By Ivy / Last update October 25, 2021

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. And it was launched on April 24, 2012 and supports applications for different platforms like a website, Windows and MacOS computer, Android and IOS smartphone.

Google Drive

Thus, it's very popular in the worldwide and used by over 1 billion people. Many users use it to share files with other members or working partners by moving files in Google Drive or transferring files from one Google Drive account to another. Also, some users want to protect their precious data by uploading files to Google Drive from PC or Android. 

No matter what you want, you can learn them in the following. Click the quick naviagation anchor text to jump to the method suitable for your situation.

Situation 1: Move files in Google Drive Shared Folder

Here you will learn the most common way to move files in Google Drive shared folder, it's using "Move to" menu. For detailed steps, you can keep reading below. 

Step 1. Open Google Drive and log in your Google Drive account if necessary. 

Step 2. Navigate to folder containing files or separate file you'd like to move, right-click it and select "Move to..." feature.

Move Files in Google Drive

Step 3. Then you will see the parent directory of the folder, select a listed folder here or click the back arrow to select another folder in Google Drive.  After that, click "Move HERE" to move files.

Move Files From Google Drive Shared Folder

Please note that "Move to" feature is a move and not a copy, so you will only have one copy of files in the destination folder. And the original copy in the shared folder and together with the inherited permission from shared folder will be deleted.

Situation 2: Move Files from One Google Drive to Another

Except for moving files in Google Drive shared folder, some users still want to move files from one Google Drive to Another. And in the following, you will learn 3 helpful ways to make it, namely using Share feature, Take out feature, and tradition download and upload.

Method 1: Transfer Google Drive files with "Share" feature

Step 1. Sign in your Google Drive account. 

Step 2. Locate the files or folders you want to move, right-click them and select “Share” icon.


Step 3. Then, in the pop-up window, type your another account and click "Send".  You can set share settings for your another account with "Share with people settings".

Step 4. After that, log in your another account in the webpage.

Step 5. Click “Shared with me” to access the shared files, right-click them and select "Make a copy" to create a dupplicate file.

Step 6. Right-click the duplicated files and select "Move to" to migrate your files to different folder. 

Method 2: Upload Google Drive files with "Take out"

Step 1. Go to Google Takeout, click “Deselect all” and keep only the “Drive” option checked. Then, click Next.

Deselect All

Step 2. Select deliver method, frequency, file type and click “Create export”. 

Step 3. Then, wait until the process complete 100%, you will see an archive file. Click the download button to save it on your computer and unzip it.

Step 4. Log in your another Google Drive account in the webpage.

Step 5. Select “File upload" or "Folder upload” to find the unzipped file and upload it to Google Drive.

Method 3: Download Google Drive files and upload to another account

Step 1. Create a new folder under "My Drive" and put all your files into it.

Step 2.  Right-click this folder and select “Download” from the context menu. Then, all files will be compressed into a zip file, please unzip it ahead of time.

Step 3. Log in your another Google account and upload the unzipped folder by “File upload" or "Folder upload”.


Download Upload


Situation 3: Move Files from PC to Google Drive to Protect Data

If you are a local user who want to protect data on the current computer, you may want to move files from PC to Google Drive. You have two ways, including using drag and drop, file sync software - AOMEI Backupper.

Method 1: Upload file on Google Drive via "drag and drop"

Step 1. Download Google Drive and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Double-click Google Drive to its desktop folder. 

Step 3. Then, select files or folders you want move, drag and drop them to Google Drive desktop folder via your mouse. After that, your files will be uploaded to one by one. 

Google Drive Folder

Step 4. Wait for the process to complete 100% and check files on your Google Drive. Usually, it’s saved in the “Computer” tab.

Method 2: Move files to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper

Here you will use free file sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard to move files to Google Drive, so you will have two copies of files and be able to restore files in the event of a disaster. Also, you can use it to sync local folders to OneDrive or Dropbox. And it supports daily/weekly/monthly automatic sync to track changes later. 

Step 1. Download free AOMEI Backupper Standard and install on your computer. And be sure your Google Drive is working properly.

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Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click "Sync" -> “File Sync” to start the file synchronization task. 

File Sync

Step 3. Click “+ Add Folder” to select files or folders from your computer.

Add Folder

Step 4. Click the inverted triangle -> “Select a cloud drive" -> and choose "Google Drive” as a destination to store files or folders

Google Drive

Step 5. Click "Schedule" and select daily/weekly/monthly to enable automatic sync, so you will never miss any changes made later. Also, you can use "Event triggers", "USB plug in" (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional).  Then, confirm all the configured settings and click "Start Sync" to move files to Google Drive. 

Schedule Syncl

Situation 4: Move Files to Google Drive from Android for Data Protection 

If you use Android phone, you may want to move files from your phone to Google Drive. Below are 2 working ways to help you, including using Google Drive mobile app or the Gallery Share feature.

Method 1: Move files from Android via Google Drive mobile app

Step 1. Open Google Drive mobile app on your Android phone.

Step 2. Tap on "+" at the lower right corner and then "Upload" to find your files and upload them. 

Upload Files Google Drive Android

Note: You cannot upload files not formatted as Google files, Word docs, for example.

Method 2: Upload files to Google Drive with Gallery "Share" feature 

Step 1. Open your photo gallery on your Android phone.

Step 2. Select a photo and tap on the "Share" button.

Step 3. Then, you will see many available options. Click "Save to Drive" and hit "Allow" to authorize the drive.

Save To Google Drive

Step 4.  Rename the title for clear distiguish and pitch on "Save" to upload files.


No matter what your situation is, there will be one method for you. You could copy files to another folder in Google Drive with "Move to" feature, move files to another Google Drive account with "Share" feature, "Google Takeout" tool or "Download and Upload", or move files to Google Drive from PC/Android for backup.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a great choice to protect data continuously by its powerful features, such as, basic sync, real-time sync, mirror sync, two-way sync, file backup, incremental and differential backup etc. To unlock all features, you could upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional. If you happen to have this need, please download it to have a try right now!