Google Drive, launched on April 24, 2012, is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. You are allowed to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive becomes more and more popular among its users due to its convenience.
Google gives every user 15 GB of online storage space for free, which is shared across three of its most-used services, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Users can obtain more storage on payment of a monthly subscription. Google Drive viewer on the website allows you to view up to 20 file formats which include common used formats like Image files, Video files, Text files, Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Pages and so on.
Why Transfer All Google Drive Files from One Account to Another?
As mentioned before, Google Drive offers only 15 GB free space for its users, therefore, many users would create more than one account to get more free space. As a result, it is unavoidable to transfer files from one Google Drive account to another.
Assuming that you have redundant free space with monthly subscription, you may also need to create another Google Drive account due to name changed after married to someone else. Then moving files from one Google Drive account to another will be written into your To-Do list.
You may have other reasons to transfer files between Google Drive accounts. For instance, after graduating from college, you may want to move your previous files to the personal account you created. But it’s a question on how to transfer Google Drive files from one account to another.
Here in the following parts, you will find one popular way with MultCloud, a FREE cloud transfer manager tool and three common ways to help you move files between Google Drive account.
Top Way: Move Files from One Google Drive to Another with MultCloud
MultCloud is a web service that provides a convenient cloud file transfer free way for you to manage all the cloud storage accounts that you have. It allows you to manage files across cloud drives directly from one interface without using manual way, Download and Upload.
The authorization system of MultCloud is based on OAuth which is a standard authorization framework that enables third party applications to access multiple cloud accounts without username and password required. Hence, feel relieved to create one MultCloud account and transfer all files across Google Drives now.
Step 2. Click “Add Clouds” button and select Google Drive from the list below to add your old account and click “Next”.
Step 3. Now change the Display Name to Google Drive1 to distinguish it from your new Google Drive account. Then click Add Google Drive Account. By clicking this option, you are authorizing MultCloud to access your files in Google Drive. Repeat above steps to add your new Google Drive account in MultCloud.
Step 4. Migrate files from one Google Drive to Another with “Cloud Explorer”. Open your old account through “Cloud Explorer”, click the checkbox next to the “Name” to select all files.
Step 5. Use “Copy to” with “Cloud Explorer”. Right click the blank area, click “Copy to” feature and select second Google Drive as the destination location. Click “Transfer” button and wait for the process to complete.
You can drag some certain files to another account directly if you don’t want to transfer all of them.
If you want to move all files from one Google Drive account to another account, select “Move” button on the lower left corner of the upper window. After the transfer process is complete, all files will be removed from your first account.
Common Ways: How to Move Files from One Google Drive to Another Account?
Solution 1: Use “Share” feature with Google Drive
If you have Google documents format only on Google Drive, then you can transfer them to your new account in common way.
Step 1. Log in your old Google Drive account. Select all files and right click “Share” button.
Step 2. Add your new account’s email address as a collaborator. Click “Advanced” button and below window will appear.
Step 3. Click Down arrow icon and select “Is owner” from the drop down menu and click “Send” button.
Step 4. Log in your second account and you will find these files are placed under “My Drive” of your account.
If you do not select “Is owner”, then your files will be found under “Shared with me” of your second account after you adding your second account as the collaborator through “Share” icon.
After selecting “Is owner”, your ownership will be transferred to the new account and the new owner will be notified. You may no longer be able to change sharing settings.
Solution 2: Use Google Takeout to Transfer Files
If you have other file formats on Google Drive, to transfer files from one Google Drive to another, you need to download a copy of your data or create an archive with Google Takeout. As for how Google Takeout works, learn more from here. If you use this solution, files’ formats will be converted to another format. Once your new account has been set up, you can convert all these back by adjusting your upload settings in Drive to automatically convert them.
Solution 3: Downloading and Uploading
Step 1. Log in your old account and create a new folder to store all files under the root directory of your Google Drive.
Step 2. Move all files to the new folder.
Step 3. right click the new folder, click “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.
Step 4. Log in your new account, click “Upload” feature to upload that downloaded .zip file and wait for the process to complete. If you want to upload folder not the .zip file to your Google Drive, you need to unzip it first so you can click “Upload Folder” to upload it to your new account.
Note: Any of the above common ways can help you achieve your goal but it would take a while to do, particularly if the data size is a little bit large and you need to switch accounts to make it. The most important one is that you cannot close the page until the process to be complete.
Following any solution from above methods could help you resolve your problem. You can move files from one Google Drive to another simply from one platform without switching accounts, downloading and uploading, etc if you prefer to use the top way, MultCloud. Currently, MultCloud supports more than 30 clouds including MEGA, OneDrive, Dropbox, Flickr, Google Photos, etc.