Your favorite photos and files will soon be available to access from any computer automatically, thanks to an update to Google’s cloud based Drive app.
Currently the service is primarily aimed as an online storage platform, but in practice many people use it to backup important documents.
The new Backup and Sync tool will automate this process, by uploading content from specific files on your desktop or laptop.
Google’s Backup and Sync
- Backup and Sync will be released on June 28.
- Users who don’t wish to pay for the service will be limited to the current 15GB of free storage space.
- The app will feature a user friendly interface that will take you through the process of selecting which folders from your computer should be continuously backed up.
- On Windows, this could include the My Documents, My Pictures and My Downloads folders.
- Mac users could specify the Desktop, Documents or Pictures folders.
- The app will also show the size of the files to be uploaded from each folder.
Google already has an automated photo backup service and does allow for syncing with files that are copied into the Google Drive folder.
The update, released on June 28, will integrate these two functions and will allow users to more easily backup pictures, documents and other files.
This will allow you to access all of this data from any internet connected device.
But users who don’t wish to pay for the service will be limited to the current 15GB of free storage space.
Writing in a blog post, a spokesman for Google’s cloud app development arm G Suite said: ‘On June 28, 2017, we will launch Backup and Sync from Google, a tool intended to help everyday users back up files and photos from their computers, so they’re safe and accessible from anywhere.
‘Backup and Sync is the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC, which is now integrated with the Google Photos desktop uploader.
‘As such, it will respect any current Drive for Mac/PC settings in the Admin console.’
The feature is aimed at everyday users, rather than businesses, and will offer a safety web for anyone worried about losing their data.