Jul 29, 2016, 9:00 am EST | 2 min read
Google provides no way to automatically sync contacts between two different Google accounts. Instead, you’ll have to perform a manual two-step process where you export your contacts from one account to a comma-separated values (CSV) file, then import contacts from that file into your second account. Here’s how to get it done.
Step One: Export Contacts from Your First Google Account
The first step in transferring your contacts is to export them from the account where they reside. Head to the Google Contacts page and sign in to the account with the contacts you want to transfer. Select the contacts you want to transfer or just click the select all button if you want to move everything.
Click the “More” button and then select “Export” from the drop-down menu that appears.
In the Export Contacts window, make sure that the right contacts are selected. You can choose between the contacts you had selected when you started the export, a specific group, or all contacts in the account. Select the “Google CSV format (for importing into a Google account)” option and then click Export.
The CSV file will download to your default download location and will be named “Google Contacts.” Just to avoid confusion, we recommend moving the file to its own folder and renaming it something that makes sense to you.
Step Two: Import Contacts into Your Second Google Account
Now that you’ve got the exported file with your contacts, it’s time to import those contacts into your other Google account. So, head back to the Google Contacts page and sign in with your second account. Click the “More” button and choose the “Import” command from the drop-down menu that appears.
In the Import Contacts window, click the “Choose File” button, and then point it toward the file of exported contacts you created in the previous step.
And finally, click the “Import” button to import the saved contacts into your account.
The imported contacts will show up in your “My Contacts” list and you can also view just the imported contacts in a special group that’s named according to the date you did the importing.
And that’s all you have to do. Hopefully, given the apparent desire in their support forums, Google will at some point add the ability to automatically keep contacts from multiple accounts in sync. In the meantime, it’s pretty quick to just do an occasional export/import.
If you really need to keep your Google accounts in sync, there are a few third-party options out there, but we couldn’t find anything free that worked well. FullContact is the most well-regarded and reliable service, allowing you to keep up to five accounts synced up, including Google, iCloud, Outlook, and Office 365 accounts. It does run $9.99/month, though (or $99.99 for a year), which is a pretty high price to pay if you’re just looking for a little convenience. But depending on how important syncing is to you, the price may be worth it.
Mar 8, 2019, 10:24 am EST | 1 min read
Android gives you a few options for transferring your contacts to a new device. By default, everything should be synced when you set up a new device, but even if sync is disabled, it’s easy to move your contacts over.
The Easy Way: Sync With Your Google Account
Almost all Android devices sold outside of China come with Google services, including the ability to synchronize your contacts between devices. This should be enabled by default when you sign in with your Google account, but here’s how to make sure. We’re writing this guide using a Pixel 2 XL running Android 9.0, but it should look similar on other Android devices. We’re also using the stock Google Contacts apps, which you can download from the Play Store. These steps may not be the same on other Contact apps, so if you’re having issues, we recommend using Google Contacts.
Start by opening the Settings app and tapping “Accounts.”
Tap your Google account.
Tap “Account Sync.”
Ensure that the “Contacts” toggle is enabled. It must be on for your contacts to synchronize.
That’s it! Your existing contacts will synchronize with your Google account, and they’ll be there on any new Android phone you sign into.
The Manual Way: Backup and Restore the Contacts File
If your phone doesn’t offer Google services—or if you just want to copy things over yourself—you can back up a .vcf file that has all your contacts inside. Start by opening the Contacts app, then select the menu icon in the upper-left. Again, we’re using the Google Contacts app here.
Tap “Settings” on the menu.
Tap the “Export” option on the Settings screen.
Tap “Allow” on the permission prompt. This will give the Contacts app access to the photos, media, and files on your Android device.
Tap the “Save” button in the lower right.
You can move the .vcf file to your new phone by copying it to a USB drive, transferring it to a PC, or your favorite cloud service. When you get the file moved to the new phone, open the Contacts app again. Tap the menu icon in the upper-left.
Tap “Settings” on the menu.
Tap “Import” on the Settings screen.
Select “.vcf file” in the window that pops up.
Browse to the .vcf file from your previous phone and open it.
