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.
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.
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.
Step 3. Choose “Back up photos and videos”, or “Back up all file types”and click “Next” button.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Step 2. At the left panel, click “Google Drive”.
Step 3. Select “Sync My Drive to this computer” option.
Step 4. Select “Sync only these folders" and select “Google Photos” and click “Ok”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 2. Add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud.
Step 3.Transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos with “Cloud Transfer”.
MultCloud Supports Clouds
Multcloud Key Features
Transfer files in clouds, FTP and WebDav for easily file management & information delivery.
Sync two clouds or directories in two clouds through two-way sync or one-way sync.
Combine multiple cloud storages into one and manage them like in Windows explorer.