Google provides 15 GB of free space to all its users. This space is shared by Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If you want more storage space, you can buy it from Google by paying a monthly or annual subscription charge. 

Most of the users create multiple Google accounts to get more storage space. But people are still not aware of the ways in which you can easily transfer your Google Drive files to another account. 

This article covers all the different methods in which you can transfer your Google Drive files to another account. 

How to Transfer Google Drive Files to Another Account?

There are five different ways by which you can transfer your Google Drive files into another account. Those are:

1. Download and Upload

If you want to transfer your Google Drive files to another account outside your domain, then ‘Download and Upload’ option is the best method.

Steps to Transfer Your Google Drive Files Using Download and Upload Method:

  • Step 1: Log in to the account from which you want to transfer the files. 
  • Step 2: Locate the file/folder that you want to transfer.
  • Step 3: Right-click on the file/folder and click on the option ‘Download’.Download the file from Google Drive
  • Step 4: Log in to the account into which you want to transfer the downloaded file.
  • Step 5: Go to ‘My Drive’ and click on ‘Upload files’ or ‘Upload folder’ option depending on what you have downloaded.Upload the file to another account
  • Step 6: Upload the downloaded file/folder to this user account accordingly.

Note: The amount of time taken to download and upload the files/folders will depend on their size

2. Sharing

If you want to transfer a small number of files to an account in your domain, you can use either the Download and Upload option or the Sharing feature.

Steps to Transfer Your Google Drive Files Using Sharing Feature:

  • Step 1: Log in to the account from which you want to transfer the files.
  • Step 2: Locate the file/folder that you want to transfer.
  • Step 3: Right-click on the file/folder and click on the option ‘Share’.
    Share the file with another user account
  • Step 4: Enter the email id of the user account to which you want to transfer the file and click on the ‘Advanced’ option.
    Enter email id of the new account
  • Step 5: Click on ‘Send’. Click on the drop-down button next to the new user account, and select ‘Is owner’ option. Click on ‘Done’.
    Transfer ownership of the Google Drive file
  • Step 6: You can find this file under ‘My Drive’ in the second account.  

Note: Once you transfer the ownership, you will no longer be the owner of the file.

3. Google Takeout

If you want to transfer your entire ‘My Drive’ to another account, then Google Takeout is the best option.

To get more information on Google Takeout, click here.

Steps to transfer your Google Drive files using Google Takeout:

  • Step 1: Log in to Google Takeout.
  • Step 2: Under ‘Create a new archive’, click on the box against the option ‘Drive’ and click on ‘Next Step’.
    Transfer Google Account to Another Account - Google Takeout (1)

Note: 

  • If you want to transfer only a particular folder in My Drive to another account, click on ‘All data included’, to select the folder.
  • This option doesn’t allow you to transfer ‘Shared with me files’ and files in ‘Team Drive (Shared files)’.
  • Step 3: In the next window, you can customize your archive format by selecting the ‘Delivery Method’ and the ‘File Type’ and click on ‘Create Archive’.
    Customize your archive
  • Step 4: A progress bar will display the status of your download, the time taken to create your archive will depend on the amount of data you’re trying to archive, i.e., the more the number of files, the longer the download.
  • Step 5: Once the archive is finished, you’ll receive an email notification. Otherwise, you can check the status in your Download your data page.
  • Step 6: Click on the ‘Download’ button next to the archived file.
    Download archive (1)
  • Step 7: Once you download the archived file, you can upload it to the user account to which you wanted to transfer these files.

4. From Google Admin Console

As a G Suite Administrator, you can transfer the ownership of all the Drive files of a user account to another account.

Steps to Transfer Drive Files Using Google Drive Transfer Ownership:

  • Step 1: Log in to Google Admin Console with your admin credentials.
  • Step 2: Go to ‘Apps>G Suite>Drive and Docs’.
  • Step 3: Click on ‘Transfer ownership’.Transfer Ownership - Transfer Google Account to Another Account
  • Step 4: Enter the current owner’s user name in the ‘From’ field and the new owner’s username in the ‘To’ field. Click on ‘Transfer files’.
    Transfer files using Admin Console (1)

Once the files are transferred completely, the administrator, the old owner, and the new owner will receive a notification email. The transferred files will be added to the new owner’s Drive under a folder named with the previous owner’s email address.

5. Using SysCloud

SysCloud offers a fully automated cloud to cloud backup and restore service. SysCloud use industry-standard cloud storage solutions with military grade security.

With SysCloud, you can transfer your entire Google Drive along with Team Drive (Shared files) data, to another user account in the same domain.

Steps to transfer your Google Drive files using SysCloud:

  • Step 1: Log in to SysCloud.
  • Step 2: Click on ‘Backup>Archive & Restore’.Archive and Restore - Transfer Google Drive to Another Account
  • Step 3: Select the user account whose data you want to transfer to another account.
  • Step 4: On the next page, click on the option ‘Drive’.
  • Step 5: On the left-hand side, click on the option ‘My Drive’. If you want to transfer your Team Drive files, click on the option ‘Team Drive’ and select the Team Drive folders that you want to transfer. After selecting the folder, click on the option ‘Restore’.Transfer drive files using SysCloud (1)
  • Step 6: Enter the user email id to whose account you want to transfer the files. If you want to transfer the files with sharing permissions, click on the option ‘Check to restore file with sharing permission’. Click on ‘Restore’.Transfer Google Drive to Another Account - SysCloud
  • Step 7: Click on ‘Yes’ in the pop-up box that appears.
    Restore confirmation box (1)
  • Step 8: You can check the status of your file transfer process in the ‘Restore Report’ page. The file transfer process will take a few minutes to complete depending on the number of files that need to be transferred. 

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