1. Introduction

Transferring files and folders from Dropbox to Google Drive is a multi-faceted undertaking for businesses, small and large. Therefore, it is crucial to have a solid strategy to perform the migration smoothly while meeting business goals.   

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the essentials before performing the migration and explain how you can move files from Dropbox to Google Drive in a few simple steps. 

You can also watch the video below to learn how to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive account by following the structured steps. 

2. Dropbox vs. Google Drive

Dropbox and Google Drive are two of the most popular cloud storage services. They both offer a lot of common features, such as: 

  1. Accessing files from any device and all locations 
  2. Storing all data safely in one consolidated place 
  3. Managing and editing files in collaboration with others 

However, there are some differences between Dropbox and Google Drive. In addition to offering better plans than Dropbox, Google Drive offers many more benefits for businesses, such as inclusion of a wide range of business apps in a single license, deep integration of native apps, options for integrating third-party apps with native apps, and more. 

For many businesses that choose to move Dropbox to Google Drive, the benefits from Google Drive and Google Workspace they get outweigh their need to continue using Dropbox or other clouds. 

3. Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Challenges

Data migration is an extensive task, and ensuring a smooth transition can be challenging for IT Admins and managers. Some of the challenges that occur when you migrate from Dropbox to Google Drive are as follows:

  • Transferring data and user accounts in high volumes without any data loss and zero downtime 
  • Migrating all the nested folders
  • Migrating file-sharing permissions
  • Migrating file attributes such as versions, comments, and timestamps
  • Data security and compliance

 Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Challenges

Data is at its most critical during the migration, and it may become unavailable or be at risk of being breached. Therefore, companies planning to transfer Dropbox to Google Drive must work with a reliable migration service provider to overcome all the challenges, steer clear of the risk of security compromises, and ensure a successful migration. 


CloudFuze, a Google migration partner, can help you move Dropbox files to Google Drive, ensuring zero data loss and no downtime.

4. How Does Our Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Tool Work?

CloudFuze’s Dropbox to Google Drive migration tool reads the content in your company’s Dropbox account and writes it into the new Google Workspace environment. The tool helps transfer Dropbox files to Google Drive, retains file-sharing permissions, and replicates folder structure. 

CloudFuze can automatically move Dropbox files to Google Drive account and save time and money. Without the help of a cloud file transfer tool like CloudFuze, companies need to spend months, if not years, to migrate data and configure file-sharing permissions with a manual approach. 

Let us see how CloudFuze migrates the Dropbox file-sharing permissions to Google Drive.

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 Table: Migrating file-sharing Permissions

We assist businesses in completing the required pre-migration analysis and developing a project strategy to transfer Dropbox files to Google Drive in non-intrusive ways successfully. 

Connect with the leading migration experts and get a customized migration strategy that fits your business needs.

5. CloudFuze vs Competitor Migration Tools

CloudFuze’s Dropbox to Google Drive migration tool can help you streamline and automate your data migration process while migrating all the features. Check the supported functionalities below (in comparison to other tools) that can help you migrate Dropbox to Google Drive in a comprehensive way: 

Migration Features CloudFuze Competitors
One-time migration Yes Yes
Delta Migration Yes Yes
Root folder permissions Yes Yes
Sub folder permissions Yes Yes
Root file permissions Yes Yes
Versions Yes No
Selective Versions Yes No
Timestamps Yes Yes
External Links Yes Yes
Shared Links Yes Yes
Comments Yes No
Long Folder Path Yes No
Special Character Replacement Yes No
Embedded Links Yes No
Suppressing Email Notifications Yes No
Comparison Delta Yes No

Take advantage of our hassle-free managed migration service to seamlessly migrate data from Dropbox to Google Drive!

6. Prerequisites for Dropbox to Google Drive Migration

To transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive, you need to have these credentials: 

  • Dropbox Business account admin login credentials
  • Google Workspace admin login credentials
  •  CloudFuze account login credentials

7. Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Steps

Here are the simple steps to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive account using CloudFuze.

Step 1:  Sign in to CloudFuze

The First step to transfer files from Dropbox to Google Drive is to create a CloudFuze account. CloudFuze is free to try; you can migrate up to 3 users or 10 GB of files to test the CloudFuze platform. 

CloudFuze webapp

Step 2: Add and Authorize Your Company’s Dropbox Account

Now, locate the Dropbox logo in the list of business clouds and click on it. Since you are representing your organization to migrate from Dropbox to Google Drive, you must select the Dropbox option from the business clouds section. 

Locate Dropbox Account

Step 3: Enter Dropbox Admin Login Credentials

To add a Dropbox account,

  • Click on the Dropbox icon under the Business cloud list
  • Enter the email ID associated with the Dropbox account
  • Enter the password
  • Now, a popup appears. Click on “Accept” and grant permission to CloudFuze

Your destination cloud will be added.

Enter Dropbox Credentials

Step 4: Add Google Workspace Account

Another needle-mover step to transfer Dropbox to Google Drive is to configure your company’s Google Drive account in CloudFuze’s migration tool. Click on the Google Drive logo to add your company’s Google Workspace account. 

select google drive

Step 5: Enter Your Company’s Google Workspace Admin Credentials

Enter the admin login credentials of your company’s Google Workspace account and click on the Next button. 

