I’m a passionate believer in the power of Google Drive. I first discovered its many uses my sophomore year of college as a way to seamlessly collaborate with my peers on projects and quickly fell in love with Google’s convenient multi-device cloud storage. In fact, I went through all of college on Google Drive alone, “sticking it to the man” by never purchasing Microsoft Office Suite or a similar product.
Now, as a recent graduate afraid to separate with any of my old work stored on my university’s Google-based email, I set out to migrate all the documents from my school account (ending in the domain @pop.belmont.edu) to my new “grown-up” account (domain: @me.com). As you can tell these accounts are under…TWO DIFFERENT DOMAINS (dun dun dunnnnn).
If you have attempted to transfer ownership of a document from one gmail account to another with a different domain, you may have encountered the message:
Fear not! There is a solution. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Login into the Google account from which you wish to transfer ownership of documents. Move ALL the documents that you want to transfer from the original Google account to a folder within the same Drive.
Step 2: Share folder with your Google account outside the domain.
Step 3: Login to your external Google account.
Step 4: Move folder from “Shared with Me” to “My Drive”. Note: this folder is still owned by the original account and you cannot change ownership from outside the domain. Here lies the main issue.
Step 5: -First, you will need the Google Drive app downloaded to your hard drive. (you can download it here: Google Drive download).
– Login with your external account. (Note: If you already have Google Drive downloaded with your previous account, you will need to disconnect it and login with the new account. For me this meant deleting and re-downloading the app, but you may be able to do it much simpler.)
– Wait until the Drive syncs.
Step 6: Locate shared folder and right click on it. For Mac, select “Duplicate”. For Windows, select “Copy” then “Paste”.
This will create the duplicate of the folder with your outside account as the owner of the folder.
Step 7: Wait for the new folder to sync with Drive. (This may take quite some time.) Then, check the Drive folder and you should now see the outside account is the owner of the copied folder and its contents.
And wa-la! There you have it!
If you enjoyed the tutorial, found it helpful or have other suggestions, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section!