Query –1 “I have stored some of my important document files on Google Drive and now I am searching for a safe solution to migrate Google drive to new account. Please provide me a simple method to complete the migration process.”
Query –2 “I have to transfer Google drive data to another account as I am switching to my new Gmail account for my professional preferences. So is there are any secure way to implement this task.”
Google Drive is an online storage service provided by Google to its Gmail users. It provides free 15 GB storage space to store the data items like Gmail, Google Photos, and Google Drive. In Google Drive, you can store, share, create and edit the files in the Cloud.
When the storage space gets full then you need to either purchase the space on Google Drive or move your data into the other account.
People prefer to choose the latter option as the first option of purchasing the storage space is not viable.
Methods to Migrate Google Drive to New Account
- Manual Method
- Automated Method
The manual methods have been explained in the subsequent paragraphs.
Manual Method 1: Transfer Google Drive Data to Another Account
The following are the steps to import Google data to new account
Step-1 Sign into your Gmail account and then go to ‘Google Drive’.
Step-2 Select the files or documents which you want to migrate into another account.
Step-3 Right-click on the files and then click on the ‘Share’ option. By doing so, a wizard will get opened.
Step-4 Enter the account details for another Gmail account where the files need to be migrated.
Step-5 Click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ and change the access permission as ‘To Owner’ and then hit the ‘Send’ button.
The files would get transferred to another Google Drive account.
Method 2: Transfer Google drive data to another account Using Download & Upload Option
Step-1 Sign into your Gmail account.
Step-2 Go to your Google Drive and then select the files that you wish to import Google data to new account.
Step-3 Copy all the selected files and save them in a folder with the name ‘Export’. Now, the folder will appear in your directory.
Step-4 You can now download the folder and save it on your local system.
Step-5 Right-click on the folder and click on the ‘Download’ option. Now, all the files would be zipped.
Step-6 Once downloaded, you can extract all the files.
Step-7 After extracting the files, you may open Google Drive of another account and click on the ‘+’ icon to upload the files which had been downloaded from the Google Drive of the previous account.
Limitations of Manual Method
- It is a bit complicated, and a naive user may find it difficult to operate.
- If the user does not have knowledge about Google Drive, then he cannot perform actions easily
- Using It is a time-consuming and lengthy approach
Automated Method: Google Drive Migrator
Google Drive Migration Tool is a safe and secure method of migrating the data from Google Drive to Google Drive of another account.
The following are the steps to migrate the data from Google Drive to another Google Drive:
Step-1 Install and Launch the software to migrate Google Drive to New Account
Step-2. Go to the setup section, choose the ‘Source’ and ‘Destination’ platforms as ‘G Suite’.
Step-3 Select the option as ‘Document’ under the Workload selection.
Step-4 You may use the date filter to set the date range as ‘From Date’ and ‘To Date’.
Turn on the options like ‘Migrate document permissions’ and ‘User Group Mapping’.
Step-5 Go to the ‘Source’ section, enter the details like admin email, service account, and certificate file.
Step–6 Click on the ‘Validate’ button to grant the accessibility permissions. Once the validation has been done then click on the ‘Next’ button.
Step-7 Go to the ‘Destination’ section and provide the details like admin email, service account, and certificate file.
Click on the ‘Validate’ button to grant access permissions.
Once validated then click on the ‘Next button.
Step-8 In the user’s section, you can add users from the source account using different methods like Fetch Users, Import Users, and Download Template.
Fetch Users: This would fetch the users from the configured source account.
Import Users: This allows to upload of the user details using CSV format.
Download Template: You will get the sample CSV where you can add the source and the destination users manually.
Step-9 The list of users would be displayed on the screen.
Step-10 You can download a sample file using the ‘Group Mapping Template’ option and then import the mapped CSV file using the ‘Group Mapping’ option.
Step-11 You can select the users on the basis of priority and view them.
Step-12 Click on the ‘Validate’ button to authorize the source and the destination permission.
Step-13 Once the validation has been completed then you can click on ‘Start Migration’ to import google data to new account. You may click on ‘Stop Migration’ if required.
Step-14 The migration status can be viewed as ListView and Tile View.
Reasons to Migrate Google Drive to New Account
The following are the reasons due which people look for migration into another account:
The current email account is not functioning properly.
The storage space has been exceeded due to which no more data can be stored
The user wants to move to another account for his personal or professional preference
There might be some confidential documents that are required to be sent to another account for security purposes.
Final Thoughts on How to Migrate Google Drive to New Account
In the above blog, a brief on Google Drive, reasons to import google data to new account, and the suitable methods have been discussed.
The manual method is difficult for non-technical users whereas the automated method as an advanced tool provides the best solution to transfer Google drive data to another account with few simple steps.
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