Google Drive File Stream:

What and Why?

Google is replacing their desktop Google Drive Application with a new one called: Google Drive File Stream. This process will replace your old version with the new one!

Google Drive has become a great place for our users to store all of their Google or Non-Google files. They are safe, secure and easy to access from many devices. However, Google Drive (online) is NOT what we’re talking about here, only the application on your computer that synchronizes a Google Drive folder with the online Google Drive. The new app works just like the old one, yet it will no longer store and syncing all of that same data on your computer, freeing up huge amounts of space.  It also allows you to access the new “Team Drives” we’re putting in place.

It is IMPORTANT to note that the old application will be shut down in March. If you like to use this desktop application it is critical you perform this upgrade before then.  IT will force this update before March Break.

What will be different?

Not much “visually”… The drive icon is blue instead of the older multi-color Google Drive logo. However, you will need to select manually any files that you want to use in offline mode. As we transition, you will find that you have much more free space on your computer than you did before!

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Here’s how to upgrade:

1) Open Self-Service


2) Find Google Drive File Stream and click “Install”

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3) You may see a

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4) Log into Google Drive when prompted! *You’ll need your phone to get the two-factor authentication code.

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5) Everything will now load up, and you will see the new Google Drive icon on your desktop:



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or stop by the Tech Office.