Since the launch of Google+ pages we were asked from a large number of our readers about How would i transfer my google+ account and circles from one account to another?
The reason was most of the users who created google+ pages for their businesses / sites created a new google account or profile (due to the fact that it was not possible to have multiple admin’s for a page).
Later when the G+ team released the multiple admin and ownership feature in pages, page owners asked the reverse; How would i take the relationship (i.e circles, followers) that i built in a page to another google+ profile?
Fortunately G+ team took note of this pressing requirement and was working on it. That tool now called as Google+ circles transfer tool is ready and immediately available as part of Google+ takeout.
What happens before transfer?
- Once transfer requested using takeout, there is a 7 day waiting period before the transfer begins
- You could cancel the transfer during this period (after 7 days you can’t cancel the transfer)
- Once used this tool cannot be used for another 6 months (for the same accounts)
What happens during transfer?
- Google+ account operates with limited functionality
- Source/destination accounts cannot share content
- Add or delete people from circles is not allowed
- You can’t block or ignore people
What happens after transfer?
- Circles or connections are copied to your destination google+ account
- Blocks and ignore are copied
- Duplicate circle names are merged
- Profile, posts or comments won’t be transferred
- If source profile is used for authorship (i.e linking your website to your google+ profile) it won’t be updated
- Your circles will see the destination profile (you could still see your source profile)
- When you are comfortable you could delete your source profile using the downgrade page
Detailed explanation can be found on the help page. We are convinced that this Google+ circles transfer tool would help a lot of folks to eliminate some duplicate accounts and just focus on building and promoting a single profile or page.
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