Google Drive File Stream

Use File Stream for easy, reliable cloud-based file storage

Google Drive File Stream is an application that helps you store and access your files on Google Drive.  It allows your files to open with the right applications, to live-sync and update, and even to keep a copy on your computer.  


What's Google Drive File Stream?

By using Google Drive File Stream, your files are accessible from any device that has an internet connection, and are protected by your USDOne password - that means you can create, edit, and share all of your documents and files from any device.


What can I do with Google Drive File Stream?

You can use Google Drive File Stream to work on your files from any computer with an internet connection - for example, you can create a file on your personal computer, edit that file on a computer in a computer lab, and then print that file from a friend's computer.  

When you use File Stream, your files open with the correct application, too.  If you have an Adobe Photoshop file, or an Excel document, those files will open with the correct application, letting you edit and save the document.  

Getting Started

Downloading and installing File Stream

  • Download instructions
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3a (Windows)
  • Step 3b (Mac)
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Step 6

Configuring and using File Stream

  • Finding your files
  • Favorite folders in Google Drive
  • Download a folder or file for offline use
  • Force a file to open in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Setting default save locations
  • Finding lost files and folders

Saving Files in Labs - Quickstart Guide

Frequently asked questions

  • Is Google Drive FERPA/HIPAA compliant?
  • Is Google going to look at my files?
  • Are my files safe in Google Drive?
  • Is Google Drive going to open my Word documents in Google Docs?
  • What if I need to work on my files offline?
  • Should I open my files from the computer (File Explorer or Finder) or from the web browser?