How to Transfer Files Between Google Drive Accounts
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Google Drive gives a generous 15GB of free storage. It sounds a lot but let’s remember that this space is shared by your files on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. So, when you run out of space on one of your Drive accounts, you can transfer files to another.

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Most of us have more than one Google Drive account, but Google hasn’t yet given us an easy way to transfer files from one Google Drive to another seamlessly. You have to rely on a workaround to move files from account to another.

If you’re more concerned with how to get files from your computer to your phone, check out this list of the fastest file transfer methods between PCs and mobile devices.

How to Transfer Files Between Google Drive Accounts

If you want to move files from one account to another without downloading and re-uploading them, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Open your primary Google Drive account.
  2. Locate the files or folders you want to move to your secondary Google Drive account.
  3. Right-click on the file or folder and select Share. Or click on the Share icon (marked as “1” in the screenshot).
    Google Drive Share
  4. Type your secondary Google username. Click on Advanced.  Under Sharing settings, change the permission to Is Owner. Hit the blue Send button.
  5. Log into your secondary Google Drive account. Click on the Shared with me filter on the left sidebar to quickly locate the shared folder.
  6. Google Drive won’t allow you make a copy of the folder, but you can make a copy of the files inside it and then move them into a new folder or sub-folder to replicate the hierarchy of the original.
    Google Drive Make a Copy
    Right-click on each file (or select them all) and click on Make a copy. Rename the files appropriately and move them into a new folder.
  7. Go back to the primary account and delete the original folder from your drive and also from its bin.

You can also use Google Takeout to transfer the complete archive of your data to another account.

Note: If you’re going to transfer sensitive files, look into add-on Google Drive encryption tools 3 Useful Tools to Improve Google Drive's Security and Privacy 3 Useful Tools to Improve Google Drive's Security and Privacy Is Google Drive's integrated encryption enough to keep your private files safe from theft and intrusion? Let's find out. Read More .

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  1. Ivan Ferrer
    November 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Thank you very much!
    Instead of making copies and renaming the 'copy of...', it worked for me (nov-2018) using "Move to... " with all the folder content selected, to a new folder I created.
    At that moment I've seen some Gigabytes increasing in my 'origin' Drive and decreasing in the 'destination' :) (hitting F5)
    I had my folder shared with people, so I've had to send the new link to them.

  2. Ariel
    October 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    This was a very helpful article. In fact it was the only one I Googled that actually worked without issues.

    I have one helpful feedback detail I would like to share with others though: In order to keep the activity of creating copies, moving copies, renaming copies etc. to the realm of the "cloud" I found it necessary to temporarily disconnect my physical Google Drive (the physical HDD that my original source files live on) from the PC while I used my browser connected to both of the cloud versions of my Google Drives to implement the steps mentioned in this article. If not, whenever I made copies using the browser to the cloud version of my source Google Drive, my physical source drive would begin downloading those copies as soon as I made them, adding unnecessary space and work to that HDD, even though I was going to delete or move those copies in the end.

  3. rockspider
    October 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you!

  4. Cindy Farmer
    August 8, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    If the shared files had links that had been shared in other places, are those links the same? Will someone with a link to say an agenda that was in the original drive be able to still use that link to get to the file in the new drive?

  5. Mike Carrington
    August 1, 2018 at 10:52 am

    The "is owner" option is not available..

    • rockspider
      October 18, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      In step 4, after typing your secondary Google username/email address, you first need to click the "Send" (or "OK") button so that the file or folder is shared. After clicking Send (or OK), the secondary username will appear in the "Who has access" list, then you will be able to see the "Is Owner" option.

      • Michael Carrington
        October 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm

        That's great! Thank you.