Drive File Stream is the recommended Google Drive client for faculty and staff on university computers. It is the business-oriented Drive client which provides full access to all files in your “My Drive” and “Shared Drives” from your Mac.
Installing Google Drive File Stream
Open the Self Service app found in your
/Applications folder. In the 'Communication and Web' category, find 'Google Drive File Stream,' then click 'Install.'
If you were previously using the legacy 'Google Drive' app, you may have a 'Google Drive' folder on your Mac. During installation, you may be prompted with a choice to move this folder to your Trash or preserve it.
Delete duplicates from Google Drive; Method 1: Download files from Google Drive to PC. First, ask yourself whether you want to transfer certain files from Google Drive to your computer, or whether you would prefer to always keep your computer and Google Drive in sync. File Stream vs Google Drive. There's been some confusion about Google File Stream replacing Google Drive. In short, File Stream is part of Google Drive just like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are part of Google Drive. File Stream is the new name for the Google Drive application installed on your PC or Mac.
Google Drive File Stream will automatically open when you log in to your Mac. You can also launch the 'Google Drive File Stream' app found in your
/Applications folder. When running, you'll see the Google Drive logo in your menu bar.
'Google Drive' appears in your Finder sidebar under 'Devices.' Click the 'Google Drive' device to access your files.
'My Drive' and 'Shared drives' are both available via Google Drive File Stream. If you aren't a member of any Shared drives, you won't be able to select the 'Shared drives' folder.
Drive File Stream is fully integrated with Finder. Files stored in Google Drive will display previews and useful metadata, just like any other file on your Mac.
Google File Types
Google file types, such as
.gslide, can't be opened with an app on your Mac. When you click these files your default web browser will open to the Google Drive web interface.
Files with a 'cloud' icon are available only while connected to the Internet.
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Files with a 'timer' icon are currently being streamed to your Mac.
Files with no status icon are available offline.
Making Files Available Offline
Right click (or hold Control and click) the file or folder you'd like to make available offline. Hover over the 'Drive File Stream' contextual menu item, then click 'Available offline.'
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Files made available offline will always be accessible, even when you don't have an Internet connection.