Google Drive File Stream, the Windows and macOS app for enterprise users, was renamed to Google Drive for desktop back in January.

The rebranded app was first available as version and has since been updated to version 47.0 as per the official release notes.


However, Google Workspace users have been reporting about an issue with version 46.0 where Google Drive for desktop shows a blank white UI and causes a lot of CPU usage.

As per user reports, the said issue specifically started after the desktop app got updated to version

Also, some user reports suggest that the issue is known to Google and a fix is in the works for the same.

(Source 1, 2)

What is more interesting is that a Reddit user has reported that Google provided them with a pre-release version which seems to have solved the problem.

While the official release notes do list version 47.0 as the latest, it is unclear whether it has been deployed for Google Workspace users or not.

Moreover, recent reports from the Google Support community indicate that the issue is still present which might indicate that version 47.0 is yet to be deployed.


Some users have reinstalled the desktop app version but once it automatically updates to version, the issue comes back.

Since there has been no official word from Google on the matter so far, things are pretty much left for speculation.

Nevertheless, the tech giant might indeed be working on a fix and may soon deploy version or 47.0 on a wider scale if user reports and official release notes are anything to go by.


In the meantime, if you are facing the issues mentioned above, feel free to let us know whether you have received the version 47.0 or update with fixes by dropping a comment below.

That said, we will keep tracking this for further development and will provide more details once new information becomes available.

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I'm a techy who is particularly fond of Android smartphones. A writer who usually finds himself on the other side of the spectrum. An artist who likes to sing and play the guitar. Also a photographer when in the mood.

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