Google Drive File Stream and Google Backup and Sync are two desktop apps that will replace the Google Drive app. Drive File Stream is currently being implemented in Bucknell accounts. With Drive File Stream, you can quickly sync and access local files on your hard drive to Google Drive. The following graphic by google summarizes features of the two new desktop apps:

We recommend you read more about Drive File Stream from Google.

You can use Drive File Stream on these operating systems:

  • Windows: Windows 7 and up. Windows Server editions are not supported.
  • Mac: El Capitan (10.11) and up. For High Sierra (10.13), follow these steps.

To download Google Drive File Stream, follow the appropriate link for Mac or Windows. Run the installer and follow the instructions on the screen to install Google Drive File Stream on your computer.

After you are done installing, locate “Drive File Stream” from your list of installed programs and open it. You will need to sign in to your Bucknell account. Click the blue “SIGN IN” button.

Type your FULL email address, including “” in the next window that appears and click “NEXT”.

On the next screen, type your short username (WITHOUT “”) and your password and click Login. Authenticate to Duo

If it is your first time running the program, you may see some introductory slides.

When you are done installing and are logged in, you will see a new drive appear on your computer:

If you open this drive, you will see two options. Team Drives are not currently implemented on the Bucknell network. You can open “My Drive” to view your documents from Google Drive. You can copy, edit, or move files to/from your local hard disk to this folder and they will be synced with your Google Drive.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Tech Desk at 570.577.7777 or

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