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Google Drive Sync for Mac/PC Going Away - Get Drive File Stream

04/12/18
Computer pop-up: Google Drive for Mac/PC is going away.
If you have Google Drive for Mac/PC on your computer you may have received this pop-up. If you get this message, hit "Cancel," and follow the steps on this page to get Google Drive File Stream.


What's Changing?

On May 12, the syncing tool Google Drive for Mac/PC will stop being supported by Google, at which time the application will stop syncing files between a person’s computer and their Google Drive account. Online Google Drive will not change and any files stored online will not be impacted.

ITS recommends you switch to Google Drive File Stream to continue accessing your Google Drive files on your computer.

What is Google Drive File Stream?

Google Drive File Stream allows you to see and find your files in Google Drive on your computer. You can:

  • Save specific files and folders offline, including Team Drives.
  • View and organize your files in your computer’s file system, such as:
    • Explorer on Windows
    • Finder on macOS
  • Open files with apps installed on your computer, such as Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • See all of your files in Google Drive without using storage space on your computer.
 

Switch from Google Drive for Mac/PC to Google Drive File Stream

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up. Installation instructions for High Sierra include a few extra steps.
  • Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server editions are not supported.

STEP 1: UNINSTALL GOOGLE DRIVE FOR MAC/PC

WINDOWS:
  1. Close the Google Drive application by right-clicking on the Drive icon in the task bar & clicking Exit.
  2. Click Start > Control Panel.
  3. Click Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Click Google Drive > Uninstall or Remove.
  5. Click Yes.
  6. Open File Explorer, select This PC in the left navigation > Windows (C:)
  7. Double click on the Users folder > double click on your username
  8. Find the Google Drive folder and right-click > Delete
MAC:
  1. Quit the Google Drive application by opening the Google Drive menu and selecting Quit google drive desktop icon.
  2. Open Finder and navigate to the Applications folder.
  3. Drag the "Google Drive" app to the Trash.
  4. Open Finder and from the menus select Finder > Empty Trash.
  5. Still in the Finder menus, select Go > Home
  6. Control-Click on the "Google Drive" folder, and select Move to Trash.

STEP 2: INSTALL GOOGLE DRIVE FILE STREAM

STEP 3: FIND & KEEP IMPORTANT FILES AND FOLDERS OFFLINE (RECOMMENDED)

If you think there are certain files or folders you will want to access while offline, take these steps:

  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 checkmark next to it.