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51. What's the difference between pCloud Drive and (pCloud) Sync?
pCloud Drive is a smart desktop app, which makes it possible to work with your files as if they are on your computer, but without taking space from your HDD. It works as a virtual drive, which can extend the available space on your device with up to 2 TB. Once your files are in pCloud Drive, you will easily be able to access, edit and share with others.

(pCloud) Sync is a feature within pCloud Drive. It allows you to connect locally-stored folders from your PC with pCloud Drive. This connection goes both ways, so if you edit or delete the files you’re syncing from your computer, this means that you'll also be editing them or deleting them from pCloud Drive.

If you want to sync a folder with pCloud Drive:
  • Right-click on the folder you’d like to sync
  • Select Sync to pCloud
  • Choose a location in pCloud Drive where you’d like to access this folder and confirm to finish


Keep in mind: pCloud Sync is not synonymous with backup. Unlike backup, which is a one-way connection, pCloud Sync is active both ways.

There are a couple of perks in using Sync in pCloud Drive:
For once, if you have no Internet connection, you will still be able to work with all your files offline. Once your connection is restored, pCloud Drive will update these files. That way, you can be sure that you’re always working with the latest version of your data.

In some cases, you may be unwilling to delete locally stored files, but still want to keep an up-to-date copy in pCloud. That’s when you can use pCloud Sync.

*Offline access (sync) – When you right-click on any file within pCloud Drive, you’ll see this option in the context menu. It does the exact same thing as pCloud Sync does, but for files that are stored in pCloud Drive, and not on your computer. That way, if you’re working directly from pCloud Drive but you know that you won’t be having Internet connection in the next couple of hours, you can just assign Offline access for the files you’re working on.
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