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User Case: How to Move Pictures from Google Drive to Dropbox?

"Hi, I've purchased the paid version of Google Drive, but now I'm thinking of not buying it and moving the data in it to Dropbox. In the process of uploading and downloading, the system keeps prompting failure, I have tried many times. Is there any way to move important photos from Google Drive to Dropbox without uploading and downloading? "

Why Choose to Move/Transfer Photos from Google Drive to Dropbox?

Google Drive to Dropbox
Google Drive to Dropbox

Google Drive is a cloud storage and sync service that lets you back up photos, videos, and important files. Google Drive offers 5 GB of free storage for your files, photos and videos. If you need more storage space, you can upgrade to the various paid plans available. Google Drive's paid plan has a minimum of 100GB, $1.99 per month, and a maximum of unlimited space (The price needs to be sold in consultation). 

Dropbox and Google Drive offer similar services, allowing you to back up your photos, videos, and files so you can access them from any device. Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage. Dropbox's paid plans start at $11.99 per month for 2TB and go up to $25 per month for unlimited space.

As cloud storage services, Dropbox vs Google Drive has differences in file sync and sharing.

  • Dropbox is faster in file sync. There is a delay when syncing data across devices in Google Drive. For example, photos may not update quickly when you view them from other devices. Dropbox, on the other hand, makes syncing files faster thanks to its advanced block-level sync technology, because Dropbox only uploads the changed parts.
  • Dropbox provides a more secure sharing service. When sharing private pictures with Dropbox, users can set a password and expiration date on the shared content, which means Dropbox is more secure than Google Drive for file sharing.

You may need to transfer photos or pictures from Google Drive to Dropbox for the reasons mentioned above. The traditional solution is definitely downloading and uploading. Is there any way for users to quickly transfer photos from Google Drive to Dropbox without downloading and uploading? Yes, you can rely on the free cloud file manager --- MultCloud for automated transfer goals.

How to Transfer Photos from Google Drive to Dropbox Automatically

As a multiple cloud storage manager, MultCloud not only allows you to use and manage multiple cloud storage accounts simultaneously on the same device, but also allows you to directly move files between cloud services without downloading and uploading. With MultCloud, you can:

  • Cloud Transfer: Regularly move cloud files such as documents, images, photos, music, videos, etc. from one cloud to another, such as Dropbox to Google Drive and vice versa.
  • Team Transfer: Transfer multiple business accounts from one cloud platform to another (Google Workspace, OneDrive for Business, Dropbox Business, Box for Business).
  • Cloud Sync: Seamlessly sync files across clouds, such as documents, images, photos, music, videos, and more.
  • Cloud Backup: Back up important files in one cloud drive to another cloud drive so that the data can be retrieved in case of loss.
  • Remote Upload: Upload URLs, torrent files or magnet links to clouds remotely, e.g. download directly to Dropbox from URLs.
  • Manage Cloud Files Easily: Use basic functions like copy to, download, share, cut, paste, delete, preview, rename, copy to manage files across all cloud storage accounts in one place.


Here, you can use the "Cloud Transfer" feature to migrate images from Google Drive to Dropbox as a whole, without downloading and uploading or switching accounts. Now, let's take a closer look at how it works.

Step 1. Sign up. After successfully creating a MultCloud account, simply login to enter the MultCloud's UI. Alternatively, you can log in directly with your Google or Facebook account.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Add the cloud. Click the "Add Cloud" button in the left function column to add Google Drive and Dropbox to MultCloud one by one.

Add Google Drive and Dropbox to MultCloud
Add Google Drive and Dropbox to MultCloud

Step 3. Migrate photos from Google Drive to Dropbox. Click the "Cloud Transfer" icon to move to the new interface. Select the photos under Google Drive as the source and Dropbox as the destination, and click "Transfer Now" to quickly transfer these photos.

Migrate Pictures from Google Drive to Dropbox
Migrate Pictures from Google Drive to Dropbox


  • In "Options", you can set email notifications and file filtering; in "Schedule", you can set specific time points and time periods for MultCloud to automatically run transfer tasks.
  • The transfer process runs on MultCloud's servers, so you don't need to worry about your internet speed affecting the transfer process.
  • If you have a lot of files to transfer, you can close the page or even shut down your PC, as MultCloud can run the process in the backend.

How to Transfer Photos from Google Drive to Dropbox Manually

If you still prefer to use upload and download, the following detailed steps can also guide you to move photos from Google Drive to Dropbox. Many people consider this method outdated and stressful because it requires you to first download the photos from Google Drive to your local devices and then manually upload them to your Dropbox account.

Generally speaking, the upload and download methods are more suitable for transferring a small number of files. The following are the operation steps.

Step 1. Open Google Drive in your browser and log in to see the UI.
Step 2. Select the photos you want to download.

  • If you want to transfer a single photo, right-click it and click "Download".
  • If you need to download multiple photos, you should hold down the "Ctrl" button and start clicking on the different photos you need to download. If you want to choose all photos in a single folder, press "Ctrl + A" to select all.

Step 3. Click the "Download" button to start downloading the photos to your computer. Note that all downloaded files will be placed in a zip folder.

Download from Google Drive
Download from Google Drive

Step 4. Open www.dropbox.com in your browser and log in.
Step 5. Click "Upload files"or "Upload folder". It is recommended that you extract the photos from the zip folder before selecting the upload options.

Upload to Dropbox
Upload to Dropbox

Step 6. Select the file or folder you want to upload to Dropbox in the pop-up window.


After reading this article, you probably already know how to transfer photos from Google Drive to Dropbox quickly. Conversely, you can also move files from Dropbox to Google Drive without downloading. With the help of MultCloud, you can also sync or backup data between clouds without moving manually, which is really helpful for you.

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