How to Move Files from Dropbox to Google Drive Easily in 2024

Need to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive? Please read on, this article will provide both traditional and easiest ways to help you achieve that migration efficiently.


by Jonna Lasted Updated April 10, 2024

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Why Move Files from Dropbox to Google Drive?

Nowadays, more and more users are trying to store their data on cloud storage drives and many cloud storage drives provide a certain storage volume for free. As one of the most popular cloud storage drives around the world, Dropbox provides users with many advanced features and 2 GB free storage space.

Dropbox to Google Drive

However, when you use up its free 2GB storage space, you cannot add files to your Dropbox account anymore. Under such circumstances, many users want to get more Dropbox extra storage or find a cloud storage device to replace with Dropbox to save their files. For most users, Google Drive is the best choice among mainstream cloud drives because it offers 15 GB of free cloud storage space.

If you want to know the difference between Dropbox and Google Drive before transferring Dropbox to Google Drive, let's look at a glance. And for more details please go to the last part - About Dropbox vs. Google Drive.

Comparsion Dropbox Google Drive
Free Storage 2 GB 15 GB
Speed Faster (block level sync) Slow
Upload Size Limit

Unlimited (desktop app)

50GB(web app)

Files:100MB; Others:15TB; (desktop app)

50MB-100MB (web app)

Free Expandable Storage

Integrated Tools Microsoft Office Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.
Supported Platforms Windows\MacOS\Linux\iOS\Android Windows\MacOS\Linux\Android\iOS

For whatever reason you are going to switch from Dropbox to Google Drive, you may seek ways to move files from Dropbox to Google Drive. Please keep reading, we’ll show you how to transfer Dropbox to Google Drive free easily and safely.

How Do I Move Files from Dropbox to Google Drive?

There are three ways about moving Dropbox files to Google Drive. You can choose the traditional way to download and upload files manually or choose an easier way to use a cloud migration tool like CBackup to achieve fast and safe migration.

Way 1. Move Files from Dropbox to Google Drive via Download and Upload

As most of us know, downloading and re-uploading files manually is the most traditional way to transfer files between cloud drives. You need to download files from Dropbox to the local PC first, then, re-upload them to your Google Drive. You can follow below detailed steps below to learn how to copy files from Dropbox to Google Drive via this method.

1. Log in your Dropbox account.

2. Create a new folder to store files that you want to transfer. Collect all the files and put them in the new folder.

3. Click "My files" and choose the files you want to transfer, then click the three dots next to share button and click "Download" from the drop-down menu.

Dropbox Download

Note: All the files are compressed into a single zip file. When the download is finished, you can unzip the file and extract all your files from a single zip file.

4. Log in to your Google Drive account.

5. Click on "My Drive", then, you can choose "Upload files" or "Upload folder" to upload from your computer.

Upload Files to Googel Drive

After the steps are complete, you have transferred Dropbox to Google Drive manually.

Way 2. Move Dropbox to Google Drive via Drag and Drop

If you want to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive without downloading, you can rely on the drag-and-drop method through the Dropbox and Google Drive desktop app to complete the Dropbox to Google Drive transfer. In this option, you should make sure that you have installed the desktop applications for both services on your computer.

1. Download and run Dropbox and Google Drive desktop apps. Then, log in with your corresponding credentials.

2. Go to File Explorer, and find the Dropbox folder and the Google Drive disk (folder).

3. With both folders open, select all the target files in Dropbox and drag and drop them into Google Drive.

Move Dropbox to Google Drive

Way 3. Best Free Way to Transfer Files from Dropbox to Google Drive

Actually, if there are so many files, it is not realistic to transfer all of them manually. Fortunately, you can rely on a professional cloud to cloud backup tool like CBackup to migrate files from Dropbox to Google Drive directly without downloading and uploading.

CBackup is a reliable cloud transfer service that supports different brands of cloud drives like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and so on. With it, you can not only transfer files between cloud drives directly but also combine cloud storage in one place available to access and manage these cloud drives.

Now let’s sign up for a free account in CBackup and follow the steps to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive with this free Dropbox to Google Drive migration tool.

1. Create a CBackup account freely and sign in. Please go to CBackup Dashboard, and then add and authorize your Dropbox and Google Drive under the My Storage tab.

Add Cloud

Note: CBackup is based on a standard OAuth system that can ensure your account’s security. There is no need to worry about personal information data disclosure.

2. After adding, click on the “Sync Tasks” tab, then, click the “New Task” button to create a Dropbox to Google Drive migration task.

Create Sync Task

3. Name your sync task, and click the “Add Source” button to add entire Dropbox as the sync source. Similarly, click the “Add Destination” button to add Google Drive as the sync destination.

