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How to sync Google Photos to Google Drive?

This article will show you three ways to sync Google Photos to Google Drive. Besides a normal download & upload solution, show Google Photos in Google Drive, there is a direct way via free web app- MultCloud.


Posted by @Doris

Nov 13, 2018 | 3 mins read



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About Google Photos & Google Drive

Google Drive (renamed to Google One now), launched on April 24, 2012, is one of the most famous and powerful Cloud services that are widely used worldwide. Google Drive offers great convenience for users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files through network. In addition to a website, Google Drive has apps on all popular platforms including Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. It offers users 15 GB of free storage and upgrade options with charging a monthly fee.

Google Photos, released in May 2015, later than Google Drive, is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It also has its own website to access, and app on all the popular platforms. The great thing is that Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage space for photos up to 16 million pixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. Users also have the option to store at higher resolutions, but the storage will counts against their Google Drive quota.

Three ways to sync Google Photos to Google Drive

Many users have both Google Photos and Google Drive account to store pictures and Docs. So now comes the question, how to synchronize Google Photos with Google Drive when the situation calls for it? Here will show three methods to get this job done.

Solution1. Manually Download and upload

This is a common solution that most users can think about. That is to say, firstly download all photos from Google Photos to local device, and then upload these photos from local computer to Google Drive. This way will take much time if there are a lot of pictures and videos to migrate. And it requires you have enough local storage serving as transit.

Solution2. Show your Google Photos in Google Drive

It is possible to get quick access to Google Photos for Google Drive users. With a simple setting, you won't have to constantly be heading over to photos.google.com to work with images on your Google cloud. From within Google Drive, you can view, download, delete, share, tag, and rename your photos.

Step 1. Open your computer, go to drive.google.com.
Step 2. Click "Settings".
Step 3. Next to "Create a Google Photos folder," turn on “Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive”.

Put Google Photos into a folder in My Drive
Put Google Photos into a folder in My Drive

Solution3. Use third party free web app- MultCloud

Besides above two methods, here is a more direct way to transfer Google photos to Google Drive for good. We recommend a third party multiple could storage manager – MultCloud. Not only for Google Drive and Google Photos, it support almost all popular cloud storage service, such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Flickr, Amazon Cloud Drive, FTP etc.

Step 1. Create a MultCloud account. it’s free of charge.
Step 2. Add Google Drive accounts. In its main console, click “Add Cloud Drives” in the top menu and select “Google Drive” from the right cloud drive list. Then click “Next”, just follow the easy guidance to finish cloud account adding.

Add Google Drive
Add Google Drive

Step 3. Drag the scroll bar at the side of windows to add Google Photos to MultCloud. You can add all your Cloud service account to connect and manage files between multiple cloud storage if needed.

Add Google Photos
Add Google Photos

Step 4. Now you can see files in both Google Drive and Google Photos are displayed on MultCloud’s interface. Click on the tab – Cloud Sync and select the folder in Google Photos as source folder and a folder in Google Drive as the target folder.

Sync Google Photos
Sync Google Photos

Step 5. Click on Sync Now to perform the task, after success, you can explore all photos in the Google Drive folder. What’s more, once you settled a sync task, you can also commit it or re-edit, delete, view logs, etc. from Tasks Manager.

Task Manager
Task Manager

Note: You can click on "Options" to select the way cloud syncing, One-Way Sync or Two-Way Sync. And there are seven more detailed sync methods in One-Way Sync.

Cloud Sync Options
Cloud Sync Options


In short, MultCloud offers an easy and direct way to sync Google Photos to Google Drive. You can also reply on it to migrate photos to other popular photo Cloud storage application like Flickr. MultCloud supports OneDrive, Google Drive, G Suite, Dropbox, Box, FTP, MySQL, Backblaze, MEGA and other more than 20 cloud services. With the help of MultCloud, you can transfer, copy or synchronize data between different clouds quickly, such as copy Dropbox to Google Drive, move files from Google Drive to OneDrive. You can also manage multiple accounts of same could service in one place without log-in and log-out switching different accounts, for instance link two Dropbox accounts on one computer, move Google drive files from one account to another etc.

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