UMN Gmail: Using Google Takeout Transfer Following a Domain Change
You can request that your University of Minnesota Google campus domain be moved from one campus to another. This is usually necessary when students, staff, or faculty members transfer between University campuses. Your email address will change accordingly after a campus domain change. Refer to Google Apps: Change Campus Domain for more information.
The University of Minnesota does not automatically transfer email and Google Drive documents after a campus domain change. If you wish to do so, you are responsible for transferring your data between domains for your University of Minnesota Google account. You may transfer your email and Google Drive file content using Google Takeout Transfer.
In this article:
- Important Information and Limitations
- Transferring Your UMN Google Content Between Campus Domains
- Troubleshooting Transfer Problems
The scope of this article is limited to data transfers between two different University of Minnesota Google accounts.
The article's content does not apply to you if you would like to transfer data between your University of Minnesota Google account and your personal Google account. Refer to Leaving the University (under "Move or Delete Your Personal Files and Data") instead for the applicable step-by-step instructions and information.
Individuals in sensitive data units require assistance from Technology Help to initiate the data transfer process.
This includes (but is not limited to) individuals associated with:
- the Health Care Component (HCC)
- Health Sciences
- the University Foundation
- some members of Human Resources (HR) and Academic Support Resources (ASR)
If you are a member of a sensitive data unit and have requested a Google campus domain change, information about how to connect with IT staff and initiate the data transfer process will be emailed to you with your request fulfillment notification. You can also email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
The following data can be transferred:
- Emails, labels and sub-labels in Gmail
- Files in folders that are owned by you
- Shared files that have been "Added to Drive" will be copied
- Note: the new file will NOT be automatically shared with collaborators from the original document
The following data cannot be transferred:
- Email filters and other inbox settings
- Images stored in Google Photos
- "Shared with Me" Files that have NOT been "Added to Drive"
- Google Sites, Google Forms, or other third party content in Drive
- Exceptionally large files
The amount of time that it takes for the transfer to complete will depend on the amount of data in your account. It may take up to several days if your account had large quantities of data.
You will receive an email notification once the Google Takeout Transfer is complete.
- Open a new private ("incognito") browsing window.
- Navigate to takeout.google.com/transfer in your private browsing window.
- Sign in using the email address associated with your previous University of Minnesota campus.
- Finish logging in through the University of Minnesota sign in page using your internet ID and password.
- You will be presented with the Transfer your content page and a list of steps.
To complete the first step, enter your new campus email address, then click the Send Code button.
Do NOT close this window/tab, as you will need to return to it.
- In another web browser window, sign into your new campus (destination account) email address.
- Locate the Verify your account email from Google in your destination account inbox, then click Get confirmation code.
- Copy the confirmation code listed on the Confirm your transfer page.
- Return to the Transfer your content page in your private browser window.
Enter the confirmation code and click Verify.
- Select which content you would like to copy and transfer using the toggles for Drive and Gmail contents, then click Start Transfer when ready.
- Your data will begin to transfer. No further action is required on your part.
- The amount of time this process takes to complete depends on the amount of data. The process can take anywhere from several hours up to a week.
- You will receive an email notification when the process is complete.
- You can still access your old campus domain email by signing in with the old email address.
If you encounter difficulties when using Google Takeout Transfer, try the following suggested troubleshooting steps.
- Make sure you start the transfer while logged into your old UMN Gmail account rather than the new email address.
- If the transfer process fails, try exporting just one type of content at a time.
- For example, you can first transfer your email data. Then, when this has completed, start a second transfer of your Google Drive data.
- If large files fail to download, download the file(s) directly from Google Drive to your computer. You can then upload the file to Google Drive in the account associated with your new campus domain.