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- Additional FAQ
- How many owners do Google Drive files have?
- What is the size of Google Drive?
- Copy Google Drive Files to Another Account using a PC Browser
- What you need
- 4. Review app links
- Common Ways: How to Transfer Google Drive to Another Account
- Solution 1: Use “Share” Feature with Google Drive
- Solution 2: Use Google Takeout to Transfer Files
- Solution 3: Downloading and Uploading
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How many owners do Google Drive files have?
There are three different role titles in Google Drive: Owner, Editor, and Viewer. Every Google Drive item has to have at least one Owner. By default, the Owner title belongs to the person who uploaded a file/folder. However, the Owner can add more Owners to the Drive. The number is unlimited – everyone can be assigned the role of Owner. However, not even the Owner can assign another Owner using the mobile Google Drive app.
What is the size of Google Drive?
Every Google Drive account starts with a free plan, which has a 15 GB limit. This is enough for most non-professional Google Drive users. Upgrading to Google One will increase the storage limit to a minimum of 100 GB, depending on the plan. Upgrading to Google One gives you additional benefits, including advanced support.
Copy Google Drive Files to Another Account using a PC Browser
If you’d like to transfer the file to another Google account without keeping it in the original, you can choose the “Make a copy” option, paste it into the second account, and delete the original. To finalize the transfer if you used the first process above, copy the files from the “Shared” folder and move them to a new one in the second account. The copy becomes independent of the original and changes will not sync, including deletion. Here’s how to do it:
- Press “shift + left-click” in Windows or “shift + one-finger click” in Mac to select the files in Google Drive that you want to copy.
- “Right-click” in Windows or “double-finger click” in Mac on one of the selected/highlighted files.
- Choose “Make a copy.”
- Rename the copied file(s).
- Move the copied files wherever you want (outside of the “Shared” folder.)
Note: You won’t be able to copy the entire shared folder—just the files in it. You can delete the files from the original location if they are no longer needed.
What you need
4. Review app links
Next, verify that files open in the appropriate app. For example, open the Google Drive File Stream mapped drive, then double-click on a Google Docs file. Chrome should open to allow you to edit the file. Similarly, if you have Microsoft Word installed, when you double-click on a Word file in the Google Drive File Stream mapped drive, Word should open to allow you to edit the file.
You can change the default app associated with files. For example, if you change the default file association from Word to Google Drive File Stream for .doc files, Word documents will open within Google Docs in Chrome, instead of the installed Microsoft Word app. (Here’s how to change the default program file associations on Windows or on macOS.)
Common Ways: How to Transfer Google Drive to Another Account
Solution 1: Use “Share” Feature with Google Drive
If you have Google documents format only on Google Drive, then you can transfer them to your new account in common way.
Step 1. Log in your old Google Drive account. Select all files and right-click “Share” button.
Step 2. Add your new account’s email address as a collaborator. Click “Done”, then you can set the read and write permissions of this account to the file.
Step 3. Click down arrow icon and select “Editor” from the drop-down menu and click “Send” button.
Step 4. Log in your second account and you will find these files are placed under “My Drive” of your account.
- If you do not select “Editor”, then your files will not be found under “Shared with me” of your second account after you adding your second account as the collaborator through “Share” icon.
- After selecting “Editor”, your ownership will be transferred to the new account and the new owner will be notified. You may no longer be able to change sharing settings.
Solution 2: Use Google Takeout to Transfer Files
If you have other file formats on Google Drive and you want to transfer these files from one Google Drive to another, you need to download a copy of your data or create an archive with Google Takeout. It is a service offered by Google to help users create archive of their data so that it can be transferred to other accounts with ease.
If you use this solution, files’ formats will be converted to another format. Once your new account has been set up, you can convert all these back by adjusting your upload settings in drive to automatically convert them.
The following steps can help you operate easily:
Step 1. Go to the official site of Google Takeout and log in your accounts. Step 2. Select Google Drive (the old account) to export and click on “Next step” button.
Step 3. Select a delivery method. Here you need to select “Add to Drive” from the drop-down window. Otherwise, “Send download link via email” will be selected by default.
Step 4. Then click on “Create export” and wait for the process to complete. Then, you should firstly download these compressed files to the local storage, then decompress them, and finally upload all the files to another Google Drive account.
- Google Takeout will only download files that you have created or uploaded yourself. Files that others have shared with you won’t be exported. You will need to manually download shared files from the “Share with me” section of your drive if you decide to use Google Takeout.
- If you have a large account (over 10GB) and decide to use Google Takeout, your files will be split into several parts. If some of them do not generate properly, the archive will have to be requested again.
Solution 3: Downloading and Uploading
Step 1. Log in your old account and create a new folder to store all files under the root directory of your Google Drive. Step 2. Move all files to the new folder. Step 3. Right-click the new folder, click “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.
Step 4. Log in your new account, click “Upload” feature to upload that downloaded .zip file and wait for the process to complete. If you want to upload compressed files to your Google Drive, you need to unzip it first so you can click “Upload Folder” to upload it to your new account.
- The download and upload process will run slowly and may take several days, sometimes even weeks (depending on the number and size of your files).
- You will need to keep your computer powered up during the entire process. Sudden interruptions in your Internet connection and/or power supply may prevent files from being copied over.
- When you download multiple files using “Download” and “Upload”, Google will place them in an archive. To recreate the structure of Google Drive in another account, you must unzip the archive and reorganize the files before uploading.
No matter what your situation is, there will be one method for you. You could copy files to another folder in Google Drive with “Move to” feature, move files to another Google Drive account with “Share” feature, “Google Takeout” tool or “Download and Upload”, or move files to Google Drive from PC/Android for backup.
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