Google has announced the launch of Backup and Sync, a new app for PCs and Mac which lets you safely and securely backup files and photos to Google Drive and Google Photos.
To use Backup and Sync, Google Drive users just need to download the free app and then select the folders they want to back up.
Once selected, the folders will then be continually backed up to Google Drive, offering a easy way for users to automatically store important files in the cloud.
As well as being able to backup files from a PC or Mac, Backup and Sync can also be used to backup files from an SD card say from a camera or a smartphone, from a USB device, or from any other type of storage device which connects to your computer.
Backup and Sync also offers users different options on how files are stored and deleted and you can also choose to save photos at a lower image quality in order to help save on storage space.
“It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the files and photos that mean the most to you,” says Google.
One caveat to the service is that while it may offer great convenience in backing up files, that convenience comes at a price. Google offers all users 15GB of storage space for free, which is shared across Gmail, Google Drive and Photos etc.
If you need more storage space you will have to pay. Google’s cloud storage pricing options start at $1.99/month for 100GB although there are reductions if you pay for one year’s storage in advance.
Backup and Sync is available now.
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