Google Transfer - transfer email and Drive content to a personal Google account
Posted by Pamela Kistler-Osborne on 07 June 2018 10:48 AM

Students can use Google Transfer to transfer content from their Goshen College Google account to a personal Google account, using the below instructions. Note, these instructions only work if your Goshen College account is still currently active. 

Transferring Your Goshen College Google Account Content to A Personal Account

Google provides an easy way for you to export your Goshen College Google account content to a personal Google account, using Google Transfer.  With Google Transfer, you can transfer the entire contents of your email account, and/or the entire contents of your Google Drive, to a personal Google account.


What you can transfer:

  • All email messages in Gmail.
  • Documents that you own in Google Drive (except files in the “Google Photos” section of Drive).
  • Documents in Google Drive that someone has shared with you that you are an editor of.

What you cannot transfer:

  • Contacts, Chats, or Tasks. (See below for an alternative method for Contacts.)
  • Documents that have been shared with you, where the owner has turned off downloading, printing, and copying of the file(s).
  • Files/images that are in the “Google Photos” section of Drive.
  • YouTube content. (See below for an alternative method for YouTube.)


Instructions for using Google Transfer

  • Log into your Goshen College email account.
  • Then, go to
  • Enter in the email address of the Google Account where you want to copy your content to (your personal Google account address).
  • Click on Send Code.
  • Open up a private browsing window in your web browser, and go to and sign into your personal Gmail account. For instructions on how to open a private browsing window, see for the Chrome browser, or see for Firefox.
  • Log into your personal Gmail account and look for the email message that contains the Code. The subject line should say, “Verify your account.” Open that message and click on the Get Confirmation Code button. Make note of the code, then return to the account transfer window for your Goshen College account, enter in the code, then click on Verify.
  • Choose the content you want to transfer, and then click on Start Transfer.

Details about the transfer process

  • The transfer process usually happens within a few hours, but it can take up to a week depending on how much content you have.
  • Transferred files might appear in batches on your Google Account during the transfer process.
  • When your files are finished transferring, you'll get an email at your personal Gmail address, confirming the completion.
  • For files in Drive, any comments in a document remain intact, but revision history is no longer available.

Finding your transferred files and email

  • Gmail: Transferred content will have a label with your school account name and the date you started the transfer process.
  • Drive: Transferred content will be in a folder labeled with your school account name and the date you started the transfer process.


Downloading Contacts, Google Photos, YouTube Videos, etc.

To acquire other content that cannot use the above Transfer instructions, such as Contacts, Google Photos, YouTube videos, etc., you can use the Google Takeout tool to create an archive of the content, and save that archive to your personal computer.

  • Sign into your Goshen College Google account.
  • Go to
  • Under the Select Data to Include section, turn on the product that you want to make an export of the contents. To see more details and options for a product, select the Down arrow next to it.
  • Click Next.
  • Choose your archive’s file type; either .zip or .tgz.   Note: .zip files can be opened on almost any computer, but .tgz files may require additional software to open.
  • Choose the maximum archive size. Note, archives that are larger than 2 GB may be split into multiple files.
  • Select the delivery method of “send download link via email.”
  • Once the archiving process is complete, you will receive an email message in your Goshen College account with the subject line, “Your Google data archive is ready.” Open that email message and click the Download Archive button.
  • If prompted, enter in your GC password.
  • Choose where on your computer to save the file. It is recommended that you choose either the Downloads folder, or the Desktop. The filename will begin with the word, “takeout,” and end in .zip or .tgz, depending on which format you had chosen earlier.


Importing Your Archived Content

Once you have exported your Contacts, Photos, or YouTube videos using Google Takeout, you will be able to import it into the Google service of your personal account.  Following are some support links for a few of those Google services:


Getting Additional Help

If you experience problems, see Google’s support article at If you still need additional assistance, contact the Goshen College Help Desk at (574) 535-7700.

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