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 adminstrator access, contact Technology Help or your local IT support staff for assistance. 

Note: The old Google Drive Desktop App should no longer be used. Google is shutting it down beginning on May 12, 2018. As an alternative to installing Drive File Stream, you can upgrade to the new version of the desktop app for Mac & PC, called Backup and Sync. Backup and Sync is only compatible with classic Drive, so if you use both Drive and Team Drives, File Stream is recommended.


  • 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.

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