About Dropbox


As a pioneer in the cloud service field, Dropbox is favored by over 500 million registered users across 180 countries.  You may not use Dropbox to save work files as office workers do, nor do you store study materials or lab reports like students, but there are great chances that you might use it to store  items related to your lives.

For example, you may use Dropbox for saving precious and interesting photos, family videos, beloved movies and other files to record lovely moments in their life. If that's the case, you should know:

  • A small volume of free storage: Dropbox only offers 2 GB free space for users. So cloud space gets full soon.
  • Limited supported file formats: Dropbox supports limited image and video formats, so it might not perfectly fulfill client demand.
  • No access to edit photos directly: There is no way to edit photos directly unless users grant for other editing tools to edit their pictures.

Which is Better for Photos: Dropbox or Google Photos?

To avoid the restrictions of Dropbox when storing photos, most users look for an alternative. Among all workarounds, the Google Photos is most popular. So, which is on earth better Dropbox or Google Photos? Or how do you transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos? All answer can be found below.

Google Photo VS Dropbox

Compare with Dropbox, the Google Photos has the following advantages:

  • More free storage: Google Photos provides users with15GB free space for storing pictures.
  • More file format : as a professional photo storage tool,  Google Photos supports all kinds of photos and videos including GIFs.
  • Edit photos directly: Google photos allows users to directly edit selected pictures as expected.

In addition to above merits, Google Photos can automatically organize photos into galleries and its "Enhancement" feature makes photos more perfect. Therefore, it is a wise choice to move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos. Next we would like to tell how to achieve the photo transfer between those two different cloud service.

2 Ways to Transfer Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos

As for how to transfer Dropbox Photos to Google Photos, the most tradition way is to first download photos from Dropbox to the local disk, and then re-upload them to Google Photos again. It will take a lot of time especially when there is a large number to pictures that need to be moved. To make it easier without downloading, you can try the following two methods.

Way 1: Use Dropbox and Google Drive apps 

First of all, you can make use of Dropbox and Google Drive (that contains Google Photos) desktop apps.

Step 1. Download Dropbox and Google Drive app to your computer.

Step 2. Create a folder (such as "Pic")  or in your local disk and move all target photos from Dropbox to the created folder by draging or copying in Windows File Explorer. Or you can choose an existing folder in your computer.

Step 3. Then open Google Drive app, click "Settings"->"Preference". In the pop-out window, click "Add Folder" and select the "Pic" folder.

Add Folder
Add Folder

Step 4. Tick the "Google Photos" and click on "OK".

Back Up
Back Up to Google Photo

Then the images will be automatically upload to Google Photos. You can check whether it is successful by loging in the Google Photos website.

Way 2. Use MultCloud [Video Tutorial]

The first method requires you to download two Apps. If that's not what you want, you can turn to a free third-party tool called MultCloud to easily transfer Dropbox photos to Google Photos. MultCloud is a web-based multiple cloud storage manager which can help transfer files, documents, photos, programs, projects, etc. from one cloud to another directly. It has 3 functions: "Cloud Transfer", "Cloud Sync" and "Remote Upload". "Cloud Transfer" feature allows you to directly move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos. 

Step 1. Sign Up: to make use of MultCloud, you need to sign up first.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Add Clouds: add Dropbox and Google Photos to MultCloud one by one.

Add Dropbox and Google Photos
Add Dropbox and Google Photos to MultCloud

Step 3. Transfer Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos : click on the "Cloud Transfer" button on the tab, if all the files in your Dropbox accounts are images, select Dropbox as the source and "Albums" under Google Photos as the destination. Then, click on "Transfer Now" to perform the operation and you can successfully migrate Dropbox photos to Google Photos.

Transfer between Dropbox and Google Photos
Move Dropbox Photos to Google Photos


  • The above steps take Dropbox to Google Photos transfer for example. If you want to release Dropbox space by transferring photos, you can enable the "Delete all source files after transfer is complete.“  function in "Options" when creating the task.
  • To experience super-fast transfer speed, you could upgrade your account to a premium account so you will get 10 threads to transfer your photos.

Bottom Line

With the help of MultCloud, you can transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos on Mac, Windows or other devices in just 3 simple steps. As mentioned above, except for the "Cloud Transfer" function, MultCloud has other features: “Cloud Sync”, and “Remote Upload”. If you have related needs, you can try these functions.

"Cloud Sync" feature can help you quickly sync or backup files from one cloud to another without shifting accounts. For example, you can sync Google Photos to OneDrive without effort, or backup OneDrive to Google Drive. You can also link OneDrive accounts, realize remote upload to Google Drive and operate other tasks like file sharing with other features.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

Multcloud Key Features