This is a guide for Insync 1.x users looking to migrate to Insync 3. There are two options to do this, namely file-matching and syncing to a new location. 

Note for 1.3 users and below: it is recommended to sync to a new location.

File-matching: re-using your existing Insync Folder 

In Insync 1.5, there were two main paths: 

  • My Drive: central folder that holds My Drive and Shared with Me files
  • Shared Drives (aka Team Drives): default Shared Drives location (only applicable for 1.4 and 1.5)

When migrating to Insync 3, the Base Folder paths become:

  • Insync 3 My Drive = 1.x main sync folder
  • Insync 3 Shared with Me = Insync 3 default location for shared files 
  • Insync 3 Shared Drives = Shared Drives folder

1. Quit 1.x and install Insync 3.

2. Add your Google account.

3. Choose re-use my existing Insync Folder and check the agreement box. The first path is your 1.x My Drive sync folder, whereas the second is your Shared Drives sync folder (only applicable for 1.4 and 1.5 users) 

4. File-matching will be in progress shortly while Insync works in the background. You can click View Progress to see the files that aabeing file-matched. Exit the progress overlay by clicking the drop-down arrow.

Syncing to a new location

The second option when migrating to Insync 3 is to select a new location. This will lead to a normal fresh install. 

1. Quit 1.x and install Insync 3.

2. Add your Google account and click Select a new location. You have the option to use the default path or another location within your local computer. For the latter, click Change and choose your preferred folder path.

3. You can now go through selective syncing as explained here

What will happen to 1.x users? 

  • There will be no auto-update for Insync 1.x to 3. Existing 1.x users will have to manually download and install Insync 3 and go through a one-time migration process.

Why should users migrate from 1.x to 3? Why not simply update the version?

  • We rebuilt Insync’s core from the ground up. This is further explained here

What will happen to 1.x users after they update to Insync 3?

  • No official support for headless builds and command line interface (CLI). Users who need community support can refer to this help article for more details. The updated CLI guide can be found here
  • No official support for running Insync as a service. Users who need community support can refer to this help article.. 
  • Older OS versions will no longer be maintained. The officially supported OS versions are as follows: Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.10 and later, Ubuntu 16.04 and later, Linux Mint 18.x and later, Debian Stretch (8) and later, Fedora 27 and later
  • 32-bit builds will no longer be maintained
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