Google Drive going away – replacement options

The Google Drive app for PC and Mac is being shut down in March 2017, however the Google drive service will remain operational – how you access it will change due to some feature changes.

Consumer app: Backup and Sync. The replaces the standalone Google Drive and the Google Photos Uploader app. Very similar functionality to the original Google Drive app.

Business app: Drive File Stream. The app maps a network drive on your mac or pc to the files stored in Google Drive storage in the cloud. No files are stored on your local drive, however you can elect an option to have the files stored locally as well.


Compare Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream

If you want to sync files between Google Drive and your computer, there could be two options for your work or school account:

  • Backup and Sync syncs and stores Drive content locally on your computer. You may not be able to use Backup and Sync. If you can’t, contact your administrator.
  • Drive File Stream streams all files and folders from the cloud.

Learn more about using Drive File Stream with your Google Account for work or school.

See differences between Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream

Backup and Sync Drive File Stream
Use files in My Drive Yes Yes
Use files in Team Drives No Yes
Sync only selected folders in My Drive Yes Yes
Sync only individual files in My Drive No Yes
Use native apps, like Microsoft Office & Photoshop Yes Yes
Sync other folders, like Documents or Desktop Yes No
Use with your personal Google Account Yes No
Use with your work or school Google Account, like Maybe Yes

The admin for your work or school can turn off either Backup and Sync, Drive File Stream, or both for your organization.