would seem very misleading.
  20. itsmilo macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2016
    I hope this works better than their uploader. I have had a certain amount of images (about 25) sitting there for whatever reason failing to upload
  21. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Great, now I can have my entire hard drives content backed up to Googles servers via my Google Fibre connection, via my Google wifi using Google DNS and get notified about it in my Googlemail.

    OK Google, how much do you know about me now?
  22. Ener Ji macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    Picasa was a pretty great app back in the day, but Google wanted to focus on web applications. See here for more details:
  23. alexclst macrumors member


    Dec 24, 2007
    Saint Paul, MN
    Now just to wait for the Google Drive iOS app to get an update that supports these new Computer folders so I can get to this stuff on my iPhone and iPad.

    Also, a little disappointed that this won't sync two of the same folders between computers. It'd have been nice to be able to sync my Desktop folders through this... Would've done that with iCloud except that I don't want my Documents folders synced (mostly do that anyway through symlinks to folders in Box, dropbox, etc.).
  24. expiredyogurt macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2016
    not america
    Did the initial back up and sync but I can't find the folder on my gdrive like that said it would be.

    I had to go to the recent file uploads, open the info and select the folder location of it. There is no way to location the folder when you're in gdrive.

    unless I miss something, this is a huge oversight?
  25. JGIGS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    iCloud is expensive and doesn't give nearly the same amount of free storage. Also isn't friendly with non Apple products. Big difference.

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