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Manage Multiple Google Drive Accounts

Novak Bozovic

We get it – you’re looking for a way to manage multiple Google Drive storage accounts on the same computer. However, the problem is that the Web will offer you a bunch of half-baked solutions. The majority of those require you to adapt to an awkward workflow, taking a big chuck out of your productivity. However, we have the (real) solution to your problem!

The truth is that thanks to the 15GB you get for free, Google Drive comes with an unbeatable offer. However, going beyond those 15GB requires a monthly expense. There's a way to go around that limitation without affecting your productivity. So, let's waste no more time. Here's what you need to know!

Manage Multiple Google Drive Accounts

Stack is a unique Web browser that brings a highly innovative concept. Instead of using the traditional Web browser tabs (and the tiresome scrolling and clicking they bring), it uses cards instead. Each website you open has its own card, letting you interact with multiple websites simultaneously.

Sounds a bit complicated? Well, instead of talking about how Stack works, we'll show you how to use this Web browser to manage multiple Google Drive accounts.

  • First, download Stack from its website (it comes free-of-charge, and it’s available on Windows and macOS). Once you install it, launch the application.
  • Take a look at the left-hand side of Stack’s interface, where you’ll see a grid of suggested Web apps. Scroll a bit down and click on ‘Drive’ (within the ‘Google’ group of Web apps).
  • A new card will now open, using which you can log-in to your Google account. So, nothing out of the ordinary just yet, right? Well, keep on reading!
  • Now, use that same grid of Web apps (now on the right) to once again click on ‘Drive.’ Another card will open. Activate Private Session mode. You can now use another account to access more than one Google Drive storage.
  • That’s it! You’ve just learned how to manage multiple Google Drive accounts with Stack. You have two cards open in front of you, both of which are fully functional. In other words, you can interact with two different Google Drive accounts at once. Sounds easy, right?

Can I Move Files Between Multiple Google Drive Accounts with Stack?

Yes, there’s an easy way to move and share files between different Google Drive accounts. That way, you get access to the same set of files, no matter which Drive account you’re currently accessing.

Once again, Stack comes to the rescue. So, here's how to use this next-generation Web browser to move files between Google Drive accounts.

  • As described above, feel free to access two (or more) Google Drive accounts at the same time. That means that you should see all your accounts at the same time, using Stack.
  • Now, go to the primary account that is synced with your computer. Find any files or folders you’d like to share, make sure to select them, and then right-click to open a dropdown menu. Then, click on ‘Share.’
  • Type in the email address associated with your other Google Drive account. Make sure to click on 'Send.' Then, open the invitation that should arrive in your email inbox any moment now.
  • From this moment on, the files and folders you’ve previously selected will be shared (and accessible) across two different Google Drive accounts. That’s it!

Can I Sync Files to Multiple Google Drive Accounts?

By default, you can’t sync files to multiple Google Drive account on the same computer. However, there’s an interesting workaround. Make sure to go through the following steps.

  • First, make sure to think about which Google Drive account will be your primary account. Then, make sure it’s syncing with your computer (via the Google Drive app, which you’ve probably already installed).
  • Then, launch Stack and access Google Drive. However, you must access the account that you want to sync from (so, don’t access your primary account just yet - access your secondary account instead).
  • Feel free to create a folder with a unique name, something that will be easy to remember (you will see this folder in your other Google Drive account). Then, select all your files and move them into the newly created folder.
  • Now, right-click on that folder and select ‘Share.’ Enter the email address of your primary Google Drive account and lastly, click on ‘Send.’ At this moment, you will get an email message, so make sure to check your (primary) Gmail. Find that email, open it, and then click on ‘Open’ (within its content).
  • At this moment, you should see your (primary) Google Drive account. Using the left-placed sidebar, click on ‘Shared with Me.’ Find the folder you’ve recently created and then select ‘Add to my Drive.’ That’s it!

Can I Access Multiple Google Drive Accounts on Mobile?

You might be surprised to know that you can access multiple Google Drive accounts even on smartphones – and this applies to both iOS and Android. This process is the same no matter which mobile platform you use, so here it goes.

  • Launch the Google Drive app on your phone. Then, click on the ‘hamburger’ button (three vertical lines) in the top-left corner. This will open the main menu.
  • If you’re already signed into two Google accounts, you’ll see them both here. Just click on the Google account you want to switch. And to add more accounts, tap on ‘Add Account’ and follow the prompts you’ll see on your screen.

Is It Possible to Access Google Drive Files Without Internet Connection?

Yes, it’s possible to access certain kinds of Google Drive files – even if you’re offline. For this purpose, make sure to use Chrome, as you’ll need an extension to make this happen. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Using Google Chrome, download and install the ‘Google Docs Offline’ extension. Make sure the extension is active in your Web browser, and then proceed to the next step.
  • Then, access your Google Drive. Take a look at the upper-right corner and click on the cogwheel icon. This will open your Google Drive settings.
  • Select 'General' on the left. Then, make sure to check the box next to 'Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer.' Lastly, click on ‘Done’ to finalize this process.

Now, you can access your Google Drive even without an Internet connection. Each time you do so, a lightning bolt will appear, indicating that any changes you make will be stored offline. When you get back online, all those changes will be automatically synced.

Is It Safe to Store Files on Multiple Google Drive Accounts?

Yes, it's perfectly safe to use multiple Google Drive accounts. The same applies to accessing them simultaneously, storing files across different accounts, or sharing files across multiple Google Drive accounts. You are not limited in any way.

Of course, keep in mind that only you should have access to your Google Drive accounts. And if you want to share files, it’s always best to share them as described above (from within your Google Drive account) instead of lending someone your credentials.

Can I Access Multiple Dropbox Accounts via Stack as Well?

Using the same method to manage multiple Google Drive accounts via Stack applies to just about any other Web app – and yes, that includes Dropbox as well. After all, Stack is designed to enhance your productivity, unleashing a whole new world of possibilities. With that said, using several Google Drive or Dropbox accounts is just the tip of the iceberg.

To learn more about managing multiple Dropbox accounts, make sure to click on the provided link. You’ll be taken to our blog post, explaining the procedure in-depth.

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