Your contacts will import to your new phone, and you can start calling and messaging your favorite people.
A very common question at my training sessions is ‘How do you transfer data between Google accounts?’ This usually comes from a teacher who began using their personal Google Drive for school purposes and now has a school G Suite account, who is planning on moving schools, or has students who are graduating and want to take their data with them.
In this three-part series I’ll cover everything you need to know about moving data between Google accounts. This includes data in Gmail, Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Sites, Google+ and YouTube.
Part 1 (this post) will cover how to transfer Gmail and Google Drive data from a G Suite for Education account (i.e. a school account) to another Google account (personal or G Suite).
Part 2 will cover how to transfer Google Drive data from a consumer Google account (i.e. your own personal Gmail account) to another Google account (personal or G Suite).
Part 3 will cover how to transfer Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Sites, Google+ and YouTube data between any two Google accounts.
So let’s get started!
Transferring Gmail and Google Drive data from a G Suite for Education account to another Google account
Google’s content transfer tool allows you to transfer email and Google Drive files from your school Google account to another Google account. This includes all your emails in Gmail, the documents you own in Google Drive and files in My Drive that you have edit access to. Files you access via a Team Drive, Shared with me or only have view access to will not be transferred. The transfer tool works by making copies of the files, so any changes you make to the copied files won’t affect the originals, and vice-versa.
Note: This tool is only available when transferring data from a G Suite for Education account. If you want to transfer Google Drive data from another type of account, check out ‘Transferring data between Google accounts – Part 2’.
To access the content transfer tool:
- Login to the G Suite for Education account you want to transfer content from.
- Click on your profile image (top right corner) and choose My Account .
- Locate the Personal info & privacy section and click Control your content .
- Locate the Transfer your content box and click Start transfer .
- The Transfer your content tool will launch, as shown below.
- Enter the email address of the Google account you want to copy the data to.
- Click the Send code button.
- Open the email account entered in step 6 and locate the email with the confirmation code. An example is shown below.
Note: We suggest opening the second Google account in a Chrome Incognito window, or a separate Chrome profile to avoid conflicts between accounts.
- Click the Get confirmation code button.
- A new tab will open with the confirmation code. Copy the code and close the tab.
Note: This code is only valid for 24 hours.
- Return to transfer your content tool in your school’s Google account. Paste in the code you copied in step 10 and click the Verify code button.
- Select the content you want to transfer.
- Click the Start transfer button.
The transfer process will now begin. It will usually be completed within a few hours, but can take up to one week to finish. This will depend on the amount of data you are transferring. You will notice your copied data gradually begin to appear in your Google account during this time. Transferred emails will be put in a label in Gmail with the name of your school account and the date you started the transfer. Transferred Drive files will be put in a Google Drive folder with the name of your school account and the date you started the transfer.
You will receive an email when the transfer process is complete. This will include a list of any Google Drive files that were not transferred. You can then transfer these using the method outlined in the next blog post in this series.
If you want to learn more about the transfer content tool, see this Google help article .
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If you use both Exchange and Gmail, you will want to keep your address books synchronized between both services. Comma separated value files can be imported and exported between Microsoft Outlook and Google Gmail to merge address book entries. Google Apps Sync can help your business automatically sync contact information between Outlook and Gmail.
Sync Outlook to Gmail
Click the “File” menu and then click “Options.” This opens the Outlook Options window.
Click “Advanced” and click “Export” in the Export section. The Import and Export wizard opens.
Click “Export to a File” and then click the “Next” button.
Click “Comma Separated Value (DOS)” and then click the “Next” button.
Click on the contacts folder you wish to export and then click the “Next” button.
Enter a filename and choose a location on your computer to save the file to. Click the “Next” button and then click the “Finish” button.
Log in to your Google Gmail account (link in Resources).
Click “Contacts” and then click “Import.”
Click on “Browse” under the Import Contacts section.
Navigate to the file you saved in CSV format and then click “Open.”
Click “Import.” Your Gmail contacts will now include the entries you imported from Outlook.
Sync Gmail to Outlook
Log in to your Google Gmail account (link in Resources).
Click “Contacts” and then click “More Actions.”
