Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace provide users with the easiest storage features. Microsoft 365 gives OneDrive and, Google Workspace provides Google Drive. Both these storage apps are cloud-based and work like document repositories.
OneDrive can be used by an organization centrally to share files and folders and work jointly on documents as required. It comes with the Microsoft Suite. Google Drive is a cloud-based software tool that allows users to store their data on personal Google Drive. As an end-user, you can also share files with other users and work in real-time when required.
With cloud-based services providing various features to the users, there might come a time when a user or an organization will start using one cloud-based storage and decide to migrate to another for some reason. In case of a large amount of data, the process might be burdensome and, one must ensure that all data is migrated safely and securely between the two cloud services.
As a user, finding the perfect way to migrate content between OneDrive and Google Drive will ensure that it is done correctly in minimum effort. Hence, let us now look at different ways to migrate content between these cloud-based services.
How to move a file from OneDrive to Google Drive
There are various ways to transfer your data from OneDrive to Google Drive. They are as follows:
- Download Data from OneDrive and Upload to Google Drive
- Transfer files using the Drag and Drop method
- Use third-party app or service
- Transfer data using Google Drive built-in tool
Let us look at these methods in more detail.
1] Download Data from OneDrive and Upload to Google Drive
Go to OneDrive’s official website.
Choose the files that you would like to download from your OneDrive account and move to Google Drive. Click Download and wait until the process is complete.
Sign in to your Google Drive account. Click on the inverted triangle symbol next to My Drive, choose the Upload Files tab as required, and then upload the files downloaded from OneDrive to Google Drive.
This option is useful if the number of files to be transferred is relatively less in number.
In case there are many files, this method has some flaws. The files will be downloaded in a compressed zip folder. You will have to decompress the files manually before upload which can be time-consuming.
Please check the upload status on Google Drive during file upload. A poor network can stop the process and, you may have to restart the process.
2] Transfer files using the Drag and Drop method
Set up OneDrive on your Windows desktop. A Windows user can find the OneDrive on their computer and log in.
Go to the browser and log in to your Google Drive account.
Choose the data that you need to move from OneDrive to Google Drive. You can now drag and drop these files/folders from OneDrive to Google Drive. Once the process is complete, a prompt displays the same to the user.
This method is user-friendly but, it is still time-consuming.
3] Use third-party app or service
Various third-party services assist you in centralizing your cloud content in one place. They also help in migrating content between cloud-based storage services easily. All you have to do is create an account at the respective third-party service, add each cloud-based storage service one after the other and then sync them. You can then easily manage and transfer files between these services easily and speedily. Please note that these services are not free but can save your time in this process. Some examples of such third-party app or services are:
- Air Explorer
4] Transfer data using Google Drive built-in tool
If a user wants to transfer data from Google Drive, the most common way is to download and upload the files to their respective location. An additional method can be by using the sharing function of Google Drive to transfer files. It is done by using the below steps:
1] Click the file/folder that you want to move from Google Drive.
2] To share a file, select the Share option from the menu. To share a folder, click on the small triangle of the folder and then click Share. You can also right-click on the folder and click the Share button.
3] Enter the email address to share the specified file/folder. Once the designated email receives the invitation to see the file/folder, the data from Shared with me can be shifted to the My Drive section.
Finally, the user aims to transfer their data securely from one cloud-based storage service to another. We hope the above-mentioned instructions are useful. Do let us know in case of any questions.
How to transfer photos from OneDrive to Google Drive?
You can easily move your photos from OneDrive to Google Drive. Follow the next steps:
- Download photos from OneDrive
- Upload those photos to Google Drive
You can also add the OneDrive folder inside Google Drive when setting up the location, and once it syncs, you can disconnect OneDrive form the PC, and files will remain on Google Drive. It’s a bit complicated, so follow the below-mentioned suggestions.
1] Download photos from OneDrive:
To download the photos from OneDrive, log into OneDrive on your PC. Now select the Photos album. Click Download. The album gets downloaded on your PC in a zipped format. Unzip the downloaded folder by right-clicking on it and selecting Extract.
2] Upload those photos to Google Drive:
Now log into your Google Drive account, click New, and then Folder. Rename the newly created folder. Now click on Folder Upload and select the extracted folder containing the OneDrive photos.
Is it possible to merge OneDrive and Google Drive?
Yes, it is possible to merge OneDrive and Google Drive. By merging these two drives, you can save your efforts of downloading files from one drive and uploading them to another. To do so, click on the Cloud Sync icon. Now select Google Drive as the source and OneDrive as the destination. Click on Sync Now to sync from Google Drive to OneDrive. Syncing the drives means when you make changes to files on Google Drive, the changes are automatically applied to the same files on OneDrive.