Last updated: June 5, 2018
What is a Team Drive ?
Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device.
Unlike files in My Drive, files in Team Drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done.
- Ideal for collaborating in small to medium sized groups (project teams, classes, research groups, campus organizations).
- Unlimited storage, integration with Drive File Stream.
- NOT well-suited for large groups, where complex permissions may be required.
USING TEAM DRIVES
- Add Files and Folders - Learn how to create folders and add and open files.
- Organize Files - Find instructions for how to move, delete, restore, and search for files.
- Share and Collaborate - Share files with people who are not part of the designated team.
There are certain limitations migrating existing My Drive content into Team Drives.
- You cannot move a folder from My Drive to a Team Drive (this can be done administratively if needed, see the request form below for details). Only files can be migrated, although you can move multiple files at a time.
- Because you cannot move a folder, you must recreate a folder in Team Drive, folder permissions are not moved. If you have given other users access to a folder on your My Drive, you will need to grant those permissions again in Team Drive.
- You can only move files that you own from My Drive into a Team Drive, any files in your My Drive that are owned by someone else will not be moved. Those files will be copied, and the original file will remain in the original My Drive.
- Moving files to a Team Drive will change the ownership from an individual to the team.
- File permissions and links do not change. People who are not Team Drive members can still access the file with previously granted permission.
- There are Team Drive Limits related to maximum number files, uploads, membership and folder depth.