Click on “Export” and then choose the contact group you want to export. Choose “All Contacts” to export all of your Gmail contacts.
Choose “Outlook CSV” for the file format and then click “Export.”
Save the file to a location on your computer. Click “Close.”
Open Outlook and click the “File” menu.
Click “Import” and then “Import From Another Program or File.” Click “Next.”
Click the “Comma Separated Value (DOS)” option and then click “Next.”
Navigate to and choose the file you saved in CSV format.
Click “Do Not Import Duplicate Items” and then click “Next.”
Click on the Outlook contacts folder you want to import your Gmail contacts to, and then click “Next.”
Click “Finish.” Your Outlook contacts folder will now include the entries you imported from Gmail.
Google Apps Sync
Exit Microsoft Outlook and any other mail program running on your computer.
Log in to your Google Apps for Business, Education or Government account. Sign up for a free trial if qualified from the Google Apps for Business website (link in Resources).
Download Google Apps Sync (link in Resources) and then open the file.
Install Google Apps Sync. Click “Yes” when prompted to allow the setup wizard to make changes to your computer.
Enter your Google Apps account and password and check “Remember Me.” This will enable synchronization each time you open your Outlook account.
Click “Import Data From an Existing Profile” and then choose your Exchange profile from the drop-down list.
Scroll down the options and check “Contacts.” Then click “Create Profile.”
Enter your Exchange username and password when prompted.
Click “Start Microsoft Outlook” after the setup has been completed. Select your Google Apps profile from the drop-down list when prompted. The sync will occur automatically every time you open your Google Apps profile with Microsoft Outlook.
- Google: Google Apps: Install and Import
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- Google: Importing CSV Files
- Office: Import Google Gmail Contacts Into Outlook
- Google Apps for Business
- Google Apps: Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook
- Google Apps: Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook
- Google: Gmail
- If your Exchange profile does not appear when configuring Google Apps Sync, you may need to download the Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook tool (link in Resources).
- It may take up to 24 hours to sync information from Outlook to Google Apps via Google Apps Sync.
- Google Apps Sync must first be enabled on the domain by your system administrator.
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It is easy to move your important information stored in Google Apps, whether you need to transfer data into your account or transfer data out of your account. Sometimes there is a need to share data, like Contacts or Contact Groups, with another Google account. Maybe you need to share an important contact group with a colleague or friend, or maybe you want to transfer your contacts from a personal Gmail account to your work Google Apps account. Whatever the scenario, it is simple to export and/or import all or some of your Google contacts.
Export Gmail Contacts
The following are steps for exporting Gmail Contacts to a CSV file:
3. Click the More button at the top of the screen, and then select Export from the list.
4. In the window that pops up, you can select which contacts to export. Select All Contacts if you want to export all contacts. If you only want to export a single Contact Group, select the desired group from the drop-down list. In the example below, we selected to export only the “My Contacts” group, which will include any contact groups under “My Contacts.”
6. Click Export.
7. Depending on your default download location and settings (manage in Chrome), you may be asked to select a location to save the .csv file. If prompted with a “Save as” window, choose a download location, type a file name and click Save. If you are not prompted with a “Save as” window, your file will be saved in your default download location.
Now that you’ve exported your Gmail contacts to a CSV file, you are ready to import the file into another Google account or provide the file to a friend or colleague who needs to import the contacts to their Google account.
Import Gmail Contacts
3. Click Import Contacts in the left sidebar.
4. Click Choose File, and then navigate to the folder where you saved your .csv file when completing the steps to export contacts from another account.
6. Click Import.
6. After import is completed, a contact group named “Imported
As you can see, it is very simple to move contacts to and from different Google accounts. If you’re ever dissatisfied with an import, you can use Google’s Contact Restore feature to undo a recent import and revert your contact list back to a previous state within the past 30 days. Check out Dito’s previous post for instructions: How To Restore Contacts in Google Apps.
Contacts are very important on our phones because everyone needs contacts to get in touch with the relatives, friends, and family. So many times it happens when you need to transfer your contacts from one device to another. If you have purchased a new phone, you will need to transfer the contacts as you cannot copy all the contacts from one device to another. Similarly, if you want to share your contacts with your another device, you will need a method to do this. So, in this post, you will learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone easily in 4 ways.
