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User Case: How Can I Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox?

"I have one Google Drive and Dropbox account and I want to migrate files from Google Drive to Dropbox quickly. But I don't want to download files manually from my Google Drive account and upload them manually to Dropbox. Is there any way that can transfer Google Drive to Dropbox directly?"

We all know that both Google Drive and Dropbox offer you the ability to store your files on cloud storage. These two are one of the most famous platforms for storing files in the cloud. However, each cloud has its own advantages and disadvantages. If you want to migrate files from Google Drive to Dropbox without downloading and uploading, here in this article, you will find 3 practical ways to help achieve Google Drive to Dropbox transfer.

Why Transfer Google Drive to Dropbox?

As we all know, Google Drive is generous for its free users as it starts with 15 GB of free space. Even though it’s known for being able to support a large variety of files, many people turn to Dropbox for the following reasons:

  • Dropbox uses a block sync method. Instead of downloading and uploading an entire file, Dropbox simply saves and syncs changes to the file. This is much faster than Google's sync method.
  • The way Google Drive handles version control is that it stores up to 100 revisions of a file, or 30 days of each file, which counts towards your total storage. Dropbox stores unlimited versions of your files for 30 days and it doesn't count towards the total storage space you are allowed.

If you need to sync from time to time to back up your files, then Dropbox will be better for you. 

How to Transfer Files from Google Drive to Dropbox in 3 Different Ways

Way 1: Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox—Manually

1. Go to Google Drive's official website and log in with your account.
2. Select files that you want to move in your Google Drive account.
3. Right-click these files and you will see the “Download” button. Click on the “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.

Download Files from Google Drive
Download Files from Google Drive

4. Go to Dropbox's official website and login it with your account and password.
5. Click on "Upload" in the upper right corner and then you can choose these files that were downloaded from Google Drive to upload them manually.

Upload Files under Dropbox
Upload Files under Dropbox

Way 2: Transfer from Google Drive to Dropbox—All Data at Once

Because downloading and uploading are more time-consuming, many users are now more willing to try a faster way. Users can use the file export function that comes with the Google account, which may be more complicated than uploading and downloading but it can download all data at once.  The detailed steps provided in this post can help you operate successfully.

Step 1: Open your Google account page. Visit https://myaccount.google.com/ in a web browser.


  • If you are logged in, open the account settings page of your Google account.
  • If you have not logged in to your Google account, please click the login button in the upper right corner of the page, then enter your email address and password before proceeding.

Step 2: Find the "Personal Data & Personalization" section. Then click "Manage your data & personalization".

Manage your Date and Personalization
Manage your Date and Personalization

Step 3: Swipe the interface with the mouse to find the "Download your data" section (you may need to scroll down a bit to see this option), and then click the ">" symbol in the picture.

Download your Data
Download your Data

Step 4: Select Google Drive. By default, all product data is selected. You can unselect all by clicking "Deselect all".

Select Google Drive to Include
Select Google Drive to Include

Step 5: Then click "Next Step" to go to the next interface. In this interface, set the delivery method to "Add to Dropbox", and then select the file type and size. After everything is set successfully, click "Create export" to export the data to Dropbox.

Set Delivery Method
Set Delivery Method

Note: The files are exported to Dropbox in compressed form, so you need to unzip these folders when viewing related documents.

Way 3: Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox—Seamlessly

As a FREE multiple cloud storage manager, MultCloud not only allows you to manage and use several clouds on the same device simultaneously but also you can transfer files between cloud storage directly without downloading and uploading.

Here, you will learn some features that MultCloud owns:

  • Move cloud files such as documents, images, photos, music and videos from one cloud to another, like Dropbox to Google Drive and vice versa.
  • Sync files across clouds seamlessly, such as documents, images, photos, music, videos, etc.
  • Manage cloud storage accounts in one place, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon S3, etc.
  • Transfer Unlimited data in one go without any limitation.

So, with these merits, you can quickly and directly transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox. Here, you can use the “Cloud Transfer” function to migrate Google Drive to Dropbox without downloading or switching accounts. See how it works in the following part.

Step 1. Sign up

To make use of MultCloud, you need to sign up for free.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Add clouds

Click "Add Cloud" button on the tab and add Google Drive and Dropbox to MultCloud.

Add Google Drive and Dropbox
Add Google Drive and Dropbox

Note: You are allowed to add one cloud at one time and you have to repeat the "Add Cloud" operation if you want to add more than one cloud.

Step 3. Transfer from Google Drive to Dropbox with Cloud Transfer Task

Click the "Cloud Transfer" icon, select Google Drive as the source and Dropbox as the destination and tap "Transfer Now" to complete the task.

Move Files form Google Drive to Dropbox
Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox


  • The process of transferring runs on the server of MultCloud, so you don’t need to worry about the speed of the Internet will affect the process of transferring.
  • You can only transfer folders or entire clouds from one cloud to other clouds with the "Cloud Transfer" feature.
  • If there are lots of files to transfer, you can close the page and even close your PC because MultCloud can run the process on the backend.
  • MultCloud does not have any limit to the data size you transfer.

If you need to move files that are in different folders to other clouds, MultCloud can also help you with the “Copy to” function. Select the files in the folder you want to move and right-click “Copy to”. Then select the target directory under other clouds and click on “OK” to transfer files from one drive to the other drives.

Add Google Drive Files to Dropbox
Add Google Drive Files to Dropbox

Tips & Tricks for Moving Files from Google Drive to Dropbox

In addition to the above methods, some users may use traditional upload and download methods to transfer files. Regardless of the traditional method or the use of Takeout and MultCloud to transfer data, you may encounter the following problems.

1. Data package: The traditional method of transferring Google Drive files to Dropbox is to download the files from Google Drive to your PC and upload them to Dropbox. The problem with the traditional approach is that it requires time and high-speed internet. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a high-speed data package, which can provide you with a relatively fast speed and enough download and upload data. This will allow you to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox easily and quickly.

2. Zip file: When you download a file from Google Drive, the Google server will compress your file into a zip file. Don't panic, once the files are successfully compressed in the desired location, you can access all the files.

3. General issues: When downloading files from Google Drive, you may encounter file download interruptions. In this case, you need to reload the drive page. In most cases, the problem will be resolved. If not, you need to log in again to continue.

4. Error 502: When logging in to Google Drive, you may encounter "Error 502". In this case, you will not be able to access your files because they are temporarily unavailable. You need to wait a while for the error to resolve itself. If not, you need to reload the page.

5. Insufficient storage space: When uploading files to Dropbox, users will encounter "Error 507". Under normal circumstances, this error occurs when your storage space is insufficient. In order to avoid the above accidents, when transferring files, you need to ensure that your current account has enough space to store these files.

6. File type cannot be recognized: In some cases, Dropbox cannot recognize the type of uploaded file. In this case, please open the file for preview.

More about MultCloud

With the help of MultCloud, you can move files from Google Drive to Dropbox easily and quickly. Compared with the traditional way: Download and Upload, and Google Takeout, using MultCloud to transfer from Google Drive to Dropbox is very easy to process, which can save a lot of time.

If you have other clouds that MultCloud supports, such as OneDrive, Google Photos, Box, Amazon S3, Mega, etc., you can also directly backup Google Drive to Dropbox or migrate from Box to OneDrive.

Moreover, besides the “Cloud Transfer” and “Copy to” features mentioned above, MultCloud also has the “Cloud Sync” function. With this feature, you can sync or backup data without shifting accounts, so you can easily sync Google Drive with Dropbox or backup Flickr to Google Photos if you have the demand.

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