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What Can Copy Files from Google Drive Help Us?

Google Drive
Google Drive
  • Free to Edit Online

Some of you may be attracted by the 15GB large and free storage space which Google Drive provides to each account, but others may be intrigued by the feature of Google Drive to edit files straightforwardly online. 

Just like editing a file with your computer, you can also make a copy of the target file you want to edit in Google Drive first so as to save the original edition of your file. In this way, there’s nothing to be worried about any more when you want to edit a file online.

  • Exactly Save the Shared Files

One of the most helpful functions which Google Drive provides is collaborating with your team by the “Shared with me” function. And the smartest thing about this function is that any shared file you use “Add to My Drive” to save to your Google Drive will be updated to the latest version as soon as the owner of the file makes change to it.

However, if you choose to “Make a Copy” of the shared file, actually you duplicate the file into your Google Drive and make your own copy which cannot be changed or accessed by others.

Tips: Before mastering the skill to copy a file in Google Drive, you can click “upload files to Google Drive” if you are interested in knowing 4 excellent ways to upload your files as a basic foundation of using Google Drive.

How to Copy Files in Google Drive in 2 Unique Ways? Through MultCloud 

Given the fact that the largest free storage provided by Google Drive is 15GB, not to mention other cloud drive services which only provide 2GB to 5GB free storage on average. You are very likely to register more than one or two cloud drive accounts no matter for the purpose of saving all your important documents, photos and videos online or to divide your clouds into personal use and business use.

So, the two methods directly below this title are about how to use MultCloud to copy files from various Google Drive accounts to the same or to other clouds. You can also move files from one Google Drive to another without downloading and uploading through these two methods.

MultCloud
MultCloud

Tips: 
1. As a best cloud file manager, MultCloud provides you with an accessible cloud file management service by allowing you to manage all your cloud drives in one single interface with its unique functions such as Cloud Transfer, Cloud Sync, Remote Upload, Copy to, Share, etc.
2. At present, MultCloud supports more than 30 major cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Dropbox, MEGA, Flickr, etc.
3. You don't have to worry about letting MultCloud to access your clouds and copying files in Google Drive through MultCloud. Because it won’t store any data from your computer and clouds based on the security protocols like OAuth and 256-bit AES Encryption.

Method 1: How to Copy Files in Google Drive by “Copy to”? (Recommended)

This is the most useful, fast and simple method to copy files from Google Drive. You can not only select more than one file to copy at a time, but also copy to more than one destination at a 

Step 1: Click “Create Account” to sign up MultCloud for free. You can also click “Try without signing up” to receive a temporary account without your personal information.

Sign up MultCloud
Sign up MultCloud

Step 2: Click “+Add Cloud” below the “My Cloud Drives” sidebar menu. Then choose the Google Drive icon at the right.

Add Google Drive to MultCloud
Add Google Drive to MultCloud

Step 3: Allow MultCloud to access your Google Drive. If you have more clouds to add, just repeat step 2 and step 3.
Step 4: Tick the boxes in front of the files you want to copy.
Step 5: Click “Copy to” in the function bar at the top.

Copy Files from Google Drive through MultCloud
Copy Files from Google Drive through MultCloud

Step 6: Click the triangle icon in front of the cloud to select the destination of your copied files in the pop-up window. If you want to copy to more than one destination, you just need to tick the box in front of “Multi-select” in the lower left of the window before selecting.
Step 7: Click “OK” in the lower right of the window.

Choose the Destination of Your Copied Files
Choose the Destination of Your Copied Files

Step 8: A pop-up window will appear in the lower right corner to show you the process of the copy task.

Process of Copy Tasks
Process of Copy Tasks

Tips: MultCloud also allows you to copy files from Google Drive in a more manually way by choosing “Copy” and “Paste” in the right-click menu.

Method 2: How to Copy Files in Google Drive by Cloud Transfer? (Unique)

This method is suitable for you to copy files, folders or even clouds of files to a certain destination in the cloud or folder you choose. In this way, you can copy files from different folders or clouds without switching between cloud drives in “My Cloud Drives” menu.

Step 1: The same with step 1 to step 3 in method n1 above.
Step 2: Click “Cloud Transfer” under the “Common Tools” sidebar menu.
Step 3: Click “FROM” in the left square.

Cloud Transfer of MultCloud
Cloud Transfer of MultCloud

Step 4: In the “Please Select” pop-up window, tick the boxes in front of the cloud, the folder or the file you want to copy from Google Drive. Then click “OK” below.

Select the Destination of Your Transfer
Select the Destination of Your Transfer

Step 5: Click “TO” in the right square to select the destination you want to copy to.
Step 6: Click “Transfer Now” and the copy task will be finished by MultCloud.

