Importing and exporting Google data

At Indiana University, you may need to move your content from one Google account to another, especially if you experience an account conflict as described in How do I use Google at IU if I already have a personal Google account?

Take care to store institutional data using the appropriate resources. For details, see At IU, what options do I have for storing files?
When moving content between Google accounts in the same domain (e.g., from one Google at IU account to another Google at IU account), you may wish to transfer ownership instead of exporting and importing your files. For instructions, see Transfer file ownership.

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Exporting your data

Google Takeout

Although Google Takeout isn't currently enabled for Google at IU, you may use it to move content out of your personal Google account. For instructions, see Download your data.

Downloading specific app data

While Google Takeout allows you to easily export all of your content at once, you may wish to download specific data from your apps:

  • Drive: Download a file.
    Collaborators for personal folders will not be retained.
  • Calendar: Export your calendar.
  • Contacts: To export your Google at IU contacts:
    1. Visit and log in with the Google account you wish to export from.
    2. Use the checkboxes or stars to select the contacts you want to export.

      Optionally, at the top of the checkbox column, use the checkbox drop-down menu to identify a custom grouping (e.g., All, Starred, or Unstarred) of contacts to select:

      Google checkbox selection drop-down menu

    3. From the More drop-down menu, select Export, and then, in the "Export contacts" window, choose which contacts to export (e.g., selected contacts, a specific group, or all of them) and the preferred file format:
      • Google CSV format (for importing into another Google account)
      • Outlook CSV format (for importing into Outlook or another application)
      • vCard format (for importing into Apple Address Book or another application)
    4. Click Export, and then store the file to your local device.

Importing your data

You may move content into Google apps using the following methods.

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Last modified on 2017-11-13 16:18:30.

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