"Can I Transfer Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos?'


"A few years ago, I got an iPhone. I used Dropbox to automatically backup my personal photos in iPhone. However, I don’t want to use Dropbox anymore because of the Google Photos will help me to do this job. Now I want to migrate all my photos from Dropbox to Google Photos, but I did not find an easy way. Anyone have some suggestions? Thanks a lot."



"I have thousands of camera RAW image photos in Dropbox. My PC cannot be used to store these pictures because there is no enough space to download these files. Thus, is there any way to move Dropbox photos to Google Photos without downloading and uploading? Or any reliable and trusted third party software could help me?"

Is Dropbox or Google Photos better?

Compared with Dropbox, Google Photos has more advantages than Dropbox. Google Photos provides free unlimited storage space for users while Dropbox only offers 2GB free storage space, which is up to 18GB by other ways to get extra space. Besides, the photos in Google Photos will be organized and labeled automatically and allowed to search via some labels.

As the two leading photo storage services, each has its own pros and cons. Here in the following content, you will learn more about them.

  Dropbox Google Photos
Pros Easy to use Can automatically back up phone's photos
Cross-platform desktop and mobile Can search photos
The desktop client has no file size limit Can manually classify photos
Folders can be downloaded compressed to save bandwidth Can easily attach any of your Google Photos in an email message
30-day version control 15GB free space
Cons Too little free space: 2GB The web version lacks certain features available on mobile apps
Consumes a lot of CPU resources when syncing many files Files may be compressed if you're using the unlimited storage option
Low bandwidth The site tends to lag and file uploads can sometimes fail

Since each one has its advantages and disadvantages, it is up to you to decide which one to use. If Google Photos is your favor and you want to move Dropbox photos to Google Photos, here you will find the best free way to make it.

2 Ways to Move Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos without Downloading/Uploading

Usually, as for how to transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos,  you have to download these files to your computer from Dropbox, then upload these files to Google Photos. This task is a great waste of time and energy if you have lots of files to move.

Method 1: Using the Official APP--Google Backup and Sync

At present, there is another way used by many users, that is, with the help of the Dropbox app and Google backup and sync software, the specific steps are as follows.

Step 1. Download the Dropbox desktop application. Log in to your account, and the files in Dropbox will be stored on your computer accordingly.
Step 2. From the Google Workshop, download the "Backup and Sync" app, log in to your Google account, open the “preferences” interface, select the file to be synced (find the location where the Dropbox files are stored), select the option to upload to Google Photos, and finally click "OK" to execute the process.

Select Folders to Sync to Google Photos
Select Folders to Sync to Google Photos

This method does delete the upload and download operations, but there are still a few points to note:

  • This method requires downloading the corresponding APPs to operate, and the files in Dropbox must first occupy the storage space of the computer.
  • The speed of sync depends on your network status. If the sync fails, you need to perform the operation again.

Method 2: Move Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos with MultCloud

Is there any better reliable way to transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos? The best FREE multiple cloud storage manager – MultCloud will do you a favor. Better than the first method, it doesn not require that you have to download and install Apps in advance. 

Before you do, you could create a free MultCloud account and log in. then follow the instruction to transfer pictures from Dropbox to Google Photos easily.

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Step 1. Add Clouds

On the main window of your MultCloud account, click Add Cloud on the left side. Tick Dropbox and press Add Dropbox after inputting a Display Name. Use the same way to add Google Photos.

Add Dropbox
Add Dropbox

Step 2. Cloud Transfer

Click Cloud Transfer at the top of the page, select the photos directory under Dropbox as the source, select the target directory under Google Photos as the destination, click "Transfer Now" and wait for the transfer process to complete.

Move Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos
Move Photos from Dropbox to Google Photos


  • Schedule: If you want to transfer files regularly, you could enable "Schedule" so MultCloud can run your task as scheduled.
  • To enjoy faster transfer speed, you could upgrade your account to a premium account so you will get 10 threads to transfer files at once.
  • As long as your task starts, you can close the page and even shut down your PC because MultCloud can run your task in the background.
  • The "Albums" directory under Google Photos can only store album directories, but not media files.
  • As you want to move photos from your Dropbox account to your Google Photos account, you need to enable "Delete all source files after transfer is complete" through "Options".
Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete
Delete All Source Files after Transfer is Complete


Compared with downloading and uploading, MultCloud is more powerful and flexible to use. Apart from moving photos from Dropbox to Google Photos, you could move files from one Google Drive to another, sync files between OneDrive and Dropbox, etc., because MultCloud has the ability to transfer or sync files among more than 30 kinds of clouds like Google Drive, G Suite, Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, Flickr, Google Photos, OneDrive, Box, Amazon S3, etc.

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