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(2020 Updated) 4 Ways to Move Photos from Google Drive to Google Photos

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Jan. 21, 2020 | 4 mins read

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Delores

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How do you move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos? You will find 4 free solutions to transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos in this post.


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Preface

Though Google has integrated storage of Google Drive and Google Photos in 2017, many users still prefer to store photos, pics, images as well as movies/videos etc. in Google Photos gallery mostly for its photo album and photo book feature. For the pictures uploaded from local devices to Google Drive by Google Backup and Sync, they need to be moved from Google Drive to Google Photos for better management.

How Do I Move Photos from Google Drive to Google Photos?

In this post, we collect four free and safe methods which receive some positive feedbacks on the Internet. Please try them one by one to achieve Google Drive to Google Photos transfer.

4 ways to move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos:

1. Download and Upload

Usually, you can download files or folders of target photos from Google Drive to local computer and then upload them from local to Google Photos.


Download Files from Google Drive
Download Files from Google Drive

This method requires local storage serving as transit. Also, it costs much time and energy if there are a lot of photos that need to transfer.

2. Enable Google Drive in Google Photos

Go to Google Photos official website and enable “Google Drive - Sync photos & videos from Google Drive.” under "Settings" so that it will automatically sync photos and videos in GDrive to Google Photos. Yet, this method has some requirements:

  • You have to be the owner of the target photos & videos and folder in Drive.
  • The photo must be larger than 256 pixels.
  • The photo/video types must be jpg, gif, webp, tiff or raw.

3. Enable "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive"

Step 1. Log in your Google Drive account.
Step 2. Click on "Settings" icon.
Step 3. Click "Settings".
Step 4. Enable "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive" next to "Create a Google Photos folder".


Create a Google Photos folder
Create a Google Photos folder

Step 5. Select the photos you want to move.
Step 6. Click on three-dots symbol, and click on Move To...
Step 7. Select your Google Photos as the destination and click "Move" button and wait for the process to complete.

4. Move Photos from Google Drive to Google Photos with MultCloud

Can I directly copy photos from Google Drive to Google Photos without downloading and uploading? Yes, you could make it with the help of a professional and FREE cloud to cloud file transfer manager tool, MultCloud, which can manage multiple cloud accounts from one platform without shifting accounts.

1. To make use of MultCloud, first of all, create an account of it.


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Sign Up

2. After successfully creating MultCloud account, sign in to its platform.
3. Next, add Google Drive and Google photos to MultCloud platform. In its main interface, click on “Add Clouds” tab on the top and select the cloud you want to add. Then, follow the easy guidance to finish the task.


Add Google Drive and Google Photos
Add Google Drive and Google Photos

Notes:

  • To find Google Photos in clouds list, please roll the screen down.
  • MultCloud only allows to add one cloud in one time. To add another cloud, please repeat above process.

4. After adding both Google Photos and Google Drive, create one "Cloud Sync" task to move photos between Drive to Google Photos. Specify the photos in Google Drive to move as the source and select destination location under Google Photos as the target.

5. Finally, click “Sync Now” to move photos from Drive to Google Photos.


Sync Google Drive to Google Photos
Sync Google Drive to Google Photos

Notes:

  • You are recommended to use the default one-way sync method in this situation.
  • You can regularly sync photos from Google Drive to Google Photos by setting a schedule from the “Schedule” on the bottom left.
  • You are able to add more than one destinations for synchronization. Yet, this feature is only available for billed plan users.
  • The steps of moving photos from Google Photos to Google Drive are similar.

Conclusion

Following any way from above mentioned solutions, it can help you move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos. If you prefer to use the fourth method, you would find that MultCloud has many advanced functions. In addition to "Cloud Sync", MultCloud also enables you to transfer photos among cloud drives, backup files from one cloud to another as well as basic management (download, upload, create, delete, rename, share, etc.) of all cloud storages added to its platform.

In addition to Google Drive and Google Photos, MultCloud supports more than 30 common cloud drives including MEGA, OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Flickr, etc.

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