This article is for administrators of Google Workspace for Education.
Let students and staff use Google Takeout to copy their Drive files and Gmail messages to another Google Account. For example, graduating students can copy and transfer data to their personal Google Account.
Learn about how users Copy content from a school account to another account
To manage data transfer for other Google services, such as YouTube or Google Photos, go to Allow or block Takeout for users.
What users can copy and transfer
By default, the Takeout transfer permission is turned on for all organizational units. The permission lets users download their Gmail and Drive data:
- Gmail: Copy and transfer their email (not contacts, chats, or tasks).
- Drive: Users can transfer copies of documents and folders they own in My Drive.
No documents are deleted during the process; copies are created in the new account while the original documents remain unchanged. No data is copied if you turn off file sharing outside of your domain.
Step 1: Set transfer permissions
For this step, you need admin privileges for Organizational Units (top-level), and Service Settings.
In the Admin console, go to Menu AccountGoogle Takeout.
- Click Additional transfer permissions.
- Check or uncheck Allow users in this organizational unit to access Transfer your content.
- (Optional) To allow or not allow an organizational unit:
- At the left, select the organizational unit.
- To change, check or uncheck the setting.
- Choose one:
- If the Service status is set to Inherited and you want to keep the updated setting, even if the parent setting changes, click Override.
- If the Service status is set to Overridden, either click Inherit to revert to the same setting as its parent, or click Save to keep the new setting, even if the parent setting changes.
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- Click Save.
Step 2. Make sure your settings allow data transfer
Make sure Google Takeout for Gmail and Drive is turned on for users. Otherwise, users won’t be able to access the Transfer your content tool even when it is enabled. Additionally, external sharing must be turned on for Drive for users to copy and transfer the Drive files they own to a consumer Google account.
For more information, go to Allow or block Google Takeout, View which apps are turned on for a user, group, or organizational unit, and Manage external sharing for your organization.