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Set Up Google Drive File Stream for Apps on Demand

You will store your files in your Google Drive or OneDrive. This article describes how to grant Cornell Apps on Demand (Amazon's AppStream) rights to access your Google Drive. (We also have instructions for granting rights to OneDrive.)

This article applies to: Apps on Demand

Google Drive vs. OneDrive

If you already prefer one over the other, use that. Within Apps on Demand, here's the difference:

  • OneDrive: you set up access only once, but you will need to move your files to and from a temporary location during each session to get the best performance.
  • Google Drive: you need to set up access each session, but you don't need to move your files at all.
The login process described below for Google Drive in Apps on Demand has been updated.

You will need to do this procedure each time you sign in to Apps on Demand.

  1. From your Canvas course menu, click Apps on Demand.
  2. Next, click the Google Drive icon.

  3. This will start your connection. It may take up to two minutes to connect. (The system will show your progress and time remaining.)

  4. After the connection is made, click Sign in with browser.

  5. To sign in, type your Cornell email address (, then click Next. Do not sign in using a personal Google account.

  6. You will be asked to log in using the Cornell CUWebLogin page. Authenticate with Two-Step Login if required.
  7. Verify that the account listed on the Google sign-in screen is yours. Click Continue.

  8. You will be asked to confirm that the app was downloaded from Google. This was done for you by IT staff. Click Sign in.

  9. You are now signed in. You will see a blank black screen to start with.
    Click the Launch app icon (four squares, at the top left of the screen), then File Explorer.

  10. In File Explorer, click This PC to show available drives. Google Drive should be shown as your G:\ drive.

  11. Click the expand arrow (">") to show the folders and files in your Google Drive.

When using Apps on Demand, open files and save files here (or in sub-folders you create here). There is no need to copy them to temporary storage and then copy them back when done.

If you are working with large files or applications that read and write a lot of data, before opening the application, right-click on the associated file(s) and select Drive File Stream, then Available offline. This will improve the speed of loading, using, and saving files.

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