Can I Migrate Google Drive to Another Account?

"I am using Google Drive with a School Based account, and I am graduating this spring. They will delete it and all of its data. I have a ton of Google Drive documents that I would like to retain. So, can I transfer my Google Drive to another account?"

Since Google Drive allows you to create lots of Google Drive accounts, of course, you can migrate from one Google account to another in many ways. Some of these solutions may take a lot of your time, and others will be based on third-party Google Drive migration tools to help you transfer Google Drive to a new account easily and quickly. Please look through the detailed instructions below to solve the problem.

Why Migrate Google Drive to New Account?

Google Drive Migration
Google Drive Migration

Google Drive migration means migrating all data in the original Google Drive account to a new Google Drive account, including but not limited to files/folders, photos/pictures/images, videos/movies, and docs/sheets.

A new Google Drive account may have much more storage space and advanced features than an old one. For example, a new account G Suite is much better than an old GDrive personal account. Therefore, users need to switch to a new account to upgrade the storage of the cloud drive. Or, users may just want to replace the old account for the following reasons:

  • Students need to move documents from the school account of GDrive to a private account when they graduate.
  • Employees are required to transfer files that they are allowed to take away from their Google account for work to their personal account after resignation.
  • Users have some files in a shared account and want to move them to their personal accounts.
  • Users want to transfer files from one Google Drive to another for personal or professional use.
  • The current account on Google Drive is not working.

According to the purpose of Google Drive account migration, there are all 5 solutions for you to choose from. The first two methods will ask for the help of a great and secure multiple cloud storage manager. What's more, the last three methods are manual solutions that require you to download, upload, or share files from one Google Drive account to another all by yourself or through the Google Takeout service.

How to Migrate Google Drive to New Account: 2 Easy Ways

Is there an easy and secure solution to move files from one Google Drive to another without downloading-and-uploading or complicated steps? Luckily, you can make full use of a FREE third-party cloud file manager– MultCloud. MultCloud can help you manage, transfer, sync, and backup files from cloud to cloud easily in an easy-to-use interface.

  • Cloud Transfer: Transfer files from one cloud to another with flexible schedules, helpful options, and simple operations.
  • Copy to: Transfer files from one cloud to another or multiple clouds at once.

Now you can follow the step-by-step solutions for Google account migration.

Solution 1. Migrate Google Drive to New Account with "Cloud Transfer" [Recommend]

Step 1. To use MultCloud for migrating Google Drive to another account, you should, first of all, create an account with MultCloud.

Create An Account
Create An Account

Step 2. Add Google Drive accounts to MultCloud. Click “Add Cloud” in the left menu and select “Google Drive” from the right cloud drive list. Then, just follow the easy guidance to finish adding cloud accounts.

Add Google Drive to MultCloud
Add Google Drive to MultCloud

Step 3. Import Google Drive to new account with "Cloud Transfer". Go to the "Cloud Transfer" tab, and specify the source and target cloud directory respectively as the old Google Drive account and another Google Drive account.

Migrate Google Drive to New Account
Migrate Google Drive to New Account


  • If you don’t want to keep the source files in the original Google Drive anymore, you can tick “Delete all source files after transfer is complete” in the "Options" window before starting the transfer task.
  • MultCloud can send an email notification to you when the transfer task is done.
Google Drive Transfer Options
Google Drive Transfer Options

Step 4. Finally, click “Transfer Now” and MultCloud will transfer files from one Google Drive to another immediately.

Note: There is also a video that can guide you on how to transfer Google Drive to another account. You can watch it to learn how Cloud Transfer works.

Solution 2. Migrate Google Drive to Another account by "Copy to"

Step 1. Open your old Google Drive account in MultCloud.
Step 2. Select the files and folders you want to copy to the new Google Drive account. Then click "Copy to" in the feature bar above.
Step 3. Choose the destination of your copied files in the pop-up window, then click "OK". And the selected files will be copied to your new Google Drive account successfully.

Copy Files from One Google Drive to Another
Copy Files from One Google Drive to Another

Note: To select multiple destinations to copy files and folders to, you need to tick the "Multi-select" in the pop-up window.

