What is Google Drive File Stream? [ How to Use it & Install it ]

What is Google Drive File Stream [ How to Use it & Install it ]
Do you actually want to know What is Google Drive File Stream? If yes then you are at right place.

But before we begin Let's see some impressive facts about Google Drive.

According to Wikipedia, Google Drive has more than 800 million active users and over 2 trillion files are stored on it.

And these are increasing rapidly day by day.

It also has the largest numbers of active users as compared to other cloud storage services like Dropbox and OneDrive.

Although Google drive is the best cloud storage service provider till date but everything needs some change and so they have developed an advanced version of Backup and Sync known as "Drive File Stream".

In this Post, I will show you some new features of this advanced product and answers to many other questions like What is Drive File Stream? How to install it? and How does it works?

So let's Get started.

What is Google Drive File Stream?

Drive File Stream

Drive File Stream
is basically a kind of Sync tool or we can say it is a replacement or alternative for the Backup and Sync app.

This tool is mainly developed for G Suite users which means all the new features & functionalities of G Suite are integrated with this new program.

In simple words, we can that it is a sync tool designed for enterprises or the business users.

This means that using this tool you can easily manage your Business data present in your Google Drive. As we all know that there are tons of Business data on everyone's google drive.

But when your team grows larger and larger it becomes harder to manage those kinds of things on a regular basis. But using Google Drive File Stream tool you can easily get rid of these types of problems.

And the best is that there are no major changes in the interface but you have to install something new on your computer.

Let's see how.

How to install it and How does it Work?

1. Verify or Check the Operating System

In this step, we will check that Drive File Stream will support your Operating system or not. This tool is supported by the given OS.

  • Windows: Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 and all upper versions.
  • Mac: High Sierra (10.13), El Capitan (10.11) and all upper versions.

And Yes It is supported by all popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.

2. Download & Install Google Drive File Stream

In this 2nd step, First Download the tool .exe file from the given link.

Recommend: Before installing this new tool, Uninstall Backup and Sync application.

Once the file is downloaded, Open it and a dialog box will appear with an install button. Click on that and the installer will start installing it.

After installation is done, Login with your G Suite account and you are connected.

Now Open your Windows File Explorer and there you can see that Two New Drives are added One is My Drive and another one is Team Drives.

Install Google Drive File Stream

And all your Google Drive files getting synchronized in these two drives.

This is how it works and there are so many new features of this tool like Available Offline which we will cover in the below section.

Files Available Offline

And see How it is better than the other traditional tools.

Google Drive File Stream Vs Backup and Sync

Everyone knows much about Backup and Sync tool but very few people know about this new tool & its features. Let's see the comparison with an infographic and check which tool is better in which ways.

Google Drive File Stream Vs Backup and Sync


I hope after reading this detailed post I have cleared all your doubt about this new G Suite tool. And got your all answers to the question Like What is this new sync tool, How does it work and How to install Google drive file stream (Windows/Mac).

Feel free to comment below and also tell us if you want me to create such article on different cloud storage services like DropBox, OneDrive etc.

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