How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account: 5 Steps

Google Drives offers free cloud storage service up to 15 GB for the basic plan, which comes already after you create a Google account. When capacity is nearly full, the user can delete some files to free up some space or upgrading to Premium plan with a very cheap price. Instead of purchasing new storage, I prefer to create new Google account to get at least additional 15 GB on a separated account. But the way I use still facing a new problem, I should move gigantic files from the main account to the secondary account. Downloading the files and upload it again to the new account sounds very tortured, wasting my internet bandwidth and time. Then, how to transfer Google Drive files to another account without download and upload process?

We know that Google has also introduced sharing features which allows you to share files to friends through the cloud. The sharing process occurs on the Google’s data center almost without delays. Now, we can take the advantages of this ability to move or copy your Google Drive files to another account in minutes.

To make it easier, I encourage you to open Google Drive both on the main account and secondary account. You can use different browsers to access multiple accounts simultaneously or simply by using Incognito Mode (CTRL+SHIFT+N). The following guides intended to PC desktop and Android application.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account — Desktop Guide

Step 1
Open your main Google Drive account.

Step 2
Select files you want to move/copy, right-click on one of them and select Share…

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 3
Type the email of your secondary Google account, ensure that account is able to edit, and click Send.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 4
Now, on your secondary Google Drive account, go to Shared with me selection.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 5
Select the files, right-click on it and click Make a copy. Please wait until the copying process finished, it may take minutes depending on the size of the files. Once finished, your files are available on the My Drive section.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account — Android Guide

Unlike Google Drive on desktop version, moving files by mobile version has slightly different rules to do. The file also needs to be downloaded and re-uploaded again. If you still want to try, check out the guide below.

Step 1
Select a file you want to copy to another account, tap the three-dots icon, and select Add People.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 2
Fill the email address on the secondary account, ensure that it was on “Can edit” status, and paper plane icon to send.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 3
On the secondary account, tap the three-lines icon, and select Shared with me.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 4
On the files that have been shared with, tap the three-dots icon and then Add people.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

Step 5
Android phone usually asks you where the files should be sent, select Google Drive, and tap Save. It will automatically create a copy and re-upload it again to Google Drive account. Please noted that transferring Google Drive files by Android phone will involve uploading process which can consume data plan.

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account

The files now have been duplicated to the secondary account. You can delete original files from the primary account to free up the storage space. You may want to check Trash section to delete the files permanently. Also, you can share folders but cannot copy them to the new account.

In addition, moving multiple files are only available on Google Drive desktop version, while on the mobile application currently only capable to transfer a single file. Internet bandwidth consumption while re-uploading files through Android application might be a consideration before you decide to move or copying any file. I highly recommend using Google Drive desktop version if you have gigantic files to migrate.

If you have a trouble about this guide, explain it in the comment section below. I would like to reply and help you soon.

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