Google Drive File Stream M1

Google Drive File Stream M1

Since the November launch of Apple Silicon-powered Macs, third-party developers have been steadily updating their apps with native support. Google now plans to update Drive File Stream in April with M1 support.

Backup and Sync works with Google Drive and Photos. It’s a fairly standard client that lets you sync all (or just some of) your files/folders, including images and videos. Meanwhile, Drive File Stream — which is getting renamed — is intended for Workspace customers and features an on demand model.

Google’s Drive File Stream app is getting a rename on Mac and Windows, as well as support for Apple’s new M1 chip. File Stream, for those unfamiliar with the software, is a version of Google’s ‘Backup and Sync’ app developed specifically for enterprise users. Unlike Backup and Sync, File Stream doesn’t store Drive files locally. Apr 27, 2021 Later, Google Drive File Stream was found to be unsupported on the new Apple M1 ARM platform. Google had promised a new update with added support for the M1 Macs back in January. The Drive File Stream release notes stated that the update in question would carry a version number of 47 and be rolled out sometime in April.

The applications did not work on the Macs introduced late last year, and were showstoppers for some new buyers. Google’s support document for the enterprise client explains how:

Drive File Stream currently doesn’t support ARM-based Windows laptops and tablets, including the Microsoft Surface Pro X. And Drive File Stream does not yet support Apple M1 devices.

The consumer-focused application for personal Google Accounts was updated on January 13 with “improved Apple M1 support.” It specifically “fixed remaining M1 chip issues that prevented previous versions of Backup and Sync from running for some users.”

Backup and Sync version 3.54 and above supports macOS Big Sur (version 11) including Apple devices with the Apple M1 chip.

Meanwhile, “Google Drive for desktop” — Drive File Stream’s new name — will support Apple M1 devices when version 47.0 is released in April.

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Google Chrome was quickly updated back in November, leaving Drive File Stream today as the only application lacking native support.

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