How to Sync Dropbox with Google Drive?
Dropbox is one of the oldest cloud storage solutions available, and still continues to represent a large number of happy users loyal to the platform since it came to the fore, along with enterprise users who require safe and secure vanilla storage from people who are at it long before Google ever brought Google Drive to the masses. Google is the latest entrant with its Google Drive and its integration with Gmail along with the ubiquity of being integrated into the Android mobile operating system makes it an instant choice for most users today. An interplay between services is always welcome for the consumers, and that is no different for Dropbox and Google Drive.
Why Sync Dropbox to Google Drive?
Users love Dropbox for simplicity and ease of use and its integrations, apps that are available on all platforms and its robust service spanning years, but it cannot be ignored that all of Dropbox’s goodness still pales when compared to the ubiquity of Google and how it integrates all of Google Services together to create a powerful platform for personal and office productivity that Dropbox as a cloud storage service provider cannot and does not match. Dropbox is, despite its bells and whistles, a cloud storage service through and through. Google on the other hand provides a full spectrum of services tied together, of which Google Drive is one arm. Regardless of the pros and cons of each service, and the fact that Google gives 15 GB for free and Dropbox gives just 2 GB for free, people are more connected to their phones and email today than ever. This, coupled with office productivity, means that people naturally gravitate towards using Google Drive more than Dropbox.
Here’s how Dropbox and Google Drive stack up on some metrics:
|Starting Storage||2 GB||15 GB|
|Integration||Yes but limited||Yes, nearly everywhere|
|First Level Upgrade||$ 9.99 for 1 TB||$ 1.99 for 100 GB|
|Second Level Upgrade||$ 19.99 for 2 TB||$ 2.99 for 200 GB|
|Third Level Upgrade||None||$ 9.99 for 2 TB|
|Main app||Dropbox on Android, iOS and macOS||Google Drive on Android, iOS and macOS|
|Bundled apps||Paper by Dropbox||Full suite of office productivity apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. in the cloud|
|Service Spectrum||Cloud storage only||Full spectrum; email, cloud storage, office productivity|
Often times, we use Dropbox to separate our business documents from personal documents in Google Drive, or use a personal Dropbox account as a way to keep business documents in the cloud before syncing them to the Google Account at work. Use cases aplenty, with one need - how to sync Dropbox to Google Drive?
How to Sync Dropbox to Google Drive?
There is no way straight from Dropbox or Google to sync Dropbox and Google Drive that works in an automated fashion. There are third-party tools that you may need to pay for, and if you must go that route, Zapier is the one to trust. Zapier is a free and paid automated workflow service that allows you to define if-this-then-that (IFTTT) rules to apply to and between two services. Some of the best workflows are only available as paid, however. Yet, the core features are free, making Zapier a great candidate to start with. There are other third-party services available, such as MultCloud, which is our third method.
Method 1: Using Zapier
Zapier is an IFFT service, meaning it connects services together and performs operations on them using if-this-then-that rules as defined by users. To sync Dropbox and Google Drive, Zapier uses triggers and actions.
Triggers, in context, are actions that kickstart a chain of associated actions. So, while Zapier has several Zaps regarding Dropbox and Google Drive that you can customize using triggers and actions, this piece will focus on creating a file in Google Drive when a file is created in Dropbox.
Associated trigger from Dropbox will be: New File in Folder Associated action in Google Drive will be: Copy File
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Visit Zapier at www.zapier.com
Step 2: Use the magnifying glass icon at the top right to search for Dropbox. Dropbox will drop down as you type, click it.
Step 3: On the page that follows, scroll down and select Google Drive
Once you click the Google Drive icon, in the next page, some of the most common actions people use Zapier for to interact with Dropbox and Google Drive will be listed, as follows:
Step 4: Click Try It on the second zap that says Copy new Dropbox files to Google Drive. At this point, you will be asked to either log in to Zapier or create a new Zapier account if you do not have one.
Step 5: Once you are done logging in or having signed up for a new account, you will see this:
Step 6: Sign in to Dropbox
Step 7: Once you are done signing in to Dropbox, click Continue.
Now, in the next screen, you will be asked to choose a folder, and the root folder of your Dropbox, denoted by a forward slash (/) will be selected by default.
Step 8: You can open your Dropbox on your computer using the app or visit Dropbox in another browser tab and create a folder specifically for the purpose of this particular sync, to keep everything organised. Let’s call the folder ZapierGoogleDrive.
Step 9: Also create a similar folder in your Google Drive, let’s call it DropboxZapier.
Step 10: Select the folder you created in Dropbox and click Continue.