4 Methods to Transfer Contacts From iPhone to iPhone
When it comes to iPhone, it provides us different ways to do this. We have a lot of methods of transferring contacts from one device to another. It doesn’t matter you are using the same iCloud account on either devices or the different one. We will explain to you how to shift contacts from one iPhone to another.
1. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Using iCloud
The quickest way to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another is using the backup and restore option. In this way, you will backup your contacts on the device in which you have contacts, and you will restore your contacts on the other device. All this is done through iCloud. In this method, both the devices must be running the same iCloud account.
Another way of doing this job is using the sync option. This method is also applicable when both the devices are running the same iCloud account. In this way, you will need to follow some steps which are mentioned below.
Step 1: Initial to all, click on the Settings option on your mobile and click on iCloud.
Step 2: You will see a list of different things including photos, mail, and calendars. You need to click on Contacts option to make it checked.
Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes
Step 3: After clicking on the contacts option, the iCloud will start syncing the contacts to the iCloud.
Step 4: You will have to wait for a few minutes to complete the syncing process.
Step 5: Now on the other device, repeat the same process to start syncing the process.
Step 6: After some time, the iCloud will complete the syncing, and the contacts will be transferred to the other device.
Alternatively, you can log into the web interface of iCloud and download your contacts to the Computer. Then you can upload them to Gmail or Google Contacts and sync with your device.
Export iPhone contacts to vCard
To do that, just sign into your iCloud account from your Computer, go to the Contacts section, select all contacts and click on the Export vCard option to download your contacts.
2. Transfer Contacts to New iPhone using Google Contacts
Another way to transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone is to use your Gmail account. Follow the steps below to do that easily:
- Sign in with the same Google account on both devices.
- Go to Settings -> Mail -> Accounts -> Gmail and enable to Contacts option to sync your contacts.
- Your Contacts will be transferred to the new device in few minutes.
Transfer contacts from one iPhone to another using Gmail
This method can be used to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone or vice versa.
3. Transfer Contacts from One iPhone to another using iTunes
Another way to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another is to use iTunes. Below are the steps to transfer your contacts using iTunes:
- Connect the old iPhone to your Computer and open iTunes.
- Select the device from the top -> click Info and click Sync Contacts.
- Click on the Sync button to sync your contacts with your Computer.
- After that, disconnect the old iPhone and connect the new iPhone.
- Make sure that the Sync Contacts option is selected.
- From the Advanced option, make sure that the Contacts option is selected.
- Click Sync to transfer your contacts from the old device to the new one.
Transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud
After you click the Sync button, all contacts will be removed from the new device and they will be replaced with the new contacts. If you want to merge your contacts we recommend you to use this method.
4. Transfer Contacts from iPhone to iPhone Using an App
You can easily transfer your contacts using an app, and you will need a computer to do this. Here is the process of transferring the contacts.
Step 1: First of all, download any app that provides transfer of contacts from one iPhone to another like My Contacts Backup or AnyTrans. In this article, we are going to use AnyTrans.
Step 2: Download and install AnyTrans on your Mac or Windows PC.
Step 3: Now connect your both devices to the PC or Mac using the USB cable.
Step 4: Open the AnyTrans app and click on the Clone Device option.
Click Clone device to transfer everything from iPhone to iPhone
Step 5: Select the Source and the target device to start the transfer.
Copy contacts from iPhone to iPhone on Computer
Step 6: Now select the contacts option to transfer all contacts to the another iPhone.
Sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone on Mac or PC
Step 7: Click on the next button (the right arrow) to start the contacts transferring process.
Clone data from iPhone to iPhone on Computer
Hence you can easily transfer contacts from one iPhone to another. You can use any app to transfer the contacts. You can also use the backup and restore option which is the quickest and easiest way.
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In this particular guide we catering to Android users who want to move their contacts to another Android phone or to an iPhone.
There are several ways to do transfer contacts, none of which require any special knowhow. We’ll outline each of the methods in turn.
