Google Drive File Stream For Personal Use

Does File Stream make the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office unnecessary?

Yes it does. Google Drive contents can be directly accessed from the G: drive within all Microsoft Office applications.

Can I use the old Google Drive app and Drive File Stream at the same time?

Drive File Stream eliminates the need for the old Google Drive app. Allegheny campus computers should no longer be using the Google Drive app. Please contact the InfoDesk if you need to have the app uninstalled.

How do I know if I need to have the Google Drive sync app uninstalled?

Stream Drive files directly from the cloud to your Mac or PC, freeing up disk space and network bandwidth. Any changes you or your collaborators make are automatically updated and synced, so you.

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. Google Drive allows individuals and teams to store files on the cloud without sacrificing valuable hard drive space. One great companion app to Google Drive that you may not know about is Google Drive File Stream. File Stream allows you to work with your files without downloading them first. Access your projects on all of your devices via the app, then easily share your work with others. Note: Offline files work only on Google Chrome browser (Computer) and Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps (Android and iOS). Once a file is available for offline use, you can open. Or remove the latest pack and use the existing version. Check if the Google Drive file stream issues have been resolved. Solution#3 Save Google File Stream Files Offline. While using Google Drive File Stream, the files are stored within a separate virtual network volume & is downloaded on-demand.

A user can check the status of the sync app by locating its icon in the system tray (bottom right corner in Windows, top right in Mac OS X).

On a Windows and Mac, the Drive File Stream icon is similar, but black and white instead of multicolored.

How do I disable the old Google Drive sync app?

Contact the InfoDesk or file a WebHelp ticket.

How do I install Drive File Stream on my college owned computer?

On a Window 10 PC: Drive File Stream should already have been installed when the computer was deployed or upgraded to Windows 10. Users will simply launch the software from the Start menu and then sign in with their Allegheny credentials when prompted.

Mac users can download File Stream here. (Note that non-Administrative user accounts will require the assistance of a User Support technician for installation. Please contact the InfoDesk).

How do I install Drive File Stream on my personal computer?


LITS does not recommend using File Stream from a personal computer. Users are encouraged to access files using the browser-based version of Google Drive when using personal devices. You will need to be logged into your account to be able to access your files.

Once installed, how do I access Drive File Stream?

Your entire Google Drive contents show up under a new drive letter (typically the G: drive).

This can be accessed from Windows Explorer (file browser) or through the white File Stream icon that appears in the system tray (single click, then click on the folder icon in the pop-up window that appears).

How do I make a desktop shortcut to the G: drive?

Browse to the G: drive via Windows Explorer (Start > Computer). Right-click the G: drive and choose “Create shortcut”.

Can I access files in a Google shared drive using File Stream?

Yes, when you open the G: drive you will see both My Drive and Shared drives.

Can I edit and save files in a Google shared drive using File Stream?

Yes, provided you have full access to the Google shared drive. Depending on what level of access you have been assigned to any shared drive, your ability to save/edit shared drive files via Drive File Stream may be limited.

Google drive file stream menu

Do I need to choose which folders I want to access?

No, every folder and file in your Google Drive will show up in File Stream.

Unlike the old Google Drive app, the files and folders are not saved to your local computer. The cloud icon on the folder tells you that the file is located in the cloud only. Files with a silhouette indicate that they are shared.

Can I save and open files in File Stream directly from programs like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint?

Yes, just open the File Stream drive letter (G:) like you would for a file in My Documents or the O: drive. File Stream works best in storing Office documents that only you edit. If it is a collaborative document, you should ideally use the equivalent Google Workspace Tool to develop your document, presentation, or spreadsheet. Learn more about switching to Google Workspace from Office at the Google Workspace Learning Center.

If I save a file in the File Stream G: drive does it remain on my computer?

No. Data stored in the G: drive is “streamed” on demand from the cloud to your local computer. Local caching occurs as you access and modify data but a local copy of a file is not accessible unless you choose to make it available while offline (see below).

Can I make a file or folder available when I’m offline?

Yes, if you anticipate that you will not have a network connection and would like to retain access to a particular document you can make it available while offline. Right-click the file, hover over “Drive File Stream” and select “Available offline”. Note that Google Docs, Spreadsheets, etc. cannot be made available offline.

The file icon will change to a blue circle while downloading and then change to a green circle with a check mark when done.


The file is now available offline. If you modify the file while offline, the file will sync the next time you connect to the Internet.

Note: You should NOT make your entire Drive available offline. Storage on Google Drive is unlimited, while disk space on your computer is not.

Name Change

In January 2021, Google announced a new name for File Stream. The new name is Google Drive for Desktop. Over time, as Google updates their documentation, LITS pages will be updated to reflect the new name.

This article will show you how to install the Google Drive File Stream client on your work or personal Windows computer.

Work Computer

To install Google Drive File Stream on your work computer, we recommend that you use Software Center, which enables you to install software packages approved by the IT department without the need for administrator access to your computer. Just look for the Google Drive File Stream entry in the list of applications.

What Is Drive File Stream

Personal Computer

Google Drive File Stream For Personal Use Free

To install Google Drive File Stream on your personal computer, visit and click on the download for Windows button. After the installer has downloaded to your computer's drive, launch it and follow the on-screen instructions to finish installing the Google Drive File Stream client.

Google Drive File Stream Menu

Using Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive File Stream Desktop

If you would like to learn more about how to use Google Drive File Stream and Google Drive on the web, please consult the PDF attached to this article entitled Getting Started with Google Drive, or contact your Computing Coordinator to schedule a training appointment.