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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 to save precious and interesting photos, family videos, beloved movies, and other files to record lovely moments in your life. If that's the case, you should know:

  • A small volume of free storage: Dropbox only offers 2 GB of 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 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 a Dropbox alternative. Among all workarounds, Google Photos is the most popular. So, which is on earth better Dropbox or Google Photos? Or how do you transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos? All answers can be found below.

Google Photos vs. Dropbox
Google Photos vs. Dropbox

Compared with Dropbox, Google Photos has the following advantages:

  • More free storage: Google Photos provides you with 15 GB of 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 you to directly edit selected pictures as expected.

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

2 Ways to Transfer Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos

As for how to transfer Dropbox Photos to Google Photos, the most traditional 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 of pictures that need to be moved. To make it easier without downloading, you can try the following two methods to move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos manually or automatically.

Way 1. Best Way to Move Dropbox Photos to Google Photos [Video Tutorial]

How to transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos? 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 without downloading. MultCloud is a web-based multiple-cloud storage manager that can help transfer files, documents, photos, programs, projects, etc. from one cloud to another directly. It has professional functions: "Cloud Transfer", "Cloud Sync", "Cloud Backup", "Team Transfer", "Email Migration", and "Remote Upload". The "Cloud Transfer" feature allows you to directly move photos from Dropbox to Google Photos. 

  • Smart: Easily share cloud files via public, private, or source mode.
  • Efficient: One-key data transfer, sync, and backup between clouds.
  • Safe: Full-time 256-bit AES and OAuth authorization protections.
  • Easy: Access and manage all clouds in one place with one login.
  • Extensive: 30+ clouds and on-premise services are supported.

Moving Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos is Piece of Cake

Here are the simple steps to copy photos from Dropbox to Google Photos with MultCloud:

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

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

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, select all Dropbox photos 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 free up Dropbox space automatically by transferring photos if your Dropbox is full, you can enable the "Delete all source files after transfer is complete."  function in "Options" when creating the task. Besides, Email and Filter are available for you to configure, which makes it easier to transfer and manage files.
  • To automatically move Dropbox Photos to Google Photos, click Schedule to enable Daily, Weekly, or Monthly to run.
  • 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, as well as all other premium features, including Schedule, Filter, etc.

Besides, you can use this feature to transfer Google Photos to Dropbox effortlessly if you'd prefer to use Dropbox to manage all your files centrally.

Way 2. Manually Transfer Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos via Both Apps

First of all, you can make use of Dropbox and Google Drive for desktop apps, check how to transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos now:

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

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

Step 3. Then open the Google Drive app, and 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 uploaded to Google Photos. You can check whether it is successful by logging in to the Google Photos website.

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.

The "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.

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