You may need to merge Google Drive accounts if you have two Drives but want to keep only one. Or you may have several old accounts that you are no longer using and you want to merge all of their content.
The not so good news is that Google is yet to offer the functionality to combine Google Drive accounts.
But there is a workaround: you can copy the files from the secondary account into your primary Drive and then delete the secondary account.
There are several ways to combine two Google Drive accounts by transferring the files between them. And, depending on the migration method that you choose, you may be able to save the formatting of the files and the folder structure of the secondary account when you copy the files.
In this article, we’ll explain your options and will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions for each of them.
How to merge Google Drive accounts automatically using VaultMe [recommended]
We recommend moving files from one Google Drive account to another using VaultMe because the automatic process is so much quicker and easier than the manual methods.
VaultMe is a secure online app that automatically copies Drive documents from one account into the other.
Here’s what makes VaultMe better than the manual options:
- VaultMe is fully automated and requires no manual work
- It saves the folder structure so that all your files will stay organized (no archives to unzip, no files to move)
- In addition to the files in “My Drive”, VaultMe can copy “Shared with me” folders and files as well as shared drives
- VaultMe copies Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides in their native formats
- VaultMe generates a migration report showing every item migrated and exactly where it’s located
- Migrations are easy to set up. Just connect your two Drive accounts to the app and click “Start”!
How to combine Google Drive accounts manually
Option 1: Download and upload your files manually in a browser
To copy the files manually:
Go to your secondary Google Drive account in a browser and download your files and folders to your computer.
You can select files and folders and click the “Download” button or you can use Google Takeout to download an archive of all your files (except for those that are shared with you and are therefore not “owned” by your account).
Go to your primary Drive account and upload the files.
Click the plus icon in the upper left corner and select “File upload” or “Folder upload”.
Before you start, consider the following:
- If you choose to export your files using Google Takeout, you should know that it will download only the files from “My Drive”. The files from “Shared with me” will not be exported. You will have to download these documents manually from the “Shared with me” folder of your Drive.
- The download and upload processes are slow. They may take up to several days or sometimes even weeks (depending on how large your account is).
- When you download multiple files, Google puts them in archives. This is true for both manual download and Google Takeout exports. To recreate the folder structure of your copied account, you will have to unzip the archives and re-organize the files before you upload them.
- If you have a large account (over 10 GB) and choose to use Google Takeout, your archive will be split into several parts. If some of them fail to generate properly, you’ll need to request the complete export and wait for it to be generated again.
Option 2: Copy your Drive documents using “Backup and Sync”
“Backup and Sync” is Google’s native desktop software for Google Drive.
Here’s how you can use the app:
- Download and install
“Backup and Sync”.
- Connect your secondary Google Drive to the app.
- Sync your files and folders with the hard drive to download them.
- Connect your primary Google Drive.
- Drag and drop the items from one Google Drive to another.
- To copy the files or folders, hold the Ctrl key when you drag and drop them. If the Ctrl key is not held, “Backup and Sync” will move the content from one account into the other.
The limitations of this method include the following:
- Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and other documents created online are represented in “Backup and Sync” as links and not the “real” files. If you copy links to another location (your primary Google Drive), they would still point to your secondary Google Drive.
- The Google Drive app does not display the files and folders from “Shared with me”. To copy these documents, you’ll have to download them from the “Shared with me” folder of your secondary Google Drive in a browser and then upload them to your primary Google Drive.
- “Backup and Sync” is not yet optimized for working with large Google Drive accounts. If you have a large account (10 GB+ and/or 10 000+ files), the copying process may keep running for several days and eventually fail.
- You’ll need to have enough storage space on your hard drive for a copy of your secondary Google Drive account.
- You’ll also need to have stable internet access and keep your computer turned on during the copying process.
If you’re asking yourself, “Can I merge Google Drive accounts?”, the short answer is no. Google does not offer the functionality to merge two Drives and keep one email. But you can move the content from one account to another and delete the unneeded Drive.
The quick way to combine Google Drive accounts by moving files is to use VaultMe. It will copy all your files to the primary account automatically and will preserve the folder structure.
If you prefer to go down the “I’ll do it myself” route, you can use one of the manual options. They are free, but they may actually cost you more in time, effort, and other resources.