So Google finally release Google+ or Google Apps user on 27th October to the delight of many users like ourselves. Over we headed to Google+ and started on the task of setting ourselves up under our Google Apps accounts having fun in the process... until we discovered we couldn't merge our old @gmail.com based accounts with our sparkley new Apps based account. Oh dear!
Upon further inspection, it seems that this option isn't available at the current time. According to Google, here's what to expect:
"For those of you who’ve already started using Google+ with a personal Google Account and would prefer to use your Google Apps account, we’re building a migration tool to help you move over. With this tool, you won’t have to rebuild your circles, and people who’ve already added you to their circles will automatically be connected to your new profile. We expect this migration option to be ready in a few weeks, so if you’d like, you can go ahead and get started with your Apps account today and merge your connections once the tool is available."
So it seems that it will soon be possible to merge your old Gmail based Google+ account with your new Google Apps based account. We're eaglery counting down the next few weeks when the merging will begin!
We are still left wondering though, will we be able to merge multiple Google Apps accounts in to a single Google+ account?
8th Nov Update
We have just come across a help article from Google+ that suggests moving (not merging) your contacts from one account to another. There are a few ways in which you can do this:
- Share your Circles from your old profile with your new one.
- Export your contacts from Gmail or Google Contacts. The bonus with this method is that for every person you add to a Circle in Google+, a new contact entry is created either in Gmail or Google Contact. Nice. After you have exported to a CSV file, open your new profile, go to Circles > Find People > Upload Address Book.
There is a catch when using the 'Share your Circles' method - only up to 500 people in a circle will be shared.
The catch when using the 'Export your Contacts' method is that when uploading, Google+ has no way of differentiating between regular contacts and those from your previous Google+ account. The work around is to create a contact group before you do the export.
There is currently no method to transfer uploaded content from one Google+ account to another, although you can transfer your data using Google Takeout.
Google also state, "We're working on solutions to improve Google+ and make migrating your circles easier. We hope to have this ready soon. If you have a lot of connections, you may want to wait before re-creating circles in your new Google+ profile."