Google Drive for desktop (formerly Google Drive File Stream) is a desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer without losing precious drive space. Your files are stored in the cloud instead of your computer, and any changes you make are automatically synced with the cloud for quick, easy access anywhere you have an Internet connection. In addition, you can select which files you would like to make available for offline use. Drive for desktop is compatible with both shared drives and classic Drive.

When you install Drive for desktop on your computer, it creates a drive in Microsoft Windows Explorer or a device in Apple Mac Finder named Google Drive for desktop. All your My Drive and shared drives files will appear there. You will need administrator access to install new software on your computer. If you do not have administrator access, contact Technology Help or your local IT support staff for assistance. 


  • Quickly see all your My Drive and shared drives files in Finder/Explorer.
  • Browse and organize files without downloading all of them to your computer.
  • Choose which files or folders you'd like to make available offline.
  • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

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