Modified 18 February 2020 by Eugen Plesa

Add Google Drive to File Explorer in Windows 10 to access files on your PC, without having to open Drive in your browser. This feature also allows you to make your Drive files available offline, so you can access them without an internet connection. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download and install the Drive File Stream utility for Windows

  1. Open Drive File Stream and Sign in with your work/school account

  1. Your files stream is now connected

You can find Google Drive File Stream (G:) on the navigation pane in Windows File Explorer. Any changes made to this “local” drive on your PC, such as adding/deleting files or renaming them, will be automatically synced with your Drive.

Files are not available offline unless you choose to download them. To download a document, right-click on it and select Available offline. You will notice that a green check mark will appear over its icon to indicate that the file has been downloaded on your PC and it’s now available for offline use.

If the option to make a file available offline is disabled (greyed out), open the document in Chrome, go to File and select Make available offline. This will enable the option for all your documents so check with your administrator before you turn it on.