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How to Use Google Photos Backup Desktop App?

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Nov, 20, 2019 | 4 mins read

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You can back up photos, videos and files, etc to Google Drive and Google Photos with Backup and Sync application installed on your desktop.

This article is a little bit long, you could select the section you are interested in from the following guidances to read.

Introduction to Google Photos Backup Desktop App

Google Photos auto backup desktop is a kind of Google photos sync tool released by Google. The oldest one called Picasa is a discontinued image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. Picasa was originally created by a company named Lifescape and later was acquired by Google.

On February 12, 2016, Google replaced Picasa with Google Photos and replace its photos/videos uploading service with Desktop Uploader.

On June 28, 2017, Desktop Uploader was replaced with Google Backup and Sync which can not only upload photos but also files to Google Drive. Upload can be made from any PC, any phone, camera, or other device which is connected and synced to the application.

How to Set Google Photos Auto Backup PC?

For users who have been using Desktop Uploader, they can update it directly to Google Backup and Sync. For those new users, they need to download Backup and Sync App first.

Step 1. Install it on your desktop.
Step 2. Sign in your Google account that you have been using for Google Photos.


Sign in Google Account
Sign in Google Account

Step 3. Choose “Back up photos and videos”, or “Back up all file types”and click “Next” button.


Choose Back Up Photos and Videos
Choose Back Up Photos and Videos

Step 4. Specify which folders you would like to back up to Google Photos and Google Drive. You can also backup photos/videos to Google Photos and Google Drive either by selecting high quality or by original quality option.


Select Folders to Back Up
Select Folders to Back Up

Notes:

  • If you select “High quality” option, photos will be compressed to save space. If a photo is larger than 16MP
    , it will be resized to 16MP.
  • If you select “Original quality” option, it will use the storage space of your Google account. All photos and videos are stored in the same resolution that you took them.

Step 5. Click “Start” and wait for the process to complete. It may take minutes to hours to complete depending on number of photos you are uploading.

Notes:

  • If you delete a photo or video through your computer, it won’t be deleted in Google Photos.
  • If you delete a photo or video from Google Photos, it remains on your  Google Drive and your computer.

Following above steps, you can easily sync photos and videos or files to your Google Photos and Google Drive. So if you want to download Google photos to PC, is there any way that can do it directly? Continue to read the following parts to find the answer.

How to Download Google Photos to PC?

Solution 1: Download Photos from Google Drive with Google Photos Backup Desktop App

Since you have installed Backup and Sync app on your PC, you may find it can help you download photos from your Google Drive to local computer.

Step 1. Right click Backup and Sync icon on your PC and click three vertical dots and click "Preferences".


Backup and Sync Icon
Backup and Sync Icon

Step 2. At the left panel, click “Google Drive”.


Select Google Drive on the Left Panel
Select Google Drive on the Left Panel

Step 3. Select “Sync My Drive to this computer” option.


Select My Drive to Computer
Select My Drive to Computer

Step 4. Select “Sync only these folders" and select “Google Photos” and click “Ok”.


Sync Only Folders
Sync Only Folders

The process will be running and your photos will be downloaded to your PC. They will be placed under C:\Users\Username\Google Drive by default. In addition to Google Photos Backup desktop app, you can complete downloading photos to your PC via broswer.

Solution 2: Download Photos to PC through Broswer

Step 1. Open Google Photos website.

Step 2. Select photos you want to download.

Step 3. Click the More options or the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the interface, click “Download” button and wait for the process to complete.


Download Photos through Google Photos
Download Photos through Google Photos

Following above steps, you can not only get photos and videos or files uploaded to your Google Photos and Google Drive easily, but also sync photos to your local PC. So you can select any method from above steps to achieve your goal according to your demand.

Notes:

  • To disable Google Photos backup desktop app, you can either click on the Backup and Sync icon in status bar > Settings (three dots) > Quit Backup and Sync; or, directly sign out of your account.
  • If Google photos backup stuck, you can solve it by restart computer, re-connect your account, re-install the app, clear app data/cache, etc.

Free Cloud Transfer Manager – MultCloud

If you want to copy your Google Drive photos, videos, files, etc to other cloud drive storage like Google Photos, Flickr, etc for a double insurance or sparing out Google Drive space to save more uploaded items from local PC, you can rely a professional cloud to cloud file transfer manager, MultCloud. Let's take an example of transferring photos from Google Drive to Google Photos.

Step 1. Create an account of MultCloud.


Create an account
Create an account

Step 2. Add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud.


Add Google Drive and Google Photos
Add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud

Step 3.Transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos with “Cloud Transfer”.


Transfer Google Drive to Google Photos
Transfer Google Drive to Google Photos

Notes:

  • As long as the transfer task starts, you can close the page and even shut down your PC because MultCloud can run your task at the background.
  • You can enable “Schedule” feature for your task and MultCloud can run your task as scheduled.
  • If you want to sync photos from OneDrive to Google Photos, you can try “Cloud Sync” feature with MultCloud.

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