Google Takeout - Transfer Files

You may have students that are graduating this spring and want to move files/emails from their school Google accounts to a personal Google account.  Is this possible?  Yes, it is!  Google has made this much easier over the years.

Note:  when you do this it actually COPIES the files into your personal account - three things about this:
  • all sharing is broken in these new copies that are made
  • original documents are still shared with same people as before (if shared)
  • ownership of original documents stays with organization; ownership of copies are with your personal account
If you want a video, check out this one by Just Cowen of Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District in Kingsford, MI (that would be way up in the UP :-)

Or, here are a few directions with screenshots:

1. Log into the Google account that has the files you want to transfer, then go to takeout.google.com/transfer

2. For step 1, enter the personal Google account you are moving the files to, then click "Send Code":
3. Log into your personal Google account (the one you entered above) and click on "Get Confirmation Code" in the email that was sent - I found this easiest to do in another browser so you don't have to continually log in and out of the accounts:
4. You will get a confirmation code in a new window.  Copy it. 
5.  Enter the code into the original transfer window (where you typed in your personal account), then click on "Verify".  This is step 2 in the process on that screen:
6. Check to make sure you are migrating the correct way, then select if you are transferring Drive and/or Email; when done, click on "Start Transfer":

 7. A message will appear telling you the transfer has begun:
8. You will also get an email when the transfer starts:
and again when it is complete:




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