Why Migrate Google Drive to New Account?
Google Drive migration means to migrate all data in original old 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 old one. For example, new account G Suite is much better than old GDrive personal account. Therefore, users need to switch to new account to upgrade storage of cloud drive. Or, users may just want to replace the old account for the following reasons:
- Students need to move documents from school account of GDrive to private account when they graduate.
- Employees are required to transfer files which they are allowed to take away from 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 account.
- Users want to transfer files from one Google Drive to another for personal or professional use.
- Current account of Google Drive is not working.
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 Google Drive data to new account through many ways. Some of these solutions may take a lot of your time, and others will be based on a free third-party tool to help you transfer Google Drive to new account easily and quickly. Please look through the detailed instructions below to solve the problem.
How to Migrate Google Drive to New Account in 5 Ways
According to the purpose of Google Drive account migration, there are all 5 solutions for you to choose. The first two methods are the manual solutions which require you to download, upload, or share files from one Google Drive account to another all by yourself. And the third method is based on the Google Takeout service. What's more, the last two methods will ask for the help of a great and secure multiple cloud storage manager.
Now you can follow the solutions step-by-step to migrate Google Drive to another account.
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 firstly download all data from source Google Drive account to local device, and then upload these files from local to destination account.
This way is somehow troublesome. It requires you to have stable network, enough local storage serving as transit and will take you 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 account.
Step 1. Log in 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.
Step 3. Add your new Google Drive account in the pop-up window and choose the permission as "Editor". Then click "Send".
Step 4. Log in 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 format of file 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 old Google Drive account. (All are selected by default on the page.)
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.)
Step 4. Click "Create export" and wait for the process to be completed. Then you need to download the zip file to your computer.
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.
Solution 4. Migrate Google Drive to New Account with "Cloud Transfer" [Recommend]
The first three methods will take a lot of time and are more cumbersome to operate, so 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 without downloading, uploading or switching accounts.
The following will take how to migrate Google Drive to another by "Cloud Transfer" as an example.
Step 1. To use MultCloud to migrate Google Drive data to new account, you should first of all create an account of MultCloud.
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.
Step 3. Import Google Drive to new account with "Cloud Transfer". Go to "Cloud Transfer" tab, specify source and target cloud directory respectively as old Google Drive account and another Google Drive account.
- If you don’t want to keep the source files in original Google Drive anymore, you can tick “Delete all source files after transfer is complete” in "Options" window before starting the transfer task.
- MultCloud can send an email notification to you when the transfer task is done.
Step 4. Finally, click “Transfer Now” and MultCloud will transfer files from one Google Drive to another immediately.
- There is also a video that can guide you how to transfer Google Drive to another account. You can watch it to learn how it works.
- MultCloud offers 30 GB traffic per month for every user to transfer data through, which is enough for most personal users. But if you want to migrate a whole cloud account to another or you have lots of large files to transfer, you can upgrade to premium MultCloud account and get more traffic without faster transfer speed.
Solution 5. Migrate Google Drive to Another account by "Copy to"
Apart from using "Cloud Transfer" to move Google Drive data to new account, you can also move files from one Google Drive account to another by "Copy to" function in MultCloud. Unlike Cloud Transfer, the "Copy to" function allows you to copy Google Drive data to more than one destination at once.
Step 1. Open your old Google Drive account in MultCloud.
Step 2. Select the files and folders you want to copy to 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.
Note: To select multiple destinations to copy files and folders to, you need to tick the "Multi-select" in the pop-up window.
Following any way above, you can easily migrate Google Drive to new account. If you prefer to use MultCloud, you may find it's easy to migrate Google Drive files to new account quickly without downloading and uploading. With MultCloud, you could use many other useful functions, like backup or sync files between two clouds and move files between cloud services.
Besides, MultCloud can manage all added cloud accounts into one place, therefore, you can freely upload/download files, create new folder, rename a file, delete unwanted items, share photos with friends, etc.
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 adding cloud. With the help of MultCloud, you can transfer files from one cloud to other clouds directly.