Whatever your reasons for switching from Google to Microsoft are, you are probably wondering how you can migrate your Google Drive to OneDrive quickly and securely. Moving away from one service to the other may seem complicated and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be so.
This is a complete migration guide that will walk you through the four methods of transferringGoogle Drive to OneDrive in 2024.
The easy way to move Google Drive data to Microsoft 365 / OneDrive is to use VaultMe, a secure cloud file transfer tool designed to automatically copy drive files between Google Drive and OneDrive. Unlike all manual options described below, VaultMe is fast, precise, and simple. It saves the folder organization of Google Drive when content is transferred to OneDrive and involves no manual work.
Table of contents
- 4 ways to migrate Google Drive to OneDrive
- Option 1. Copy your Google Drive files to OneDrive manually
- Option 2. Export your Google Drive files to OneDrive directly using Google Takeout
- Option 3. Move your files from Google Drive to OneDrive using Google Drive and OneDrive's desktop apps
- Option 4. Use VaultMe to copy your documents from Google Drive to OneDrive automatically [recommended]
- How VaultMe compares to manual methods
- Frequently asked questions about Google Drive to OneDrive migration
4 Ways to Migrate Google Drive to OneDrive
Option 1. Copy your Google Drive files to OneDrive manually
This option involves downloading the files to your hard drive and uploading them to OneDrive.
Here's how you can do it:
Download the files from Google Drive to your computer. You can do that either by selecting them and clicking the "Download" button or by using Google Takeout.
If you decide to use Google Takeout, please note that it will not download files and folders that are shared with you. To save the documents that other people have shared with you, select and download them manually from the "Shared with me" section of your Drive.
- Upload the files to your OneDrive.
The obvious drawback of this method is that you have to handle your owned and shared files separately.
But there are other important things that you should also take into account before you begin:
- Depending on the size of your Google Drive account, the download and upload process may take up to several days or even weeks.
- You will need to have enough storage space on your hard drive for a copy of your Google Drive account.
- Your computer will have to stay powered on during the whole download and upload process. Any interruptions to the internet connection and power supply can cause the process to fail.
- When you download multiple files (either manually or using Google Takeout), Google puts them in archives. To recreate the structure of your Google Drive in OneDrive, you will have to unzip the archives on your computer and re-organize the files before you upload them to OneDrive.
- If you have a large account (over 10 GB) and decide to use Google Takeout, your archive will be split into several parts by default. Some of them may fail to generate properly and the archive will have to be requested again.
Option 2. Export your Google Drive files to OneDrive directly using Google Takeout
Using this option, you will be able to put a zipped archive of your Google Drive into OneDrive automatically.
Here's how you export Google Drive files to OneDrive:
Go to Google Takeout.
- Select "Drive" and click "Next step."
- In the "Delivery method" drop-down menu select "Add to OneDrive."
- Select the frequency ("Export once") and the export file type and size. Then click "Create export."
This method has some major drawbacks, including the following:
- Google Takeout will not transfer the files and folders that are shared with you. To copy shared documents, select and download them manually from the "Shared with me" folder of your Drive. Then upload them to OneDrive.
- The migration process may take up to several days depending on the size of your export. Larger accounts (10+ GB) will be split into several archives by default.
- Google Takeout will export one or several archives instead of individual files and folders. To use your documents in OneDrive, you will first need to download, unzip and re-organize them.
Option 3. Move your files from Google Drive to OneDrive using Google Drive and OneDrive's desktop apps
This method will work only if you use Google Drive to store files and folders that were not created in Google Drive's online services (such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.). If you mainly store documents of other types (such as images, PDFs, music and video files, etc.), you can give this option a go.
But if you use Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides frequently and wish to copy these documents to OneDrive, we suggest that you choose a different method.
And here's why: the Google Drive app does not save these files to your hard drive. Instead, it displays links that will not be useful in OneDrive after you migrate them.
Here's how you can copy the files using the apps:
Just like all other manual methods, this option is not ideal for the following reasons:
- Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and other documents created online are represented in your Google Drive desktop app as links and not the actual files. If those links are dragged to a different location, they would still be pointing to your Google Drive account.
