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Years ago, I had a similar situation where I was going from one Google email account to another. My district promised that all of my files would be transferred, but I wanted to make sure that I had my stuff, just in case something went wrong with the transfer. I started to go through my materials and share each item individually to my personal email account, but it quickly became tedious. I also thought about making a copy of everything, dumping it into a folder, and sharing the folder or transferring ownership (which you cannot do unless the account is on the same domain), but ultimately, I thought to myself that there had to be a different method of transferring my information to my new account without the hassle that I was going through.
After a quick search, I discovered Google Takeout. Takeout is a way to back up your information from Google into .zip files that can be used to transfer from one Google account to another. This includes everything in your Google Drive, but you can also back up items from other Google apps, such as Blogger, Calendar, Classroom, YouTube (videos you've created and your lists), and much more!
So how do you take advantage of this amazing tool? First, head over to takeout.google.com. If you aren't logged into the account that you want to back up, be sure to log in or switch to the account that you want. By default, you can select every Google app to backup or you can select apps and with some apps, you can even select only certain items to back up (ex. leave out specific folders from your Google Drive). Once you have selected what you would like to back up, the next step is to select how you are going to get your data.
|Message that you will receive once you have submitted
your request for an archive of your data
Once you have selected what you would like to back up, click on the Create Export button. You will receive an email that you made a request for your archive. Once the archive is completed, you will receive another notification via email. If you requested an email with files, your files will be included. If you chose to send it to a cloud drive, the notification will include a link to the location in that drive so you can download it.
If you are moving on to a new adventure, I wish you the best of luck and I hope that this will help you to keep the materials that you have worked on so hard for so long. If you are simply looking for a way to back up your data, just in case something happens, the same goes for you!
Until next time...