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
On Your Computer: Install Google Drive File Stream on your Mac or Windows computer and Google Drive will show up as a folder on your computer. Learn more about Google Drive File Stream. On Your Phone/Tablet: Install Google Drive from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Log in with your [email protected] email address and NetID password. This video will show users how to change over from Google Drive to Drive File Stream on a Mac. Download Drive File Stream. Download for Mac; Download for Windows; Logging into the App. After you download the application and launch it for the first time, you will be presented with a Google login screen. Enter your full Swarthmore email address ([email protected]) You will be redirected to the Swarthmore login page. Drive File Stream is best for most organizations (Google explains why) Backup and Sync is best for ‘consumers’ but can also be used by organizations, too. 8 Google Drive Sync Tools To Access All Of Your Files On All Devices. Google Backup & Sync. Summary: This is Google’s primary Google Drive sync client–made, of course, by Google. Apr 15, 2020 Download Drive File Stream. Download for Mac; Download for Windows; Logging into the App. After you download the application and launch it for the first time, you will be presented with a Google login screen. Enter your full Swarthmore email address ([email protected]) You will be redirected to the Swarthmore login page.
Open the Self Service app found in your
/Applications folder. In the 'Communication and Web' category, find 'Google Drive File Stream' then click 'Install.'
Google Drive File Stream and macOS Big Sur
Macs running macOS Big Sur require additional steps to use Google Drive.
The first time you open Google Drive, you may see three notifications about a System Extension.
Click Open System Preferences. The System Preferences app opens to Security & Privacy settings.
Click the Allow button beside 'System software from developer 'Google, Inc.' has been updated.'
Note: You do not need to unlock System Preferences to complete this step.
You will be prompted to restart your Mac. Click Restart to complete the installation.
Google Drive will not function until you've restarted your Mac.
Google Drive File Stream will automatically open when you log in to your Mac. You can also launch the 'Google Drive' 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.
Files with a 'timer' icon are currently being streamed to your Mac.
Files with no status icon are available offline.
Uninstall Google Drive File Stream Mac
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.'
Files made available offline will always be accessible, even when you don't have an Internet connection.