Both Dropbox and Google Drive are both rated as the top cloud storage solutions. For some individuals, Google Drive is preferred for a few reasons. If you already have a Dropbox account you may be wondering how to migrate all your data from Dropbox to Google Drive?
You can migrate by transferring your files from your Dropbox account to your Google Drive. There are different methods to do this. One is the download-upload method and another is using MultCloud to sync and transfer data from Dropbox to Google Drive.
In this article, I will explain how to use these methods to migrate your data from Dropbox to Google Drive. I will discuss how to sync your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts, how to use the download-upload method, and how to transfer them using MultCloud.
Can You Sync Dropbox and Google Drive?
Users may want to know how to sync Dropbox and Google Drive. When I say sync I am referring to the process of telling my files to update the same way across two cloud storages. This means that when I add a document to one of them, it is uploaded on the other too.
Since both Dropbox and Google Drive use cloud storage, they can be accessed and synced from multiple devices. I’ll explain how to sync Dropbox and Google Drive here.
Why Sync Dropbox and Google Drive?
There are many reasons why users want to sync Dropbox and Google Drive. A common reason is that users want to transition from Dropbox to Google Drive. There may be a few reasons behind this choice.
Firstly, Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage while Dropbox only offers 2GB. Even the paid options are more affordable with Google Drive. Next, Google Drive offers a feature that can back up photos and videos automatically. Dropbox cannot do this to the same extent.
It is also easier to edit and share photos and videos with Google Drive. Additionally, Google Drive has a better file recovery system compared to Dropbox. Finally, Google Drive integrates well with Google Suite which is used by almost every individual and business today.
How to Sync Dropbox and Google Drive
You can sync Dropbox and Google Drive using the following steps.
Adding the MultCloud Extension
Start by searching for the Chrome Web Store in your Google Chrome browser. Then search for Sync Google Drive. There is a Web Extension called Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive. Select it, then select Add to Chrome, then say Add Extension.
Once the extension has been added, click on the extension’s icon in your browser – it looks like a puzzle piece. Click on the Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive extension. It will prompt you to sign in. This extension offers 30GB of free data traffic per month. It also gives users an option to try it before signing up.
How to Add Cloud Drives
Once you are in, select Cloud Sync on the left. This allows you to sync one-way or two-way. upload“one-way” sync means only syncing one cloud storage to another. A “two-way” sync means sharing data between both. Choose the option you want.
Proceed by clicking on the From window and select Dropbox. MultCloud will request access, say allow. Once Dropbox opens you’ll see that it has been added to My Cloud Drives, it’ll show on the menu on the left.
Next, click on Add Cloud under My Cloud Drives. Select Google Drive, sign in to your account, select Allow. Google Drive will open in MultCloud and will now be added under Dropbox under My Cloud Drives.
Continue to Sync Dropbox and Google Drive
Now, click on Cloud Sync from the menu on the left. Click on the From window and choose Dropbox, then say OK. Next, click on the To window and select Google Drive, select OK. Then, click the Sync Now button.
You can view the syncing progress in the Task List from the menu on the left.
How to Transfer All Data From Dropbox to Google Drive
Since the intention is to migrate from Dropbox to Google Drive, one would want to ensure all their files are transferred safely. One of the most commonly used methods to do this is to use the download-upload method.
This method entails downloading the files from Dropbox onto your PC or storage device. Then, uploading the files to Google Drive. This method is handy when you want to “spring clean” your files.
With data transfers, there is also always a risk of interruptions, so this method is great to ensure all your data is moved over. I will explain how to transfer your data using the download-upload method.
How to Download Data From Dropbox
Before starting the download, it may be helpful to ensure a strong and reliable internet connection. This helps to make the process faster since a poor connection can cause interruptions and you may have to start the process over for each file.
To download your data, start by logging into your Dropbox account. You can access your account on the Web or using your Dropbox app. Next, go to My Files. To make the transfer easier, it is a good idea to organize your data into folders.
This also gives you a chance to sift through files you can delete and group the others so that they are easy to find. Then, select the folders you want to transfer and click Download. You can use any device with sufficient storage to download your files.
If you need to transfer large files, it may help to use an external hard drive for the downloading process. Once you have downloaded all your files, the next step is to upload them to your Google Drive.
How to Upload Data to Google Drive
For this step, sign in to your Google Drive account. Click on the New button with the multicolored cross symbol. Create a new folder and then you can drag and drop your downloaded folders into the new folder on Google Drive.
Transfer Files From Dropbox to Google Drive Without Downloading
Migrating from Dropbox to Google Drive means moving all your files over. This can be a time-consuming task. Since both Dropbox and Google Drive are cloud storage solutions, users cannot transfer a file by trying to share it from Dropbox to Google Drive.
There are solutions, however. Here, I will explain how to use MultCloud to transfer all your data from Dropbox to Google Drive. I will explain the process of adding the extension again for users who chose to skip to this section.
How to Enable the MultCloud Extension
Go to your Google Chrome browser and go to the Chrome Web Store. Then search for Sync Google Drive. There is a Web Extension called Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive. Select it, then select Add to Chrome, then say Add Extension.
Once the extension has been added, click on the extension’s icon in your browser – it looks like a puzzle piece. Click on the Transfer Dropbox to Google Drive extension. It will prompt you to sign in. It also gives users an option to try it before signing up.
How to Add Cloud Drives
If you followed my advice earlier to sync your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts, then your cloud drives will already be added under My Cloud Drives. If not, you can add them with the following steps.
Under My Cloud Drives, click on Add Cloud, then select Dropbox. A window will pop up requesting access to your Dropbox account, click Allow. It will open your account in the MultCloud window.
Next, to add your Google Drive account, click on Add Cloud under My Cloud Drives. Select Google Drive, sign in to your account, select Allow. Google Drive will open in MultCloud and will now be added under Dropbox under My Cloud Drives.
How to Transfer Files From Dropbox to Google Drive
When you are ready to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive, click on Cloud Transfer under Common Tools on the left. The first window is the From window, click on it. A list of all your added cloud drives will pop up. Select Dropbox from the list.
To transfer all your files, tick the block next to Dropbox when you select it. Next, click inside the To window. The same list with your added cloud drives will be displayed. Now, select Google Drive.
Next, click the Transfer Now button. Go to the Task List to view the progress. Make sure to stay on the browser while the transfer is in progress.
The Bottom Line
Google Drive offers more storage space at a cheaper rate, and all its additional functions make file sharing and storage easy. Many users are migrating from Dropbox to Google Drive. The process is simple, just ensure you have a bit of time when you do the transfer and a reliable internet connection.