Add Source and Destination

Tip: CBackup also allows you to select a part of files on Dropbox as the sync source.

4. Hit the Settings button on the bottom left, click Scheduler > Set a backup schedule for automated sync, and choose one of the four modes to sync Dropbox to Google Drive on schedule.

Sync Scheduler

You can click the “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy the “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.
The 4 schedule modes: One time only, Daily, Weekly, and Monthly in Settings Scheduler will help you transfer files at regular intervals or simply for a special time automatically, saving both time and effort.
You can enable email notifications under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackup.

5. Click "Start Sync” in the lower right corner to migrate Dropbox to Google Drive automatically and easily.

Sync Dropbox to Google Drive

How to Get More Dropbox Storage Space for Free

If you migrate files from Dropbox to Google Drive due to insufficient storage space, here is the solution, just combine multiple Dropbox accounts with CBackup, and backup files to the combined cloud storage space.

Now, follow me to merge two Dropbox accounts or more with the help of CBackup:

1. Please add the Dropbox accounts that you want to merge according to the above steps.

2. Click My Storage tab on the left, then hit the plus icon and choose New Combined Cloud.

My Storage New Combined Cloud

3. Tick all the Dropbox accounts and click Next.

Tick All Dropbox Accounts

4. Then determine the Dropbox order to store files using the triangle icon, and click OK.

Choose Dropbox Order

Now, your Dropbox cloud stroage has been increased successfully, then you could backup files to the Dropbox hybrid cloud easily.

Besides, CBackup brings you the sunshine while protecting your data, like:

  • [Desktop app Only] Backup files to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, CBackup Cloud, and the combined cloud easily, especially useful for the cloud client not working to sync files to cloud.
  • Offers 10GB free cloud storage space of CBackup Cloud, which allows you to safely store files.
  • CBackup not only combines multiple cloud storage of the same cloud but also the different clouds.
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About Dropbox vs. Google Drive

To make it clear to you about the difference between Google Drive and Dropbox, here we will compare the security, pricing, integration, and performance that matters to you.


Dropbox and Google Drive both provide security policies for you, and you could see at a glance with below chart.

Security Services


Google Drive

Two-step verification

Passwords Manager



Enhanced Safe Browsing


Device Management

Third-party apps Management

256-bit AES and SSL/TLS encryption

As you can see from the chart, Google Drive provides more security measures to protect your data, and Google Drive is more secure than Dropbox.


Now let's get started comparing the pricing plans of both: Dropbox and Google Drive. Both of the two cloud drives offer different plans for home and business users, so we will compare them separately.

Pricing Plans for Home


Google Drive


Dropbox Plus

Dropbox Family










Cloud Storage


Share 2000GB





1 user

6 users

5 users

5 users

5 users








Pricing Plans for Business


Google Drive





Business Starter

Business Standard

Business Plus








Cloud Storage



As much  space as





1 user

3+ users

3+ users











Tip: It could be one side from the above tables, so this is only for reference.

As you can see from the above tables, you can find Google Drive offers more plans for home users, which are more friendly to choose from. Besides, Google Drive is much more cost-effective than Dropbox according to the cost.

If you are planning to use the business plan, Dropbox Standard, or Advanced, even Google Drive Business Plus could be your choice.


Dropbox is integrated with these apps: Google Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), Microsoft Office, Slack, Adobe, Zoom, AWS, Autodesk, Canva, etc. While Google Drive is integrated with Microsoft Office, Adobe, Slack, Atlassian, Autodesk, DocuSign, Salesforce, etc.

After analysis, you might find that they are evenly matched.


Dropbox and Google Drive provide you with powerful features to speed up your sync and other performance that matters to you.



Google Drive

Sync Technology

Block-level sync

File-level sync

Computer & External Drive Backup


Max accounts on one computer

2 accounts

Up to 4 accounts

Save Computer Disk Storage

Selective Sync

Stream Files

Sync Speed



From the above information, Dropbox is the winner of the performance, and you could choose the one that suits you most.

After comparing Dropbox and Google Drive, choose Dropbox for better performance, and choose Google Drive for more security, and other characteristics.


Both ways above can help you move files from Dropbox to Google Drive, you can choose one according to your situation. But if you want to save time and effort, transferring files via CBackup can be the best way.

As mentioned above, CBackup can help you not only transfer files but also manage multiple cloud storage accounts on the same interface. Besides Dropbox and Google Drive, it also supports OneDrive, FTP/SFTP, and so on. If you have cloud drives that CBackup supports, try it now!

Jonna · Editor
Jonna becomes a professional in the areas of cloud backup and restoration, data protection, etc. after years of learning and researching. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.

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