The Google Backup and Sync tool replaces the Google Drive and Google Photos desktop uploader. This tool allows users to sync videos, photos and all manner of files from various internal and external storage sources.
Google Backup and Sync does not replace the apps, rather the change is the way users can upload their data on to the cloud and use it offline.
Google's Backup and Sync is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it with Google Backup and Sync. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
Key Features include:
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
- Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices.
- Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. The software can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology or images using image recognition.
You 'may' need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package to run this software.
Fixed an issue where HEIF and HEIC files (High Efficiency Image Format files) were not visible in Google Photos. Users who previously synced all file types, however, still won’t see their existing HEIF and HEIC files in Google Photos.
Fixed an issue where some users were not able to add additional folders to sync.
Users can now choose to sync subfolders of ~/Library on macOS and %UserProfile%\AppData on Windows. An exception is that subfolders of ~/Library/Application Support/Google and %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google can’t be selected.
Fixed an issue where some native applications did not appear in the list of available applications to open files with when browsing Drive on the web.
Fixed an issue on macOS High Sierra where users experienced a delay in seeing recently taken screenshots on their desktop.
Increased responsiveness when deleting photos that could not be converted to High Quality.
Fixed an issue causing sync status icons to not appear for some users on Windows.