Google Drive and Photos apps for PCs will shut down by 2018

Google Drive and Photos apps for PCs will shut down by 2018

Google has announced that it will shut down its Drive and Photos apps for PCs and Macs, following the unveiling of a new unified application that will handle both data and images.

In a blog announcement, both the Photos and Drive apps for both platforms will no longer be supported following the wider rollout of its Backup and Search and File Streams apps for both consumer and enterprise users. Regular users of both said platforms may now head over to the internet search giant’s Backup and Update App for a more unified approach as it contains both data and photos in one application.


Business and Enterprise customers, on the other hand, may head over to Google File Stream which was announced to be more widely available starting today. Google’s File Stream functions the same as Backup and Sync, but with added features in tow such as on-demand file streaming and access to team drives.

The Google Drive and Photos apps for PCs and Macs will be phased our starting December this year, and will be completely shut down by March 12, 2018.

Source: Google

Editor’s Note: An earlier publication of this article had references to Google Drive as a whole and not its apps for PC and Mac. We have corrected the information presented, and apologize for the error.

Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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13 Responses

  1. Peejay says:

    Will they migrate my files?

    • Zen Estacio says:

      As far as we know they’ll just be updating Drive to Backup and Sync, hopefully Google migrates all our files.:)

  2. wow says:

    nice clickbait title

  3. Nick says:

    Misleading title. It’s only the desktop apps for both PC and Mac that are shutting down. The service itself isn’t.

  4. RJ says:

    @Peejay @Zen Estacio they will just shut down the Google Drive APPLICATION for PC and Mac, not the Google Drive service itself. They’ll replace it with Drive File Stream & Backup and Sync applications.

  5. adfasd says:

    Fake news. it is only google drive apps in mobile not in browser

  6. Steven says:

    Does the files from Google Drive automatically moved to Backup and Sync?

  7. MTV says:

    so the mobile app will still work?

  8. Louie says:

    Just installed Backup and Sync. It just replaced the old Google Drive :)

  9. Grey says:

    LOL Source: Google and no hyperlink

  10. Shoun says:

    Will I still be able to upload and download files through my iPad and Android using the Mobile App?

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