Step 11: Zapier will tell you that it wants to test the trigger, so place any file in your newly created Dropbox folder for the purpose, so that Zapier can test its triggers. Once that is done, click Test Trigger.
When the file is found, Zapier will show its details, and allow you to continue. Click Continue.
Step 12: It is time to connect Google Drive to Zapier. Fields you originally chose will be selected, check them and click Continue.
Step 13: When you click Continue, you’d be asked to sign in to your Google Account. Do that. When you are back in Zapier, click Continue again.
Step 14: This is important. You will now have to choose which Google Drive you want to connect Zapier to. By default, no drive is selected. In this state, Zapier will use your personal Google Drive. So, if this is your personal drive with no shared drives, you can safely ignore this option.
Step 15: Select the folder you created for Dropbox within Google Drive and click Continue.
Step 16: Finally, click Test & Review to see if everything is working smoothly.
If the test went smoothly, you should see this:
Now you can turn your zap on, and enjoy syncing of new files created in Dropbox to Google Drive automatically.
Method 2: Direct Download and Upload from Dropbox To Google Drive
If you feel you do not need this elaborate zap setup and only need to do this once a while for some files, the best way to sync Dropbox to Google Drive is manual, the good old do-it-yourself (DIY) way.
With this method, all you need to do to be organized is this:
Step 1: Create a folder in Dropbox that will hold your files that you want to sync to Google Drive
Step 2: Create a folder in Google Drive that will contain the files that you will sync from Dropbox
Step 3: Now, whenever you want to work on files that you will sync to Google Drive, create them in that particular folder in Dropbox.
Step 4: Download the files from Dropbox to your computer using the web browser or your desktop app
Step 5: Upload the files from your computer to that particular folder in Google Drive that you created for the purpose of Dropbox syncing.
Step 6: When you are sure that all files are uploaded and working correctly, take a call if you want to have the files in both places or if you want to delete them from your Dropbox folder.
Method 3: Using Services Such as MultCloud
MultCloud is a software service provider that aims to facilitate syncing between various cloud storage providers. Naturally, it can be used to sync Dropbox to Google Drive. Here is how you can use MultCloud to achieve Dropbox sync with Google Drive.
MultCloud says that all data transfer is fully encrypted and the credentials you key in for allowing MultCloud access to the cloud services you want to use MultCloud with are not stored by MultCloud in their systems.
Step 1: Launch your web browser and open https://multcloud.com
Step 2: Sign up for a free MultCloud account
Step 3: Add your Dropbox account to MultCloud
Step 4: Add your Google Drive Account to MultCloud
Step 5: Select ‘Cloud Sync’ from the options at the top.
Step 6: Select the source on the left as your Dropbox and the destination on the right as your Google Drive
Step 7: Select Options under the source on the left
Step 8: Select Filter and make sure everything is excluded except the folder you want to sync with Google Drive
Step 9: Click Save
Step 10: Click Sync Now to sync Dropbox to Google Drive.
Comparison Between The 3 Methods
It is pretty obvious that automating your workflow using Zapier is the smarter (and more trusted) way to work, however, there are times you need finer, granular control over your workflow. Zapier can allow that, but that will come at a cost. In that case, you may want to use method 2, the drag-and-drop, in case you just want to sync occasionally or sync some files and some not. Or you can choose a third-party service such as MultCloud to do the job for you.
Using Wondershare InClowdz To Sync Dropbox To Google Drive
Wondershare InClowdz is your one-stop solution to sync your data between various cloud services, migrate your data from one cloud service to another and manage your connected cloud accounts from within InClowdz interface. InClowdz can be used to sync your Dropbox account to Google Drive in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Visit InClowdz website: and sign in. If you are new to InClowdz, you need to create a new account before you can sign in
Step 2: On the right-hand side menu, select the option to Sync. Use the Add Cloud Drive option to add both Dropbox and Google Drive accounts to InClowdz platform. Select the source account as Dropbox and target account as Google Drive.
Step 3: After the authorization of accounts, click the Sync button to begin syncing.
Wondershare InClowdz notifies you when the sync is complete. You may want to manage your accounts in Wondershare InClowdz by using the Management option so you can have all your cloud accounts in one place. You will need to add the cloud account or accounts you want to manage and you can add, remove, copy, move and rename files and folders easily from within Wondershare InClowdz.
Syncing Dropbox and Google Drive is not as easy as syncing Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, since neither business provides a direct, automated way to sync. Fortunately, there are third-party tools such as Zapier that you can use to take some workload off, and smartly so. Zapier has been around for some years and is a powerhouse of automation revolving around connecting services and creating workflows for users where none exist by default. Best of all, this is free so long as there is no third step.