Looking for Ways How to Transfer OneDrive To Google Drive?
Microsoft OneDrive is a solid storage solution that comes in a variety of plans for users. It starts with free and goes up to $9.99 per month and provides up to 6 terabytes (6000 GB) of storage. A generous helping of OneDrive storage (1000 GB or 1 TB) is also bundled with Microsoft Office 365 subscription plans and Office 365 (now Microsoft 365) plans start for as low as $4 a month. This is one of the best deals on the planet if you use Microsoft Office apps such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for home or for business use. So why would you want to transfer OneDrive to Google Drive? There are several reasons why to transfer OneDrive to Google Drive.
Why Transfer OneDrive To Google Drive?
There are several reasons why people prefer Google Drive over OneDrive. The first reason why people would like to transfer files and photos from OneDrive to Google Drive is the obvious - storage space. The requirement for storage space is ever-increasing today, with the large amount of photos and videos we have on our phones and the need to backup that data and even to make it available on all our devices, we would need to sync the data to the cloud, requiring storage space. Google Drive provides 15 GB storage space for free whereas Microsoft OneDrive provides a paltry 5 GB storage space for free. Let’s not even begin to talk about Dropbox that offers an insultingly low 2 GB free and is practically useless for anything but office documents such as Word and Excel spreadsheets, since PowerPoint presentations can run into several hundred MB per file, depending on the number of slides and images and files embedded inside the document.
This makes Google Drive a very lucrative option for almost everyone, 15 GB is still a decent amount of storage to begin with for a lot of people.
Microsoft OneDrive is very well-integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem. It is integrated right into Windows, in File Explorer, in Office 365 subscriptions if you are subscribing to them, at which point it offers 1 TB (1000 GB) of free storage. Yet, why do people prefer Google Drive over OneDrive? Simple answer is email.
All of us receive and send files and photos as attachments in email on the go. To send a file that is in OneDrive, one needs to have the OneDrive app installed on the phone. This is in stark contrast with Google Drive.
Almost everyone has a Gmail account nowadays, and why is that? Because of the Android operating system. When you buy an Android smartphone, you are required to create a Google Account if you do not have one already. This Google Account gives you access to all Google services such as Google Drive, Google Photos, Google My Business, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, etc. including their most famous service, Gmail. So, by default, everyone has a ready email address and 15 GB free storage in Google Drive that is fully integrated with their phones, if not as readily integrated with Windows desktops. When they send an email, they can readily send files from Google Drive, and when they want to save an email attachment, they can readily do that in Google Drive. So, using OneDrive means you will have to use and manage separate apps on your phone to access OneDrive and store content on your phone to OneDrive. This creates an unnecessary and avoidable fragmentation.
So, since one of the most-used devices in our lives, our phones, are now powered majorly by Google’s Android operating system and not Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, we are now left with even lesser need for OneDrive unless we are using Microsoft Office apps or unless our company provides us with access to Microsoft apps.
Google Drive on the other hand is integrated into the Android OS and everything Google. So, your email, your photos, other apps on your phone, they can use Google Drive’s free 15 GB storage readily without the need for you to do anything else - everything is baked right in. From any app, if there is a file, chances are you can use the Save to Drive option. This is one of the primary charms why to move from OneDrive to Google Drive.
Especially about photos, photos that you take from the camera in your phone will be synced to the cloud using Google Sync, free of charge, and if you store them in high resolution instead of original, they will not even count towards your free 15 GB. If you store your photos in original resolution, this will count towards your 15 GB.
Step By Step: How To Transfer Files From OneDrive To Google Drive
For Windows Computers
If you have a Windows computer, there are just a few simple steps for you to take, the rest is handled by the services and operating system.
Step 1: Open File Explorer
Step 2: Click OneDrive from the sidebar on the left and login if you are not already logged in
Step 3: Launch your internet browser and sign in to the Google Drive that you want to transfer contents to from OneDrive by visiting the link https://drive.google.com or the way you do.
Step 4: Go back to your File Explorer
Step 5: Press CTRL + A to select all files and folders in your OneDrive.
Step 6: Drag the files and folders from OneDrive to the Google Drive open in your web browser.
This will take some time depending on the amount of data transfer that will take place. Windows will first download your files and then upload them to Google Drive, on its own, since you issued a Copy command.
This is by far the simplest way to transfer all of your OneDrive content to Google Drive automatically, and in this sense, this is a one-step way to copy files from OneDrive to Google Drive.
Take note that if the internet connection is disrupted, you wouldn’t know what was transferred and what not, so you may have to begin the whole process again. To avoid this, we recommend not selecting all files, but a small chunk of files at a time, so if the connection is disrupted, you know what chunk needs to be re-uploaded. This will be a huge time-saver in the larger picture.
For Non-Windows Computers
If you are not on a Windows machine, unfortunately, there is no one-step way to transfer files and folders from OneDrive to Google Drive. You will have to take it step by step, manually downloading your files from OneDrive and then uploading to Google Drive.
Step 1: Create a new folder on your desktop and name it anything. This folder will contain your OneDrive folder and files in one place so that it is easy to replicate this on Google Drive.
Step 2: Login to your OneDrive in a web browser
Step 3: Select all files and folders.
Step 4: Download them into the folder created in step 1
This will download your data from OneDrive cloud to your folder. If you have several gigabytes of data, it is advised that you select small chunks of files and folders in step 3 so that if there is a service disruption somewhere, you know what you need to download. If you set to download all files, you wouldn’t know what was downloading when service got disrupted.
Step 5: After you are done downloading all your files and folders in OneDrive to your folder on your computer, launch a web browser and open your Google Drive, the one that you want to transfer OneDrive to.
Step 6: In small chunks, upload the files and folders in your folder to Google Drive.
Once all is done, do not delete your folder on your computer. Ensure that Google Drive has received all your data and store your local data on an external disk or somewhere on your computer itself, at least for some days. This is to be doubly sure that nothing went wrong during downloading from Microsoft OneDrive and uploading to Google Drive.
Advice on Tools for Migrating OneDrive To Google Drive
There are several tools available on the internet that promise to be one-step solutions to migrate OneDrive to Google Drive and you must have come across them in your quest to transfer and move your OneDrive to Google. It is best to not provide credentials to your account to any such tools and instead spend time and undergo the hassle as described above. The headache you will go through if your data is compromised or if your account is compromised will be far bigger than the time you will spend in transferring your data yourself, with complete safety, security, and peace of mind that no other third-party has access to your credentials or data. It is best to avoid the temptation of using a tool you do not know about.
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