Simple Methods to Migrate OneDrive data to Google Drive

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam linkedin | Updated On - February 02, 2023 |

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The Cloud platforms of various tech giants like Google and Microsoft are quite flexible in storing data and allow accessibility from anywhere. Cloud storage provides access to files from any location or device through the Internet. Due to this, many users upload their professional and personal data to such platforms. Transferring data between these platforms can become tricky for many users. Here is a detailed guide on the various methods to migrate OneDrive to Google Drive.

Techniques to Transfer Files from OneDrive to Google Drive

Sometimes users may want to migrate from OneDrive to Google, including the transfer of files from OneDrive to Google Drive. Gladly, multiple techniques, including manual and automated, help in doing so, and they are as follows-

Method – #1. Upload-Download method

Upload-download is the simplest method to move OneDrive to Google Drive when you have ample storage space on your computer and a fast internet connection.

  1. First, you need to login into your OneDrive account and access the folder or folder to move to Google Drive. Choose the file/folder and click the Download option. The download process will start.
    login into your OneDrive account
  2. After downloading the folder from OneDrive, you need to go to Google Drive and click the New option.
    go to Google Drive
  3. Click the Folder upload option.
    Folder upload
  4. Select the folder from the Downloads folder. Then click the Upload button.
    Select the folder from the Downloads folder
  5. A warning will appear asking you to allow the upload job. Click Upload.
    allow the upload job
  6. The upload will start instantly.
    upload will start
  7. After completing the upload job, the message will appear that the upload is complete, and it will show the total number of files uploaded.
    showing total number of files uploaded
Method – #2. Direct Sharing

The direct sharing method involves transferring files from OneDrive to Google Drive through a link to another user with any email address.

  1. Choose the folder and click the Share option.
    Choose the folder
  2. In the Send link window that appears on the screen, input the Google Drive account email address. A message will show that the email address is outside of your organization. Then click the Send option.
    input the Google Drive account email address
  3. An invitation email will come to the Gmail account, and after opening the email, the screen will show that a folder has been shared with you by the user. Click the Open button, which will take you directly to the content of the folder.
    Click the Open button
Method – #3. Use the Copy link feature

The Copy link feature allows direct sharing of the selected folder.

  1. Choose the folder and click the Copy link option.
    Copy link
  2. A new link URL will be created to be copied and used in the web browser to open the file.
    open the file
Method – #4. Drag-&-Drop files from OneDrive to Google Drive

One last manual method to move OneDrive to Google Drive is to drag-&-drop files or folders.

  1. The manual techniques have restrictive usage since only limited data can be transferred.
  2. Methods like sharing and creating a sharing give access to the file rather than migrating it.
  3. There is no suitable filter to select specific files and exclude unwanted ones.
  4. The file may become corrupt during the download-upload process if the Internet connection goes down.
  5. It is a time taking process. It also takes several days or weeks to transfer a large volume of data.
  6. The downloaded files need to be organized again, so there is no confusion while uploading them.
  7. An uninterrupted power supply and stable internet connection are a must.
Automated Method

To overcome the limitations of manual methods and to transfer files from OneDrive to Google Drive, you can use Kernel Migrator for SharePoint. SharePoint Migration will allow you to select complete data in OneDrive for Business and then migrate it directly to Google Drive.

The software’s user interface is simple, allowing you to migrate files/folders, apply filters for selective migration, migrate permissions, and schedule the migration at a suitable time. The user can select and migrate the entire OneDrive files to Google Drive, and there are no size or volume limitations. After the completion of migration, the software will give a complete migration report.


Various situations arise where the user needs to transfer data from one cloud platform to the other. This article deals with the transfer of files from OneDrive to Google Drive. Several manual methods do exist to help you out with the same. However, they are not feasible compared to the automated process. You can decide on any method as per your requirements.

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