Since the November launch of Apple Silicon-based Macs, third-party developers have constantly updated their apps with native support. Google now plans to update Drive File Stream in April with M1 support.
Backup and Sync works with Google Drive and Photos. It’s a fairly standard client that allows you to sync all (or just some) of your files / folders, including images and videos. Meanwhile, Drive File Stream, which is being renamed, is intended for Workspace customers and features an on-demand model.
The apps weren’t working on Macs introduced late last year and were shows for some new buyers. Google support document for the business customer explains As:
Drive File Stream does not currently support ARM-based Windows laptops and tablets, including Microsoft Surface Pro X. Also, Drive File Stream does not yet support Apple M1 devices.
The consumer-centric application for personal Google accounts was updated on January 13 with “improved support for Apple M1”. Specifically, it “fixed the remaining M1 chip issues that prevented older versions of Backup and Sync from running for some users.”
Backup and Sync version 3.54 and later supports macOS Big Sur (version 11) including Apple devices with the Apple M1 chip.
Meanwhile, “Google Drive for desktop,” Drive File Stream’s new name, will support Apple M1 devices when version 47.0 is released in April.
Google Chrome was quickly updated in November, leaving Drive File Stream today as the only application without native support.
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