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Google Drive will soon be able to back up your whole computer [Update: service delayed]

Following the recent announcement of a new Backup and Sync app for PC and Mac users, Google has now delayed the service's rollout.

Published onJuly 3, 2017

Update, 07/03/17: Google has pushed back the release of its new backup and syncing app following "valuable feedback." The new service, which would allow PC and Mac users to automatically backup files to the cloud, was said to be arriving June 28. Now, in an update to the original blog post, Google has said it will take a little longer.

"Based on your valuable feedback, we’ve decided to delay the launch of Backup and Sync while we make improvements to the product," wrote Google in the post. "We’re planning to launch in the next several weeks, but please monitor the G Suite Release Calendar for the specific date."

We'll let you know when we learn more about the product rollout. Head below for the original coverage.

Google is making a change for PC and Mac users who save files on its Google Drive cloud storage service. The company revealed today that it will begin offering the new Backup and Sync app for those users starting on June 28.

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The Backup and Sync app will replace the current Google Drive uploader client, and will also be integrated into the desktop Google Photos uploader. When the new app goes live, users will be able to sign into the uploader via their Google Account, and then select which specific folders on their PC or Mac they want to continuously back up to their Google Drive accounts.

Many people will likely want to select their video, audio, or photo folders for this feature. They could even select their entire PC desktop for backing up, although it’s likely that would also cause them to purchase more storage space beyond the free 15 GB that Google Drive currently offers for cloud users.

Google stated that the Backup and Sync app is made for regular consumers. Businesses will continue to use the standard Google Drive desktop uploader, but the company plans to launch a similar new service, Drive File Stream, for those G Suite customers sometime later in 2017.

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