Google is replacing the old Backup and Sync app for desktop users with the Drive for Desktop app. Google had already started implementing changes to phase out the old app for months, but it looks like the company wants everyone to switch to the new Drive for Desktop app.
The new app brings a more streamlined design but remains largely the same on basic functionality. Users will also be able to view and sync photos with Google Photos. However, this option is currently not available.
“With Drive for PC, you can access files directly from the cloud on your Mac or PC, freeing up disk space and conserving your network bandwidth. Since Drive files are stored in the cloud, any changes you or your coworkers make are automatically updated everywhere and you will always have access to the latest version, ”Google said in a blog post.
Along with support for uploading and syncing media with Google Photos, the new app also allows users to sync external storage devices with the cloud, including USB drives and external hard drives. The app also allows users to mirror Drive files to desktop quickly, which allows files to be stored on the local device and accessed faster.
Google will ask you to change apps after September
The new Drive for Desktop app is already available for Mac and PC users. While the old app is also functional, Google is expected to notify users about the new app and the impending transition soon. After September, Google should invite users to switch to Drive for Desktop if they want syncing to continue working for their files.