Google Backup and Sync Tool

Posted by @Helen

October 12, 2018

Google had released a tool to backup and sync files between Google drive online and a folder on local desktop in late June, 2017. Let’s see how it works.

What Is Google Backup and Sync?

Google Backup and Sync is a new tool published by Google in this late June (say on 28) aims to synchronize files between online Google Drive and local desktop folder. This folder will be created once the sync task is started. And, this is a double way sync; changes made to local desktop folder will be synchronized to network Google Drive and differences happen in online Google Drive files will also be mirrored to local storage.

On the one hand, it safely backup your files. “Upload and store files from any folder on your computer, camera, and SD cards in the cloud. You can find your content on any phone, tablet, or computer using Google Drive, and your photos and videos in Google Photos.”

On the other hand, it syncs Google Drive with your computer.

Google Backup and Sync download >>

How to Use Google Backup and Sync App?

In general, it is easy to setup Google backup and sync desktop.

First of all, download Google Backup and Sync tool from the address given above and install it on your computer. Then, let’s get started!

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

Firstly, sign in your Google Account.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Sign in

Then, it will give you the general introduction of this application. It tells you that the files chosen to be backed up to Google Drive will be stored in a “Computers” tab in Google Drive.

Google drive Backup and Sync Introduction

Then, go to the important computer settings step. Here, you have to specify which folder(s) you would like to sync to Google Drive. Also, you can specify the quality of upload photos and videos (Google photos backup and sync). See more detailed description about the photo and video quality >>

Google Drive Backup and Sync Computer Settings

The above is to setup sync from computer to Google Drive, the next will setup synchronization form Google Drive to My Computer.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Sync Information

Here, you should decide which folder(s) to be synced to local computer and where on the local area to save the synced items.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Drive Settings

Finally, click “START” to start Google Backup and Sync service. Then, in the future days, Google Drive auto sync will backup files between certain folder on local PC and Google Drive Computers tab.

If you want to stop this task, just disconnect your Google account. Click backup-and-sync.png this icon in the right side of taskbar; click More (three dots) and select “Preferences”; select “Settings” and choose “Disconnect account”.

You can also pause or resume Backup and Sync through the icon. If you want to uninstall Google Backup and Sync tool, do it in Control Panel just like uninstall any other software.

The above are the process of the first time use of Google Backup and Sync desktop. If you already have started its service, to reset it again, just do it through its taskbar icon and follow the guides.

Besides Windows systems, Google Backup and Sync tool can also supports Mac operating systems. Yet, it can only backup and sync files between local and Google Drive.

Google Backup and Sync Free Alternative - Backup and Sync Files to General Cloud Drives

To backup and sync files between local storage and cloud drives, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive, you need to rely on Google Backup and Sync alternative free – AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper is a professional and reliable backup and restore software. It can do files/folders, system, partition and disk backup & recovery; disk, system and partition clone; as well as files/folders sync. As for synchronization destination, it supports not only local and external storages, but also support cloud drives and NAS / network share.

Download, install and open AOMEI Backupper free Standard Edition. In its Backup tab, select “File Sync” (go to the bottom by scroll bar).

File Sync

Click “Add Folder” to select the folders you want to sync. You can also filter certain files/folders with “Filter Settings”; but this function only available in paid editions.

File Sync Add Folder

You can only select one folder in one time. To add more folders, just repeat the add operation.

Then, click the down arrow in Step2 (Select another location as the destination path) and choose “Select a cloud drive”.

File Sync to Cloud Drive

Note: Though AOMEI Backupper supports sync to general cloud drives, it is based on the precondition that you have installed the cloud drive app on your computer. Here, I will take OneDrive for example.

Select OneDrive and click “OK”.

File Sync to OneDrive

You can further write a comment to this sync operation to distinguish it from other sync task; enable email notification to get an email informing you the result of synchronization.

File Sync Options

Also, set a schedule to automatically sync files/folders without manual operations.

File Sync Schedule

Finally, click “Start Sync” to carry out cloud drive backup and sync with Google Backup and Sync alternative.

Compare Google Backup and Sync with AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard has many other features, but here I will only take its File Sync function for comparison.

Google Backup and Sync

AOMEI Backupper Standard




Supported OS

Windows, Mac

Windows PC

Supported device

Desktop, laptop, notebook

Desktop, laptop, notebook

Supported cloud drive

Google Drive

Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, hubiC, CloudMe and   more to be supported.

Sync from local to cloud



Sync from cloud to local



Sync from local to   local/NAS/network share



Schedule   sync