Knowledgebase: Drive
Install and Access Google Drive File Stream on a Mac
Posted by Pamela Kistler-Osborne on 16 November 2020 02:03 PM

Follow the steps below to install and access Google Drive File Stream on a Mac:


  1. Do you currently have Google Drive Sync installed? If the answer is yes, go to step 2. If the answer is no, skip step 2 and go to step 3.
  2. Uninstall Google Drive Sync.
  3. Open Google Drive and select "Download Drive File Stream for Mac" under Settings. Download File Stream for Mac
  4. Select the "Download for Mac" blue button. Download File Stream for Mac Button
  5. The DriveFileStream.dmg is now in Downloads and can be used to install File Stream. Execute (Open) the file.
  6. Sign in to Google Drive.                                                                                                                    
  7. Allow Drive File Stream to use the information listed.                                     Google File Stream Allow Information Dialog Box
  8. The process should take a couple of minutes, and you have successfully installed Google Drive File Stream.


You can access File Stream from the Menu Bar or inside the Finder window.

Launch from the Menu Bar

Launch the Google File Stream from the Windows Menu Bar

Launch from the Finder window under Devices

Launch the Google File Stream from the Finder Window

Working offline

File Stream allows end users to work offline. To work offline right mouse click on a folder or file and select Drive File Stream, Available Offline.

Work Offline on a Mac Machine

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