- The Google Drive app will not display the files and folders that are shared with you. You will not be able to drag and drop them. To save these documents, download them from the "Shared with me" section of your Drive in a browser and then upload them to your OneDrive account.
- The desktop apps for cloud drives are not optimized for working with large volumes of files. If you have a large account (over 10 GB and/or over 10 000 files), the process may fail to complete.
- It may take a while for the drives to sync (possibly a week or more) because the apps will be downloading the documents from one online account and uploading them to the other using your hard drive and broadband connection.
- You'll need to have enough storage space on your hard drive for a temporary copy of your Google Drive account. Remember that you will also have to account for copies of "Shared with me" content that does not take storage space in your Google Drive account but will need it in OneDrive.
- You'll also need to have stable internet access and keep your computer turned on during the copying process. The process may slow down the work of your machine and increase power consumption.
Option 4. Use VaultMe to copy your documents from Google Drive to OneDrive automatically [recommended]
Unlike all manual options outlined above, VaultMe is very easy to use and provides accurate results.
VaultMe does not have the limitations of the manual methods:
- It transfers both owned by you and shared with you documents from Google Drive to OneDrive and is fully automated. It can also create your personal copies of the files that are stored in shared drives
- It creates a precise copy of the Google Drive account within OneDrive and preserves the folder structure. All your Google files will stay organized in Microsoft 365
- It works online so you can close the browser and even turn off your computer while the migration is running
- It is quick to set up and works fast
- It supports personal and business accounts (Google Workspace /G Suite, OneDrive for Business / Microsoft 365 / Office 365)
- It generates a detailed report allowing you to verify the results of your Google Drive to OneDrive migration
How VaultMe compares to manual methods
|Manual download and upload
|Direct Google Takeout export to OneDrive
|Drag & Drop method
|Transfer of files from "My Drive"
|Transfer of files from "Shared with me" and "Shared drives"
|Doesn't need hard drive storage
|Preserves folder structure
|Copies Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides
|Is recommended for both small (<10 GB) and large (10+ GB and/or 1000+ items) accounts
|Generates a detailed migration report
Frequently asked questions about Google Drive to OneDrive migration
Is there a built-in tool to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive / Microsoft 365?
There isn't an official built-in tool, but you can achieve this by using third-party migration tools like VaultMe or manual methods.
Can I retain the folder structure during the Google Drive to OneDrive migration?
VaultMe allows you to preserve the folder structure during the transfer. Manual methods can retain the folder structure of the account, but they are less reliable and may cause data loss.
Can I pause the migration process?
This depends on the method or tool used. VaultMe allows you to pause the migration, while manual methods do not offer such flexibility.
Can I sync Google Drive with OneDrive?
Google Drive and OneDrive are two separate cloud storage services provided by Google and Microsoft respectively. While they do not offer a built-in sync feature between them, you can synchronize or transfer files between the two services using manual methods or third-party tools like VaultMe. VaultMe can streamline the process and preserve folder structures and metadata.
Can I merge Google Drive and OneDrive?
Google Drive and OneDrive cannot be merged. However, you can transfer data from Google Drive to OneDrive using the methods explained in this article.
What is the easiest way to transfer files from Google Drive to Microsoft 365 / OneDrive?
The easiest way to transfer files from Google Drive to OneDrive is to use a third-party migration tool like VaultMe that is specifically designed for this purpose.
The choice of the migration method depends on several factors. They include the size of your Google Drive account, the type of files that you need to copy, your expectations of the speed and the accuracy of the results, and others.
Manual methods of moving Google Drive to OneDrive may work well for small accounts. But when large volumes of data need to be transferred from Google Drive to OneDrive, manual options have considerable limitations.
To ensure a quick and precise result, use VaultMe to copy files from Google Drive to OneDrive automatically. Unlike all manual options, it is designed to transfer data from Google Drive to OneDrive (both owned and shared files) and is easy to use. Although this option is not free, it is inexpensive and it definitely pays off.