The support for Google Drive for PC and Mac will be cut off on December 11th 2017 and the app will be shut down completely on March 12th 2018, as announced by Google in a blog post on September 6th. The mobile apps for iOS and Android, in the other hand, continue to work normally.

Google will only shuts down the app, not the service. The move comes as the result of Google’s desire to combine all of their existing cloud storage solutions into one and more effective app.

As solution to the discontinuity of Google Drive for PC and Mac, there are two ways to access Drive files and keep them in sync on all your devices:

  • Drive File Stream (available September 26), which is best for enterprises. This application lets the users to stream My Drive and Team Drive files directly from the cloud, which in turn will free up disk space and network bandwidth, decrease sync time, and minimize the amount of company data stored on users’ hard drives. It also allows user to make Drive files available for offline access. These cached files sync back to the cloud when you’re online, so the latest versions of your files are available on all your devices.
  • Backup and Sync is Google’s consumer sync client, but it doesn’t mean that organizations cannot use it too. With Backup and Sync, all your Drive content is stored locally.

There are some differences between the apps; both can do one or two things that the other can’t. See the table below:

Feature
Drive File Stream Backup and Sync
Access files in My Drive Available

Available

Access files in Team Drives Available

Not available

Stream files on demand Available

Not available

Sync only selected folders in My Drive Available

Available

Sync only individual files in My Drive Available

Not available

Use native applications like Ms Word and Photoshop Available

Available

Sync other folders, such as Documents or Desktop Not available

Available

If you transition from Backup and Sync to Drive File Stream, here are primary differences you’ll notice in the user interface:

Drive File Stream
Backup and Sync
Access Google Drive like any other local or network drive

Mac: Google Drive appears in Finder under Devices

Windows 7: Google Drive appears in Explorer as a mounted drive under My Computer and Favorites

Windows 10: Google Drive appears in Explorer as a mounted drive under This PC and Quick Access

Google Drive appears in Finder under Favorites

Windows: Google Drive appears in Explorer under Quick Access

When you access Google Drive on your computer, you see both My Drive and Team Drives When you access Google Drive on your computer, you see My Drive. You can find Team Drives only in Drive on the web (this also applies for the previous version, Google Drive for Mac/PC)
The sync content from Documents, Desktop, or other folders, you must explicitly move it to My Drive. You can select other folders on your computer to automatically back up and sync besides My Drive (such as Documents or Desktop). These folders appear in the Computers section in Drive on the web.

So, if you’ve been an avid Driver user up to today, now is the time to start migrating your data over those new apps. Just in case you’ll forget to do so, starting in October Google will give you notifications periodically to let you know that Drive is being removed.

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