Google Drive File Stream
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Google File Stream

Access Google Drive files on your computer rather than on the web


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. File Stream is compatible with both Team Drives and classic Drive.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Microsoft Windows Explorer or a device in Apple Mac Finder named Google Drive File Stream. All your My Drive and Team Drive 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. 

Team Drive Role Changes - October 2018

Beginning in October 2018, a new Content Manager role will be added to Google Team Drive. Content managers will be able to reorganize and delete files in a Team Drive.

How does this change impact Google Drive File Stream users?

  • Content managers will have read and write access to files in Drive File Stream, allowing them to easily manage Team Drive files through their computer’s file system or the Drive web interface.

Learn more about: The new Content Manager role coming to Team Drives

Real-Time Presence for Microsoft Office Files

Available on October 17th, real-time presence lets users know if another user is editing a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file stored in Drive File Stream, in real-time.

Learn more about: Real-time presence for Microsoft Office files


  • Quickly see all your My Drive and Team Drive 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.

Getting Started

Intended Audience

Staff & Departments
Health Sciences Affiliates
IT Staff and Partners


University-funded: No charge.