Google Drive for desktop and Google Backup and Sync


Google Drive


Should I use Google Drive for desktop or Google Backup and Sync?


Google Drive for desktop should be used with U-M Google accounts.

Google Drive for desktop (recommended with U-M Google accounts)

  • Allows users to see content they have in Google Drive and access it on demand when there is a network connection
  • Is able to be used with Google Shared drives
  • You can also mark files for offline access, if needed
  • Is the recommended desktop integration solution for U-M Google

Google Backup and Sync (not recommended with U-M Google accounts)

  • Stores files locally to a computer, and is intended for consumer Google accounts
  • Cannot be used with Google Shared drives
  • Is NOT recommended for use with U-M Google

Additional Information

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Article ID: 5596
Mon 5/17/21 8:39 AM
Thu 9/2/21 10:31 AM