Drive File Stream is now called Google Drive for desktop. Google will be slowly rolling out this name change and other branding updates for its desktop sync tool used with Shared Drives. Mac users may have already noticed the update, but the change will occur at a later date for Windows users. Installing Google Drive File Stream. Google Drive File Stream is a service that creates a network location on your computer to access your Google Drive’s files. This allows you to access and open files from your Google Drive within File Explorer rather than just through the web-based interface. “Google Drive” is clearly your cloud file storage, but the name “File Stream” isn’t exactly as easy to understand as something like, oh, I don’t know, “Google Drive for Desktop”. To reduce confusion, Google, in an official blog, announced it is combining Google Drive File Stream and Google Backup and Sync desktop apps with ‘Google Drive for Desktop’. The Google Drive.
DriveFile Stream is now called Google Drive for desktop. Google will be slowly rolling out this name change and other branding updates for its desktop sync tool used with Shared Drives.
Google Drive File Stream
Mac users may have already noticed the update, but the change will occur at a later date for Windows users.
In the coming months, Backup and Sync — Google’s other file sync tool — will merge with Google Drive for desktop. Unifying these tools will provide a single client for users and eliminate unnecessary confusion. Additional information regarding the merge will be provided at a later time.
For more information on Google Drive for desktop, see:
- Use Google Drive for desktop with work or school
This article will show you how to install the Google Drive File Stream client on your work or personal Windows computer.
Google Drive For Desktop Download
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.
To install Google Drive File Stream on your personal computer, visit https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7329379 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.
Using Google Drive File Stream
Run Google Drive File Stream
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.