Google Drive for desktop release notes

These release notes reflect additions and improvements in each version of Google Drive for desktop (formerly Drive File Stream). If you see a number between the listed releases, that version has no significant difference from the prior release.

We typically wait until a new version of Drive for desktop is 100% rolled out to existing customers before providing the new app for download. Until we reach 100% roll-out, the Drive for desktop download link provides the prior version.

Note: To avoid compatibility issues and service interruptions with Drive for desktop, stay on a version that Google released within the last 12 months. For details, go to Keep Drive for desktop up to date.

Support for 32-bit Windows systems will end in the second half of 2023.

January 30, 2023 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 70.0

  • Resolved an issue for macOS users where Drive for desktop reported that it was connected to a network even when a user hadn't authenticated the connection.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

January 9, 2023 - Client-side encryption improvements

Windows and macOS: Version 69.0

  • Users can now use Google Workspace Client-side encryption to encrypt and upload local folders with Drive for desktop.
  • Improved error notifications
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements 

Important: With this release, Drive for desktop has ended support for Windows 7 and macOS versions earlier than 10.15.7. To continue getting support and updates for Drive for desktop:

  • Windows users need to upgrade to Windows 8 or later
  • macOS users need to upgrade to macOS 10.15.7 or later

December 1, 2022 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 68.0

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

November 16, 2022 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 67.0

  • Resolved an issue where users could attempt to upload more photos than their cloud storage allowed.
  • Added support for macOS users on File Provider (how to know if you're using File Provider) to create shared drives. Other users will see an improved shared drive creation flow.
  • Users can now understand if an account has an issue and more easily resolve it in Settings.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

October 27, 2022 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 66.0

  • Improved the layout of the account status menu.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Support for macOS 10.13 has ended. Please upgrade to a supported OS to continue using Drive for desktop.

October 11, 2022 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 65.0

  • Improved accessibility. Status menus can now be dismissed by pressing the escape key and more content is read by screen readers.
  • Improved error handling during app installation and set up.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.
macOS 10.13 won't be supported after October 2022. To continue using Drive for desktop, upgrade to a supported OS before October 31, 2022.

September 15, 2022 - Bug fixes

Windows and macOS: Version 64.0

  • Resolved an issue where the search window would close after multiple searches.
  • Users can now dismiss Drive for desktop by pressing the escape key.
  • Resolved an issue where users were unable to dismiss specific notification banners.
  • Improved uploading of edited photos in Apple Photos Libraries.
  • Fixed security vulnerability CVE-2022-3421.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Update on September 20, 2022:

To resolve an issue found in 63.0 and 64.0 where Drive for desktop shows the message "Can't load account email", we released 64.0.4.0 on September 20, 2022. To avoid this issue, update to the latest version.

August 30, 2022 - Client-side encryption updates

Windows and macOS: Version 63.0

We made many improvements to Google Workspace Client-side encryption (CSE) including:

  • Enabled CSE for shared drives.
  • Added support for macOS users on File Provider.
  • Added the ability to encrypt and upload local files to Google Drive.
  • Improved error handling and notifications of encryption issues.

For more information about CSE, see About client-side encryption.

Other updates include:

  • Resolved an issue where real-time presence stopped displaying active status on Office documents.
  • Resolved an issue where some users couldn't save Microsoft Excel files to Google Drive for Desktop.
  • Improved error handling for uploads from USB drives.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements for File Provider users.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

August 4, 2022 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 62.0

  • Updated the "Learn More" link to direct to the Storage tab in Drive when a user is almost out of storage.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

July 14, 2022 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 61.0

  • Resolved an issue where File Provider users were unable to open mirrored shortcuts.
  • Resolved issues on search and help pages where the wrong text was verbalized by screen readers.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

June 23, 2022 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 60.0

  • Multiple improvements to the performance and stability of macOS users on File Provider.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

June 2, 2022 - Introducing Client-side encryption

Windows and macOS: Version 59.0

  • Drive for desktop now supports Google Workspace Client-side encryption (CSE). Synced encrypted files appear as shortcuts on Windows and symbolic links on Mac. Additionally, users whose licenses support CSE can encrypt and upload local files to Google Drive. Learn more about Client-side encryption

    Note: This capability will be rolled out to users on File Provider in a future release.

  • Users can now use a configurable keyboard shortcut to search their Drive files. The following mappings are set by default:
    • Windows: Ctrl+Alt+g
    • MacOS: +Option+g
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements

Update on September 20, 2022 for macOS users:

macOS users can use Spotlight to search for files in Google Drive for desktop. Spotlight is automatically on for users on File Provider (how to identify if you're on File Provider). Users not on File Provider can manually turn it on:

  1. Open Drive for desktop.
  2. Click Settings Settingsand thenPreferences.
  3. At the top right, click Settings Settings.
  4. Turn on Enable Spotlight to search streaming files.

File Provider can only find files that users viewed in Finder locally.

