1. Add Google Drive To Finder

Your Google Drive for Windows will show up as (G:) in the navigation panel in the File Explorer. It will function as a local drive on your computer. When you add or delete anything from it, it. Find & keep files and folders offline. To save a file offline, make sure you have an app that can open your file. Click the Drive File Stream Menu. Click Open Google Drive folder. Right-click the file or folder you want to save offline. Click Drive File Stream Available offline.

Google introduced 2 new tools last year, Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream, which replaced the original Google Drive Sync desktop app that long-time syncers would be familiar with.

Google Drive Sync basically mapped a 'Google Drive' folder on your local filesystem that was (you guessed it) synced to your Google Drive.

That method of syncing went away with the release of Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream.

Just look for the Google Drive File Stream entry in the list of applications. Personal Computer. 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. In Google Drive File Stream, click on the right-pointing arrow until you see Open Explorer. (Each window to which you navigate provides a feature of Google Drive File Stream.) Click OPEN EXPLORER. A Windows Explorer window opens, displaying your “My Drive” and “Team Drives” folders in Google Drive File Stream.

Bring back the dedicated 'Google Drive sync folder' with Insync, a superpowered syncing client on Windows, Linux and macOS.


Here's how:


This happens during the Insync setup process -- Windows, Linux and macOS.

In this case, the folder name will be the account name 'alex.syncs @ gmail.com':

Choose the cloud files you want to see locally on the Insync interface.

Sync all files, just some or no files at all. The app shows you all your Google Drive files:

See and use your synced files in your mapped Google Drive folder.

Add more files in the folder to sync them up to Google Drive.

Screenshot is macOS but it works similarly on Windows and Linux:

Like what you see? Download Insync 👍

File Sharing at Pepperdine

Google File Stream is a fast, easy way to access and share files from Google Drive on your local computer.

Learn About

Download & Install

Access Drive Files on File Stream

Find & Save Files Offline

Learn About File Stream

Access Drive files on Mac/PC faster, using less disk space

Access all of your files (even Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud) stored in Drive directly from your Mac or PC, without using up all your disk space with Drive File Stream. Unlike traditional file sync tools, 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. With Drive File Stream your team will spend less time waiting for files to sync, no time worrying about disk space, and more time being productive.

Get your files in seconds with smarter offline access

Add Google File Stream To Finder

With Drive File Stream, files you open are streamed directly from the cloud on-demand. You can also select files or folders that you want to access offline at any time. The files that you are likely to work on from your Mac or PC become available in the background intelligently, making it much quicker to access them later.

Work with all the tools and apps you're used to

With Drive File Stream, you can work with Drive files directly from the apps you're used to, like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. Any changes you make to files in those apps are saved automatically to Drive and can be accessed from any of your devices later.

Download & install Drive File Stream

System requirements

Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server editions are not supported.
Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up. For High Sierra (10.13), follow these steps.

To download Drive File Stream:

  1. Sign-in to Google Drive web interface at drive.pepperdine.edu.
  2. Click the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen
  3. Select 'Get Drive for Desktop'
  4. Once downloaded, run the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. When prompted, sign-in to your University Google account.
  6. Drive File Stream is now installed and running.

If you are currently running the Backup and Sync app, you may receive the following message:

If you are also using Backup and Sync, work with the Tech Central to ensure that both tools are running in parallel properly.

Access Google Drive files using Drive File Stream

You can find Drive File Stream Menu in a different place, depending on what computer you use:

  1. Windows: At the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Mac: At the top right of your screen.Windows

Find & keep files and folders offline

To save a file offline, make sure you have an app that can open your file.

Add Google Drive To Finder

  1. Click the Drive File Stream Menu .
  2. Click Open Google Drive folder .
  3. Right-click the file or folder you want to save offline.
  4. Click Drive File Stream Available offline.
  5. Once your file is saved offline, you'll see a green check mark next to it.
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