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Why Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive?

Nowadays, more and more users are trying to store their data on cloud storage drives. Many cloud storage drives provide certain storage space for free, and because of this, a lot of users sign up for many accounts or use more than one cloud drive for more free storage space.

There are a lot of users using both Google Drive and OneDrive. When you register one Google Drive or OneDrive account, you will get 15 GB or 5 GB of free storage space. While using those two cloud drives, you may want to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive for cloud data backup or to separate work data from personal data, including docs, sheets, photos, videos, etc. Now, there comes one question on how to migrate Google Drive to OneDrive.

Luckily, here we will share you with a top way to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive without downloading files to a local disk from Google Drive, and then re-uploading them to OneDrive.

Best Way to Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive without Downloading

To avoid the downloading and re-uploading process, you can make use of the FREE online cloud file transfer manager tool, MultCloud, as a Google Drive to OneDrive migration tool.

  • Its "Cloud Transfer" allows you to directly transfer everything required from Google Drive to OneDrive, rather than downloading them to a local drive from Google Drive, and then re-uploading to OneDrive from the local one.
  • As a versatile multiple cloud manager, it supports 30+ popular cloud services such as Google Drive, G Suite, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Dropbox, Dropbox Business, Box, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, SharePoint, Amazon S3, SugarSync, hubiC, Evernote, CloudMe, Cubby, MyDrive, WEB.DE, Yandex, HiDrive, MySQL, Flickr, MediaFire, ownCloud, ADrive, Baidu, MEGA, WebDAV, pCloud, Egnyte, and FTP/SFTP. So you can easily make file transfers among those cloud drives.
  • MultCloud keeps your file and folder structure after migrating, as well as the file modification date, and it's useful for finding what you need.
  • Migrate cloud data such as photos, music, documents from one drive to another without downloading.
  • Backup precious music, photos, videos from one could drive to another to keep files safe flexibly.
  • Sync data from one cloud drive to another via 10 sync modes including schedule and real time sync.

To move Google Drive to OneDrive, you can follow the steps below to make it.

Migrate Google Drive to OneDrive Free in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. Create one account to use MultCloud.

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Sign Up

Step 2. Add your Google Drive and OneDrive one by one to MultCloud by clicking "Add Cloud".

Add OneDrive to Google Drive
Add Google Drive

Step 3. Go to the "Cloud Transfer" tab, and specify Google Drive as the source, and OneDrive as the target. Then, click the "Transfer Now" button to copy Google Drive to OneDrive.

Transfer Files from Google Drive to OneDrive
Transfer Files from Google Drive to OneDrive


  • You could enable "Delete all source files after transfer is complete." under "Options", MultCloud will delete all your files saved in Google Drive automatically after the transfer is complete to free up Google Drive space if you hit the Google Drive storage limit
    Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete
    Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete
  • If you do not want to transfer the whole Google Drive to OneDrive, you can select files and folders you want to transfer under Google Drive as the source. Or use the Filter in Options to include or exclude the file types you'd prefer.
  • You can copy files from Google Drive to OneDrive on a daily basis with Schedule to automatically perform Google Drive and OneDrive sync. You can set up weekly, or monthly transfers as well.
  • MultCloud is free to use. You can enjoy up to 10 threads instead of 2 to transfer if you want to enjoy the super-fast transfer speed, subscribing your account to a premium account to enjoy all the advanced features.

Finally, all your files will be transferred successfully. Besides, you can migrate Google Drive to OneDrive for Business directly in this way, just try and enjoy.

For "Cloud Transfer" feature, is more suitable for transferring folders or whole cloud drives. If you want to transfer several files separately, please use the "Copy to", or "Copy" and "Paste" features.

After adding Google Drive and OneDrive to MultCloud, open Google Drive, select files, then tap Copy to, choose OneDrive, and hit OK to copy from Google Drive to OneDrive.

Copy Files from Google Drive to OneDrive
Copy Files From Google Drive to OneDrive

How to Automatically Sync Google Drive to OneDrive?

Apart from transferring Google Drive to OneDrive via the "Cloud Transfer", you can also sync Google Drive with OneDrive directly. That's to say, you are able to sync everything from Google Drive to OneDrive efficiently.

Besides, its "Real Time Sync" and "Two Way Sync" combination can make the synced content always the same since the added, modified, and deleted files in the source directory or the target directory will be replicated to each side in real time. 

1. Click Cloud Sync from the left, tap Real Time Sync from the top sync modes, then hit switch to two-way sync.

2. Select Google Drive as the source, and OneDrive as the target.

Real Time Sync Google Drive to OneDrive
Real Time Sync Google Drive to OneDrive

3. Press Sync Now to sync Google Drive to OneDrive automatically.

Most importantly, MultCloud provides you with the Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive extension, which allows you to transfer files directly between them on their official website.

Other 4 Manual Ways to Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive

The methods provided by MultCloud should be the most efficient. If you don't want to finish the transfer between Google Drive to OneDrive with the help of some third-party tool, the following traditional methods may satisfy you well. Take a look now.

