By Lily / Last update July 13, 2021

What Is Google Backup and Sync?

Google Backup and Sync is a tool published by Google in late June, 2017, aiming 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 two-way sync: changes made to local desktop folder will be synchronized to network Google Drive and differences happening in online Google Drive files will also be mirrored to local storage.

On the one hand, it safely backup your important 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, so you can access Google Drive files even when you are offline.

How to Use Google Backup and Sync App to Sync Files?

In general, it is easy to set up the Google Drive for desktop. First of all, get Google Drive Backup and Sync download 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 a general introduction of this application. It says you can find the backed up PC folders in the “Computers” tab in Google Drive.

Google drive Backup and Sync Introduction

Then, you get to the My Computer section. Here, you can choose which folder(s) you would like to sync to Google Drive and specify the upload size of your photos and videos. See more detailed description about the photo and video quality >>

Google Drive Backup and Sync Computer Settings

After setting up sync from computer to Google Drive, you will go to set up synchronization from 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 specify a location on your computer to save the synced items.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Drive Settings

Finally, click “START” to begin file synchronization. Then, in the future days, the Backup and Sync tool will automatically sync files in the Google Drive folder on local PC with your Google Drive cloud.

✐ Notes:

  • If you want to stop this task, just disconnect your Google account. Click  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 Drive Backup and Sync tool, do it in Control Panel just like uninstalling any other software.

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

  • Besides Windows systems, the Google app also supports Mac operating systems. Yet, it can only backup and sync files between local and Google Drive.

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

To backup and sync files between local storage and various cloud drives, you need to rely on Google Backup and Sync alternative – AOMEI Backupper Standard. Following are its main features:

✩ Basic Sync: you are allowed to sync local folders to external storages, NAS devices and network share, and vice versa. You can also sync files to many mainstream cloud drives, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
✩ Sync schedule: you can set the sync task to run automatically at specific time. You can select a time point in a day or select a day or several days in a week or month for the task to run.
Other features like system/disk backup and disk clone can also be found in AOMEI Backupper.

Learn how to sync local files to a cloud drive via AOMEI Backupper below:

Step 1. Download, install and open AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition. 

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Step 2. In its Sync tab, select “Basic Sync”. To enjoy more advanced sync modes like “Mirror Sync” and “Real-Time Sync”, please upgrade to higher editions.

File Sync

Step 3. Click “Add Folder” to select the folder(s) you want to sync.

Add Folder

Tips: You can only select one folder in one time. To add more folders, just click the “+” icon after adding the first folder.

Step 4. Expand the drop-down menu of the second column and choose “Select a cloud drive”.

Select a Could Drive

Step 5. In the pop-up window, select “Google Drive” and click “OK”. Please note a cloud drive is accessible from AOMEI Backupper only if you have installed its desktop app beforehand.

Backup to Google Drive

Click “Options” in the bottom to write a comment for this sync operation so as to distinguish it from other sync tasks; and you can enable email notification to get an email informing you of the synchronization result.

Sync Settings General

Also, click “Schedule” to sync files/folders at fixed intervals without manual operations.

Schedule Settings General

Step 6. Click “Start Sync” to carry out cloud drive backup and sync with AOMEI Backupper.

Google Backup and Sync VS. AOMEI Backupper Standard

AOMEI Backupper Standard has many other features, but here I will only take its 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, and CloudMe

Sync from local to cloud



Sync from cloud to local



Sync from local to local/NAS/network share



Schedule sync





Now you know how to sync files between your computer and the secure cloud Google Drive with the Google Backup and Sync tool. If you want to sync local files to other cloud drives like OneDrive and Dropbox, you can pick the free alternative to the Backup and Sync tool - AOMEI Backupper. You can also use AOMEI Backupper as hard drive transfer software to clone a hard drive. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!