Alternatives to Google Shared Drives

Last updated: November 15, 2022

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On August 25, 2021, UW-IT disabled the creation of new Google Shared Drives in UW Google. This change was made as part of the UW Google Changes Project. Please be aware that the options below are suggestions that likely will not have a one-to-one experience match with that of using Google Shared Drives.

While planning your Google data migration, please see the following guidance on records management from UW Records Management Services.

Use UW Google with a personal UW NetID 

In many cases, using UW Google with a personal UW NetID may be an adequate solution. The ability to collaborate on documents or projects in Google Drive persists for individual UW Google accounts. 

Use UW Office 365 Collaboration Services

For situations where an individual UW Google account is not suitable, UW Office 365 offers collaboration services such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft 365 Groups that may offer a similar experience.


As with all IT-related needs, please be sure to consult with your local IT experts on solutions specific to your situation, or contact the UW-IT Technology Service Center at or 206-221-5000.