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1) Transferring your contacts via Google Cloud
The simplest way to transfer your contacts from your current Android phone to another handset is to take advantage of the very reliable Google Cloud back-up service, which is available on all Android devices.
The great advantage of transferring your contacts this way is that once you’ve set up Google Cloud you won’t have to worry about transferring contacts again in future.
That’s because from thereon in, they’ll be synchronised with any of your Android devices in which you have signed in with your Google account.
If you’re already signed in with your Google account, it’s likely that the contacts are already synced.
If you’re unsure, go to Settings > Accounts > Google and check that Contacts is switched on:
If it’s not, activate it and in a few minutes all your contacts will be synced to your Google account.
If you use Gmail, the contacts should also appear there, complete with telephone numbers.
If you’re switching to another Android phone, you’ll be prompted to enter your Google details when you first set it up.
If that’s not the case, go to Settings > Accounts > Add new + and choose Google.
In a few minutes, all your contacts will appear on your new Android phone
If you’re switching to an iPhone (or iPad), open the Settings app. Select **Accounts > Add Account > and select “Google”.
Your Google contacts will be synced in the Contacts app.
2) Transfer your contacts by saving them to SIM
If you’re not happy with linking all of your contacts with your Google account, or you don’t plan to set up a Google account on your new phone, you can use the old-fashioned method of storing your contacts on your SIM.
First of all, make sure the SIM card from your previous phone fits into your new handset.
This is critical, because if it doesn’t fit you won’t be able to transfer your contacts using this method.
Checked the SIM fits? It does, you say? Good news. The next step is to take your old phone and open the Contacts app and find the settings menu.
This may look different depending on your phone, but it is generally located on the top right of your main Contacts screen.
Your next move is choose Import/Export(or just Export on some phones), then “Export to SIM card”
Now you can transfer your contacts into your new phone using your old SIM.
If you’re transferring to a new Android phone, insert the old SIM and open Contacts, then Settings > Import/Export > Import from SIM card.
If you’re transferring to a new iPhone, go to Settings > Contacts and then Import SIM contacts.
Once the transfer is complete you can swap the old SIM with the new.
3) Switching from Android to an iPhone? You can use Apple’s Move to iOS
Apple’s extremely handy Move to iOS app is probably the best tool to help with you switch from an Android to an iPhone.
As well transferring contacts, this neat app also syncs all your messages, photos, calendars and even suggests iOS alternatives to your existing Android apps.
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06-26-2018 11:41 AM
I have a Samsung S8, running Oreo. Up until a few days ago, the contacts on my phone would sync with my Google account.
After noticing that was no longer the case, I discovered that Google has broken contact out of GMail into a separate App called Contacts. I suspect that is why my phone’s contacts will not sync with my Google information.
My question is how do get my phone to sync with this separate Google Contact App? What changes must I make to items phone contact sysnc’s with?
Very much appreciate assistance As I use Google information at the “intermediary” between my phone and my PC
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07-02-2018 08:08 AM
Appreciate the checklist, but have been using Google as an “intermediary” between my desktop and phone for quite some time.
As you probably know, Google took contacts out of GMail and have made it a separate App; when I wrote my post it was a day after that had occured and apparently mappings and the like still had to be ironed out.
Since then everthing is back to working very well
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07-01-2018 12:17 PM
Most Android devices, automatically sync your contacts when you first turn on your phone and sign into your Google Account. Make sure to add your Google Account to your Android device. You should now see your contacts from your phone in your Google contacts. If you do not see them, then check to be sure you have it set to sync your Contacts to your Gmail account and not your phone. Let us know if this helps.
- Make sure that you have Gmail installed on your device.
- Go to Settings, then go to Accounts and Sync.
- Enable the Accounts and syncing service.
- Select your Gmail account from the email accounts set up.
- Make sure that you’ve enabled the Sync Contacts option.
- Press Sync now button and wait until all the phone contacts have been successfully synchronized with your Gmail account.
- Now open Gmail in your web browser and click the Gmail text link that is listed on the upper left side of the Gmail profile.
- Select Contacts. You should see a page listing the contacts from your Android smartphone.
