File storage service Google Drive is ending support for its desktop apps in March. But what exactly is changing, what will happen to your data, and most important, what do you need to do to get ready? We’ll answer all those questions and more. Here’s a rundown of Google’s plans for its cloud-storage service, and how you should prepare for them.
Don’t be alarmed if you see headlines about Google killing off or deprecating Drive—it’s one of the tech giant’s core products, and it isn’t going anywhere. That means the main Google Drive service and office suite, where you store files and work on documents, will remain in place. On the whole, you can carry on using Google Drive as usual, creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, streaming videos from the web, and uploading files from your computer via your web browser.
You will still be able to open your web browser and access your data through the Drive website. Similarly, the mobile apps for Android and iOS will look just the same. If you rely on apps that plug into Google Drive or use it for cloud storage, then these should carry on working fine too. Even your storage plan, if you’ve paid for one, will stay in place.
So if all these things stay stable, what’s all the fuss about? What’s changing are the applications for accessing Drive through a computer desktop, be it Windows or macOS.
Google’s Drive changes are limited to its clients for Windows and macOS, apps that are also called Google Drive. If you’ve never heard of these, don’t fret—they’re not essential to the Google Drive experience. They simply make it easier to sync files to and from Google Drive on a desktop or laptop, much like Dropbox does.
Source: Popular Science