Why Move Photos from Google Drive to Google Photos?

In addition to saving space, moving photos from Google Drive to Google Photos also has some advantages. If you don’t need space, then you might be wondering what other reasons you want to move pictures from Google Drive to Google Photos?

The first reason you transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos is related to Google Sync. Once Google Sync is enabled, your photos will be uploaded from Google Photos and stored in the cloud. Now you can access your photos from any location on any device. The best part is that if you don't upload photos in the original full resolution, this feature is free and does not take up space-at least Google will provide you with space for free. Therefore, even if you store 10 GB worth of high-resolution photos in Google Photos, your 15 GB will still be reserved.

In addition, Google Photos is a fully functional photo library application. If you are satisfied with viewing photos in a folder on Google Drive, this is not for you. However, if you need more features, then Google Photos is a photo management and organization application that allows you to create photo albums and store videos and photos taken from the camera and saved from the application on your phone and GIF.

This is not possible on Google Drive, Google Drive will only show you a folder where you can view photos. Google Photos does its best to make the photo browsing experience both vivid and engaging, while helping you organize all the photos and videos on your device in an orderly manner for future retrieval.

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

As we all know, as long as you have one Google+ account, then you will have Google Drive and Google Photos accounts. As Google Photos is more professional to save images, photos, pictures, etc, many people prefer to add photos and videos from Google Drive to Google Photos for better managing.

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

4 ways on how to transfer pictures from Google Drive to Google Photos will be introduced below:

Solution 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.

Solution 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.

Solution 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 "Move" button and wait for the process to complete.

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

Can I directly move from Google Drive to Google Photos without downloading and uploading? Yes, you could make it with the help of a professional and FREE multiple cloud 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 Cloud” tab on the left 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.
  • MultCloud has no limit to the number of clouds to add. If you have several clouds that MultCloud supports, you are allowed to add them all to MultCloud.

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 "Move Sync" modes according to your situation.
    Move Sync
    Move Sync
  • 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 transfer Google Photos to Google Drive are similar.

 

Conclusion

Following any ways above, it can help move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos quickly. If you prefer to use MultCloud to transfer images, 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, G Suite, Amazon S3, Flickr, etc.

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