What do you need before using Backup?

What does it do?

  • Local-to-Cloud Backup only

    • Google Drive - Folders are backed up to a hidden folder (InsyncAppData/Backup). This cannot be accessed in the cloud, but the storage can be checked by going to your Google Drive Settings (gear icon on the upper right) > Manage apps > Insync (Hidden app data)

    • OneDrive and Dropbox - Displays `Insync Backup` as a normal folder.

  • It keeps a backed up copy in the cloud if users experience unintentional deletions.

  • It does not back up synced files and folders (sync is a separate feature altogether).

  • If you restore a file, it restores the latest version.

What are some limitations?

  • Only actual folders can be backed up. Zipped folders or individual files cannot be backed up.

  • Cross backups are not allowed. For example, a local folder from `Drive C:/` cannot be backed up to `Drive D:/` (and vice versa)

  • Pausing Backup & Restore applies to 1 machine. If you’re using 2 machines for the same account, pausing a backup on Machine 1 does not apply on Machine 2.

How to Backup your local folders to the cloud:

1. Click Backup & restore and select the local drive you want to backup

2. Select the folder/s you want to backup (Step 1). If you want to sync a subfolder instead, you can click Add your own folder and a pop-up window will appear. Click Next to proceed to Step 2.

3. Choose which account you want to backup to. If you’re only syncing one account, then it would be the default (meaning, there’s no dropdown). Click Backup now.


4. Click Done - backup will continue in the background. A green check beside the machine icon indicates that the backup is done.

5. The backup will now be continuous while Insync is running as indicated by “Last backed up on [date]”

On-hover shortcuts:

You can make modifications to a backup. You can pause a backup, manage, restore, rename, and/or delete. Here’s how it looks like in-app:

To know more about Backup UI, click here.

To explore common use cases, click here.

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