By Ivy twitter/ Last Updated 08/07/2021


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Why move files from OneDrive to Google Drive?

If you have been using OneDrive to store your files, documents, videos, audio, etc, you may probably know that Microsoft has decreased the free space from 15GB to 5GB since January 31, 2016. So, some users replace OneDrive with Google Drive for more space.

Also, there are other reasons, including, free up space, have multiple cloud storage accounts or personal preferences. For example: you prefer using Google Docs, Google Sheets, instead of Microsoft Word, Excel.

Move Files from OneDrive to Google Drive

However, no matter what reasons you want to move files from OneDrive to Google Drive, you need the right way. Please continue to see below.

How to transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive?

Speaking of transferring files from OneDrive to Google Drive, you may think about the traditional downloading and uploading. And this feature is available on almost all cloud drives. So, you can use this method regardless of the cloud disks you are using. However, it has some disadvantages that you cannot ignore, such as high Internet connection requirements, the possibility of data loss, and the inability to migrate files in batches, and more.

Besides, there is a very popular way – using cloud backup server like CBackup, which allows you to perform cloud to cloud sync or cloud to cloud backup, and you could transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive without downloading and uploading. And all operations are done on the same platform. What’s more, you can get rid of manual operations via “Schedule”, backup files with certain file extensions using “File Filter”, get final result without waiting.

After saying the specific methods, it’s time to talk about the detailed steps. You can keep reading below and use the following steps as a reference.

Method 1: Replace OneDrive with Google Drive using CBackup

Before replacing OneDrive with Google Drive, you need to make some preparations.

1. Create a CBackup account. Go to the main page of CBackup and click “Sign up” at the upper right corner to create your account, then type your email, password, nickname and hit “Sign up”.

Sign Up

2. Connect OneDrive and Google Drive to CBackup. Click “My Storage” and “Add Cloud”, select "OneDrive" or "Google Drive" and click “Add” to continue. Then, allocate backup space, tick “Note” and hit “OK”.

Add One Drive

Then, move files from OneDrive to Google Drive with the following steps.

Step 1. Click “Backup Tasks” and “New Task” in order.

Create Task

Step 2. Click “Add Source” and tick “OneDrive”, then click “OK”.

Add Source Onedrive

Step 3. Click “Add Destination”, then select “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

Step 4. Click “Schedule” and select daily, weekly, monthly. Also, you can click “Settings” to set other backup settings.


Note: To make you understand the backup settings clearly and choose the right one, I’ll explain some of them you may use.
Schedule Backup: This feature can help you get rid of manual operation, and keep the latest version of files all the time. And this feature has 3 options, including, daily, weekly, monthly, you can choose it according to your needs.
Specific Time Backup: This feature is very flexible and you can set it at any time. If you want to avoid the working hours, you can set the backup time before 9am or after 6pm.
Email Notification: This feature is very useful, especially when you have an emergency. You can leave without waiting for final result and this software will inform you via email.
File Filter: This software is used to filter file types and backup files with certain file extension. If you happen to need this, you can enable “File Filter”.

Step 5. Click “Start Backup” and wait until the task is 100% completed.

Migrate Onedrive To Google Drive

Note: You can also connect your OneDrive and Google Drive accounts through CBackup, and combine their free storage into a complete backup space to save more files.

Method 2: Move files from OneDrive to Google Drive with downloading and uploading

I believe that almost all users are willing to use this first method. But there are some users who don’t want to give access to third-party tool like CBackup and insist on downloading files or folders from One Drive to the computer and then re-upload to Google Drive. The detailed steps are below.

Step 1. Go to OneDrive and log in your account.

Step 2. Click “My Files” and select files and folders you want to move, then click “Download” at the top.

One Drive Download

Step 3. Go to Google Drive and sign in with your account.

Step 4. Click “+” and select “File Upload” or “Folder Upload”, then find the downloaded files or folders and add to Google Drive.

Final Thoughts

Downloading and uploading is the most common way to move files from OneDrive to Google Drive. But it’s not the best way. It’s tedious and time-consuming, because you cannot migrate files in batches. Also, it may result in data loss.

So, in this article, I highly recommend you using free but professional cloud backup software CBackup. It cannot only help you get rid of manual operation, but also offers you more flexible backup settings that can bring you much convenience, such as, save backup time, keep latest version of files, etc. Besides, it also helps you manage multiple cloud storage and get unlimited cloud backup space.

If you want to transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive effortlessly, CBackup will be a great choice. As far as I know, why some users don’t use CBackup is that they are worried about the security issue. In this regard, I will make some clarifications – this software uses OAuth technology and it can ensure account security, so please feel free to use CBackup and move files between cloud storage.