Effective December 11, 2017, Google will end support for the Google Drive desktop app for Mac/PC, and shut down the app on March 12, 2018. If you use the Drive desktop app, the app will notify of you about this change.
If you did NOT download the Drive desktop app and only access Google Drive on the web, you will not be affected.
If you currently use the Drive desktop app, you can continue accessing your Drive files on your desktop using:
- Drive File Stream or
- Backup and Sync
What is Drive File Stream?
Drive File Stream is best for departmental data or data that you share with others. This application lets you stream My Drive and Team Drive files directly from the cloud, which in turn:
- Frees up disk space and network bandwidth
- Decreases sync time
- Minimizes the amount of data stored on your computer
You can also make Drive files available for offline access. These cached files sync back to the cloud when you’re online, so the latest version is available on all your devices.
*Note: Drive File Stream is only available to those who are eligible for the UW–Madison G Suite service (all faculty, staff and students). Use your NetID credentials to authorize the service.
What is Backup and Sync?
Backup and Sync is the consumer sync client, but organizations can use it, too. With Backup and Sync, all your Drive content is stored locally on your computer.