How to Transfer Google Drive to Dropbox
No doubt, Google Drive and Dropbox are the most famous services when it comes to cloud storage. Many professionals prefer to have both, even if they have to run free accounts. With the dynamics of the workplace comes the need to transfer Google Drive to Dropbox.
It is important to understand how to do this securely so that you don’t lose your files. Do you need a secure but free method of achieving this feat? Not to worry. We have you covered in this post.
You’ll learn how to move files from Google Drive to Dropbox at no cost. We’ll also provide you with a few tips to help you get the best from Dropbox.
Part 1: Why Migrate Google Drive to Dropbox?
Google Drive is a cloud storage service that Google provides to its subscribers for free. However, you can upgrade to the paid version if you need more than the 15GB provided. This service allows you to create, store, and share files on the platform as it comes with several tools. You should note that the 15GB is shared among Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos.
This sharing is probably why you will need to subscribe to the paid version. What then happens if you cannot afford to pay for the paid storage? You need another cloud storage service to augment what you have.
Dropbox is also a cloud storage service. It also provides a free plan that gives you just 2GB storage space. This is not as much as what Google Drive offers but it helps you augment your storage space. You can also pay for extra storage on Dropbox known as Dropbox Plus to get 2TB storage space.
So here’s the question, why move from Google Drive to Dropbox? From the explanation above, one of the reasons is that you need extra space that comes at no cost. What are the other possible reasons?
- Your current cloud storage account is malfunctioning.
- You need to use the account for professional or personal use.
- There is a need to protect certain essential documents from a shared cloud storage space.
These are the most common reasons even though individuals may need to migrate for other personal reasons.
Part 2: Move from Google Drive to Dropbox in a Free Way
You have so many files on your Google Drive account and you are fast running out of storage space. To sort out your storage issues, you just signed up on Dropbox and downloaded the app. Now you are looking for the easiest way to transfer Google Drive to Dropbox for free.
There are several methods backup Google Drive to Dropbox. You can either make the move using the traditional method (download and upload) or use an app. Most apps cost money to use so we will focus on using the traditional method (or freeway).
The traditional method of transfer is simple and very straightforward. However, it may take some time when you have to move heavy files or you have thousands of files. Let’s lead you through the simple process.
Step 1 – Open Google Drive and log in to your account.
Step 2 – Create a new folder for all the files you want to move. Do this under Google Drive’s root directory. After opening the folder, move all the files you need to transfer here.
Step 3 – Go to the homepage of Google Drive then click “My Drive.” Right-click all the files that you want to move. Click on the “Download” button then wait for the files to finish copying.
Note: If you are copying multiple files, Google will compress the files into one zip folder. After you are done with the download, you can go to the destination file on your computer. From here, you can extract the files by unzipping the folder.
Step 4 – Open Dropbox and log in using your email address and password.
Step 5 – Look towards the upper-right end of the window and you will see the “Upload” icon. Click on this button and it will open a window where you can select the files you want to upload. You can also upload whole folders if you want to.
Congratulations!!! That’s all you need to do to copy from Google Drive to Dropbox in a freeway. Pretty easy and straightforward, right?
Part 3: Dropbox Using Tips
If you thought that all you can use Dropbox for is saving and sharing files or folders, think again. Dropbox is a very powerful SaaS platform that comes with several tools to improve organization and workflow. Using Dropbox is not so difficult compared to many other cloud storage platforms.
In this section, we will show you how to get the best from your Dropbox account. Check out the following Dropbox using tips.
File Request Feature
Do you know that Dropbox comes with a File Request feature? This feature allows you to request files from anyone and receive them regardless of size in your Dropbox account. Amazing, right?
That’s not all. Even people without Dropbox accounts can send files to your account. This why many people are making the move from Google Drive to Dropbox. Here’s how to use this feature:
Step 1 – Open Dropbox and log in.
Step 2 – Look to the sidebar on the left and click on “File Requests.”
Step 3 – Click on “Create File Request.”
Step 4 – Write a description explaining your request. It should be short and concise. Click on “Change Folder” to choose the location for the incoming files and click “Next.”
Step 5 – Copy the link provided and share it with whoever you wish to receive the files from. It is also possible to send the link to their email address directly.
Preview Any Kind of File
It is very frustrating when you receive a file from someone and you can’t open it because of incompatibility. Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. Dropbox has come to your rescue.
It has a “File Preview” feature that allows you to preview any kind of file. This includes PSD, PDF, PNG, AI, SVG, JPG, BMP, and many others. Simply upload the file to Dropbox and use the “File Preview” feature.
This feature also makes it possible to read docs, presentations, and sheets. You can also edit any of these through the simple integration of this feature with Office Online. Let’s show you how to preview and edit files in Dropbox:
Step 1 – Open the file in your Dropbox account.
Step 2 – Click the arrow button beside the “Open” button in your preview window.
Step 3 – Choose any of Microsoft Word/Powerpoint/Excel depending on the file to edit it.
Access Left or Deleted Shared Folder
So you lost access to a file or folder because you deleted it. Normally, that should be a problem but it isn’t with Dropbox. This is one of the top reasons why you should consider Google Drive to Dropbox migration.
Gain access to deleted shared files using the following steps:
Step 1 – Look at the sidebar on the left then click on “Sharing.”
Step 2 – There are different sections under this including “Folders to add to Dropbox.” Click on this to choose the folder you’d like to rejoin then click on “Add.”
Working on Files with your Team
Do you collaborate with a team on tasks? If your answer is yes, then you need to try out “Team Dropbox.” With this feature, you can share files with your team and work remotely. You can even choose different groups within your team to share files with and define privileges for each person.
Wondering if you have to pay for this amazing feature. No, you don’t, it is completely free of charge. Want to know how to create a Team Dropbox account? Check out the steps below.
Step 1 – Open Dropbox and move to the sidebar on the left. Click on “Team” then “Create Free team.”
Step 2 – Enter the name of your new team then select “Choose new Team Dropbox.” You will need to provide an email address (work or personal) and a password. When you do, click on “Continue.”
Step 3 – Invite new members from your team to join the team. When you enter their email addresses or names click on “Continue.”
Step 4 – Click on the “Create Team Dropbox” button to create your team.
Accessing Files without Internet Connection
There are times when you need to access files on the go and you don’t have access to the internet. Dropbox has an “Offline” feature that makes it easy to achieve this. Here’s how to access your files with the internet.
Step 1 – Open Dropbox mobile and you’ll see all your files offline.
Step 2 – Switch to “Available offline” by tapping the icon by the right. Dropbox automatically downloads the files to your mobile device without the Internet.
Step 3 – View the files in offline mode.
Now you know to transfer Google Drive to Dropbox. We have also shown you why migrating is necessary. To round up, we gave you a few Dropbox tips. If you found this helpful, drop a comment below.
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