Backup and Sync
Backup and Sync
3.45

1.2

Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync

3.4512 July 2019

File backup and sharing tool; 15 GB free (was Google Drive).

Backup and Sync
Free
12 July 2019

1.2

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Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync

3.4512 July 2019

File backup and sharing tool; 15 GB free (was Google Drive).

Overview

Backup and Sync (was Google Drive) 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 in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, and beyond.

Features
  • Create and collaborate. Google Docs is built right into Backup and Sync, so you can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on anything (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items.
  • Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go). All your stuff is just... there. 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. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the Drive app to your Android phone or tablet. We're also working hard on a Drive app for your iOS devices. And regardless of platform, blind users can access Drive with a screen reader.
  • Search everything. Search by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Let's say you upload a scanned image of an old newspaper clipping. You can search for a word from the text of the actual article. We also use image recognition so that if you drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.

What's new in Backup and Sync

Version 3.45:
  • Updated the Preferences page to clarify that the “Removing items...” setting applies only between Backup and Sync and Google Drive. Items removed from Google Photos will not be removed from your computer, and vice versa.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Requirements for Backup and Sync

  • OS X 10.10.0 or later

164 Reviews

Rate this app:

24 November 2012

Most helpful

Google is evil. Please join the thousands who are say "Enough!" with the way Google is above the law with regard to privacy. Anything you do with any Google app or service does not go unnoticed and is recorded forever. Be aware that anything you store on a Google location is like having a big blinking neon sign that says, "Open for all to see." Even if you think you'e used encryption, they are still there for Google to sell to the highest bidder. Please do not support Google. Remember, you are the product that Google sells to its customers. You are not the customer.
Like (10)
Version 1.6.3837.2778
06 June 2019
ABSOLUTE TRASH. If you value your data and documents – NEVER TRUST GOOGLE.
Like
Version 3.44
11 January 2019
I told them when they auto-upgraded users from Google Drive to this new app that Offline files did not work with it. – They had no clue about that at all.
Like
Version 3.43
14 June 2018
Man Google is infuriating. There is NO FREAKING WAY TO REACH ANYONE!!!!!!! Google, you really know how to make a user ANGRY. I have attempted to troubleshoot and your forums flat out suck. Your support folks are just entirely lame; they cannot help and they cannot get in touch with development engineers. I've worked incredibly hard to track down issues for you via `dtrace` and digging into the guts of your app as best I can, but even what I find cannot be shared! USER BEWARE: If you do anything interesting at all with your Photos.app library or use ZFS, STAY AWAY FROM THIS until they get their heads out of their rear ends. Google, you sure know how to be dysfunctional as far as users needs go. Disgusting.
Like (3)
Version 3.42.9858.3671
1 answer(s)
hayes-1
19 July 2018
Hi. This is Google. Like we give a ****?

Or that's been my experience, anyway.
Like (1)
30 May 2018
release notes: https://support.google.com/a/answer/7573023?hl=en
Like
Version 3.42.9747.1898
1 answer(s)
Odysseus
18 June 2019
There have been no new release notes since then. ?
Like
11 May 2018
This one works and doesn't seem to bog down my system as do some apps that I want to keep running in the background. The feature I've found most valuable (from this free app ;-) ) is the ability to sync some folders from my Mac to my Drive without creating a new Drive folder. Instead, it slides it into a spot in my Drive that is labeled with my Mac's name. I can see this being even more valuable if I had multiple machines and I wanted to backup all the "Documents" folders and not get them mixed up. The Google Drive folder that shows up in my Finder is sometimes useful for uploading files, but pretty useless for opening Docs as there is no local app and the file just opens up a browser window and fails to load if I'm not logged in with the correct account in my default browser. Once I made peace with that part of using this feature I was able to fully enjoy the features it does provide!
Like (1)
Version 3.41.9267.0638
10 May 2018
I hate when they say "Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated." Come on Google! How is it that you can't create a reliable app to work properly with your own cloud?
Like
Version 3.41.9267.0638
21 March 2018
Crap app... Just a suggestion, subscribe to G Suite and use Google Filestream and wuallaaaaa!!
Like
Version 3.40.8921.5350
13 March 2018
Takes 30 minutes to start syncing. I has to process all the files (90GB) before staring to sync.
Like
Version 3.39.8297.0200
01 December 2017
slow, loosing files from both of my computer and from the Google Drive cloud, skipping files when downloading parent folders, can't fetch folder names from the cloud faster than 2 minutes when I want to choose the ones to sync from my computer, etc etc etc. Pain in the ass.
Like
Version 3.38.7642.3857
01 December 2017
deleted
Like (1)
Version 3.38.7642.3857
Free

