HOW TO PRO­TECT YOUR FILES WITH GOOGLE BACKUP AND SYNC

GET THAT SYNC­ING FEEL­ING.

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1 DOWN­LOAD THE BACKUP AND SYNC APP

To be­gin, head over to Google’s Backup and Sync page and hit the but­ton marked ‘Down­load Backup and Sync’. If it doesn’t be­gin straight away, the page that fol­lows has a sec­ond link that you can use to start it man­u­ally.

It should only take a few min­utes to get the full pack­age once you’ve granted it per­mis­sion, and you’ll soon re­ceive a mes­sage con­firm­ing the Backup and Sync app has been in­stalled.

2 SIGN INTO YOUR GOOGLE AC­COUNT

Now that your down­load and in­stal­la­tion are com­plete, the Google Backup and Sync app will au­to­mat­i­cally load its launcher. Click the ‘Get Started’ but­ton. First you’ll need to sign into Google with the same ac­count you use for Google Drive.

3 SELECT WHICH FILES TO BACK UP

The next stage is about choos­ing which files on your lap­top or PC you want to back up. Since Google is of­fer­ing an im­pres­sively com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice, you can select in­di­vid­ual files or en­tire fold­ers.

As stan­dard, the con­tents of your desk­top, your Doc­u­ments folder and your Pic­tures folder will be au­to­mat­i­cally se­lected. Re­move files from the fold­ers you want to use, or sim­ply de­s­e­lect an en­tire folder to take it out of the equa­tion.

4 CHOOSE THE QUAL­ITY OF UP­LOADED PHO­TOS

The Google Backup and Sync app en­ables you to save pho­tos in ei­ther high qual­ity, or in the orig­i­nal for­mat. If you have a lim­ited amount of stor­age on Google Drive, we sug­gest us­ing the ‘Orig­i­nal qual­ity’ op­tion if you’re back­ing up pho­tos taken us­ing a cam­era with a res­o­lu­tion higher than 16MP, or video recorded in 1080p.

Use the ‘High qual­ity’ op­tion if you’ve signed up to un­lim­ited stor­age. Re­mem­ber, if you have a Pixel smart­phone, there are no stor­age re­stric­tions.

5 SYNC YOUR FOLD­ERS ON GOOGLE DRIVE

The third part of the Google Backup and Sync process re­quires you to choose which fold­ers you want to sync from your Google Drive ac­count. You can let the app sync ev­ery­thing, or pick a se­lec­tion your­self. Both op­tions will give you a file size warn­ing, so make sure there’s enough space avail­able in your Google Drive ac­count.

6 CRE­ATE A SYNC FOLDER ON YOUR DESK­TOP

Click the ‘Start’ but­ton at the bot­tom right, and a new Google Drive folder will cre­ated on your desk­top. This con­tains a backup of all the doc­u­ments, pho­tos and me­dia files cur­rently stored in your Google Drive ac­count. Bear in mind that this folder can be­come rather large.

7 EN­JOY AU­TO­MATIC SYNC­ING

That’s it – all your cho­sen files are now backed up and synced be­tween Google Drive and your desk­top. It’s a quick, easy and pain­less process that’s ideal if you use Google Drive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and want to keep your pho­tos in the same place you work. Re­mem­ber, all files and pho­tos you drop into your cho­sen fold­ers will be backed up au­to­mat­i­cally.

8 UP­GRADE FOR MORE SPACE

As we men­tioned ear­lier, you have the op­tion to up­grade to a Premium Google Drive ac­count, which gives you much more space for your back­ups.

* 100GB: US$1.99 (about AU$2.50) per month

* 1TB: US$9.99 (about AU$12.50) per month

* 10TB: US$99.99 (about AU$126) per month The first op­tion will be plenty for most peo­ple, though keen pho­tog­ra­phers might ap­pre­ci­ate the higher tiers for stor­ing lots of large im­age files.

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