By Ivy twitter/ Last Updated July 8, 2021


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How do I move a file from a Google Drive folder to another?

“How to move a file in Google Drive to another? While using an online Google Drive that is shared with me, I'm trying to move a file from one child folder to another parent folder two steps up. I do have Organize, Add and Edit permissions on the current folder and I'm owner of the destination folder. However, when I right-click on the file 'Move' is not available.

When I create two browser sessions, one of the current folder where the file resides and a 2nd browser window where the parent destination folder lies, I try to drag and drop which doesn't work. When I drag the file from one browser to the destination the greyed out file graphic disappears when it reaches the 2nd browser.”

This case is from the Google forum and there are many users who have similar questions and wonder how does Google Drive move files between accounts? However, the “Move to” option is only available when you simply use it to move a file in Google Drive to another folder, or move multiple files in a folder, instead of another account.

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Why transfer Google Drive to another account?

Google Drive has been released for many years and almost users have at least two accounts, so some users may want to move files to another Google Drive account. Why? Here are two main reasons in the following.

  • Gain more free space of the same cloud. The cloud storage of free account is limited but users may need more space. By default, if you are using a free Google Drive account, you only have 15GB. And the cloud storage will be filled up sooner or later. As a result, you can either buy extra space or move files to another Google Drive.

  • Data transfer for some purposes. The second is that you want to discard or give away one of your Google Drive accounts and transfer important files. For instance, you want to transfer files from the account used at school to a personal account.

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Best way to move files from one Google Drive to another

Nowadays, moving files between Google Drive accounts is a very popular topic. So, when you search this topic on the internet, you may get 3 commonly used ways, including using the “Share” feature, “Google Takeout”, or the traditional downloading and uploading. For detailed steps, you can go migrate Google Drive to another account for reference.

However, these ways have their own limitation. For example, The “Share” feature in Google Drive only allows you to move a file every time. It’s tedious and time-consuming. Google Takeout does not allow you to export data using Google Office format. Traditional downloading and uploading will cost you twice as much time and energy.

What is the best way to move files between Google Drive accounts? So, In this article, I’ll introduce you to a free but professional cloud backup tool, which can help you take Google Drive move files to another account effortlessly-it’s CBackup. With it, you can move files by backing them up, you can choose to copy a folder or more with it.

Best Cloud Backup Solution - CBackup

CBackup, as a free but professional cloud backup server, can not only backup files between Google Drive accounts but also allows you to move files between cloud storage, such as backup Dropbox to Google Drive, migrate Dropbox to Onedrive, transfer from one FTP server to another, etc.

Also, it offers you more flexible backup settings, such as, daily/weekly/monthly backup, specific time backup, email notification, version cleanup, file filter, etc. Besides, it can combine cloud storage of all your cloud drives, such as, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, etc. That’s to say, if you have 2 free Google Drive accounts, you can save 30GB of data in one place.

Next we will introduce how to move files between Google Drive accounts with CBackup.

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Step by step guide: Google Drive move files to another account

How to move a file from Google Drive to another? Moving files/folders to another Google Drive account is not as difficult as you think, you just need to create an account and add both Google Drives into My CBackup.

Step 1. Create an account and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add both Google Drive accounts to CBackup.

2.1. Go to the My Storage tab, click “Add Cloud” in the top-left corner, select Google Drive and click “OK”, then sign in to your account, authorize CBackup and allow it to see, edit, create and delete all of your Google Drive files.

Add Google Drive

2.2 Modify the display name and allocate space for file backup. Then, tick the checkbox before “Note: Please do not change the path directly in the third-party cloud disk, or modify or delete the backup file. ” and click “OK”.

Modify Confirm

Step 3. Move files between Google Drive accounts.

3.1 Go to the “Backup Tasks” tab and click “New Task”.

Create Task

3.2 Click “Add Source”, then tick "Google Drive" and click “OK”.

Add Source Google Drive

3.3 Click “Add Destination”, then select another Google Drive by clicking the drop-down menu and click “OK”. Also, you can select a secondary target if your Google drive does not have enough space.

Add Destination Google Drive

3.4 Click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Start Backup

Note: As you can see from the above picture, there are still two available options, including “Settings” and “Schedule”. Both of them can bring you much convenience. If you are interested, please see below.
Email notification: This feature will tell you the final result of cloud backup task whether success or failure. This feature frees you from waiting and you can do whatever during the backup process.
File Filter: This feature allows you to backup the file types as you like. With this feature, you can exclude the file types you don’t want to backup, or only contain the file type need to be backed up. To some extent, this feature will save you much backup time and disk space.
Daily, weekly, monthly backup: At any time, single backup is not enough to protect data, because you may modify your files or add new files to the cloud drive. So, to keep your files up-to-date, schedule backup via a fixed interval is a great choice.

Bonus tip: move computer files to Google Drive with CBackup

In addition to easily moving files in Google Drive to another drive, you can also use CBackup to move files from computer to Google Drive. CBackup provides professional PC cloud backup services. You can use multiple cloud storage services such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc., as well as CBackup Cloud with large-capacity backup space as backup destinations. Why not download and use it now!

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Written in the End

That's all for how to move a file in Google Drive to another account. You can use the “Share” feature, “Google Takeout”, or downloading and uploading, but it’s not the recommended solution.

Using CBackup to move files between Google Drive accounts is the best way. Because it can not only achieve the same effect as the commonly used ways but also offer you extra useful features, such as file filter, schedule backup, allocated space, etc. Besides, this software can combine cloud storage to fully use free space. Just create a CBackup account and start your new journey.