I have two google accounts, call them A and B. A shared a folder, call it A-Drive, with B. B should be able to do an "Add to My Drive" -- but that action is not available. How can this be fixed?

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You can add just a shortcut (from 3/2020). There is a workaround: you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Z and old the feature appears. You can add the shared folder to your Drive (works also in Google Sync).

More info here.

  • This still works, not sure why was it downvoted.
    – Chema
    Sep 25, 2020 at 21:45
  • Incredible! I can't believe that this is there as a hidden feature. Works perfectly.
    – Tim Mackey
    May 13, 2021 at 2:32

The problem turned out to be caused by having a situation where A and B had both been logged in in the same browser at some point in recent memory. Here's the procedure I finally found to solve this problem:

Use two different browsers for this work, e.g. Opera and Chrome.

  • In Browser A, log in as B, then log out; now log in as A.

  • In Browser B, log in as A, then log out; now log in as B.

  • Unshare the A-Drive folder and save. Now share it again.

Now you can go to Browser B and do "Add to My Drive" for the A-Drive folder.

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    you can do it too with incognito mode window - no need for 2 different browsers
    – user0
    Jul 21, 2018 at 2:00
  • @user0 - do you want to write an answer, or put a link in a comment? I've never done incognito mode, sounds intriguing. Jul 21, 2018 at 2:03
  • not sure if its worth to be an answer. just press CTRL+SHIFT+N in chrome/opera or CTRL+SHIFT+P in firefox
    – user0
    Jul 21, 2018 at 2:09

Had the same problem. The way I fixed it is by changing the ownership of the shared folder from A to B. After that it appeared in Google Drive of B automatically. And if You change ownership back from B to A - it will still be in Google Driver B.

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