May 12, 2022 - Introducing macOS File Provider support in Drive for desktop

Windows and macOS: Version 58.0

  • Users who stream their My Drive can now view how hard drive space is utilized and unpin files so space can be reclaimed if needed. You can access the dashboard to manage storage by opening Drive for desktop, clicking settings "" and selecting Offline Files.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Update on May 27, 2022 for macOS users:

Starting with version 58, Drive for desktop will be rolling out a change that impacts macOS users over the next few releases. This update adds support for File Provider, a feature introduced by Apple in macOS 12.3 which provides native support for accessing cloud-based file systems like Google Drive. These changes will not impact the core capabilities of Drive for desktop but users will notice some slight changes in the functionality of the product.

For more information on these changes and their impact, see Use File Provider with Drive for desktop.

April 15, 2022 - Improved notifications

Windows and macOS: Version 57.0

  • Users can now dismiss “Storage Full” notifications.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Note: Some Mac users can't create shared drives in Drive for desktop. As a workaround, they can create shared drives in their browser at drive.google.com. This issue will be resolved in a future release.

Update on May 20, 2022: Users can now toggle if Google Drive appears in the sidebar in Finder (macOS 10.15.7 and higher) or in the Quick Access Menu (Win10) from Preferences. Note: Workspace customers will need to be on macOS 12+ or Apple Silicon to use this capability. 

March 15, 2022 - Pooled Storage Notifications

Windows and macOS: Version 56.0

  • Added alert notifications when Google Workspace users are nearing their organization’s storage limit, or are at the limit. Learn more about How Google Workspace storage works.
  • Resolved a real-time presence issue some customers experienced while editing PowerPoint files in Google Drive.
  • Improved appearance of search box when using multiple monitors.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

January 27, 2022 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 55.0

  • Windows and macOS: Users can now search all their Drive content from the Drive for desktop UI
  • macOS: Resolved an issue when connecting a camera.
  • Resolved an issue where a USB device can block Drive from loading. 
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Note: Drive for desktop native search requires version 50 or above.

Ending support for older versions: Support has ended for versions of Drive released more than 12 months ago. Users with Drive for desktop versions 40 through 46 must upgrade to remain supported.

December 14, 2021 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 54.0

  • Improved in-app notifications to better communicate OS requirement changes and support users in error states.
  • Added a notification for Windows users if security update KB4474419  is not installed.
  • Added ability for a user to select a different browser than the computer default when authenticating or opening “Learn More” links. For more information on how to do this, visit this article
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.
  • Update: To resolve an issue found in 54.0, we have released 54.0.3 to users on January 11th, 2022. If you are experiencing issues with 54.0.0 - 54.0.2, please update to the latest version of Drive for desktop.

Important : Drive for desktop has ended support for macOS 10.11 and 10.12. Please upgrade to a supported version (10.13 High Sierra or newer) to continue using Drive for Desktop.

Important: Windows 7 users must install Microsoft's security update KB4474419 to remain supported and continue receiving updates.

November 22, 2021 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 53.0

  • Expanded accessibility capabilities including improving keyboard navigation, labels, and more.
  • Resolved an issue when syncing zip files. 
  • Improved UI when navigating between preferences and help windows. 
  • Users can now navigate to advanced settings when editing a Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint file saved in Google Drive for desktop. 
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

Important : Drive for desktop will be ending support for macOS 10.11 and 10.12 in December of 2021. Please upgrade to a supported version of macOS before that date to continue using Drive for Desktop.

Important: Windows 7 users must install Microsoft's security update KB4474419 to remain supported and continue receiving updates.

October 14, 2021 - Full Apple silicon (M1) Mac support

Windows and macOS: Version 52.0

  • Implemented full support for Apple silicon (M1) Mac computers.
  • Improved accessibility of folders and files created offline.
  • Added support for some cameras to back up to Drive for desktop.
  • Added ability to manage and purchase additional cloud storage from within Drive for desktop.
  • Improved sync performance when connecting to a network after working offline.
  • Improved progress messaging when uploading files to Drive for desktop from a USB device.
  • Added ability to call SIP phones via Meet plug-in.

August 26, 2021 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 51.0

  • Improved unsupported file type messaging when transitioning from Backup and Sync.
  • Improved error handling when transitioning from Backup and Sync.
  • Added ability for a user to ignore USB devices in Preferences.
  • Improved stability of Mac when starting Drive for desktop.
  • Updated Photos language in Advanced Settings.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

August 11, 2021 - Bug fix release

Windows and macOS: Version 50.0

  • Improved error handling when transitioning from Backup and Sync.
  • Improved text for various error messages.
  • Improved error list interface.
  • When submitting user feedback, added feedback submission status.
  • Added validation of proper mount point configuration.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

June 12, 2021 - Drive for desktop support for Backup and Sync features

Windows and macOS: Version 49.0

We added the following functionality to Drive for desktop:

  • Ability to sync local folders (like Documents or Desktop) to Google Drive, backup to Google Photos, or both.*
  • Capability to sync files from external drives (for example, USB) to Google Drive, backup to Google Photos, or both.*
  • Added a guided flow to transition settings from Backup and Sync to Drive for desktop.*
  • Ability to sign in with up to four Google accounts at once.
  • Added notification explaining that Live Photos only get synced as a static photo.
  • Additional bug fixes and performance improvements.

*Note: These new features in Drive for desktop will not be available to users in organizations where Backup and Sync is disabled.

Learn more about the changes in this blog post.

Older versions

For details about versions older than what's listed here, go to the Google Drive for desktop release notes archive.

 


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