About Google Drive for desktop

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Google Drive for desktop is a desktop application that provides live access to your Google at IU My Drive content in the cloud through Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. With Drive for desktop, you can store, edit, and collaborate on files and folders associated with your Google at IU account without using up disk space on your computer.


To view your total Google at IU usage, go to https://drive.google.com/settings/storage. Be sure you are logged into your Google at IU account, and not a personal Google account. To be sure, you could use a private browser.


Drive for desktop offers the following features. For instructions for using these features, see Use Google Drive for desktop.

  • Access Google My Drive and Google at IU Shared Drives files and folders directly through Windows Explorer and Mac Finder.
  • Share and copy links to Google My Drive files directly from your desktop.
  • Mark individual files and folders for offline access.
  • See who's editing shared Microsoft 365 files in real time.
  • Easily attach and save files in Outlook (Windows only).

You may use Drive for desktop to access protected health information (PHI) in Google at IU Secure Storage (coming soon), including in offline mode. Only mark files or folders for offline availability when you are directly working on them. Those files or folders must not be marked for offline availability when they are not being actively worked on.

This UITS system or service meets certain requirements established in the HIPAA Security Rule thereby enabling its use for work involving data that contain protected health information (PHI). However, using this system or service does not fulfill your legal responsibilities for protecting the privacy and security of data that contain PHI. You may use this system or service for work involving data that contain PHI only if you institute additional administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that complement those UITS already has in place.

Before you begin

Before you install Drive for desktop:

Install Drive for desktop

To install the Drive for desktop app:

  1. Download the appropriate Drive for desktop app for your computer:
  2. Open the .exe or .dmg file and follow the on-screen instructions.
    During the installation process, you will be asked to make a change to your computer's settings to give Drive for desktop the appropriate permissions.
  3. Once setup is complete, the Drive for desktop icon (Google Drive for desktop icon) will appear in the notification area of the Windows taskbar or in the Mac menu bar. Select the icon to launch the application, and then select Sign in.
    If you don't see the Sign in button, select the gear icon (Settings menu icon) to open the Settings menu, then choose Preferences, and select Sign-in on the "Preferences" screen.
  4. On the Google sign-in page, enter your Google at IU username (your_username@iu.edu), and complete an IU Login.

  5. Once you have successfully logged in, a drive named "Drive for desktop" (in Windows Explorer) or "Google Drive" (in macOS Finder) will appear on your computer. In it, you'll see a folder named My Drive, which provides access to your individual files and folders.

Learn more

To learn how to change accounts, disconnect, and change other settings, see Customize Drive for desktop settings.

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Last modified on 2023-12-04 13:04:34.