Do you have two Google+ profiles? Have you thought of closing one of them or moving your Google+ profile to another account? I recently switched my Google+ profile to another account and while I thought it would be painless, but it wasn’t quite so. If you plan on doing this in the future, here are some tips to keep in mind.
First, keep in mind that once you request the transfer it won’t begin for another 7 days. However, it does give you this time to cancel the transfer if you change your mind.
Second, decide which of the two accounts is going to be your source account and which will be your destination account. In my case, the source was my old regular Gmail account and my destination account was my Goopply account (aka My Google Apps email account).
Next, if you are planning on taking your data with you can create an archive first of your Google+ stream data, using Google Takeout. In my case, I didn’t have any valuable data I wanted to keep so I didn’t do this step. However if you do you, just click Choose Services at the top of the page and select Google Stream, then click Archive. After this, please be patient: it may take a while to complete this depending on the amount of data you have.
Now to transfer your Google+ circles, click Transfer your Google+ connections to another account. You will then go through some general procedures and disclaimers about the process. It will then ask you to pick your source account and destination account.
Once the transfer actually begins, Google says it will take up to 7 days, but realistically it’s more like 48 to 72 hours. In my specific case, it took 72 hours. But again, remember that prior to this, there is a 7-day waiting period in which you can choose cancel the request, that you just have to wait out. During the transfer, you will have very limited access to you profile and won’t be able to join or start Google+ Hangouts, which caused a minor inconvenience to me when I needed to be in a Hangout one of the days during the transfer. (Thankfully we had Skype as a fallback option.)
All in all, the process was worth it in my situation. I wanted to get all the Google services I used under one account, and not spread across the several Google accounts that I had, and this transition helped me complete it. This process can be a little bit of a pain, and if you’re trying to transition with not much time to spare, this process will be a test of patience.
So what are your thoughts on the process? Have you had success or failure with the process yourself? Would you hesitate to try this process or gladly do this if you we’re in my situation? Sounds your thoughts below – I’d love to hear what you got to say!