How to Migrate Google Drive to New Account: 3 Manual Ways

Google also offers you some solutions for Google Drive account migration. But these manual methods may take you more and more time for a successful transfer.

Solution 1. Migrate Google Drive Data to New Account by "Download and Upload"

This may be the first solution that most Google Drive users can think about. That is to say, you should first download all data from the source Google Drive account to a local device, and then upload these files from the local to the destination account.

Download Files from Google Drive
Download Files from Google Drive

This way is somehow troublesome. It requires you to have a stable network, and enough local storage to serve as transit. And it will take you so much time if there are a lot of files to migrate.

Solution 2. Move Google Drive to New Account with "Share" Feature

There is another way provided by Google Drive which does not need local device’s help. But this method still needs you to switch between different Google Drive accounts.

Step 1. Log in to Google Drive with your old Google Account.
Step 2. Select all files and folders first, then right-click and choose "Share" in the dropdown menu.

Choose Files to Migrate from Google Drive
Choose Files to Migrate from Google Drive

Step 3. Add your new Google Drive account in the pop-up window and choose the permission as "Editor". Then click "Send".

Share Files to New Google Drive Account
Share Files to New Google Drive Account

Step 4. Log in to your new Google Drive account, and you will find the transferred files in the "Shared with me" folder.

This way is also troublesome and somehow difficult to operate. You need to rename all the shared files if you want to save them in your new account.

Solution 3. Transfer Google Drive to Another Account with “Google Takeout”

Google Takeout is another service provided by Google that helps users create archived files to easily transfer files to other accounts. This way has a complicated process to transfer data, and it will convert your files into another format. However, you can change the file format in the settings, and then upload your data to the new account. The following are the specific steps.

Step 1. Visit Google Takeout and select the files or folders you want to transfer from your old Google Drive account. (All are selected by default on the page.)

Select Folders to Include under Google Takeout
Select Folders to Include under Google Takeout

Step 2. Swipe the page to the bottom, and then click the "Next step" button.
Step 3. Select the delivery method, here you need to select "Add to Drive" in the dropdown window. ("Send download link via email" is selected by default.)

Add to Drive with Google Takeout
Add to Drive with Google Takeout

Step 4. Click "Create export" and wait for the process to be completed. Then you need to download the zip file to your computer.

Create Export
Create Export

Step 5. After the downloading is successful, log in to the Google Drive B account, and then upload the downloaded file to this account.

Note: You need to unzip the file before uploading.

If you cannot decide which solution is best for you to migrate Google Drive files to new accounts, you can look through the table below to have a clear understanding of each method.

MultCloud Cloud Transfer

Pro: One-click superfast migration without downloading or uploading.

Con: Need a MultCloud account.
Copy to

Pro: Migrate files from one cloud to one or more clouds at once.

Con: No additional functions.
Google Drive Web Download & Upload

Pro: Easy to operate.

Con: Waste time and take up local storage.

Pro: Won’t take up local storage.

Con: The access permissions are complicated to change.
Google Takeout Bulk Download

Pro: Download all Google Drive data easily.

Con: The process will take up a long time.


Following any way above, you can easily migrate Google Drive to new account. If you prefer to use MultCloud, you could use many other useful functions, like backing up or syncing files between two Google Drive accounts.

Except for Google Drive, MultCloud supports more than 30 cloud drives including OneDrive, Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, MEGA, Flickr, Google Photos, and so on. And MultCloud sets no limit to the number of added clouds. With the help of MultCloud, you can transfer files from one cloud to another cloud directly.

Besides, MultCloud can manage all added cloud accounts in one place, therefore, you can freely upload/download files, create new folders, rename a file, delete unwanted items, share photos with friends, etc.

Can I migrate my Google Drive data to another cloud storage service?

Yes, there are third-party tools available that can help you migrate your Google Drive data to other cloud storage platforms.

Will my files lose quality during the migration process?

No, the migration process does not impact the quality of your files. They will remain intact and unchanged.

Can I perform the migration on a mobile device?

While you can access Google Drive on a mobile device, it is recommended to perform the migration on a desktop for a smoother experience.

Do I need technical expertise to migrate Google Drive to a new account?

No, MultCloud simplifies the process, and you don't need advanced technical skills to perform the migration.

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