What’s the difference between Flickr and Google Photos?

Why need to backup Flickr to Google Drive? If you know the difference between them, you can answer this question.

Flickr is a Yahoo!-owned service. It is a web-based photo management application that designed for backing up, syncing or transferring photos & videos to cloud storage and accessing them from anywhere. After creating an account, you can get 1TB Free storage space. Flickr has a very powerful mobile camera which makes it easy to take expert photos in high resolution. It also has a lot of features packed into its offering, from an excellent image searching tool (type in “flower” and it will find all your best buds) to in-the-cloud editing options.

Google Photos is developed by Google company. When you store your images in Google Photos, you can visit them in Google Drive too because they all use single Google account. Google Drive is a cloud storage & file synchronization service. It is used to backup photos, videos, documents, all kinds of files to cloud and access them from anywhere on any device. Google Photos’ features and utilities are similar to Flickr. Each has its own merits. Following is a table of comparison.

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Flickr has a disadvantage that there's no way to automatically download photos in Flickr to local hard disk, this will take a few extra steps and manual downloads. Although Flickr provides a desktop app, its only function is for uploading rather than downloading. However, Google Photos’ desktop uploader has more options than Flickr’s uploader does, such as automatically uploading photos and videos from external media, uploading RAW files, and choosing between standard and full photo resolution.

If you have an account of Google, the advantage is obvious, you can have everything in one place under one login (e.g. email, Google+, Photos, Youtube, etc). For backing up videos, Google Photos is better since there's no length limitation. So transferring Flickr to Google Drive is necessary. We believe that folks may transfer Flickr photos to Google Photos for different kinds of reasons. Because Google bundles Google Drive and Google Photos together, so backing up Flickr to Google Drive is the same as moving Flickr photos to Google Photos.

Backup Flickr to Google Drive by MultCloud

Flickr and Google Drive can’t be connected directly, but with a third-party tool called MultCloud, they can be combined in one place. MultCloud is a free web app for managing multiple clous services. It is very easy to use.

1. Now you can experience without registering. Just click “Experience without signing up” on the home page. MultCloud will provide you a random username and password.

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2. Add Google Drive.

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Select Google Drive

Clouds supported by MultCloud are: Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, Amazon Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Alfresco, Hubic, Evernote, OneDrive, MEGA, CloudMe, Cubby, MyDrive, WEB.DE, Yandex, HiDrive, MySQL, MediaFire, ownCloud, ADrive, BaiDu, WebDav and FTP/SFTP.

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Type a display name

3. Add Flickr.

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1. Both adding Google Drive and Flickr don’t need username and password. When you click the add button, it will switch to their official page to complete authorization. It is safe to use MultCloud.

2. You can add unlimited Flickr accounts in MultClous, transferring photos between two Flickr accounts within MultCloud is possible.

4. Copy Flickr to Google Drive

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Notes: You can also select “Copy to” or directly drag and drop like in Windows explorer.

News:MultCloud developed a Google Chrome app. We highly recommend you to add this extension. You can find it from here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/transfer-to-google-drived/dhkemmehlndncfkilljmpeacciajkfag. And click here to learn how to use.

Updates: Now MultCloud supports syncing between two cloud services. Click here to learn.


Now you see, with the help of MultCloud, you can simply migrate Flickr to Google Drive. MultCloud supports many famous clouds that you can backup Flickr to anywhere as you like. For example: Backup Flickr to Dropbox. You can also preview pictures in MultCloud. MultCloud is a great tool. If you think MultCloud is good, bind your email and change the default password as well as username, and establish your own MultCloud account.

For more options of backup and transfer, please switch to Transfer panel and try yourself. A highlight feature is scheduled file copy.

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Multcloud Key Features

  • Cloud Transfer

    Transfer files in cloud drives, FTP and WebDav for easily file management and information delivery.

  • Cloud Sync

    Sync two clouds or directories in two clouds through two-way sync or one-way sync.

  • Cloud Explorer

    Combine multiple cloud storages into one and manage them like in Windows explorer.