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How To Move Google Drive Files to a New Account

Posted by Arch on June 13, 2019
How to Move Google Drive Files to a New Account

People usually have at least two email accounts for different purposes. Most of them have separate work/school and private accounts, while some create additional accounts to expand the limited cloud storage their free webmail service plans offer.

For Gmail users, this means 15GB of extra Google Drive space, which is no small feat. When you create a new email address, you may want to move some files from your existing Google Drive to the new account.

In this article, we are going to take a look at several easy methods to move Drive files from one account to another.

Transfer Methods

Do It Yourself

You can always download files from Google Drive yourself, and then upload them to another account of yours. Unfortunately, this is only a good idea in some cases, e.g. if you don’t have many files and maybe if you want to upload a few files elsewhere to create backup copies. This method isn’t recommended if you’re dealing with dozens of large files at once, but luckily, there are other, easier ways to do it.

Sharing Files via Google Drive

Probably the most reliable method is to do everything inside of Google Drive. It lets you share your files with another account, after which you can even give the other account ownership of your files. Note that once you do that, you can’t get it back, as the other account’s owner would have to give it back to you.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Enter your Google Drive and select all the files you would like to share or give ownership of. Note: if you’re used to holding Ctrl and Shift simultaneously while selecting files, keep in mind that you have to hold only Shift instead. Ctrl and Shift don’t work here unlike, say, in File Explorer.
  2. Right-click on any of the selected files, then click “Share.”
  3. A window for sharing with another account will appear.
    Google Drive - Share with others
  4. If your goal is to grant ownership, it is best to click “Advanced” immediately.
    Google Drive - Sharing settings
  5. Click inside the “Invite people” text box and type the email of the account you want to transfer the file to.
    Note: if you want to close this window, there’s a chance you won’t be able to do this due to a known bug. As a workaround for this, click inside the “Invite people” box. The “Cancel” button will appear next to the “Done” button. After clicking the “Cancel” button, press Esc, and you’re out.
  6. Click the “Done” button.
  7. You should see the other Gmail account on the list of addresses which have access to the file you’re sharing. A pencil icon with an arrow should appear next to it. When you click on it, a dropdown menu will appear. You will know the transfer was successful if there’s an option that says “Is owner.”
    Google Drive - Who has access

Using a Third-Party Cloud Manager or an Online Service

Google Drive, while pretty useful, isn’t without its flaws. In some occasions, there is no “Cancel” button, and sometimes it just won’t let you grant ownership to another account. If you’ve faced these issues or just find 15 gigabytes of free cloud storage too small, maybe a third-party service is what you need.

MultCloud is one such service. It’s good because it’s free, easy to use, and supports many different cloud storage methods. Here’s how you should approach it:

  1. Go to the MultCloud webpage and sign up or enter as a guest.
  2. When you get access, you should be greeted with a Welcome page.
    MultCloud - Index Page
  3. Click “Add Cloud Drives” in the top-left corner of this page.
  4. A list of cloud services will appear. After choosing Google Drive, you’ll be asked to name the cloud inside of MultCloud and give MultCloud the necessary access to your mail.
  5. Select the files you want to transfer, and then click the “Cloud Transfer” button to prepare the files.
    MultCloud - Cloud Transfer
  6. Choose the source and destination folders for your transfer.
  7. Finally, the transfer will start. MultCloud initially only shows you a notification at the top of the screen which you can click to see the progress. If you do, you’ll end up on the page that shows you how the transfer is going.
    MultCloud - Transferring

Transfer Away

As you can see, transferring files isn’t too hard to do, but the occasional bug you may encounter if you use Google Drive can make it hard. If you can get over it, you’re better off sticking to it for simplicity’s sake. Otherwise, give MultCloud or a similar cloud service a go.

Did you ever transfer your files between two accounts? If so, which tools did you use? Share your experiences in the comments section below.

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