Google File Stream Not Opening Mac


KEXT are basically drivers for Mac OS X and higher. They are being deprecated and users may experience issues with installing Google Drive File Stream due to KEXT that needs to be resolved by following steps below. System Extension Blocked (Drive File Stream, MacOS: Big Sur) -User flows for KEXT installation (Kernel Extension). Google Drive File Stream may already be installed on your computer. Click Launchpad (rocket icon) and look for Google Drive File Stream. Or click the Finder desktop, click the Go menu at the top of the screen and choose Applications. The app must include the words File Stream. These files and folders will not sync to Google Drive folder on your computer unless you add them to 'My Drive' or individual folders which you have synced. Following are the steps to Sync Files and Folders of Shared With Me in Google Drive: Make sure you are connected to the internet. Click 'Google Drive' icon on your computer. Here are the instructions for the said procedure: First, go to Google Drive File Stream drive from the left panel on a folder explorer window. Then, launch any of the displayed folder and list all the stored files in the drive. Then, right-click on any of the file or folder and select Drive File StreamAvailable Offline.

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What is it?

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. With Google Drive File Stream, your files are stored on 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.

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  1. Download Google Drive File Stream for Mac or Windows. You must be logged into your Google account to see this page.
  2. Run the installation package.
  3. Log into the portal with your UT email address and password.
  4. Select Allow on the required permissions prompt.

System Requirements


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  • 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.

Getting Started

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Once Google Drive File Stream is installed, a folder called Google Drive will appear on the left in Finder or File Explorer. This folder will contain both your personal Google Drive and any Team Drives you are part of. The only difference between these files and any other file on your computer is that these files are not stored on your computer by default, and any changes you make to them will sync automatically with your cloud storage.

macOS known issue: If you receive an error that says, Google Drive File Stream encountered a problem and has stopped, Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Allow Google Drive Files Stream.

What are the features for Google Drive File Stream?

  • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
  • Browse and organize Google Drive 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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How much storage do I have for my Drive files?

UTK Google Accounts have unlimited storage.

Making Files Available Offline

By default, Google Drive File Stream does not store a copy of your files on your local computer. This means that if you do not have an Internet connection, you will not be able to access these files. In order make your files accessible offline, right-click on a file or folder and select Available Offline under the Drive File Stream menu. Please note that doing so will store a copy on your computer, using up more of your hard drive space.

Where can I get more information?

To get started with Drive, visit the Drive Help Center. Please note that to see this page and install the new app, you must log into Google with your UT Google Account username and password.