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Whether you finally decided to shed [email protected] for a more professional handle or you want to swap Google accounts for less embarrassing reasons, Google doesn’t have a built-in system for migrating your data to a new account. So we figured it out.
UPDATE: Google now has many official transfer processes for their services. To learn how to use them, check out this post .
How to Migrate Your Google Data from One Account to Another
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A lot of us have a ton of data stored in Google’s services, but if you want to migrate to a new Google account, you’ll need to do some digging. Here’s how to migrate your data from Google’s most popular services (Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Blogger, and YouTube) from your current account (hereafter referred to as “Account 1”) to your new account (hereafter, “Account 2”) while incurring the least amount of data loss.
A few of the services (such as Google Reader) adhere to some fairly universal import/export standards that make it easy, whereas other services (such as newer YouTube accounts) may require you to start from scratch to keep full functionality. In these few cases, we’ll note what you can do and what you’ll lose by using that method instead of starting over.
Note: Unfortunately, Google Apps has still not caught up to regular Google Accounts in terms of available services. While some of these (such as Calendar and Documents) will work for migrating to a Google Apps account, other services (such as Reader or Voice) are still not available to Google Apps at this time. I’ll note where the service is not available to Apps users, as well as when they need to go through a different process of migrating that particular service.
Migrating all your email from one Gmail account to another is a fairly involved process—and one which we detailed in our guide to changing your Gmail account without losing your email . So hit up that original guide for your Gmail migration, then come back for the rest.
How to Migrate Email from One Gmail Account to Another
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Migrating Google Calendar
There are two ways to migrate your Google Calendar. One of them takes a bit longer, but we’ll only use that method for your main calendar (the one that, by default, is named after your Gmail address). All of the sub-calendars, or “delegates”, of the account are easier to migrate, so we’ll do that second.
To migrate your main calendar, go into your Google Calendar settings and click on the Calendars tab. You’ll see an option to export all your calendars, at once, to your hard drive in iCalendar format. Export them to your drive and unzip them if necessary.
Next, go to your new account (it’s easiest to have each account logged into Google in a separate browser), go to Settings > Calendar Settings > Calendars and create a new one. Name it whatever you like, click Create Calendar, and then hit the import button at the bottom of the page. Choose the .ical file corresponding to your main calendar and upload it, choosing the empty Google Calendar you just created as its destination. You’ll see that it shows up in calendar view.
If you have more calendars you want to import beyond the default, we’re just going to share them with the other account. Go back to the Calendars tab of Account 1’s settings and hit the “Share This Calendar” button next to a calendar. Type in the Account 2’s address and hit Enter. Change the permissions in the drop-down window to “Make Changes AND Manage Sharing” and hit Save. Account 2 will receive an email saying that you’ve shared a calendar, and provide a confirmation link. The first time you receive an invitation, you’ll need to click on this link, but afterward the calendar will just show up automatically. You can then go back to the Calendars tab of your new account’s settings, hit the “Shared: Edit Settings” link and remove Account 1 at the bottom, by clicking the trash can icon. (This removes Account 1 from sharing the calendar, so Account 2 is left with full ownership of the calendar.) Repeat this for each of your calendars and you’ll have migrated everything you need. This method works for both regular Google accounts as well as Google Apps.
Migrating Google Docs
If you’re migrating to a regular Google account, transferring your Google Docs is easy. Just select all the documents you want to migrate, go to the More Actions drop down menu, and choose Change Owner. Type in Account 2’s address in the box that comes up. You’ll see all your documents in Account 2.
Unfortunately, Google Docs does not allow you to change the owner to someone of a different domain, meaning migrating your documents to a Google Apps account takes a bit longer. Luckily, it’s still pretty easy. Select all the documents you want to transfer, go to the More Actions drop down, and click on Export. This will compress all the documents into a zip file and download it to your hard drive. Afterward, you can go to Account 2 and hit the Upload button in the top left corner, and choose all the documents you just downloaded. It’ll take a bit longer, but you still won’t lose any functionality or data, which is nice.
Note that any documents for which you are a collaborator but not the owner will not transfer correctly with either of these methods; you’ll need to contact the owner of those documents and tell them to re-share them with your new account.