How Do I Move Photos from Google Photos to OneDrive?

"I want to backup my Google Photos to OneDrive, is there any way can help me?"

If you also have such a demand, you might have tried hard to find solutions too because neither Google Photos nor OneDrive allows syncing with the other brands of cloud services directly. So how to achieve the goal? The following part will tell you the answer.

Common Solutions: How to Sync Google Photos with OneDrive?

In this part, two common ways will be introduced and you could choose one based on your preference.

Solution 1: Download and Upload

Step 1: Go to the official site of Google Photos and log in your accounts.
Step 2: Select all the photos and click on "Download" button to download them to your local PC.
Step 3: Log in OneDrive.
Step 4: Click on "+ New" to upload the files.

You are able to move photos from Google Photos to OneDrive through this way but you may need to notice some tips below before you perform the operations via Solution 1.


  • You have to operate the task manually.
  • The speed of the Internet affects the speed of downloading and uploading, so it would take you a lot of time to do the task.
  • It would be better to delete the downloaded files from your PC after uploading the files to OneDrive as soon as possible because they will take up the space of your local storage.

Solution 2: Use Google Takeout

Google Takeout, also called "Download your data", is a project that allows users of Google products to export their data from Google Photos, Google Keep, YouTube, Google Map, etc to an archive file so that users can transfer data to local PC, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or Box. You can also backup Google Photos to OneDrive in this way.

Step 1: Go to the official site of Google Takeout and log in your accounts.
Step 2: Select Google Photos to export and click on "Next step" button.

Use Google Takeout
Select Google Photos

Step 3: Select "Add to OneDrive" option as the delivery method and click on "Link account and create archive" icon.
Step 4: Accept the permissions that Google Takeout sends to you.
Step 5: Sign in your OneDrive account and move to "Files" interface and you can see the exported data from Google Photos in "Google Download Your Data" folder.

View Transferred Files in OneDrive
View Transferred Files in OneDrive

You don't have to download the files first by using Google Takeout, but when you try to migrate files with this method, you need to notice these tips.


  • Solution 2 requires uninterrupted and high speed of the Internet connection and the entire transferring process will be re-started if the Internet connection is interrupted.
  • If you want to copy some large files, it might take a long time to complete.

If it is a bit of annoying for you to download and upload files or the speed of the Internet is slow, there is another method that can help you---you can make full use of a free third party tool, MultCloud, which is capable of syncing files across clouds based on web from one console without downloading and uploading.

New Solution: How to Sync Google Photos with OneDrive with MultCloud?

With the professional multiple cloud manager, MultCloud, you neither have to download files nor worry about the Internet speed---because MultCloud allows you to directly use Google Photos and OneDrive on one platform and the process of synchronizing runs on the server. Let's have a closer look at how it works.

Step 1. Sign Up

Before doing the operations, you need to create one MultCloud account. If you do not want to register it, you could click "Try without signing up".

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Sign Up

Step 2. Add Clouds

Click on "Add Cloud" and add Google Photos and OneDrive to MultCloud.

Add Google Photos and OneDrive
Add Google Photos and OneDrive to MultCloud


  • You are allowed to add only one cloud for one time, so please repeat "Add Cloud" operation if you want to add more than one cloud.
  • Once you add cloud drives to MultCloud, you can use them at the same time via MultCloud.

Step 3. Sync Google Photos and OneDrive with "Cloud Sync"

"Cloud Sync" allows you quickly to achieve your goal. Click on "Cloud Sync" icon and select Google Photos as the source and OneDrive as the destination. Then click on "Sync Now" to realize the migration.

Sync Google Photos with OneDrive
Copy from Google Photos to OneDrive

Note: The operation is going to sync all the data under Google Photos to OneDrive. If you just want to sync several folders to OneDrive, you cloud select folders that need to sync as the source.

Final Words

This article introduces 3 methods on how to sync Google Photos with OneDrive, you can choose the method that you like to help you perform the operation. Besides "Cloud Sync" feature, MultCloud also has an explorer-type function and a "Cloud Transfer" function.

The explorer-type function allows you to share, encrypt files, manage multiple clouds, remote upload, etc. So you can remote upload to Google Drive or manage multiple OneDrive Accounts if necessary. Moreover, if you want to transfer Google Drive to Dropbox or move files from Google Drive to OneDrive, "Cloud Transfer" function can help you.

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