Get started with Drive File Stream

What can you do with Drive File Stream

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To upload large amounts of data or make a lot of files available offline, we recommend using Backup and Sync Backup and Sync or Google Drive instead.

If you prefer to work on non-Google formatted files from your desktop, you can install Drive File Stream if your administrator has it turned on. Then, you can access uploaded files in any browser or device that has Drive installed.

If you uninstall Drive File Stream, your Drive files won’t be affected. You can still access the files from Drive on the web.

Not sure whether to use Drive File Stream or Backup and Sync?

For a comparison of Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream, see Compare Backup and Sync & Drive File Stream.

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Section 1: Install and set up Drive File Stream

1.1 Install Drive File Stream
1.2 Pause syncing
1.3 Check your sync status

Section 2: Access your files

2.1 Open your files
2.2 Search for files
2.3 Access your files from any device
2.4 Access your files off-line
2.5 Avoid version conflicts in Office files

Section 3: Manage your files

3.1 Create folders
3.2 Move files to folders
3.3 Update Drive files on your computer
3.4 Delete your files
3.5 Restore deleted files

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