G Suite Drive File Stream

Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync.

Google Drive App for Mac/PC is officially deprecated. It will no longer be supported starting on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. We encourage you to use Drive File Stream.


  1. Drive File Stream should not be used to as a backup for local files on University-owned computers.  We have CrashPlan for this purpose and it should already be installed and running.  If not, please contact the IT Service Desk. - servicedesk@georgefox.edu

  2. If you do not already have the Drive app installed on your computer, you do not need to download Drive File Stream

  3. Most employees use Drive on the web/cloud via a web browser and manually upload files as needed.  

  4. Files that contain either financial information or FERPA related information, as always, should not be stored on Drive at all.  Contact the IT Service Desk for secure storage solutions.

  5. Team Drive editors won’t be able to edit their Team Drive files when they’re opened in Drive File Stream; they’ll only be able to view them. To edit these files, they’ll need to open them in Drive on the web.

Download and Install Drive File Stream OR download from your Google Drive

With Drive File Stream, you can:

  • 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.

Key Dates

  • Drive File Stream Admin console settings launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on September 6th, 2017

  • Drive File Stream launching to end users on both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release on September 26th, 2017

  • Support for Google Drive for Mac/PC ending on December 11th, 2017

  • Google Drive for Mac/PC to stop working on March 12, 2018