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2 Ways to Move Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos

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Aug. 12, 2020 | 3 mins read

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Trying to find ways to move pictures from OneDrive to Google Photos? This article will show you a normal download & upload solution, and an easier way to move from OneDrive to Google Photos with the help of free multiple could manager – MultCloud.

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Why Choose Google Photos?

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OneDrive, integrated tightly with Microsoft Office, is one of the best cloud storage services to backup files online. But it only offers 5 GB free storage space, while photos and videos usually take up most of the space, obviously, you will be crazy if there is no free space on this cloud.

Google Photos, released in May 2015, is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It gives users free, unlimited storage space for photos up to 16 million pixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. This would be enough for users to save most of their photos and videos in the original and no loss of picture quality.

Through the above comparison, it is very sensible to choose Google Photos to store images. But there comes a problem on how to copy pictures from OneDrive to Google Photos. Luckily, in this post you will find two FREE ways to help move images from OneDrive to Google Photos.

How to Move Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos in 2 Ways?

Here are two solutions for you to choose from.

Solution 1. Download and Upload

This is a common solution that most users can think about. That is to say, firstly download all photos from OneDrive to local device, and then upload these photos manually from local computer to Google Photos. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Log in OneDrive website.
Step 2. Create one folder and name it as "Pictures” and put your pictures into that folder.
Step 3. Click "Download" button and wait for the downloading process to complete.

Download Pictures from OneDrive
Download Pictures from OneDrive

Note: After downloading your "Pictures" folder to your local PC, it will be converted into a compressed file. Before uploading your photos to Google Photos, you need to unpack that zip file first.

Step 4. Log in Google Photos and click "Upload" button and select downloaded files from your PC to upload.

Upload Photos under Google Photos
Upload Photos under Google Photos

This way is somehow troublesome. It requires you have enough local storage serving as transit and will cost you much time if there are a lot of pictures to migrate. Is there a simple and secure solution to transfer OneDrive photos to Google Photos? Yes, here we recommend a FREE third party multiple cloud storage manager – MultCloud.

Solution 2. Move Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos with MultCloud

Step 1. Create a MultCloud account. It’s free of charge.

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Step 2. Add OneDrive account. In its main console, click Add Cloud Drives in the top menu and select “OneDrive” from the right cloud drive list. Then, just follow the easy guidance to finish adding Google Photos to MultCloud.

Add Onedrive Account
Add Onedrive Account

Now, you can see files in both OneDrive and Google Photos are displayed on MultCloud’s interface. You can move photos through the function of Cloud Sync in MultCloud.

Step 3. Click on the tab – Cloud Sync and select the folder that stores photos in OneDrive as source folder and a folder in Google Photos as the target folder.

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Step 4. Click on Sync Now to perform the task. After the sync process is complete, you can explore all photos in the Google Photos folder. What’s more, once you have created a sync task, you can also commit it or re-edit, delete, view logs, etc. from the Task Manager.

tasks manager


  • You can include or exclude certain files to sync while creating the sync task, you can upgrade your account to a premium account to enable the "Filter" feature.
  • You can click on Options to select the way cloud syncing, One-Way Sync or Two-Way Sync. And there are seven sync methods in One-Way Sync.
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Following any way above, you are able to move photos from OneDrive to Google Photos easily and quickly. If you prefer to use the second method with MultCloud, you may find it has three key features: "Cloud Explorer", "Cloud Transfer" and "Cloud Sync".

For "Cloud Explorer", it can help you manage multiple accounts in one place. For example, if you want to manage mutiple OneDrive accounts on same PC without downloading OneDrive desktop app and installing it on PC, you can use this feature. For "Cloud Transfer", it can help you transfer files across clouds directly without downloading and uploading. For "Cloud Sync", you are allowed to create sync relationships between clouds. If you want to sync from Google Photos to OneDrive, you can make full use of it.

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