By Ivy / Last Updated September 14, 2020


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How Do I Move A File from One Google Drive to Another?

“While using an online Google Drive that is shared to me, I'm trying to move a file from one child folder to another parent folder two steps up. I do have Organize, Add and Edit permissions on the current folder and I'm owner of the destination folder. However, when I right click on the file 'Move' is not available.

When I create two browser sessions, one of the current folder where the file resides and a 2nd browser window where the parent destination folder lies, I try a drag and drop which doesn't work. When I drag the file from one browser to the destination the greyed out file graphic disappears when it reaches the 2nd browser.”

This case is from Google forum and there are many users who have similar questions and wander how to move files between Google Drive accounts? However, the “Move to” option is only available when you simply use it to move a file in Google Drive to another folder, or move multiple files in a folder, instead of another account.

Google Drive

Why Transfer Google Drive to Another Account?

Google Drive has been released for many years and almost users have at least two accounts, so some users may want to move files to another Google Drive account. Why? Here are two main reasons in the following.

  • Gain more free space of the same cloud. The cloud storage of free account is limited but users may need more space. By default, if you are using a free Google Drive account, you only have 15GB. And the cloud storage will be filled up sooner or later. As a result, you can either buy extra space or move files to another Google Drive.

  • Data transfer for some purposes. The second is that you want to discard or give away one of your Google Drive account and transfer important files. For instance, you want to transfer files from account used at school to personal account.

How to Move A File from One Google Drive to Another?

Nowdays, moving files between Google Drive accounts is a very popular topic. So, when you search this topic on the internet, you may get 3 common used ways, including using “Share” feature, “Google Takeout”, or the traditional downloading and uploading. For detailed steps, you can go migrate Google Drive to another account for reference.

However, these ways have its own limitation. For example: The “Share” feature in Google Drive only allows you to move a file every time. It’s tedious and time-consuming. Google Takeout does not allows you to export data using Google Office format. The traditional downloading and uploading will cost you twice as much time and energy.

So, In this article, I’ll introduce you a free but professional cloud backup tool, which can help you transfer files to another Google Drive account effortlessly-it’s CBackupper. With it, you can move files by backing them up, you can choose to copy a folder or more with it.

Best Cloud Backup Solution - CBackupper

CBackupper, as a free but professional cloud backup server, can not only backup files between Google Drive accounts, but also allows you to move files between cloud storage, such as, backup Dropbox to Google drive, migrate Dropbox to Onedrive, transfer from one FTP server to another, etc.

Also, it offers you more flexible backup settings, such as, daily/weekly/monthly backup, specific time backup, email notification, version cleanup, file filter, etc. Besides, it can combine cloud storage of all your cloud drive, such as, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, etc. That’s to say, if you have 2 free Google Drive accounts, you can save 30GB data in one place.

Step by Step Guide: Move A File from One Google Drive to Another

Moving files/folders to another Google Drive account is not as difficult as you think, you just need to create an account and add both Google Drives into My CBackupper.

Step 1. Create an account and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add Both Google Drive accounts to CBackupper.

2.1 Go to the Clouds tab, click “Add Clouds” in the lower left corner, select Google Drive and click “OK”, then sign in your account, authorize CBackupper and allow it to see, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files.

Add Google Drive

2.2 Modify the display name and allocate space for file backup. Then, cick the checkbox before “Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file. ” and click “OK”.

Modify Confirm

Step 3. Move files between Google Drive accounts.

3.1 Go to the “Tasks” tab and click “Create Task”.

Create Task

3.2 Click “Add Source”, then tick "Google Drive" and click “OK”.

Add Source Google Drive

3.3 Click “Add Destination”, then select another Google Drive by clicking the drop-down menu and click “OK”. Also, you can select a secondary target if your Google drive does not have enough space.

Add Destination Google Drive

3.4 Click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Start Backup

Note: As you can see from above picture, there are still two available options, including “Settings” and “Schedule”. Both of them can bring you much convenience. If you are interested in, please see below.
Email notification: This feature will tell you the final result of cloud backup task whether success or failure. This feature free you from waiting and you can do whatever during the backup process.
File Filter: This feature allows you to backup the file types as you like. With this feature, you can exclude the file types you don’t want to backup, or only contain the file type need to be backed up. To some extent, this feature will save you much backup time and disk space.
Daily, weekly, monthly backup: At any time, single backup is not enough to protect data, because you may modify your files or add new files to cloud drive. So, to keep your files up-to-date, schedule backup via a fixed interval is a great choice.

Written in the End

That's all for how to move a file in Google Drive to another account. You can use the “Share” feature, “Google Takeout”, or downloading and uploading, but it’s not the recommended solution.

Using CBackupper to move files between Google Drive accounts is the best way. Because it can not only achieve the same effect as the common used ways, but also offer you extra useful features, such as, file filter, schedule backup, allocated space, etc. Besides, this software can combine cloud storage to fully use free space. Just create a CBackupper account and start your new journey.