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If you’re a frequent user of Google Docs you might have experienced this today. Many users have taken to social media to report an unexplained Google Docs bug that’s locking them out of their drafts when they try to edit the documents. Not only are they locked out, but they also receive a notification that makes no sense in most cases. The notification warns them that the document they’re trying to edit violates the company’s terms of service.
Google’s abuse policy for Google Drive and Docs mentions that users can’t publish certain types of content that range from hate speech to malware. However, most users who have been facing this issue today are not attempting to distribute either of those two. They’re working on simple documents that don’t carry anything that violates the terms of service.
Google hasn’t said anything about this issue at this point in time so it’s unclear what’s the reason behind this bug.
The official Twitter account for Google Drive does mention that the “team has been made aware and is investigating” the issue. No word as yet on when we can expect a fix to arrive.
DownDetector does report that Google Drive is facing problems in the United States and parts of Europe. Something is certainly the matter and hopefully, Google will provide more clarity about this in the near future.
We understand your concern, James. The team has been made aware and is investigating. Appreciate your patience.
— Google Docs (@googledocs) October 31, 2017
One of the key new features of iOS 11 is the introduction of the “Files” app. This app finally brings about a way for iOS users to better manage their files on their device, whether it be stored in iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive, all within one place as opposed to having to juggle multiple apps.
While not 100% exactly like how Android or Windows Explorer would handle files, we guess it comes pretty close. However when the app was launched, there were some issues with Google Drive, namely how Google Drive appeared to hijack the file opening duties on iOS devices, which clearly would be annoying if you wanted to use a different app. However the good news is that Google appears to have addressed it in an update.
With the latest update, the hijacking should no longer take place and users can now view documents like Word files and more within the Files app and iCloud drive, without Google Drive taking over. The update will bump the app version to 4.2017.37510 and if you have the version already installed, then you have the latest update.
If you don’t then head on over to the iTunes App Store where you can download the latest version of Google Drive that should address the issue.
The Google Drive app for the PC and Mac has been around for a very long time and basically provides users with access to their Drive account and files without having to go through the web interface. Unfortunately it looks like the app will soon be going away, according to an announcement by Google.
According to Google, support for Google Drive on the PC and/or Mac will be ending on the 11th of December. This means that users can still use the app, but don’t expect any future updates or support in general. However this is meant to act as a transition because come 12th of March, 2018, the app will stop working entirely.
Instead it seems that Google wants users to transition to their other app called Backup and Sync which was initially announced back in June. Backup and Sync is meant to replace the Google Drive app and is supposed to be a more cohesive experience. The app was released to the public last month and it looks like Google wants users to start using it.
As the name suggests, Backup and Sync will backup the files on your computer and sync it with Google Drive. This is versus the older method in which users had to use Google Drive for files, and Google Photos for photos. Alternatively Google has also launched an app called Drive File Stream which is aimed more towards business/enterprise users.
Back in June, Google announced a new tool that would be coming to Google Drive in the form of Backup and Sync, which is basically a more robust way offered by Google to help backup the contents of your computer onto their services such as Google Drive and Google Photos, but for some reason the feature was delayed.
However it seems that the delay wasn’t too long because Google has since announced that the Backup and Sync desktop client is now available for download. According to Google, “It can be a challenge to keep all these things safe, backed up, and organized, so today we’re introducing Backup and Sync. It’s a simpler, speedier and more reliable way to protect the files and photos that mean the most to you. This new tool replaces the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC.”
“Backup and Sync is an app for Mac and PC that backs up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos, so they’re no longer trapped on your computer and other devices.” The app is a free download and the process seems to be pretty straightforward, although we guess if you have a ton of stuff that you need backing up in the cloud, you probably should buy additional storage. If you’d like to get your hands on it, head on over to Google’s website for the download.