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User Case: How to Make a Copy of the Shared Folder in Google Drive

Case 1: "I have photos and movies shared with me by friends in my Google Drive, how can I achieve Google Drive copy shared folder to My Drive?"

Case 2: "How do I create a copy of a Google Drive shared folder (to another account) so that it is not deleted when the original user stops sharing?"

Common Ways to Make a Copy of Shared Folder Google Drive

Do you want to know how to copy or duplicate shared folders in Google Drive? Google Drive does not provide a built-in method for copying or duplicating folders, so users need to manually copy and paste all files from the original folders to the desired destination.

1. Google Drive Make a Copy of Shared Folders by Copy & Paste

If you need to make a copy of a shared folder in Google Drive to My Drive, you may need to use the copy & paste function in Google Drive. Please proceed as follows:

Step 1. Create a new folder in your "My Drive" to store the files copied from the shared folder.

Step 2. Open the shared folder and select all content using CTRL + A (Windows) or Command + A (Mac).

Step 3. Copy the file using CTRL + C (Windows) or Command + C (Mac).

Note: You can also right-click after selecting everything, and select "Make a copy" in the pop-up window. Finally, the system automatically deposits a copy in My Drive.

Make a Copy
Make a Copy

Step 4. Navigate to the new folder you created earlier and paste all the files into that folder using CTRL + V (Windows) or Command + V (Mac).

This method is not perfect. For example, you won't be able to preserve the sharing settings of the original file. You will be the owner of the copied files and they will not initially be shared with any other users.

2. Google Drive Make a Copy of Shared Folders by Download & Upload

If you need to make a copy of shared folders in Google Drive to another account, you may need to use the download & upload function in Google Drive. Please proceed as follows:

Step 1. Sign in to your Google Drive account.

Step 2. Enter the "Shared with me" interface, and right-click the shared folder or file.

Step 3. In the pop-up window, select the "Download" button and click. The download status will be displayed in the lower right corner of Google Drive.

Download from Share With Me
Download from Share With Me

Step 4. After the download is complete, log in to the second Google Drive account.

Step 5. Enter "My Drive", select the triangle symbol on the right side of My Drive, and click "Upload file" or "Upload folder".

Upload Files to Google Drive
Upload Files to Google Drive

Step 6. Select the data you just downloaded, and click "Open". When the operation is complete, the Google Drive shared folder will begin uploading to your "My Drive".

This method can also assist make a copy of a shared folder to My Drive in a single account. But the whole process may take a lot of time, especially for users who have a large amount of data copying needs.

Easy Ways to Make a Copy of Shared Folder Google Drive

If you want the whole copying process to be simple and easy, you can try this cloud file migration tool---MultCloud. MultCloud is a multiple cloud storage manager that provides various advanced cloud file migration functions such as Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, Remote Upload, and Share.

So, with MultCloud, you can perform:

  • Seamless migration between different services and accounts, and supports scheduled migration.
  • Seamless cloud file migration between different enterprise storage services, supporting batch migration of sub-accounts.
  • Real-time data sync between different services, supporting 10 sync modes.
  • Backup of important data between different services, supports version management and data recovery.
  • Automatic parsing of contents in URLs, torrent files or magnet links to the cloud drive.
  • Secure data sharing with other users through encryption.


1. Use Copy to 

Among them, MultCloud has a basic utility function called "Copy" or "Copy to", which allows copying files or entire folders from Google Drive "Shared with me" to My Drive. So, with these two functions, you can directly copy files/folders without downloading and uploading.

Step 1. Go to the MultCloud homepage and sign up to create an account via email. You can also click Google or Facebook to directly authorize your account to log in.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Click the "Add Cloud" button, select "Shared with me", and follow the prompts to grant MultCloud access to Google Drive. Then use the same method to add My Drive (that is, the same Google Drive account).

Add Share With Me
Add Share With Me

Note: At present, MultCloud supports adding more than 30 cloud drives such as Dropbox, Wasabi, Google Workspace, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, MEGA, Flickr, Amazon S3, etc. Therefore, you can add your frequently used cloud drives to achieve multi-cloud transfer and management.

Step 3. Find and open "Shared with me" in the added cloud list on the left, and select the file or folder to be copied. Then right-click the selected file or folder, and select the "Copy to" option in the pop-up window (you can also select "Copy to" in the upper option bar).

Copy to in Share With Me
Copy to in Share With Me

 Step 4: Select Google Drive in the pop-up window and click "OK".

Copy Shared With Me to Google Drive
Copy Shared With Me to Google Drive


  • You can also select multiple cloud drives in the last step, just add the corresponding cloud account in MultCloud.
  • In addition to the "Copy to" option, you can also select the "Copy" option. If you choose this option, you will need to "Paste" the copied content into the target storage location.

2. Make a Copy of Shared Folder Google Drive by Cloud Transfer

If you need to copy the content in "Shared with me" to other Google Drive accounts, you can use the "Cloud Transfer" function provided by MultCloud. Under this option, you can also set up automatic cloud data transfer tasks.

Step 1. First, add another Google Drive account to MultCloud.

Step 2. Click the "Cloud Transfer" button, select the file or folder you want to copy in "Shared with me" as the source, and select another Google Drive as the destination. Click "Transfer Now" to start the whole process.

Transfer Shared With Me to Google Drive
Transfer Shared With Me to Google Drive


With the methods provided above, you can make a copy of shared folder Google Drive to My Drive or another account as needed. If you feel that the commonly used methods are time-consuming and difficult to operate, you can also use the "Copy to" and "Cloud Transfer" functions provided by MultCloud.

In addition, if you have multiple Google Drive accounts or other cloud accounts, you can add them to MultCloud for centralized management. The basic functions provided by MultCloud, such as copy, paste, cut or delete, etc., can help you better manage cloud files, and the provided Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, Remote Upload, and Share functions can help you better realize cloud file migration.

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