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User Case: How Do I FTP to Google Drive?


I've got files on an FTP server, and I wanna shoot 'em over to my Google Drive. I'm on a Windows PC, nothing too fancy. Any easy-peasy ways or tools to get this done without tech acrobatics? 🤔 Thanks in advance! 🙌


Brief Introduction to FTP and Google Drive

As we all know, FTP is the standard protocol for users to transfer files from a client-server to a computer network, and it is the most traditional way to store files online and store them on the Internet. Remote access to data is one of the ways to inspire cloud storage technology as the Internet becomes accessible. A standard login program can be created to log in to FTP.

Google Drive is super easy to access from a web browser as it's a suite of applications, such as Google Sheets, Documents, and PowerPoints. Not only does it allow access to files stored in the cloud, but changes can be made immediately, and the feature has been adopted by the vast majority of computer professionals around the world. Google Drive offers great cloud content collaboration features such as file sharing, co-editing, presence indication, document versioning, live chat, and more.

Why Transfer from FTP to Google Drive?

FTP to Google Drive
FTP to Google Drive

As mentioned above, FTP is one of the most traditional ways to store files online. Therefore, compared to Google Drive, FTP still has the following disadvantages.

  • Inconvenient: For most people, it is very inconvenient to use. Apart from the fact that you need to know a lot of theories about FTP, you also need to spend a lot of time setting up an FTP server. 
  • Not secure: FTP is not secure, especially because it does not provide traceability, and is not possible to see who has accessed which information. This vulnerability makes it easy for cybercriminals to break into the FTP server and search for shared information without a trace.

In addition, with the advent of cloud storage tools, more and more people are getting used to storing their data on top of a cloud drive because cloud storage is not only easy to access but simple to use.

As the leader in the cloud industry, Google Drive has surely become the preferred choice because it’s easy to get one Google Drive account as long as you have one Gmail account. Considering the downsides of FTP, the ease of accessing data, and the convenience offered by Google Drive, more and more people like to perform FTP transfer to Google Drive.

Best Way to Transfer Files from FTP to Google Drive Automatically

I believe the method most people can think of is "upload" and "download". But when faced with a large amount of data that needs to be transferred, using this method is not the most efficient. So, is there any way to achieve FTP upload to Google Drive directly without using the download and upload way? Sure, the easiest way to do it is to rely on a free cloud file manager, MultCloud.

MultCloud, as a professional cloud transfer manager, not only supports protocols like FTP, FTPS, SFTP, and WebDav but also supports cloud storage services like Google Drive, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, iCloud Drive, etc. With it, you can not only connect Google Drive to FTP but also upload files to Google Drive via FTP.

Compared to the traditional methods, what are the advantages of MultCloud?

✔ No FTP Clients Needed: MultCloud is a web-based tool, so you can easily connect to FTP and Google Drive without downloading any apps.
✔ Easy to Operate: Unlike many FTP clients, MultCloud provides a simple and easy-to-operate interface, which is very friendly to novices.
✔ Automatic Transfer: MultCloud supports users to set specific transmission times to automatically allow tasks.
✔ Offline Transfer: MultCloud can perform configured tasks even when the page and computer are turned off.


As an online service, MultCloud supports one-time migration. If you have massive data to transfer, MultCloud can be a good helper to transfer all your data in one go. Continue to read below to learn how to transfer files from FTP to Google Drive easily.

Step 1. Create one MultCloud account and sign in.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Note: If you don't want to create it right away, you can click the Facebook or Google button. After clicking on it, you will directly get an authorized account so that you can use it to test and get a quick overview of how MultCloud works.

Step 2. Add FTP and Google Drive accounts to MultCloud. Click on the “Add Cloud” button, select FTP, and enter the authentication details of your FTP accounts, then click “Add FTP Account”, and it will be added to MultCloud.

Add FTP Account to MultCloud
Add FTP Account to MultCloud

Step 3. Follow the same way above to add your Google Drive account to MultCloud. After that, you will find that both FTP and Google Drive accounts are on the left side of the interface.

Manage FTP and Google Drive Account
Manage FTP and Google Drive Account


  • When adding an FTP account to MultCloud, make sure that you allow MultCloud to have read and write permissions.
  • MultCloud supports managing multiple cloud storage accounts on one platform. If you have multiple cloud accounts, you can add them to MultCloud for better management.

Step 4. Transfer files from FTP to Google Drive with "Cloud Transfer". Click on "Cloud Transfer", select folders under your FTP account as the source, select the destination path under Google Drive as the target, and click on "Transfer Now" and you will see the process starts.

Transfer Files from FTP to Google Drive
Transfer Files from FTP to Google Drive


  • If you want to migrate files between FTP to Google Drive regularly, you could enable the “Schedule” feature so MultCloud can transfer your files as planned.
  • If you want to transfer the entire FTP account to Google Drive, you could select the whole FTP as the source while creating the task.
  • If you have a lot of files to transfer under your FTP account, you can close the page and even close your computer without waiting for the task to finish because MultCloud supports transferring files in the background.

Other features in MultCloud can also help you backup, sync or upload files more easily.

  • Team Transfer: Seamless batch migration of sub-accounts between different enterprise storage services.
  • Cloud Sync: Real-time sync of data between different services, supporting 10 sync modes.
  • Cloud Backup: Important data backup between different services, supporting version management and data recovery.
  • Email Migration: Easily save emails to a flash drive or cloud account.
  • Remote Upload: The content in URLs, torrent files or magnet links is automatically parsed to the cloud drive.


As you can see, it’s very easy to transfer files from FTP to Google Drive with MultCloud. In addition to “Cloud Transfer”, MultCloud also has “Cloud Sync”. “Cloud Sync” can assist you to build sync relations across clouds. Whether you add, modify or delete files in the source cloud, MultCloud will sync these changes to the target cloud drive in time. If you want to sync photos between OneDrive and Google Photos, you can make full use of it.


Is the transfer process time-consuming?
The transfer process duration depends on the file size and your internet speed. Generally, it's a straightforward and efficient process.
Can I transfer entire folders from FTP to Google Drive?
Yes, MultCloud allows you to transfer entire folders, preserving the folder structure.
Yes, You can use a free tool like FileZilla for this purpose. Follow these steps: Step 1. Set up an FTP server on your computer.
Step 2. Open FileZilla and connect to your FTP server.
Step 3. Navigate to the folder containing the files you wish to upload.
Step 4. Select the files, right-click, and choose "Upload" from the menu.
Step 5. In FileZilla, in the "Remote site" section, go to the Google Drive folder where you want to upload the files.
Step 6. Wait for the files to finish uploading to your Google Drive. Remember, using FileZilla to upload to Google Drive is complex to operate, so you can also use MultCloud as an alternative to FileZilla to upload files to Google Drive.
Are my files safe during the transfer?
Yes, as long as you use secure connections (such as SFTP) and follow best practices for data security.
Can I schedule automatic transfers?
Absolutely, cloud automation tools, like MultCloud, offer scheduling features for automated transfers.
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