Why Migrate 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 data backup or to distinguish between work data and personal data, including docs, sheets, photos, videos, etc. Now, there comes one question on how to move from Google Drive to OneDrive?

Luckily, there are total of 5 free and easy-to-operate solutions in this article, four of which are common ways, and the last one is a new way that is very popular because it can save you a lot of time.

How to Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive in Common Ways?

Method 1. Download and Upload

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, there is no option of 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 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 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 move data from 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.

All ways above can help transfer from Google Drive to OneDrive but they are a little bit complex and may take a lot of time if the file size is very large and the network is not in good condition. In the following part, you'll find the best and faster way to achieve Google Drive to OneDrive migration.

How to Move Files from Google Drive to OneDrive in an Efficient Way?

Fortunately, there is a FREE online cloud file transfer manager tool, MultCloud, which has 3 main features: “Cloud Transfer”, “Cloud Sync” and “Remote Upload”. In addition, it supports Google Drive, G Suite, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Dropbox, Dropbox Business, Box, 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.

With MultCloud, you can not only sync Google Drive with OneDrive directly without downloading and uploading but also can manage multiple cloud drive accounts from one platform to transfer, copy, and migrate data files across clouds flexibly. What's more, downloading files by parsing torrent files and magnet links to cloud drives.

Put Mutiple Clouds into One

To move Google Drive to OneDrive, you could follow the steps below:

Step 1. Create an account for getting the right to use MultCloud. If you do not want to create one account, it would be better if you click "Try without signing up" so you'll get one temp account immediately.

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Sign Up

Step 2. Add your Google Drive and OneDrive to MultCloud by clicking "Add Cloud". Select them and follow the prompt to add them to MultCloud account one by one.

Add OneDrive to Google Drive
Add Google Drive

Step 3. To copy Google Drive to OneDrive, here you should go to the "Cloud Transfer" tab, specify source and destination cloud respectively as Google Drive and OneDrive. Then, click the “Transfer Now” button and wait for the process to complete.

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

Finally, all your files will be transferred successfully.


  • 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. 
    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 folders you want to transfer under Google Drive as the source.
  • 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” and “Paste” features.
  • MultCloud is free to use. But if you want to test the super-fast transfer speed, you could upgrade your account to a premium account, and MultCloud will use 10 threads to move your files.


Following any solution above, it 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, then you may need to use the MultCloud to achieve your demand.

Besides, MultCloud can do a lot for managing your cloud drives. If you want to sync Google Photos with OneDrive, you can use the "Cloud Sync" utility and if you want to move files from one Google Drive to another, you can use the “Copy” or “Copy to” feature. It is worth using if you have multiple cloud drives.

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