Use work or school files on your computer with Drive File Stream

Before you use Drive File Stream, uninstall the original Google Drive sync app. 

Uninstall Google Drive for Mac/PC

How Drive File Stream works

You can see and find your files in Google Drive on your computer with Drive File Stream. You can:

  • Save specific files and folders offline, including Team Drives.
  • View and organize your files in your computer’s file system, such as:
    • Explorer on Windows
    • Finder on macOS
  • Open files with apps installed on your computer.
  • See all of your files in Google Drive without using storage space on your computer.

Download & install Drive File Stream

To download Drive File Stream:


  1. On your computer, open:
    • DriveFileStream.exe on Windows
    • DriveFileStream.dmg on Mac
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

System requirements

  • Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server editions are not supported.
  • Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up. For High Sierra (10.13), follow these steps.

Open Drive File Stream

You can find Drive File Stream Menu Drive File Stream in a different place, depending on what computer you use:

  • Windows: At the bottom right.
  • Mac: At the top right.

Find & keep files and folders offline

To save a file offline, you need to have an app installed that can open your file.

  1. Click the Drive File Stream Menu Drive File Stream.
  2. Click Open Google Drive folder Google Drive folder.
  3. Right-click the file or folder you want to save offline.
  4. Click Drive File Stream and then Available offline.
  5. Once your file is saved offline, you'll see a green checkmark next to it.
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Article ID: 62481
Tue 9/18/18 4:47 PM