Backup and Sync by Google – What it is and How it Works with Boxcryptor
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Backup and Sync by Google – What it is and How it Works with Boxcryptor

Google's Desktop App “Backup & Sync” for Windows and Mac replaced the Google Drive client in 2017. Backup & Sync now combines the two Google services “Google Drive” and “Google Photos” into one client. The tool is available for private users and companies.

Boxcryptor is running perfectly with the new Google client Backup & Sync. No changes and no data-migration is needed. Let us show you how easy it is to install and use the new Backup and Sync and where you have to be careful if privacy and the protection of your data is your priority.

Backup and Sync: Installation and Configuration

There is no need for a deinstallation of Boxcryptor if you want to install Backup & Sync. However, we advise you to quit Boxcryptor before you install Backup & Sync.

The handling is easy: first, install the software from Google (download here. If you already have Google Drive, it will be updated and replaced. Log in with your Google account and you are ready to use it.

Please remember, if installing from scratch, you have to link your cloud provider in Boxcryptor, once.


We will provide you with a quick walked-thru for the configuration. There are three sections which you have to review and revise: Computer, Google Drive and Settings.

Google Loves Data – Caution With Automatic Folder Selection

In the options pane under computer you can select the folder which will be backed up. Be careful here, because these three folders are selected by default: Desktop, Documents and Pictures. If you do not want to allow Google to get all your data from your Desktop, you should de-select these folders and add them later (if desired).

If you want to automatically back up folders or the Desktop then you can select and add them here. The options for photos, quality, USB devices and Google Photos can be changed here as well.

Backup & Sync by Google works perfectly with Boxcryptor (preferences)

Under the Google Drive section (below Computer) you can find good old Google Drive. Here, you can select or de-select the folders you want to synchronize. Everything that is inside this folder will be synchronized with all your other devices, such as your smartphone or tablet. Backed-up files like the Desktop or the Documents folder will, however, not be available on your other devices, only on your desktop and in your cloud.


Under the Options section, one can set the Internet bandwidth used by the software, add more cloud storage, or unlink your Google account.


Boxcryptor and Google Backup and Sync

Since the Desktop and Documents folders are located outside of Google Drive, Boxcryptor will not automatically detect them and, therefore, will not encrypt them. Consider to keep working only with the Boxcryptor drive – because only this drive is coupled with the Google Drive folder. You can later add Desktop and Documents as Boxcryptor locations to encrypt the data they contain - more about this later.

That’s it. You can use Boxcryptor and Google Drive as you are used to, and also backup your Desktop or documents (or more) to Google, if you want to.

Google-Drive-und-Boxcryptor View in the Boxcryptor drive

Google-Drive-und-Boxcryptor1 View in Google Drive

If you want to encrypt your desktop and documents folder as well, Boxcryptor allows you to do that already. Just add them as a new location in Boxcryptor. However, this is different from Backup and Sync, because you can only work with your desktop and documents folder in the Boxcryptor drive, if you want the data to be encrypted. Also, the location will not be synchronized to your cloud, your data will only be encrypted on your device. If you want to backup your data to the cloud with encryption, you still have to add it to the Google Drive folder.

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