Tips: 
1. You can let MultCloud to send an email notification to you when the copy task is completed.
2. You can also click “Task List” in the “Common Tools” sidebar menu to see the detailed information and process of the task.
3. MultCloud allows you to set daily, weekly or monthly scheduled task before copying. You can use this feature to copy a folder or cloud of files from Google Drive to a certain folder or cloud periodically so as to achieve Cloud Backup.

Task List in MultCloud
Task List in MultCloud

How to Copy Files in Google Drive in 2 Common Ways? Through Google Drive Website

Although MultCloud is already very full-featured in copying files from Google Drive, you may still want to copy files through Google Drive website due to its rich features of editing online and sharing. Please follow the methods below to learn how to copy files through Google Drive website.

Method 1: How to Copy Files from Google Drive by “Make a copy” and “Move to”?

This method allows you to copy files through similar ways but bring about 3 different results:
1. Copy and move copied files in your own Google Drive.
2. Copy files in your Google Drive and move to the shared folder so that everyone who can access the folder can view, edit or comment the copied files.
3. Conversely, copy files in the shared folder and move to your own Google Drive in order to remove others’ access permissions of the copied files.

Step 1: Sign in Google Drive with your Google Account.
Step 2: Right click the file you want to copy.
Step 3: Click “Make a copy” in the pop-up menu.

Make a Copy from Google Drive Web
Make a Copy from Google Drive Web

Step 4: Right click the copied version of the file, then click “Move to”.

Move the Copied File in Google Drive Web
Move the Copied File in Google Drive Web

Step 5: Locate the destination you want to move the copied file to in the pop-up window. Then click the blue button “MOVE HERE”.

Locate the Destination You Want to Move to
Locate the Destination You Want to Move to

Tips: 
1. If you choose “My Drive” in the pop-up window shown above, you will copy file in the first mode.
2. You can choose “Shared with me” in the pop-up window shown above to copy file in the second mode.
3. And if you want to copy file in the third mode, just switch to the “Shared with me” interface before copying and follow step 2 to step 5.
4. Since there’s no box for you to tick in Google Drive website, you can hold on “Shift” to select lots of files to copy at once.

Method 2: How to Copy Files in Google Drive through “Add a shortcut to Drive”?

This method is simpler than method 1 right above. However, every change you make to the source file will be updated to the copied file as soon as possible since the copied one only act as a shortcut or a link of the source file.

Step 1: The same as step 1 and step 2 in method 1 right above.
Step 2: Click “Add a shortcut to Drive” in the pop-up menu.

Add a Shortcut of Your File to Google Drive Web
Add a Shortcut of Your File to Google Drive Web

Step 3: Locate the destination of the shortcut. Then click the blue button “ADD SHORTCUT”.

Choose the Destination of the Shortcut
Choose the Destination of the Shortcut

How to Copy Files in Google Drive in 2 Simplest Ways? Through Google Drive Mobile App

Seeing that Google Drive service pays much attention on file sharing and online editing but pays less attention on cloud file management, the methods and functions to copy files through Google Drive mobile application are very much the same as the methods via Google Drive website. So here are two brief instructions to help you copy files through Google Drive app.

Method 1: How to Copy Files from Google Drive App by “Make a copy” and “Move”?

Step 1: Sign in Google Drive mobile application with your Google Account.
Step 2: Tap “Files” in the navigation bar below.
Step 3: Tap the icon “…” in the right of the file you want to make a copy.

Open the Menu of File in Google Drive App
Open the Menu of File in Google Drive App

Step 4: Tap “Make a copy” in the pop-up menu.

Make a Copy in Google Drive App
Make a Copy in Google Drive App

Step 5: Tap the icon “…” beside the copied version of your file.

Copied File in Google Drive App
Copied File in Google Drive App

Step 6: Tap “Move” in the pop-up menu.

Move Copied File from Google Drive App
Move Copied File from Google Drive App

Step 7: Select the destination you want to store the copied file in. Then tap “Move here”.

Select the Destination of Copied File in Google Drive App
Select the Destination of Copied File in Google Drive App

Method 2: How to Copy Files in Google Drive App by “Add shortcut to Drive”?

Step 1: The same as step 1 to step 3 in method right above.
Step 2: Tap “Add shortcut to Drive” in the pop-up menu.

Add Shortcut in Google Drive App
Add Shortcut in Google Drive App

Step 3: Select the destination of the shortcut and tap “Add” below.

Choose the Location of Shortcut in Google Drive App
Choose the Location of Shortcut in Google Drive App

How to Manage Files in Google Drive through a Better Way?

Seeing that you already reach here, you may master the skill about how to copy files in Google Drive through the instructions illustrated above. 

Apart from copying in Google Drive, there are other practical functions in Google Drive and MultCloud for you to better organize files and folders in your Google Drive. For example, you can achieve Google Drive Backup and Sync by using Cloud Sync in MultCloud.
 

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