How to Move Files from Google Drive to Dropbox
Why transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox?
There a many reasons why you might want to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox. One of the major reasons is because of the world will store 100 zettabytes Individual users have a maximum upload capacity of 750 GB each day between My Drive and all shared drives, so if you exceed that limit, you are unable to upload for the remainder of the day. Another reason is because of how easy it is to eat up space with Google Drive storage, because it compiles data from Docs, Gmail, and Drive together. Ultimately, transferring files to Dropbox makes a lot of sense because it offers more advanced features for professionals. Not only does Dropbox offer the ability to collaborate more efficiently with clients with file expiration dates and advanced sharing, but the paid plans are between 1 and 2 TB.
How to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox?
There are three primary ways to transfer files from Google Drive and Dropbox. The first way is done manually, which requires you to download your files to your hard drive and transfer them to your Dropbox account from your computer. The second way to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox is with Google Takeout and the third and most efficient way to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox is with Drivey, a new storage application that makes multi-cloud file management a breeze.
Continue reading to see a step-by-step process for each of the ways to transfer files along with screenshots.
Method 1: Manual
The first way to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox is manual. This process is the most time-consuming of the three because you have to compile all of your files into a folder and then download that folder(s) to your desktop. Here are the steps to transfer files manually from Google Drive to Dropbox:
1. Log into your Google Drive account.
2. Create a new folder to store all files under the root directory of your Google Drive and rename it.
3. Compile all the files you want to transfer to Dropbox and put them into the new folder.
4. Once your files are consolidated into a new folder, then right-click the folder and select the “Download” button
5. After your file is downloaded to your desktop, open your Dropbox account.
6. In your Dropbox account, select the “Upload Folder” button under the “Create New File” tab.
7. Choose the folder you downloaded, wait for it to upload, and then your folder appears on Dropbox.
a. NOTE: The Dropbox website only allows a maximum upload of 50 GB, so if you want to upload a folder of a larger size you’ll have to do it via mobile or the desktop application.
Method 2: Full Backup
The second way to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox is with Google Takeout, Google’s free tool that exports Google data for backup and allows users to export their data to a downloadable archive file. This method is more secure than transferring files manually and has more security because it’s conducted through the Google platform. Here are the steps to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox using Google Takeout:
1. Go to "Google Takeout" and sign in.
2. Under the “Select Data To Include” section, select “Deselect all” so that unwanted data isn’t transferred to Dropbox.
3. Ensure theGoogle Drive and/or Google Photos are checked and then select "Next Step".
4. In the “Choose file type and destination” section, click the dropdown menu under “Delivery Method” and select the “Add to Dropbox” option.
5. Configure “Frequency” and “File type & size” and then select “Link accounts and create export.”
6. You’ll receive an “API Authorization Request” message asking for permission to connect Dropbox account and Google Drive. Select “Allow.”
7. Once you’ve approved the request, you should be redirected to a “Manage your exports” page that has details about your export. You can open your recent export by choosing “Open in Dropbox” or going straight to your Dropbox account to view the archived files.
Method 3: Drivey
The last and most efficient way to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox is with Drivey. Using Drivey, a new cloud application that makes multi-cloud file management a breeze, simplifies the previous two methods by allowing you to connect and move or copy files between drives with one convenient interface. Drivey makes it easy to transfer files from many leading cloud storage providers in only a few steps. Another benefit of Drivey is the option to automatically encrypt any files that are synchronized with it so that data security is upheld at all times. Here are the steps to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox using Drivey:
1. Go to the drivey Website and download the extension.
2. Create a username and password. Then synchronize your Google Drive and Dropbox accounts.
3. Once your account is created, click on the Google Drive icon on the far left side and all of your files will appear.
4. Select the box next to the file you’d like to transfer from Google Drive to Dropbox and click the “Move To” button.
5. Select “Drives” > “Dropbox” and choose the folder you’d like to transfer your files to or create a new folder.
6. An icon in the upper right corner will confirm your transfer and then you can select “Go to item” to see the file you transferred.
While all three methods above will successfully transfer your files to Dropbox, the first two come with risks because the files are not encrypted. Transferring files manually is time-consuming and a security risk, especially with large files and folders. Along with being the slowest step, the manual way of transferring files is also the riskiest, because Google Drive does not offer an encryption feature when downloading files to your computer. As for Google Takeout, this process has limitations when it comes to Administrative permissions and also does not offer an encryption option. The best way to transfer files from Google Drive to Dropbox is with Drivey. Not only does Drivey automatically encrypt files, but it does this with all four leading storage platforms and makes it easy to quickly transfer them without doing it manually. Drivey is proven to eliminate the time constraints with cloud storage migration and doesn’t require any third-party encryption tools.