Google Drive is a popular cloud storage service offered by the search giant Google since April 2012 used to synchronize and share files across devices like PCs and smartphones. It offers 15 GB of free storage whereas space ranging from 100 GB to 30 TB is offered through optional paid plans.
If you are using Google Drive to store your data online, you are better to have backup as Google has officially announced that it will be stopping support for the Google Drive app for both PCs and Macs beginning December 11, 2017. After that, the service will shut down permanently on March 12, 2018.
Google Blog says it all, “With this launch, Google Drive for Mac/PC is officially deprecated. It will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. We encourage you to use Drive File Stream. As an alternative to or in addition to installing Drive File Stream, you can upgrade to the new version of Drive for Mac/PC, called Backup and Sync.”
Google plans to notify the users who are still using Google Drive that it is “going away” beginning in October, giving them plenty of time to use a different service instead.
Don’t worry as Google brings its own alternative, “Backup and Sync” that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos, so they’re no longer trapped on your computer and other devices. Just choose the folders you want to back up, and Google will take care of the rest!
The new app lets you sync selected folders or complete hard disks on their PCs, SD cards, USB devices and more to Google Drive and Photos so that they are accessible from any device and irrespective of your location. Google says that its Backup and Sync app is meant for Gmail users, with a more business oriented Drive File Stream for G Suite users coming later this year.
The new Backup and Sync app replaces the existing Google Drive and Google Photos Uploader app for Mac and Windows. The functionality of the new app is similar to what Dropbox offers, though whether it is as reliable as it or not is something that only time will tell.
So, if you are among those hundreds of thousands of people who use Google Drive, you can download and install the new Google Backup and Sync as the transition is inevitable.