Goodsync is a cloud storage tool, with the key point that it can automatically backup and sync your files at regular intervals. I tested it for many hours, played around with all its features, and wrote this review to help you decide if you should use it. Click here to skip to my verdict on how good Goodsync is or continue reading for a walkthrough on how Goodsync works.
In order to automatically backup files, Goodsync is a desktop software. Download the latest version at https://www.goodsync.com/download/GoodSync-v11-Setup.exe (46MB) and open it to begin the installation process:
You can then register an account, if you don’t have one already:
Then, to have automatic backups, you’ll have to enter the username and password for your computer:
If you don’t have a password for your computer, leave the password field blank. Then you’re done, and upon loading the software for the first time you’ll see this screen:
Let’s have a look at the features in Goodsync. First, you’ll want to create a new job (click the “New Job” button in the top left):
In case Goodsync’s explanation here is unclear, the difference between Backup and Synchronize is that Backup only copies files from your computer to Goodsync’s storage. However, Synchronize will also copy files from Goodsync’s storage to your computer as well (i.e. two-way job), in addition to copying from your computer to Goodsync’s storage.
It’s up to you how often you’d like Goodsync to do a given backup or synchronization job, as well as whether you’d like Goodsync to do it every time a file in a folder to be backed up or synchronized is changed at all (read on to see how this works).
You can choose what folder(s) you’d like to be backed up in a backup or synchronization job, and where they should be backed up to. Here’s an example of me selecting a folder on my computer (“NPG”) to be backed up to Goodsync’s storage:
If you want to manually copy any folders you see here from Goodsync storage to your computer (or vise-versa), just double click on a folder, click Copy, and Paste it to the other side. Goodsync will then start copying:
When you’re setting up a job like this for the first time, you’ll have to request storage:
If you’re on a new account and request 10GB of storage, it’ll be done straight away. Then, click the “Analyze” button to get Goodsync to start analyzing the job:
Here Goodsync will look at the folder you want backed up, see how many files are in it, and how much space it’d take. If you’ve ran the job before, it’ll also check to see if there are any new differences between the files on your computer and those on Goodsync’s storage:
You can click the “Sync” button here (this is a synchronization job, not a backup job) to run the job. And that’s pretty much it for setting up jobs with Goodsync. There are more advanced features on how you want to run jobs, but the default settings will work just fine for the vast majority of use cases.
Setting automatic backups and synchronizations
The core feature of Goodsync. If you’re looking at a job and click the “Auto” button in the top right, you’ll get these options:
You can make Goodsync run a job every time a file is changed, when Goodsync starts, when you logoff, or on a schedule:
Very handy, and as mentioned, this is the main feature of Goodsync. If you’ve been using something like Google Drive to do backups and manually uploading important files there whenever you feel like it’s time to do a backup, the way Goodsync works will be a major advantage to you. Just setup a backup job once, make it run on a schedule, and it’ll be done automatically without you ever having to think about it again.
Are there any discount, coupon or promo codes for Goodsync?
Use the coupon code GSB35 for 35% off. I tested this in late 2020 and it works:
Is there a torrent or keygen for Goodsync?
For some reason people are searching for this. Goodsync is an online service where you sign up for an account and pay to upgrade the account, so there can’t be a torrent or keygen for it.
What kind of support do you get with Goodsync?
Goodsync has a manual, FAQ, help center and an online support system where you submit tickets once you’re logged in to your account on the website. Unfortunately there isn’t any live chat, which is always my preferred method of contact.
What is Goodsync compatible with?
Goodsync is compatible with any common device. There are Goodsync versions and apps for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as Android and iOS phones.
Does Goodsync use encryption?
You can use AES256 encryption with Goodsync, though it’s not done by default. For a cloud storage provider that has a bigger focus on encryption and privacy, read my Sync.com review.
What is Goodsync’s pricing?
Goodsync offers services for both individuals and businesses. If you’re an individual as I assume most readers of this article will be, their current pricing is as follows:
- 1 year subscription for $29.95
- 3 year subscription for $89.85
- 5 year subscription for $149.75
You may be able to get 35% off all of these with the coupon code GSB35, as mentioned above (still working for me at the time of writing).
On top of this, you’ll also have to pay for storage (charged yearly):
- 10GB of storage for $9.99
- 100GB of storage for $19.99
- 1TB of storage for $99.99
- 2TB of storage for $199.99
- 4TB of storage for $349.99
- 8TB of storage for $699.99
The pricing of storage could definitely be cheaper (the prices above are far higher than what Google Drive charges for storage), but the pricing of the core service is extremely reasonable. With the coupon code I listed you can get a year for around $20, which seems like excellent value to me.
Should Goodsync actually be called Goodsync, or would Badsync be a more appropriate name?
“Goodsync” is a fair name. Goodsync works as advertised at a reasonable price, and based on my testing, I can definitely recommend it as a solution for doing automatic backups and synchronization.