Google Drive And File Stream

In short, File Stream is part of Google Drive just like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are part of Google Drive. File Stream is the new name for the Google Drive application installed on your PC or Mac. File Stream is the application that syncs your computer to Google Drive.

Drive File Stream is a new way to access all of your organization’s Google Drive files,including Team Drives, directly from your Mac or PC, without taking up space on your hard drive. Drive File Stream doesn’t require you to download your files first in order to access them from your computer. Instead, when you need to view or edit a file, it automatically streams from the cloud, on-demand.

Drive File Stream is still considered a Beta application by Google, so features may change quickly and issues may arise. If you ever have an issue logging in or accessing Drive File Stream, your Drive and all of its contents will always be available via a web browser with the use of the internet. Google does offer quite a few customization options in Drive File Stream. By default, the File Drive Stream app is represented by a G letter in the File manager. You can change it to X or some.

Drive File Stream enables:

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  • Access, search and manage files on-demand from your computer in seconds.
  • Get just the files you need and make certain files available for offline use later.
  • Access your work even quicker, as your most-used files become available in the background intelligently.
  • Avoid the risk of users downloading all of your company data to their hard drives.
  • Backup and Sync syncs and stores Drive content locally on your computer.
  • Drive File Stream streams all files and folders from the cloud.
Google Drive And File Stream
Backup and SyncDrive File Stream
Use files in My DriveYesYes
Use files in Team DrivesNoYes
Sync only selected folders in My DriveYesYes
Sync only individual files in My DriveNoYes
Use native apps, like Microsoft Office & PhotoshopYesYes
Sync other folders, like Documents or DesktopYesNo
Use with your personal Google AccountYesNo
Use with your work or school Google Account, like [email protected]MaybeYes
Upload photos and videos to Google PhotosYesNo
Google Drive And File Stream

For larger organizations, you can install File Stream in Silent Mode via Group Policy. For smaller organizations, you can allow your Users to download and install File Stream themselves. (remember to switch the google account into your OGP account)

What about the current Drive application? Before installing File Stream, Google recommends removing the current Drive folder. For ease of use, we think it’s best to uninstall the current Drive client.

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Google offers a desktop application that allows you to sync your Drive folder structure with your computer. This allows you to save directly to Drive and access already existing files from within desktop applications. Your Drive will appear as if it is an external device connected to your computer. This version of the Drive desktop application does require an internet connection to display your Drive folders and files. You can find more information by checking out the official Drive File Stream documentation from Google.

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Drive File Stream is still considered a Beta application by Google, so features may change quickly and issues may arise. If you ever have an issue logging in or accessing Drive File Stream, your Drive and all of its contents will always be available via a web browser with the use of the internet.

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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.

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  • Enter your full Swarthmore email address ([email protected])
  • You will be redirected to the Swarthmore login page
  • Sign in using your Swarthmore credentials
  • Complete your Duo authentication

Once successfully logged in File Stream will begin syncing your files. File Stream will show up as an external device in your Finder for Mac users and as the G drive in your file explorer for Windows users.

Tips and Tricks

Pin the App

In order to make it easier to find the app, pin it to your Dock or Taskbar. When you launch the app for the first time, right-click on the app icon that shows up in your Dock or Taskbar and choose the option to pin it to that location. This is useful because some system updates close the application or log you out, making the folder disappear. Having the app in an easy to find location helps you get it back open and logged in so you can access your files and folders again.

Saving for Offline Use

You can save files for offline use if needed. You will need to choose which files you want for offline for the first time while connected to the internet. Files saved for offline use will create a local copy of that file on your computer so you are able to access and edit it at any time. If you do not have the internet while editing one of these files, it will not sync those edits to your Drive until internet access is restored.

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