By Nicky / Last Updated September 14, 2020

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User case

“I have some files in a school Google Drive account that I want to transfer to my personal Google Drive, there must be an easy way to transfer Google Drive to another account but I have no idea. Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks in advance.”

Nowadays, storing the files in the cloud becomes a common phenomenon and Google Drive is one of the popular clouds with massive users. It has many advanced features favored by users and provides every user with 15 GB of free storage space. Sometimes, people need to transfer Google Drive files to another account when they possess multiple Google Drive accounts.

Why transfer Google Drive files to another account?

There could be various reasons behind transferring Google Drive files from one account to another, such as:

  • Your current account is not working properly.

  • You’re using a public account and there isn’t enough space available.

  • You want to move files to another account for personal or professional use.

  • You have some essential documents in a shared account and want to move them to a personal account.

These are the most common reasons to transfer files from one Google Drive account to another. Now, let’s see how to transfer files in Google Drive to another account.

4 ways to transfer Google Drive files to another account

There are several ways to transfer Google Drive files to another account. The first way is a new way to rely on a professional cloud transfer web services. The last three ways are common ways to transfer files by using features that come with Google Drive or traditional downloading and uploading.

Way 1. Transfer Google Drive to another account with CBackupper (recommend)

CBackupper is a free online cloud services that allows you to transfer files between multiple accounts or different clouds and manage all the cloud storage accounts that you have. With it, you can transfer files from one Google Drive to another quickly and easily in one interface.

What’s more, the authorization system of this service is based on OAuth which enables third-party applications to access cloud accounts without username and password and ensures your account’s security. So, you can follow the step-by-step tutorial below to transfer Google Drive files to another account safely.

Step 1. Create a CBackupper account. Then, log in to your newly created CBackupper account.

Sign up

Step 2. Add and authorize your two Google Drive accounts under “Clouds” tab.

Add Cloud

Step 3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button to create transfer task.

Step 4. Name your task, click “Add Source” button to add one Google Drive account as the backup source.

Add Source

Note: You can choose to backup the entire cloud or just some of files or folders on the source cloud.

Step 5. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add another Google Drive account as the destination. Then, click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to execute the operation.

Note:

  • You can click “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.

  • You can enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackupper.

Way 2. Transfer Google Drive to another account using “Share” feature of Google Drive

Using “Share” feature of Google Drive is also an effective way to send files from one Google Drive account to another. The proper instructions are given below:

Step 1. Log in your old Google Drive account. Select all files and right-click “Share” button.

Google Drive Share

Step 2. Invite your another account as the receiver. Click on “Advanced”. Under “Sharing settings”, change the permission to “Is owner” and click the “Send” button to wait for the process to complete.

Sharing Settings

Step 3. Log in your another account, and you will find these files under “My Drive”.

Way 3. Transfer Google Drive to another account by downloading and uploading

The method of downloading and uploading is the process of saving the files and folder to your computer and then uploading it to the new account. If you have fewer files, you can use this method. But if the data size is large, the process will be very time consuming and troublesome. The step by step process is explained below:

Step 1. Log in your old Google Drive account.

Step 2. Create a new folder to store all files under the root directory of your Google Drive. Collect all the files and put them in a new folder.

Step 3. Right-click the new folder, click “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.

Download

Note: The Google server will compress all the files into a single zip file. When the download is finished, you can unzip the file and extract all your files from the single zip file.

Step 4. Open your another account in which you want to keep those files. When the home page opens up, click on the “+” icon and upload files and folder to your other Google Drive account.

Upload Files

Way 4. Transfer Google Drive to another account using Google Takeout

If you want to transfer your entire “My Drive” to another account, then Google Takeout is the good option.

Step 1. Log in to Google Takeout. Under “Create a new archive”, click on the box against the option “Drive” and click on “Next Step”.

Takeout

Step 2. In the next window, you can customize your archive format by selecting the “Delivery Method” and the “File Type” and click on “Create Archive”.

Step 3. A progress bar will display the status of your download. Once the archive is finished, download link will be sent via email and you can download it as a zip archive.

Step 4. Once you download the archived file, you can upload it to the user account to which you wanted to transfer these files.

Final words

Following any way above could help you transfer Google Drive to another account, you can choose a way according to your requirements. Actually, compared with the first way, the process of the last three ways are relatively complicated and time-consuming. So, you are recommended to use free CBackupper.

And besides transferring files between clouds, CBackupper can also help you combine your clouds like OneDrive, Dropbox as well as FTP/SFTP into one to expand storage space. And then, you can manage several clouds on one platform without switching accounts.