Google Drive File Stream not Working – How to Fix

Unable to access Google Drive streaming? Check this tutorial to see how to fix the error for the reason behind Google Drive is not streaming.

Earlier it was Google Drive for streaming now it is reintroduced as Google Drive for desktop. You can simply visit their official site and download it on your Windows or Mac operating system.

Google Drive file stream may stop functioning for various reasons preventing you from accessing Google Drive files on your computer.

Fixing the issue is not as complicated. Instead, there are ways that you can use to fix the Google Drive File stream not working issue. 

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Google Drive File stream not Working

Why is Your Google Drive File Stream Not Working?

There are various reasons why the Google Drive File stream may not work for you. Maybe, you will find issues with signing in or opening the Google Drive stream on your computer or you cannot use the application for different reasons.

Below are the issues you will face.

  • You are stuck on the Google Drive login stream while the Google Drive file stream keeps loading.
  • You are unable to sync files between Google Drive and your computer.
  • Authorization Failed: No longer allowed to view files – this error will appear.
  • You are encountering issues like “Drive File Stream is not enabled for the account”.

The causes of the above errors may be the following:

  • Google Drive File Stream has compatibility errors.
  • Firewall or Antivirus application blocking Google Drive File Stream. 
  • You need to share proper syncing permissions.
  • There is an issue with your internet. 
  • There will be a chance of an outdated version of Google Drive or Google Drive files stream version.

How to fix the Google Drive File stream error?

Check the below major fixes to sort out the error.

Check Internet Connection 

Before you get into any advanced fixes, the first thing you should do is check whether you have a stable internet connection or not. If there is an issue with your internet, you obviously will not be able to stream files using Google Drive.

So for this, you can follow these below steps to check if there is an issue with your internet:

  • The first and foremost step is, to click on the start menu and go to Settings on your Windows 10 device.
  • Then click on Network & Internet.
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  • Next, click on Network Troubleshooter and let Windows search for any issues.
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  • If your computer finds any issues, then repair them and then try and access files from the Google Drive File Stream and see if things are working for you.

Disable VPN If Using

If you are using a VPN to control web traffic or safeguard yourself from online threats, then disable the VPN. Sometimes, VPN is the hidden error that creates issues with your internet connection. As a result, your computer finds it hard to establish a connection between your computer and Google Drive File Stream.

So do disable VPN if you are using such a service and then check if you are still getting the same Google Drive file stream not working issue.

Disable Your Antivirus and Firewall

Your antivirus or firewall applications can also prevent you from accessing Google Drive file stream files. Both of these apps are known for blocking applications. As a result, it will be good to block them and then access Google Drive File Stream.

If after disabling the antivirus or firewall, the problem gets fixed, you can add Google Drive as an exception.

Also, you should know that by disabling Antivirus and Firewall applications, you are putting your PC at a wide range of risks. So please proceed ahead with your own risk.

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Update Google Drive File Stream

Another thing that you can do is update Google Drive File Stream. In case if you are using an older version of Google Drive File Stream, which Google already has ended support for. Then you will not be able to stream files.

So go to and download the latest version of the Backup and Sync from Google client and install it on your computer. After that check, if you are able to access files or not.

Try updating the Operating System

There is also a high chance that there is a software bug that is preventing you from accessing the Google Drive File stream. So I would recommend you update your operating system install the latest version of your OS and check if it has solved the issue for you.

In case if you are using Google Drive, then you can go to Settings > Update & Security > then click on the check for Updates button.

After that, let Windows 10 look for available updates and if it finds any then do install them and check if it has been any help to your issue or not.

Uninstall Chrome Remote Desktop

If you are using Chrome Remote Desktop, then you should uninstall it. As it has been a  history of interfering with the Google Drive File Stream application. As a result, the Google Drive client faces synchronization.

So go to the control panel uninstall the software from there and then check if you are still facing issues with Google Drive File Stream.

Save Google Drive File Stream Files Offline

Google Drive file stream uses a virtual network to allow you to access files and download them on demand. This feature is pretty helpful when you don’t view files without downloading them.

However, if the Google Drive file stream not working for you, then it would be better if you save Google Drive files offline. For this, you can follow the below steps:

  • First, go to File Explorer and launch Google Drive File Stream drive.
  • Next, launch Google Drive File Stream in File Explorer.
  • After that, right-click on any of the files/folders and click on Drive File Stream.
  • Next, select Available Offline, and it will make the file available for offline use.
  • Once done, check if you can access the file or not.


So those were a couple of fixes for the Google Drive file stream not working issue. Now go ahead and try these methods out and see if they are working for you. Also, if there is anything else you would want to ask, then do feel free to comment below.

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