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Access multiple Google Drives from one account

Access multiple Google Drives from one account


  1. Leo Salazar · April 22, 2013 Reply

    But . . . uh . . . this doesn’t give us any extra Drive space . . . or does it?

    • Sebastiaan Terpstra · April 22, 2013 Reply

      Well technically, if you’ve got one main Drive of 5GB and ‘share’ all your other Drives with your main Drive it simply adds 5GB per Drive you add :)

  2. Toni · May 19, 2013 Reply

    What a gift! Thank you! Too easy and brilliant for me to think of it. 8-) Now I can get rid of Insync – the new version has lost vital files and they are nowhere to be found – not even in Recycle Bin or Google Drive trash or under the seat in my truck.

  3. Sebastiaan Terpstra · May 19, 2013 Reply

    Hi Toni, I’m glad you found it helpful :) Thanks for the comment!

  4. Ryan · May 29, 2013 Reply

    The only problem is when you try to add files to your shared folder. It will add those files as your “main” account user which will contribute to the “main” accounts 5 gigs. It will not contribute to your “other” account because it will only count it towards the “owner” of the file. Hopefully that makes sense.

    I was trying this because I have a person account (5 gig) and a work account. I wanted it so I can see my work account files at home and add to it. Unfortunately, I found out that when I added the files from home it contributed to my 5 gig. It’s confusing because it’s for the work not for my home.

    I will need to figure something else out :-(

    • Sebastiaan Terpstra · June 7, 2013 Reply

      Hi Ryan, this is true so you have to keep in mind that you don’t actually ‘share’ your space with yourself, only the documents. For bigger documents (e.g. movies) you’d have to go to the account you want the size to contribute to. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Lee · March 12, 2015 Reply

      Did you ever come up with a solution for your problem for doing personal and work on the same computer without using all the space of one account?

  5. Rich · June 6, 2013 Reply

    Thanks a bunch Sebastiaan…just the info I was looking for

  6. Biggi Fraley · June 19, 2013 Reply

    Just one word… Ingenious! :-)

    Thanks so much!

  7. Satish Naik · July 4, 2013 Reply


    Indeed a simple & brilliant way out. Wonder why Google is not paying attention to user feedback and building such simple features within apps.

  8. Voltaire John · August 15, 2013 Reply

    Hey, ingenious solution :) Now my capacity is +15gb more =) The instructions are a bit tricky though.

  9. Ken · August 26, 2013 Reply

    Thank you for the good solution, this is all I wanted for my google drive accounts :)

  10. saikumar · August 28, 2013 Reply

    wow ! Thanks a million dude !!! instructions are little difficult to follow… please try to simplify the procedure.

    • Sebastiaan Terpstra · August 28, 2013 Reply

      No problem! You’re right about the instructions, I’ll try to simplify them in the near future :)

  11. ameer · October 9, 2013 Reply

    Good tip. Thank you very much

  12. Kathleen Reyes · October 23, 2013 Reply

    BRILLIANT! Many Thanks!

  13. DD · November 21, 2013 Reply

    HI Sebastiaan,
    Thanks for the lateral thing tank. Currently I have a secondary cloud drive with amazon and skydrive , but they lack capacity and are clunky . SO I found this site and hoped to try it out.

    A couple of points :
    Assume Google user gmail1= Accnt1 and Google user gmail 2 = accnt 2. Accnt1 is fitted on pc with folders on pc .
    re- instruction
    1) “create folder” – Is easy enough to do as main account and folders are installed on pc ..add folder .
    2) I assume this means you go on web log into accnt 2 and share a folder in there with accnt1′s gmail.
    3) I dragged the to be shared folder on accnt 2 (from web page ) to my drive accnt1 google folder( via file explorer window) on my pc but it only seems to add a shortcut ( is this right ) ?
    ++ I decided to log into my accnt 1 on web browser too and look for “shared with me ” on LHS . What I did was drag the new to be shared folder into the folder “My other google drive” in accnt 1 all on the same browser page . It seems to have worked but I am waiting for google drive to show this new folder in my PC folders as it is not visible yet.

    The other thing with this system is that if you want to “add” a new file ” you have to upload it from your original accnt2 browser log in as accnt1 is on your pc and it counts towards that capacity if you do it from there.

    Perhaps you can confirm this is what you mean in your instructions
    1 Make a folder in your main drive called ‘My other Google Drive’ (or whatever you’d like to call it)
    2 On your other Google Drive, share your folder(s) with yourself (your main account) and adjust it so you ‘Can edit’
    3 On your main account, go to ‘Shared with me’ and drag this folder (or these folders) to the folder you just made (‘My other Google Drive’)
    4 That’s it! Enjoy working in your other Google Drives from one app!

  14. Jason · November 27, 2013 Reply

    Wow…thank you for this. It absolutely solved my issue!

  15. Mikhil · January 2, 2014 Reply

    Hi Sebastiaan…

    This was something that made my job a lot easier. Amazing, what an intelligent idea from you, thank you so much … you are a good guy Sebastiaan..:-)

    Just a question…
    Is there also a way to do something similar with Sky Drive accounts and Box accounts…?
    Or can u suggest any good client where i can have all my cloud accounts synced and accessed all together…

    Any suggestion will be of great help..

  16. Roderick · January 9, 2014 Reply

    Sebastiaan you’ve just solved my problem of being able to access both work and personal google drives from my home pc! Many many Thanks!

    Cheers, Rod.

  17. Vittorio · January 16, 2014 Reply

    Hi Sebastian, thank you very much for this trick: it is simple and functional! ;-)

  18. Noam · January 18, 2014 Reply

    It doesn’t work! When you check the quota used it gets used from the main account, I tested it by coping a 1GB file to the shared drive on 2nd account and the quota got used from the main (1st account) :(

    • Sebastiaan Terpstra · January 30, 2014 Reply

      Hi Noam, I wasn’t talking about merging your instances of Google Drive to increase the number of GBs. This post only concerns accessing both of your Drives from one account, bypassing the need to log out of one account and log in to the other to access your files.

  19. murpy · April 14, 2014 Reply

    oh man, that’s brilliant

  20. Jaro · November 17, 2014 Reply

    Thanks man, you’re brilliant!

  21. Paromita Saha · January 15, 2015 Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this. This is insanely intelligent and useful. :)
    So glad you shared!

  22. Leo van der Hoek · January 31, 2015 Reply

    This is so simple and straightforward.
    I just had installed Insync and there is one BIG difference! I could run a script on the other account although at the logged in user cannot throw away files it did when using the Insync shared files! When I run the same script shared by your method then the script fails to delete the original file(s) and that is not allowed on Google Drive. I can only hope for users of Insync that the file(s) are deleted from the logged in drive on not from the remote drive with the originals. I think Google should introduce a possibility to delete files in an extra permission level which makes things less complicated. I had to adapt my script to not delete any files before I could use it. One can take care of deleting old and/or temp files locally. It is possible to create files by editors!
    Still I am happy to be able to switch fast between Google Drives now!

  23. Igor@CK · March 28, 2015 Reply

    Hehe, awesome, such a simple solution and it works :) Thank you for sharing this!

  24. Chris K. · March 28, 2015 Reply

    working and it’s free! thanks:)

  25. Jason · March 31, 2015 Reply

    AWESOME!!! Brilliantly simple!

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