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Can You Transfer Google Photos to Another Account?

Nowadays, people are more inclined to store data on cloud storage platforms since then they can access data from anywhere using any device (computer, tablet or smartphone) with available internet connection. That means they don't need to carry any physical storage device around during trips. Besides, cloud storage makes it easy to share files and collalorate on same files in real time.

Transfer Google Photos to Another Google Account
Transfer Google Photos from One Account to Another

Google Photos is one of the popular cloud service on the market nowadays. It is developed by Google and especially designed to help store photos and video in both high and original quality. The Google Photos offered unlimited free storage, but now it was gone. The unlimited free storage policay for photos and videos ended in June 1, 2021. Now any new uploaded photos / videos will count toward the free 15GB of storage that comes with every Google account, and photos or videos uploaded before then won't be part of the cap.

So, to get more free storage space, many users might have registered more than one Google account and plan to move photos from the current Google Photos account to another account in order to relieve the awkward storage space condition. In addition, part of persons want to separate family photos from other pictures and then are eager to make a Google Photos account transfer. Either purpose, it comes down to the core question: can you transfer Google Photos from one account to another? The answer is "yes", and more exciting, there is more than 1 method to get it done.

How to Transfer Google Photos to Another Account? [3 Methods]

When it comes to transferring Google Photos to another account, the following 3 methods are worth your trying. Take a look at them one by one and pick the one based on your specific requirements.

Method 1: Switch Google Photos to Another Account via "Download and Re-Upload"

It is the most traditional way to transfer data from one cloud to another. You need to download the data from the first cloud account and then upload them to the second cloud account. This whole process involves the following steps:

Step 1. Go to Google Photos official website and log in to your first account.

Step 2. Select all pictures you want to transfer. (You can firstly select the first picture in your Google Photos, and scroll the mouse to the end, then press "Shift" and select your last picture.)

Step 3. Click the "Download" button.

Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

Step 4. Log in to your second account through Google Photos' official website.

Step 5. Click the "Upload" button to upload these photos downloaded from your first account to your second account.

Upload Photos to Google Photos
Upload Photos to Google Photos

Please keep in mind:

  • This method can be time-consuming, especially if you have a large amount of data to transfer.
  • It can consume a lot of data bandwidth if the data is large, and then result in increased data costs or slower transfer speeds.
  • Some potential security risks can happen, such as data breaches, unauthorized access, or malware infection during the transfer process.
  • Ensure the available local storage space is enough as the transit for all the data from the first Google Photos account before downloading. Thus, it might lead to incomplete data transfer or data loss.

Method 2: Transfer Google Photos from One Account to Another by "Shared Albums"

The "share" feature in Google Photos allows you to share photos and videos with other Google users. It is also a way to help transfer Google Photos to another google account. Next, we will guide you through the whole transfer process using the "share" feature:

Step 1. Open the Google Photos official website, and log in to your first Google Photos account that contains the photos you want to move.

Step 2. Select the photos or albume you want to transfer (or, you can create a new album, move all target pictures inside and choose the album then).

Step 3. Click the three dots symbol on the selected album and click "Share album".

Share Album
Share Album

Step 4. In the next window, click on "Creat Link" and then copy it when it's done.

Create Link
Create Link
Copy Shared Link
Copy Shared Link

Step 5. Then log in to your another Google account and click the link you have received to view these photos.
Step 6. Select all photos, click the "+" icon and select "Album" to add them to your second account.

Add Shared Photos to Album
Add Shared Photos to Album


  • Make sure that your first account does not set to delete info when doing this operation.
  • Make sure that the upload quality for your second account is set to "Original".
  • When you add a picture to a second account, any edits you make for the first account are rendered as pixels change.
  • When a date/time is changed, the changed date/time is also transferred.

This method does not require you download and re-upload to your second account, it is also not suitable for transferring a large number of photos or videos from one Google Photos account to another, as it can be time-consuming and may exceed the storage limits of the receiving account. In this case, you may want to consider using a cloud-to-cloud transfer tool or service to transfer photos from one Google account to another account more easily.

Method 3: Transfer Google Photos to Another Account with MultCloud [Easiest]

To directly transfer all Google Photos to another account without any complicated steps, you just need a cloud-to-cloud transfer tool like MultCloud. It is a FREE professional and reliable multiple cloud storage manager tool, not only for centralized cloud account management, but also for data transfer, sync or backup across clouds.

  • Online Transfer: move cloud data to another cloud online without going through local hard drive, or requiring local storage as the transit.
  • Speedy & Stable: transfer files through data traffic, not the broadband connection, so the transfer speed is much higher and more stable.
  • Automatic: set up a schedule at a specific time in daily, weekly or monthly, then your data will be automatically transferred at regular intervals without manual operation.
  • Filter: filter the files or folders that you want to transfer or sync between clouds, which can save time and data traffic by avoiding transferring unnecessary files or folders.

