Google launches new ‘Drive for desktop’ Mac & Windows app; ‘Backup and Sync’ stops working this year

At the start of this year, Google announced that it was revamping its desktop client strategy for Drive. The new “Google Drive for desktop” that replaces “Backup and Sync” by adding automatic Google Photos upload is now appearing for some users. 

Update 7/12: With the rollout already under way for some users, Google today officially detailed the new Drive for desktop app on Mac and Windows. In offering one application for consumer and business users, the company added some frequently requested features, like improved compatibility for recent Mac and Windows versions. This encompasses better support for the Photo Library on Apple computers, including media that is synced with iCloud. Lastly, it will be better at syncing edited photos and support external storage (flash drives, SSDs, etc.) backup.

One underlying speed improvement sees Drive for desktop directly appear in Google Photos rather than first upload to Google Drive and making a copy in Google Photos. 

Existing Backup and Sync users will be prompted to transition to Drive for desktop in the “coming weeks.” You have to upgrade by September 2021 or not files will stop uploading to Google’s cloud.