1.2

Category:

Utilities

File Management

Developer Website:
DownloadMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 247,174 times

Free

1.2

Category:

Utilities

File Management

Developer Website:
DownloadMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 247,174 times

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164 Reviews

Rate this app:

24 November 2012

Most helpful

Google is evil. Please join the thousands who are say "Enough!" with the way Google is above the law with regard to privacy. Anything you do with any Google app or service does not go unnoticed and is recorded forever. Be aware that anything you store on a Google location is like having a big blinking neon sign that says, "Open for all to see." Even if you think you'e used encryption, they are still there for Google to sell to the highest bidder. Please do not support Google. Remember, you are the product that Google sells to its customers. You are not the customer.
Like (10)
Version 1.6.3837.2778
06 June 2019
ABSOLUTE TRASH. If you value your data and documents – NEVER TRUST GOOGLE.
Like
Version 3.44
11 January 2019
I told them when they auto-upgraded users from Google Drive to this new app that Offline files did not work with it. – They had no clue about that at all.
Like
Version 3.43
14 June 2018
Man Google is infuriating. There is NO FREAKING WAY TO REACH ANYONE!!!!!!! Google, you really know how to make a user ANGRY. I have attempted to troubleshoot and your forums flat out suck. Your support folks are just entirely lame; they cannot help and they cannot get in touch with development engineers. I've worked incredibly hard to track down issues for you via `dtrace` and digging into the guts of your app as best I can, but even what I find cannot be shared! USER BEWARE: If you do anything interesting at all with your Photos.app library or use ZFS, STAY AWAY FROM THIS until they get their heads out of their rear ends. Google, you sure know how to be dysfunctional as far as users needs go. Disgusting.
Like (3)
Version 3.42.9858.3671
1 answer(s)
hayes-1
19 July 2018
Hi. This is Google. Like we give a ****?

Or that's been my experience, anyway.
Like (1)
30 May 2018
release notes: https://support.google.com/a/answer/7573023?hl=en
Like
Version 3.42.9747.1898
1 answer(s)
Odysseus
18 June 2019
There have been no new release notes since then. ?
Like
11 May 2018
This one works and doesn't seem to bog down my system as do some apps that I want to keep running in the background. The feature I've found most valuable (from this free app ;-) ) is the ability to sync some folders from my Mac to my Drive without creating a new Drive folder. Instead, it slides it into a spot in my Drive that is labeled with my Mac's name. I can see this being even more valuable if I had multiple machines and I wanted to backup all the "Documents" folders and not get them mixed up. The Google Drive folder that shows up in my Finder is sometimes useful for uploading files, but pretty useless for opening Docs as there is no local app and the file just opens up a browser window and fails to load if I'm not logged in with the correct account in my default browser. Once I made peace with that part of using this feature I was able to fully enjoy the features it does provide!
Like (1)
Version 3.41.9267.0638
10 May 2018
I hate when they say "Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated." Come on Google! How is it that you can't create a reliable app to work properly with your own cloud?
Like
Version 3.41.9267.0638
21 March 2018
Crap app... Just a suggestion, subscribe to G Suite and use Google Filestream and wuallaaaaa!!
Like
Version 3.40.8921.5350
13 March 2018
Takes 30 minutes to start syncing. I has to process all the files (90GB) before staring to sync.
Like
Version 3.39.8297.0200
01 December 2017
slow, loosing files from both of my computer and from the Google Drive cloud, skipping files when downloading parent folders, can't fetch folder names from the cloud faster than 2 minutes when I want to choose the ones to sync from my computer, etc etc etc. Pain in the ass.
Like
Version 3.38.7642.3857
01 December 2017
deleted
Like (1)
Version 3.38.7642.3857