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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 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.

How to Transfer Files from FTP to Google Drive Free?

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 that can transfer FTP 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 --- Put Multiple Clouds into One
MultCloud --- Put Multiple Clouds into One

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, and Wasabi, etc. With it, you can not only connect Google Drive to FTP but also upload files to Google Drive via FTP.

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.

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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 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 have read and write permissions.
  • MultCloud does not limit the number of added clouds. 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, 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.


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.

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