By Ivy / Last update July 27, 2022

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 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 navigation anchor text to jump to the method suitable for your situation.

How to Move files in Google Drive 

If you want to move files in Google Drive shared folder, the easiest way is to use the "Move to" option. Also, you can directly drag and drop manually. 

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

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

Note: The "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 the shared folder will be deleted.

How to Move Files from One Google Drive to Another

Except for moving files in Google Drive shared folder, For file sharing purposes or to alleviate the problem of lack of space, some users may need to move files from one Google Drive to another.

If you don't know how to move files between two Google Drive accounts, you can continue to see below and I'll introduces you to 3 helpful ways.

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

If you have two or more Google Drives accounts, you can move files from one Google Drive account to another with the help of the "Share" option. Please follow the steps below to complete this process easily. 

Step 1. Sign in to your Google Drive account. 

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

Share

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 duplicate file.

Share with Me

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

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

Google Takeout is a technical service to help users export content from their Google Account for backup or use it outside Google Drive. The steps are really easy, you can follow the steps below.

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”. 

Create Export Google Takeout

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

 

How to Move Files from Computer to Google Drive 

You may also want to protect data on the local computer and sync local folder to Google Drive automatically, so you will always have two copies of your files. And this article offers you two ways in the following. 

Method 1: Upload file on Google Drive via desktop app

Step 1. Download Google Drive for desktop and install Google Drive locally. Sign in with your Google Drive account, and then start the first sync.

Step 2. Open Drive for desktop, click Sign in with browser to connect your Google Account that you use for Google Drive.

Sign in with Browser

Step 3. It will switch to the My Computer tab automatically, Click Add folder to select any folders on the local computer to back up.

Add Folder

Step 4. Select the sync settings depending on the upload items types and click Done. For photos and videos only, select Back up to Google Photos. For multiple file types, select Sync with Google Drive.

Sync with Google Drive

Step 5. After selecting local folders and sync settings, click Save to sync files from computer to Google Drive. You can also turn to Google Drive tab and sync cloud files locally.

Save

After you set up Drive for desktop on your computer, it will create a virtual Google Drive disk on your computer. All the added files or folders to this disk will be synced automatically. And it is usually saved in the  “Computer” tab.

My Computer

Method 2: Move files to Google Drive Automatically with AOMEI Backupper

Similar to Google Drive, free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard help you move files to Google Drive automatically, but it's more practical and flexible in the following situations. 

  • It is able to sync changes made outside the Google Drive folder.
  • It is capable of syncing files outside the desktop folder.
  • It allows you to set automatic sync settings as you like instead of syncing immediately when your computer connects to a network.

So it's suggested to use AOMEI Backupper Standard to move files to Google Drive, especially in the above situations. And it also helps you to sync local folder to Dropbox or  OneDrive. Please download it to have a try!

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click "Sync" -> “Basic Sync” to start the file synchronization task. 

File Sync

Step 2. Click “+ Add Folder” and then "This PC" to select files or folders from local computer.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle and “Select a cloud drive".

Add Share or NAS

Step 4. Choose "Google Drive” as a destination to store files or folders. And then, click "OK".

Google Drive

Step 5. Click "Schedule Sync" and then select Daily, Weekly, Monthly after enabling it. And then, click "Start Sync" to move files to Google Drive automatically. 

Schedule Syncl

👍 More advanced features on the professional version or higher:
✔ Event trigger: It allows you to sync files at specific events, such as, system shutdown, system startup, etc.
✔ USB plug in: It is to automatically copy files to USB drive when connected. Thus, you don't need to connect USB drive manually before the task start or keep it always connected.
✔ Filter setting: It helps you sync files with certain file extensions, thereby saving time and space.
✔ Different sync methods: Except for Basic Sync, you still can use Real-Time Sync, Mirror SyncTwo-Way Sync, depending on the sync direction, frequency, or synced files in the destination. 

How to Move Files from Android Phone to Google Drive

You may also want to move files from Android to Google Drive if you use its Android app, so as to create an exact copy of your files. And then, you can easily recover files if it's deleted or modified. Here are 2 working ways below to help you.

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

The easiest way in the Android phone is to upload files or folders to Google Drive. You can follow the steps below. 

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 

Besides uploading files, you still share to Google Drive in the photo gallery. Below are the simple steps you can easily follow.

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.

Conclusion

This article introduces you to 8 practical methods in different situations, so you can easily move files to Google Drive in simple steps. As a result, you have two copies at least and can easily recover files if it's damaged or deleted.

Besides online backup, according to 3-2-1 backup strategy, you still need to create different copies and save on different locations. In fact, AOMEI Backupper still allows you to sync files to external disk (HDD or SSD), USB drive, network drive, NAS, etc. So you can try it to safeguard your data effectively!