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How to Move Files from OneDrive to Google Drive?

How to Move Files from OneDrive to Google Drive?

Are you running out of your OneDrive storage? Do you want to move files from OneDrive to Google Drive and free up some space? Manually moving files from one cloud account to another can be a long, tedious job. Since no cloud company wants you to leave their platform, they do not offer any in-house functionality to transfer your files to a rival platform. Worry not, we will help you easily migrate your files across different cloud platforms. Read on to find how.

What is Cloud? How Does it Benefit People?

Cloud is a technology that enables you and me to store data on remote servers located in far different parts of the world. Millions of individuals are benefiting from this technology every single day.

Cloud enables you to access your data irrespective of the device and operating system you use. As your device configurations hold no significance, it really doesn’t matter whether you’re running a Windows PC, MacBook, Android, iPhone or tablet. You only need an Internet connection and a Web browser or a file syncing app to access and modify your data.

Almost every tech-literate individual uses one or more of the following cloud services in their digital life. Here are some popular ones:

When you look-up for information on search engines such as Google, you’re retrieving it from the cloud.

  • Instant messaging apps that you use to chat with your friends and loved ones are architecture on cloud technology.
  • Do you use social media platforms? Your social activities, photos and videos are hosted on the cloud.
  • If you haven’t guessed already, as you’re reading this article, you’re reading information stored on the cloud!

How Do I Move Files from OneDrive to Google Drive?

A cloud-based file transfer service can be of your interest if you’re looking to migrate your data online. MultCloud and MoveBot are two popular ones.

Using MultCloud

MultCloud is an online file transfer service that keeps all of your cloud accounts under one roof. It makes it incredibly easy to transfer, sync and backup files across multiple cloud accounts. Although MultCloud is a paid service, it offers a free plan with a cap of 30 GB data traffic per month. One of the best things about MultCloud is that it encrypts your data with a 256-bit AES encryption. It supports 25 cloud storage platforms, including OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox and Box.

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Transferring OneDrive files to Google Drive and vice versa

Here’s how to use MultCloud to transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive (and vice versa):

Step 1: Add the Source Account (OneDrive)

  1. Register an account with MultCloud.
  2. Click on the “Add Cloud” icon on the left-hand side of your screen.
  3. Select the source account (in this example, OneDrive) and click on “Next”.
  4. Type a display name for your account and click on “Add OneDrive Account”.
  5. MultCloud will redirect you to the source account’s sign-in page. Sign in to your source account and approve the file access permissions.

Step 2: Add the Destination Account (Google Drive)

Much like you added the source account, the steps are almost the same.

  1. Click on the “Add Cloud” icon.
  2. Select your destination account (in this example, Google Drive) and click “Next”.
  3. Type a display name for your destination account and then click on “Add Google Drive Account”.
  4. Again, MultCloud will redirect you to your target account’s sign-in page. Sign in and approve the file access permissions.

Step 3: Start File Transfer

  1. Open the OneDrive icon on the left.
  2. Select the files and folders you want to move. Use the checkboxes to select multiple files and folders simultaneously.
  3. Right-click your selection and choose Cut.
  4. Go back to the root of your Cloud Explorer and double-click the Google Drive ion.
  5. Right-click on an empty area on your screen and select Paste.

Using MoveBot

MoveBot is another alternative to MultCloud. It supports integration with all major cloud platforms, including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Amazon S3, along with some less popular ones (Firebase, BackBlaze). Much like MultCloud, you can also schedule your tasks to automatically transfer data on your desired interval.

Step 1: Add the Source Account (OneDrive)

  1. Click the “Create” button on the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Select the source cloud account you want to move your data from. (In this example, OneDrive)
  3. OneDrive will prompt you to confirm file-sharing permissions.
  4. Once you approve them, click on “Save and Configuration” Destination.

Step 2: Add the Destination Account (Google Drive)

Again, you’ll need to follow a similar procedure to select your destination drive, approve file sharing permissions, and then click on the “Save and Configure Settings” button.

Step 3: Create a Task & Start Migration

  1. In the next page, type an easy and descriptive name (such as OneDrive to Google Drive Migrate) for your file migration task.
  2. Make sure the “Email notifications” feature is turned on so MoveBot will notify you every time a task is successfully finished or failed.
  3. You’ll also find other options to schedule the migration daily.
  4. Save the settings and start the task.

Alternate Solution: Remove Duplicate Files to Free-Up OneDrive Storage 

If you’re looking to migrate files from OneDrive to Google Drive due to storage issues, there’s an alternate way: Delete duplicate files and free-up your storage.

Your OneDrive account may have accumulated a lot of duplicates over the years. Having multiple identical copies of the same files can eat up your storage. Scan your cloud storage with OneDrive Duplicate Finder, and delete any duplicates found.