Backup & Sync (formerly Google Drive) is a place to create, share, collaborate and keep all your stuff. You can use Drive to collaborate with friends on a research project, plan a wedding with your fiancé, or track a budget with roommates. You can upload all your files and have access to them, including photos, videos, Google Docs, PDFs and more.
- Create and collaborate. Google Docs integrates with Backup and Sync so that you can collaborate in real-time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. You can reply to and add comments to any content (PDF, image, or video) once you have shared it with others. You will be notified when others comment on your shared items.
- Keep everything safe and accessible anywhere, even while you're on the move. All your stuff is right there. Access your stuff anywhere you are, whether you're at work, home, or at home. You can install Drive on your Mac, PC, or download the Drive app for your Android phone or tablet. We are also working on an iOS Drive app. Blind users can access Drive regardless of platform.
- Search all. Filter by keyword, file type, owner, and more. Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents with optical character recognition (OCR). Let's suppose you upload a scan of an old newspaper clipping. You can search the actual article text for a word. Image recognition is also used so that you can drag and drop photos from your Grand Canyon trip to Drive. Photos of its gorges will appear in the search results. This technology is still in its infancy, but we expect it will improve over time.