Why Connect Google Drive to ownCloud?

Connect Google Drive with ownCloud
Connect Google Drive with ownCloud

Definitely, connecting Google Drive to ownCloud can benefit a lot. But before showing the advantages, let’s briefly introduce ownCloud to people who are not familiar with it.

ownCloud is an open-source file sync and share software. It can be used to highly improve the collaboration between team members. On ownCloud, you can share files and folders online via Virtual File System flexibly with your team members or external contacts. Besides, all of your team members can achieve real-time, remote, and platform-independent collaborations on their ownCloud with features like Office Integration, Federated Clouds, and Activity Stream. So, ownCloud is a good choice for teams to use.

As we all know, Google Drive is also a wonderful and popular cloud storage service. If you have both Google Drive and ownCloud, you may want to connect them in order to make your work more efficient. You may consider this connection from the following aspects.

Increased Storage: If you connect Google Drive to ownCloud, you don’t have to pay for more storage of Google Drive but use ownCloud to store the additional files.

Backup: To decrease the danger of data loss, you can backup Google Drive files to ownCloud by connecting them.

Accessibility: After the connection, you can access Google Drive files on your ownCloud and use the ownCloud features to manage those files.

If you think the connection can do you a favor, you can refer to the 2 ways shown in the next parts.

Automatically Connect Google Drive to ownCloud via MultCloud [3 Simple Steps]

The first way is connecting by MultCloud Cloud Sync. MultCloud is designed for managing your multiple cloud drives and Cloud Sync is one of its functions used to sync one cloud to another cloud. To integrate Google Drive to ownCloud, you can use Real Time Sync which runs automatically to sync your Google Drive files to ownCloud. Also, it will never stop until there is nothing that changes for 7 days or you stop the sync process manually.

You can easily master this way with the 3 steps shown below.

Step 1: Open the MultCloud website and create a MultCloud account in preparation for the next operations.

Step 2: Click “Add Cloud” in the left bar after you enter a new interface. Then select Google Drive and ownCloud among various cloud icons in the right part.

Add Google Drive and ownCloud
Add Google Drive and ownCloud

Note: Here you should log in to your Google Drive and ownCloud accounts in the pop-up windows. Once you add a cloud drive to MultCloud, it will exist along with your MultCloud account and you don’t need to add that cloud again.

Step 3: Tap “Cloud Sync” in the left bar and select “Real Time Sync” directly or in Options. Then choose Google Drive in the left box, ownCloud in the right box, and click “Sync Now”. All your operations on MultCloud to connect Google Drive to ownCloud are finished.

Sync Google Drive to ownCloud
Sync Google Drive to ownCloud

Note: In Options, except for Real Time Sync, there are other sync modes that you can choose according to your needs. For example, if you want MultCloud only syncs files that are modified compared to the last version, you can choose Incremental Sync.

Connect Google Drive to OwnCloud via OAuth 2.0 [8 Steps]

The second way is syncing Google Drive with ownCloud via OAuth 2.0. OAuth 2.0 is an advanced version for OAuth 1.0. It stands for a user to allow a website or an application to access other web apps’ resources. This way may be difficult for some common users because it has many steps and there are many blanks to fill in.

Step 1: Enter Google Cloud Console and click “Create Project”. Then give a name for this new project.

Name a New Project
Name a New Project

Step 2: Select the project that you created before and click “Go to API’s overview”.

Step 3: Open “Google Drive API” and click the blue “ENABLE”. Then select “OAuth 2.0 client ID” in “Add credentials”. Now you have your credential.

Choose OAuth 2.0 Client ID
Choose OAuth 2.0 Client ID

Step 4: Click “OAuth consent screen” and fill the boxes. Then click “Save”.

Step 5: Tick “Web application”, enter your app name, root domain, and 2 Authorized Redirect URIs, and click “Create”.

Click Create
Click Create

Step 6: Check your Client ID and Client Secret. If there is nothing wrong, click “OK”.

Step 7: Turn to External Storage in the Admin page and create a new folder. Then enter the Client ID and Client Secret, and click “Grant Access”.

Click Grant Access
Click Grant Access

Step 8: Click “Allow” on the consent page and Google Drive ownCloud connection is made.

MultCloud Cloud Sync vs OAuth 2.0

If you can’t choose which way to follow, this part can lend you a hand with a comparison between MultCloud Cloud Sync and OAuth 2.0.

Price: Both of them are free to use.

Steps: To connect Google Drive to ownCloud, MultCloud only requires 3 steps while OAuth 2.0 needs 8 steps.

Customization: MultCloud Cloud Sync has more features such as Schedule, Filter, and 10 sync modes. However, OAuth 2.0 runs monotonously for one task.

Flexibility: The steps that are used for Google Drive and ownCloud connection can be also applied to connect other clouds, but OAuth 2.0 can’t do this.

As you can see, MultCloud Cloud Sync is recommended because it is easier and more customizable to use. Also, you don’t need to learn extra methods when you want to integrate Google Drive to Wasabi or other cloud drives.


You can choose MultCloud Cloud Sync or OAuth 2.0 to sync Google Drive and ownCloud in accordance with your preference. Or, you can try both of these 2 solutions on how to connect Google Drive to ownCloud because they are free to use.

What’s more, when you enter MultCloud’s interface, you will find that there are Cloud Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and other functions. They are also very helpful. For example, if you have not only 1 Google Drive account and want to copy files from one Google Drive to another, you can try Cloud Transfer which transfers files without downloading and uploading. Besides, you can use it to schedule the transfer process which makes transfer more regular.

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