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How to Migrate Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive?

Jul 31, 2020 • Filed to: Cloud Management Solution • Proven solutions


Google came into the limelight by way of its search engine and has since developed a vast ecosystem of services and apps that enable you to do almost anything you may want to do online. There is the Google search engine that is the first step to the internet for most of us today, there is Gmail, short for Google Mail, that started as invite-only and has now become omnipresent. Most of all this empire is free for users. Generous amounts of storage is offered for free, and for most people this is all they need. So why would you want to transfer from Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive?

Reasons to Shift from Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive

If You Use Microsoft Office

That sounds like rhetoric, but yes, not everyone on the planet uses Microsoft Office. There are several equally capable solutions out there, from the cross-platform and excellent LibreOffice that can be run even on Linux operating systems to the feature-rich Zoho that is a great alternative to the venerable Microsoft Office suite with full collaboration support and apps on mobile and desktop platforms as well as the cloud, and then there is, you guessed it, Google. Google has its own cloud-based apps to replace Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for you, and, yes, for free.

Yet, businesses and most educational institutions rely on and use Microsoft Office, and you cannot go wrong with Microsoft Office. For years, Microsoft has offered Office as a SaaS, short for Software-as-a-Service. This brings down the upfront cost of Microsoft Office dramatically, and has made adoption of Office even easier and manifold. What is more, Microsoft bundles 1000 GB of storage in OneDrive free to subscribers of Microsoft Office, per user. So, if suppose you are using two licenses for business use, you are effectively enjoying 2 TB of storage free.

So, if you use Microsoft Office already, it makes sense to migrate your Google Drive contents over to Microsoft OneDrive to better utilize the generous amount of storage provided by OneDrive.

If You Are Looking for Something More Private

We all know that if you are not paying for your data, someone else is. And Google is arguably the single-largest tracker on the planet. This does not mean Microsoft is an angel, but on the internet and between Microsoft and Google, privacy is relative. Since you pay for an Office subscription and effectively for OneDrive as well, you can be sure that you are not a sitting duck out there and you have righted the corporation is bound to protect. It cannot be found peeping into your data and selling your data out to the highest bidder.

Plain Old Storage Space

Google Drive offers a generous 15 GB versus 5 GB that Microsoft OneDrive offers for free. However, you are looking to migrate because you are most likely paying for an Office subscription in one way. So, since you are paying for Office anyway, you can make use of the 1 TB offered by OneDrive versus the 15 GB by Google Drive.

Separation Between Business and Personal Documents

You may not be a paying customer and user of Microsoft Office, but you can consider a OneDrive subscription and moving your data from Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive to create separation between your personal and business/ professional lives.

If you have an Android device, you will most likely be using it with your personal Google Account, and all your apps on the phone will interact with the free 15 GB storage offered by Google Drive in your personal account. Now, you can create a folder structure in your Google Drive and be mindful of what document and file goes into which folder, but that is not a very smart thing to do. A better thing would be paying a little for OneDrive and keeping your business data and personal data separate.

And that is where Microsoft shines, since the moment you look at paying for OneDrive, instead of going for just OneDrive, one can go for the cheapest Microsoft 365 plan and get a terabyte (1000 GB) of storage along with.

How to Migrate Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive: Best Methods

There are two distinct ways, almost equally easy depending on some factors that shall be detailed below, that you can use to move all your data from Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive.

Method 1: For Windows Computers

This method works best if you have a Windows computer and you do not have a lot of data to move from Google Drive to OneDrive.

Step 1: Open File Explorer and log into your OneDrive from the left sidebar.

Step 2: Open your web browser. If it is Internet Explorer/ Microsoft Edge, click the 3 dots below the close button (X) and go to Settings. If you are using Firefox, go to the hamburger menu below the (X) button and go to Options. If you are using Chrome, click the 3 dot menu below the (X) button and click Settings.

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Step 3: If you are using IE/ Microsoft Edge, in Settings, click General and scroll down to find Downloads. On Firefox, in Options, click General to the left and scroll down to find Files and Applications. In Chrome, under Settings, click Advanced on the left and select Downloads.

Step 4: Change the location of downloads to your OneDrive. You can also create a folder in OneDrive if you want.

Step 5: Now, log into your Google Drive the way you do or visit for direct access to your Google Drive.

Step 6: Select all files by pressing CTRL + A. At the top right-hand side, click the 3 dot menu and select Download.

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Google Drive will now start creating a ZIP of your files and folders and depending on the amount of data, after some time you will see that a ZIP containing your Google Drive data is in your OneDrive.

What About OneDrive For Business/ Microsoft 365 Accounts?

By default, on a Windows computer, you will most likely be logged into an address, that provides for a personal OneDrive account with 5 GB of space, unless you have a work computer logged into your Office 365 work email address.

If you would like to use an Office 365/ Microsoft 365/ OneDrive For Business account with OneDrive on your Windows machine, here are the steps to add that account to your OneDrive in File Explorer on Windows.

Step 1: Select the OneDrive icon in the System Tray on your Windows task bar and choose Settings.

Step 2: Select Add an account in the dialog box that pops up and log in using your Office 365/ Microsoft 365 email credentials.

Step 3: Finish the setup wizard and your OneDrive for Business account will be attached below your OneDrive in File Explorer.

Method 2: For Non-Windows Computers

If you are on a Mac or a Linux operating system-enabled computer, or if you have large amount of data to move, this method will work better for you. This method utilizes the GDPR-related functionality enabled by Google to allow users to export their data and take with them anytime. Only, Google decided to push some steroids into this functionality and make it one of the best, fastest ways to export your Google data to other services and to your devices.

Step 1: Visit Google Takeout here: This is a direct link, but the service resides under Data and Personalization that can be found by visiting Manage Your Google Account if you click your display picture at the top-right corner on any Google service such as Gmail or Google Drive.

Step 2: The first thing to do here is to click Deselect All. This is so that no unnecessary data gets copied over to your OneDrive storage that you do not need.

Step 3: Now, scroll down and select Google Drive. Scroll down further and select Google Photos too while you are at it.

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Step 4: Scroll till the end and select Next Step.

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Step 5: In the next option to choose File type, frequency and destination, select the delivery method as Add to OneDrive.

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Step 6: Once this is done, select file type as ZIP and export size for file split to be 50 GB.

Step 7: Click Link Accounts and Create Export.

This will take you to your OneDrive login wherein you will be asked to grant permission to Google to access your OneDrive. Provide the permissions. Once your export is created, Google will email you and also put all that data up on your OneDrive for you, automatically.


Transferring and migrating data from Google Drive to Microsoft OneDrive is surprisingly easy, regardless of platform. Best of all, these methods are straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say, with no third parties in between, no other tools necessary, besides the ones you already have - your desktop and your web browser.

Alice MJ

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