About Google Photos & Google Drive

Google Drive, 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.

However, Google announced on November 12, 2020 that it would no longer offer unlimited free photo storage and anyone wishing to store more than that will have to pay for one of the company's storage plans. However, photos uploaded before June 2021 will not be counted towards the user limit when the change occurs.

Why Sync Google Photos to Google Drive?

As mentioned above, Google Drive and Google Photos are still different. Even though Google Drive does display photos on devices in each respective folders, you cannot move pictures between these folders. However, Google Drive supports hierarchy and you are allowed to copy pictures, images and videos between folders inside Google Drive. Besides, if you have installed Google Drive on your device, you can scan documents, files, or photos directly. While using Google Photos, you have to download PhotoScan app from Google so that you can scan your photos. Considering these limitations, many people tend to sync photos from Google Photos to Google Drive to store these photos.

How to Move Google Photos to Google Drive?

Although Google Drive has these restrictions that do not affect the use of most people, it is still inconvenient for some OCD users. You'll learn 3 methods below to help sync google photos with google drive to store these photos.

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 Google Photos to local device, and then upload these photos from local computer to Google Drive.

Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

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.

Solution 2. 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 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

Solution 3. Sync Google Photos to Google Drive with MultCloud

Besides two methods above, here is a more direct way to transfer Google photos to Google Drive for good. We recommend a third party cloud to cloud sync tool – MultCloud. Not only for Google Drive and Google Photos, it supports almost all popular cloud storage service, such as OneDrive, Dropbox, G Suite, Google Drive, Flickr, 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” on the left and select “Google Drive” from the right cloud drive list. Then, 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, and select Google Photos to add to MultCloud. You can add all your Cloud service accounts to connect and manage files between multiple cloud storage accounts 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 the task is complete, 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 Task List.

Task List
Task List


  • If you want to sync entire Google Photos to Google Drive, you could select Google Photos as the source while creating the sync task.
  • 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
  • If there are a lot of photos that need to sync, you can close the page as long as the task starts because MultCloud can run the task in the background.


As you can see, any way above can help sync Google Photos to Google Drive but MultCloud is a more direct way, which saves a lot of energy and time. In addition to "Cloud Sync", MultCloud also has explorer-type function and "Cloud Transfer".

For the explorer-type function, it offers similar features that cloud drive itself has had so that you can do operations without logging in your cloud drive. For "Cloud Transfer", it can help transfer files across cloud drives directly without downloading and uploading. If you want to transfer Dropbox to Google Photos, that's really worth to have a try.

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