Google Drive, Google's online storage service and software of the same name received an update recently that introduces selective sync to desktop clients.
If you are heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, you are probably using Google Drive to sync your data across devices as well.
The software is available for desktop and mobile operating systems ensuring that you get access to your data on the devices you own or use.
One of the shortcomings of the desktop client of Google Drive was that it could only be used to sync all data or no data at all.
That's a problem if you store Gigabytes of data online but only want a fraction of the data synced to your devices. Maybe because that is all you require at that point in time, or because storage is limited and not capable of storing all Drive data.
Google Drive syncs all data by default, and that is not going to change even with the new option. This means that you need to enable it before it becomes available.
To enable selective sync in Google Drive do the following:
A notification is displayed next that informs you that the data that is stored in the folder will be removed from the device (if already stored on it), and that it will remain accessible online.
Click continue to proceed, or cancel to go back to the drawing board. Please note that Google Drive's preferences window closes automatically if you select continue.
The update rolls out over the coming weeks to desktop clients according to Google. You may get it right away by downloading the latest version of the Google Drive client directly from Google, and installing it over the current version.
Quite a few competing services, OneDrive and Dropbox for instance, have supported selective sync for quite some time, and Google is a bit late to the party. Still, selective sync is a useful feature that should be beneficial to part of Google Drive's userbase.
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