By Nicky / Last Updated December 29, 2020


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User case

“Hi, I used Google Drive app on desktop since the beginning and it works well. However, since I switch to Google Backup and Sync, I got a lot of issues. Is it possible to use a Backup and Sync alternative on the desktop to backup or sync files to Google Drive? I'm really disappointed with the new Backup and Sync. Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks for your help!”

About Google Backup and Sync

Nowadays, many users choose Google Drive as a backup solution to keep files safe, backed up, and organized. And to help users back up or sync files in a simpler, speedier, and more reliable way, Google release a desktop client called Backup and Sync to help users backup or sync files to Google Drive automatically and quickly.

Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that aims to synchronize files between online Google Drive and local desktop folder. 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. If you are not familiar with Google Backup and Sync, you can check the contents below to learn how does Google Backup and Sync works.

Firstly, download Google Backup and Sync tool and install it on your computer.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

Next, sign in your Google Account. Then, you will be given the general introduction of this application.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

Then, 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).

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

The next will setup synchronization form Google Drive to My Computer. Here, you should decide which folder(s) to be synced to local computer and where on the local area to save the synced items. Finally, click “START” to start Google Backup and Sync service.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

Why need Google Backup and Sync alternative?

It seems very easy to upload files to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync, but sometimes, it brings troubles to users. For instance, it may stop syncing files for connection failure, the file on your computer is missing. What’s worse, it quits unexpectedly for some unknown reasons and users need to take a long time to fix this kinds of sync problems.

What’s more, because the sync process is bidirectional, you are facing the risk of accidental deletion. If a user deletes a folder or file on either their desktop or the cloud, Google will instantly replicate those changes across both environments, meaning your files are still gone. In this case, some users may try to find a Google Backup and Sync alternative to get rid of troubles as mentioned above.

Sync files to Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync alternative

Although Google also provides you with web version to upload files from the local computer to Google Drive, you should upload and select files manually. So, if you need to backup a large number of files and even sync files between the local computer and Google Drive without Google Backup and Sync, you may need to rely on some third-party desktop backup and sync tools to help you achieve it easily.

Actually, there are many Google Drive Backup and Sync alternatives on the market. In the following contents, you will be introduced two popular backup and sync tools. Please read on to find the alternatives and learn how to use it.

Backup and Sync files to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional and reliable backup and restore software for Windows system that can help you backup and even sync files to Google Drive easily. And besides Google Drive, it also supports Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, hubiC, CloudMe and so on. In addition, the sync on AOMEI Backupper Standrd is also bidirectional, so you can also sync files from cloud storage to the local computer. Let’s see how to use AOMEI Backupper Standard as an alternative to Google Backup and Sync:

1. Download, install, and open AOMEI Backupper free Standard Edition. In its Backup tab, select “File Sync”.

Google Drive Backup and Sync Get Started

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

Add Folder

3. Click the down arrow click on “Select a cloud drive” to choose Google Drive as the backup destination.

Select a Cloud Drive

4. Before syncing, set a schedule to automatically sync files/folders in daily, weekly, monthly, or real-time mode without manual operations.

Schedule Settings General

5. Finally, click “Start Sync” to carry out the sync task.

Backup and Sync files to Google Drive with Insync

Insync is a famous and feature-rich Google Drive desktop client for Windows, Mac OS, and even Linux. It can help you do almost anything that you need to do with Google Drive. Let's see how to sync files to Google Drive with Insync:

1. Download and install Insync on your computer.

2. Open up Insync and then sign in with your Google account.


Note: You can sign in more than one Google account. Insync also lets you sync files from multiple Google Drive accounts.

3. Click the "Selective Sync" icon on the upper right section of the interface. Your file manager will open so you can select the local folder for syncing. You can opt to sync your entire drive as well. Confirm your selection to start syncing.


4. Once your folder is finished syncing, it will now be located in the cloud! No need to move or change its original file location.



As you can see, both AOMEI Backupper and Insync are good Google Backup and Sync alternatives for you. If you consider replacing Google Backup and Sync with other powerful tools, you can choose one of the tools introduced above.