Enter Google Drive Credentials

Step 6: Authorize Google Workspace Account

Click on the Allow button to complete the Authorization process. 

Authorize Google Drive

Step 7: Verify Whether Clouds Added Successfully

A crucial aspect of initiating the process to move Dropbox files to Google Drive is to ensure both clouds are added successfully. Click on the Clouds icon and check if the recently added Google Drive is listed there. Confirm that both Dropbox and Google Drive are listed under Manage Clouds. 

Added Clouds

Step 8: Select Source and Destination Clouds

Click on the “Team Migration” button on the left navigation menu and choose Dropbox as the source cloud and G Suite as the destination account. Ensure that you select source and destination accounts accurately to migrate from Dropbox to Google Drive and not the other way around. 

Choosing source and destination clouds

Step 9: Map Dropbox and Google Drive Users

Select Dropbox and Google Drive users to migrate the data. You can use the Automap function or the CSV method to map users in the source and destination cloud accounts. 

User mapping

Step 10: Select Automap Option

Automap is a great option to easily migrate data from Dropbox to Google Drive as it maps user accounts in Dropbox and Google Drive accounts based on their username/email aliases. To continue migration: 

  • Click on the Auto-map button to auto map all the users in the source and destination clouds with the same alias. The auto-map feature will not pair two users unless their email alias matches.
  • Select the mapped user pairs you want to delete under Mapped users and click on the delete icon.

Automap option

Step 11: CSV Method (Automap Alternative)

CloudFuze also provides a CSV option as an alternative to Automap that allows IT admins to create custom migration pairs and transfer data from Dropbox to Google Drive. 

CSV mapping option

Step 12: Choose One-Time Migration First

In “Job Type,” select “One Time” to copy Dropbox to Google Drive entirely. After the One-time migration is complete, initiate delta migration to transfer all the incremental changes.  

In other fields, add more emails in the Additional Notification section to receive migration updates to “multiple emails”. Select “hyphen” or underscore to replace special characters in Job Name. 

Migration options

Step 13: Confirm Preview

Once everything is configured, preview the parameters before clicking on the Start Migration button to start the process of migrating Dropbox to Google Drive. 

Migration preview

Step 14: Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Status Is in Progress

After initiating the migration, you will be redirected to the Reports dashboard. The “In Progressstatus indicates that the migration is currently under process. 

The migration may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending upon the size of the data.

Migration in progress

Step 15: Migration “Completed”

The status turns Processed once the migration is completed successfully. You will also get each file and folder’s status and details, such as size and the current time, to the registered email. 

Migration completion

8. Dropbox to Google Drive Migration Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is CloudFuze Free?

CloudFuze is free to test. Free users can migrate up to 2 GB or 50 files during the one-month trial period. Check the CloudFuze pricing to migrate your data from one cloud to another.

2. I Need To Migrate Our Business Data From Dropbox to G Suite / Google Workspace. What Should I Do?

You can easily and quickly move files from Dropbox to Google Drive using the CloudFuze migration tool. Contact migration experts for any queries or support.

3. How do I check the data size for my Dropbox business team?

Only admins will be able to check the data size of a Dropbox business team.

  • Login to your Dropbox admin account
  • Click on “Admin Console”
    Dropbox Admin console
  • Click on Insights
    Dropbox Space used

Here, you can see the space used, which is the size of the data to be migrated, and your migration cost for your business depends on this.

4. How long does it take to migrate the data from Dropbox to Google Drive?

The time it takes to move Dropbox to Google Drive depends on the data size, the number of folders, and the number of files. The more the folder and files, the more time is required to transfer the data.

The limitation that only 750 GB of data can be uploaded to Google Drive per day per user also impacts migrating time. Besides that, CloudFuze has the bandwidth to migrate huge data as quickly as possible without slowing down.

5. Is CloudFuze safe?

We, as a company, know how important data is and follow the standard and best practices to ensure your data is safe and secure while migrating from one cloud (Dropbox) to another (Google Drive). Read more abou CloudFuze security.

6. Is It Possible To Migrate Data From Dropbox to Google Drive Locally?

Yes, you can deploy CloudFuze X-Change in your organization’s on-prem infrastructure to perform the migration locally without using cloud-based/shared servers.

7. Can I Back Up/Sync Dropbox Business Data to Google Drive?

Yes, CloudFuze helps you to move your backup Dropbox business data to Google Drive or sync it regularly.

8. Can I Transfer Files From Dropbox to Google Drive Manually?

Yes, you can transfer the files by downloading and uploading the data. But, as a business, your team works on the files collaboratively by sharing the files. Multiple people work on the same document, which holds valuable version history and adds comments in the documents and sheets. You will be missing all these features when you try to migrate the data manually.

Only a third-party tool like CloudFuze can help you securely migrate all your files and folders and all the other features.

9. Is it possible to move Dropbox files to Google Drive along with Dropbox Paper?

Yes, CloudFuze makes it simple and cost-effective for businesses of all sizes and industries to transfer Dropbox Paper files to Google Drive and Shared Drives in . .DOCX format while retaining permissions, metadata, and other features.

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