Each year, people are creating more content & using more devices to access that nội dung. So it’s more critical than ever to lớn be able to lớn keep files, folders và photos safe, synced between devices, backed up and organized. To address this, in the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out a number of new features for Drive for desktop (Windows, macOS), our unified sync client that lets you easily sync your nội dung across all your devices & the cloud.

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Quickly sync & access content directly from PC or Mac 

While many people access Google Drive directly from their web browser or from Mobile apps, some people prefer to lớn have access to their files và photos directly on their desktop, just like files that are stored locally on your device. Drive sầu for desktop is an application for Windows và macOS that lets you quickly access content directly from your desktop, helping you easily access files and folders in a familiar location. Drive for desktop also automatically syncs local files lớn the cloud in the background, which minimizes the time you need lớn spend waiting for files khổng lồ sync.

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With Drive sầu for desktop, you can access files directly from the cloud on your Mac or PC, which frees up your disk space và saves your network bandwidth. Because Drive sầu files are stored in the cloud, any changes you or your collaborators make are automatically updated everywhere, và you’ll always have sầu access lớn the latest version.


A unified, easy-to-use and faster sync client – for all users

Before launching Drive sầu for desktop, we had two sync solutions available: Backup và Sync, which was built primarily for consumer users, and Drive File Stream, which was built for business users. Now, we're unifying these sync clients into lớn the new Drive sầu for desktop, bringing people the best và most used features from both Backup and Sync và Drive sầu File Stream, including the ability to:

Upload and sync photos & videos to lớn Google Photos and/or Google Drive

Sync external storage devices to lớn the cloud, including flash drives và external hard drives

Mirror Drive sầu files on your desktop, which stores your files on your local device và enables quicker access to your content


Transitioning lớn Drive for desktop

In the coming weeks, Backup and Sync users will begin to see prompts asking them khổng lồ transition khổng lồ Drive sầu for desktop, which we recommkết thúc doing by September 2021. After this point, users will see an in-product notification notifying them they’ll need khổng lồ transition khổng lồ continue syncing their files. For additional details on the transition from Backup & Sync khổng lồ Drive for desktop, please refer lớn this Help Center article. 

You can learn more about the Drive sầu for desktop transition for business users in this Google Workspace Updates post.