Get ways to migrate Google Drive to Office 365 (OneDrive for Business)

Megha Sharma | Published On - 04 Feb 2021 |

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Among small businesses, there is a trend of migration from Google Drive to OneDrive in Office 365 as their business grows. It is because OneDrive for Business includes highly advanced options and facilities to secure and manage data compared to Google Drive. Some positive points of OneDrive for Business are given here.

  • Includes enterprise-grade security features
  • Integrated to a suite of Office 365 applications/services (SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, Exchange Online, and more)
  • Advanced collaboration features
  • More sharing and synchronization options
  • Allows the use of local disk space with advanced OneDrive Files On-demand feature

Migrate Google Drive to Office 365 (OneDrive for Business)

The manual way to move or export Google Drive documents or files to the cloud destination of Microsoft includes two stages. In the first stage, you need to access Google Drive online and download Google Drive files (as a zip file). In the second stage, you are required to log in to your destination Office 365 (OneDrive), and then import the zip file using the Upload feature.

Here, check the steps to migrate Google Drive data to Office 365.

  1. Go to your Google Drive and sign in.Google Drive
  2. Select the desired or all of the Google Drive data using the mouse and Ctrl key.Select the Google Drive data
  3. After making the desired data selection for download, right-click your mouse button and select the Download option.Download option
  4. The download will start, which can be seen on the bottom right of the will start
  5. Once the download is completed, it can be seen at the bottom of the page as a ZIP is completed
  6. To move the ZIP file to the desired location, click on the 3 horizontal dots against the downloaded ZIP file and select the Show in folder option. It will redirect to the file saved in the Downloads folder. From there, copy the ZIP file and paste it to the desired location. Extract the Google Drive ZIP file folder to the same location.downloaded ZIP file
  7. Log in to your Office 365 account on the same system, and then on the welcome page of the interface, click on the OneDrive icon from the left panel.Log in to your Office 365 account
  8. On the start page of the OneDrive application, click on the Upload option at the on the Upload option
  9. From the drop-down list, select the Folder the Folder
  10. Note: You can also select the Files option if you want to move selected files from a folder to upload.

  11. Select the downloaded and extracted Google Drive files from the saved folder and click on the Upload option to initiate the upload process.Select the downloaded and extracted Google Drive files
  12. A confirmation message for upload will appear. Click on the Upload option again to confirm uploading the Google Drive files.Click on the Upload option
  13. The upload will get started and completed soon. Once it is uploaded, you can view the same Google Drive files/folder in OneDrive.upload will get started
  14. Hence, the selected Google Drive Files are moved to Office 365 successfully in two stages.

Limitations of the Native Way

  • Long, indirect procedure
  • Slow downloads and uploads with a huge volume of data
  • The inconvenience of data selection when there is a large amount of data
  • Require good internet strength
  • Time-consuming process

If you do not have much data to transfer from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business in Office 365, then the manual method of download and upload is feasible. Otherwise, to move a massive volume of data directly from Google Drive to OneDrive for Business, you need to go for a third-party migration tool.

Kernel Migrator for SharePoint

Kernel Migrator for SharePoint, a professional SharePoint migrator tool, offers direct and automated migration from Google Drive for Business to OneDrive for Business without any restrictions. The data flows automatically from source to destination, and users can filter the data before migration as per the requirements. Get complete information about the tool and its capabilities at


There is an indirect but feasible method for migrating a few files from Google Drive to OneDrive in Office 365, which involves using the download/upload options. But to perform smooth migration of a large amount of data, a professional migration tool is performed.