Method 1. Download and Upload to Transfer Google Drive Data to OneDrive

The traditional way is to download files from Google Drive to your local hard drive, then, upload them to OneDrive.

Download Upload
Download from Google Drive to OneDrive

When using this method, you should consider the following points:

  • Transmission speed: The transmission speed of the whole process depends on your network connection, and the size of the file will also affect the transmission speed;
  • The process cannot be interrupted: uploading and downloading are carried out on a computer or mobile device, and there is no option for an automatic transmission, only pure manual operations; 
  • Easy to misuse: In the process of moving, people will inevitably make mistakes, which will only delay the entire process.

Method 2. Share Certain Files to the OneDrive Account

The "Share" feature of cloud drives enables you to share files from Google Drive to OneDrive. No matter whether you share target files one by one or at one time through a folder, you have to go "Shared with me" folder and copy the target file out to another folder. Then, rename target files one by one to permanently possess them.

Although this method is faster than the first one, it also has some downsides.


  • Sharing operations can only be done one by one, not all files can be selected for sharing. Unless you put the files to be transferred in one folder;
  • To gain control of files, you must copy files shared by others to another folder, so that you have read and write permissions.

Method 3. Archive Whole Google Drive to OneDrive

If your account is a Google Drive account for education, you can directly archive all files in your Google Drive to OneDrive.

Step 1. Sign in to your Google Drive account and enter https://takeout.google.com/u/3/settings/takeout.
Step 2. In the "Download your data" screen, under select your data to include, make sure "Drive" is enabled. Then, click "NEXT".

Enable Drive
Download Google Data - Enable Drive

Step 3. Under "Delivery method", select "Add to OneDrive".

Add to OneDrive
Download Google Data - Add to OneDrive

Step 4. Click "Link account and create export" to connect your OneDrive account and export all Google Drive data to OneDrive.

Link Account and Create Export
Link Account and Create Export


  • Once the files are uploaded to OneDrive, Google Drive is no longer responsible for the files, and the content in the export is covered by the provider's terms.
  • Google Takeout does not transfer files and folders shared with you. To copy shared documents, manually select and download them from the "Shared with me" folder in Google Drive. Then upload them to OneDrive.
  • The migration process may take several days, depending on the size of the export. By default, accounts with more data (10+ GB) will be split into multiple archives.
  • Google Takeout will export one or more archives instead of individual files and folders. To use your documents in OneDrive, you first need to unzip and reorganize them.

Method 4. Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive with Desktop Apps

If you mainly store other types of documents (such as interesting images, melodious music, meaningful video files and PDFs, and so on.), you can try this option.

Here is how to migrate Google Drive to OneDrive using the apps:

Step 1. Install Google Drive and OneDrive desktop applications. (If you are a Windows 10 user, the OneDrive application is built into your computer.)
Step 2. Log in to your Google Drive and OneDrive accounts respectively.
Step 3. Drag files and folders from Google Drive, and drop them to OneDrive (or use the copy & paste way).

Like all other manual methods, this method is not perfect for the following reasons.


  • File type restriction: Because the Google Drive app does not save these files to your hard drive. When such files are migrated to OneDrive, they will only be displayed in OneDrive in the form of links.
  • File upload limit: The desktop application of the cloud drive is not optimized for handling a large number of files. If you have an account with more than 10 GB and/or more than 10,000 files, the process may not be completed.
  • Taking a long time: Drive sync may take a while (it may take a week or more) because the application's file transfer process is to download documents from one account and upload them to another using your hard drive and broadband connection.
  • Needing a stable network: You need to have stable Internet access and always keep your computer on during the copy process. This process may slow down the working speed of the machine and increase power consumption.

FAQs about Moving Files from Google Drive to OneDrive

Are there any built-in options to transfer files between Google Drive and OneDrive?

There were no built-in options provided by Google or Microsoft for direct file transfers between the two services. You would need to use manual methods or third-party tools.

an I preserve file and folder structure when moving between cloud services?

Yes, it keeps your file and folder structure when moving files between Google Drive and OneDrive.

Is there any risk of data loss when transferring files between cloud services?

While data loss is unlikely, it's essential to take precautions, such as double-checking your files and making backups before the transfer. Using reputable third-party tools can help minimize the risk.

How long does it take to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive?

Transfer times vary depending on factors like file size, internet connection speed, and the method used. Small transfers can be quick, while larger transfers may take more time. Patience is key.


Following any solution above can help move files from Google Drive to OneDrive. However, if your data size is a little bit large and your Internet connection is not good, MultCloud can be a nice choice.

Besides, MultCloud can do a lot for managing your cloud drives in addition to "Cloud Transfer" and "Cloud Sync". For example, if you are an administrator of 2 or more business clouds, you can also transfer multiple accounts from one cloud platform to another, like transferring files from Google Drive to OneDrive for business through the "Team Transfer".

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