Moving Google GSuite domains

If you have a company and you are merging or getting acquired, then what’s the easiest way to get the data across. Turns out this is a little tricky. But the basic things to understand are:

  1. There is the concept of an owner for a file. This is the user who sets permissions. However, you cannot change the ownership across organizations.
  2. Instead, the easiest thing to do is to use Google Drive and go to the old organization and share all the folders to the new organization. Then you can Add to My Drive and now create a new set of folders and copy all the data. Delete the old folders when you are done.
  3. This takes some time and hopefully you have enough GDrive space but it does work.
  4. It does mean you have to recreate permissions on the other side, but now is not a bad time to clean things up.