Google File Stream

File Sharing at Pepperdine

Pepperdine is switching to Google File Stream, which is a faster and easier way to access and share files. 

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Access Drive Files on File Stream

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Learn About File Stream

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

Introducing Drive File Stream — a new way to access all of your Google Drive files directly from your Mac or PC, without using up all your disk space. 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

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 anytime. 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.

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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
  2. Click the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen

    Download File Stream
  3. Select Download Drive File Stream
  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 Google Drive or Backup and Sync app you will shortly receive the following message:

Sync File Stream with My Drive

Because it is redundant to run more than one of these Google applications, you should answer YES to automatically disable the older one. We also recommend you delete the Google Drive and/or Backup and Sync application. Once those applications are deleted you can delete any Google Drive data that was sync'ed to your computer. Do not delete the sync'ed files from your computer before you have deleted those applications or it will sync that deletion to Google Drive!

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Access Google Drive files using Drive File Stream


  1. Open Finder
  2. Click on Google Drive in the Devices list in the left panel.


  1. Double-click on the Google Drive Icon on your Desktop


  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click on Google DriveFS in the Favorites list in the left panel

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Find & keep files and folders offline

  1. Right-click the file or folder you want to save offline.
  2. Click Drive File Stream > Available offline.

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