Google has announced plans to move users of its consumer desktop file sync service, Backup and Sync, to a new unified app that consumers and business customers can use called Drive for Desktop.
Google says, “Backup and Sync users will have to transition to the new app, but business clients who are already using Drive File Stream should be good to go”. According to them the desktop Drive client, the app should be pretty familiar to anyone who used Google’s previous services. Drive will offer easy access to files and photos stored in the cloud, and sync whatever files you choose in the background so they’re always up to date. Google says the app can sync external storage devices like flash drives to Drive, mirror files between Drive and local files on your desktop computer, and let you choose whether you store individual photos and videos in Drive or Google Photos.
Here’s the following transition timeline for users, from Google:
July 19th, 2021: Backup and Sync will support a guided flow to help users transition on to Drive for desktop
August 18th, 2021: Any users still on Backup and Sync will start to receive in-product notifications prompting them to transition to Drive for desktop.
October 1st, 2021: Any users still on Backup and Sync after that point will no longer be able to sign in to Backup and Sync. To continue syncing with Drive and/or Google Photos, users will need to transition to Drive for desktop.