►Move Google Photos to Another Account via "Cloud Transfer"

If you want to transfer files between two or more Google Photos accounts you have registered, the "Cloud Transfer" in MultCloud can help you.

Step 1. Create one MultCloud account or you can log in directly with your Google+ or Facebook account.

Create an account
Create an account

Step 2. On the main interface of this tool, move to the “Add Cloud” tab and scroll down to select “Google Photos” in the list. Then, follow the easy guide to finish adding task.

Add Google Photos Account
Add Google Photos Account

Note: To distinguish between these two accounts, you can name the first Google Photos account as Google Photos 1 and another one as Google Photos 2.

Step 3. Add another Google Photos account following the same way above.
Step 4. Go to the "Cloud Transfer" tab, and select the Google Photos directory where your personal pictures locate as the source and your own Photos account as the destination. Click "Transfer Now" to transfer all google photos to another account.

Transfer Google Photos to Another Account
Transfer Google Photos to Another Account

If you want to sync Google Photos to another account, you can follow the operations from this video.


  • The "Photos" directory can only store images, videos, and other media files, but not directories.
  • The "Albums" directory can only store album directories, but not media files.
  • MultCloud supports the "Schedule" feature. If you want to transfer images regularly, you could enable it.
  • As long as your task starts, you can close the page and even shut download your PC because MultCloud can run your task in the background.

►Transfer Google Photos to Another Account by "Share"

In view of this situation, the cooperation of two people is required to complete the entire operation process. If you want to export certain photos to your friends, this method can reduce your burden to a certain extent.

Step 1. You and your friend need to register MultCloud accounts separately.
Step 2. After the account registration is successful, you and your friend need to grant MultCloud access to your Google Photos account respectively.
Step 3. Open your Google Photos account in MultCloud, select the pictures you want to share, and click "Share", then select the form you want to share. For your data security, you can create a "Private Share" link, and then send the link and password to your friend.

Create a Private Share in Google Photos
Create a Private Share in Google Photos


  • After creating a sharing link, you can view all shared content and sharing types under the path Shares>>My shares in MultCloud.
  • If you share the entire folder, you can set the upload permission of your friend, that is, your friend can change the content in the folder and upload it after the upload permission is turned on.
My Shares
My Shares

Step 4. After your friend gets the link and password, he or she can get the photos you share with. Then, he or she can directly save the data to his or her Google Photos account, or choose to download it to the local device first, and then upload it to a cloud drive.

Input Password
Input Password
Direct Download or Save to Cloud
Direct Download or Save to Cloud

Note: If you and your friend have both registered a MultCloud account, you can not only share files in your Google Photos accounts, but also share files between other cloud drive accounts.


You can easily transfer Google Photos to another account following any methods above. To make it as easy as possible, the third one is more recommended.

As a multi-cloud drives manager, MultCloud supports most mainstream cloud drives like Google Drive, SharePoint, iCloud Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, Mega, Flickr, etc. It enables you to link all cloud drives together in one platform and manage multiple cloud accounts (create, delete, copy, cut, paste, rename, etc.) just like in Windows explorer.

In addition to the "Cloud Transfer" feature, it also has the "Cloud Sync", "Cloud Backup", "Remote Upload" and "Team Transfer" feature.  The "Cloud Sync" feature help sync files between clouds without downloading and uploading, such as syncing Google Photos with OneDrive. The "Remote Upload" can be used to directly download or save content from Torrents, Magnets or links to cloud drive while the "Team Transfer" is designed to migrate all accounts or domains from one business to another business cloud service.

Tips on Fully Utilizing Google Photos

To make the fullest use of Google Photos, you can take a look at the following tips:

Automatic Backup: Google Photos allows users to automatically back up photos from your computer folder to the cloud. Just download the Google Drive app for desktop, click "setting"-> "Preference"->"Add Folder" under "My Computer", choose the specific folder that has the photos or videos you want to back up or sync to Google Photos, select "Back up to Google Photos" and hit on "Done".

Backup to Google Photos
Backup to Google Photos

Organize your photos better: search what photos you need via the "Search" feature in Google Photos. Or,  you can create albums by types and add description to each photo to help you find them quickly.

Edit your photos: Google Photos offers a range of editing tools to improve your photos. You can crop, rotate, adjust brightness, contrast, and even apply color filters to your photos.

Create Movies and Animations: you are allowed to select 2-50 pictures to make movies or anomations. Just select the photos you want to use, click on the "+" button, and choose "Movie" or "Animation."

Google Lens: this tool is available on Google Photos Apps on Android and iOS device. It can help identify objects in your photos, scan text, and more.

Face Recognition: Google Photos can automatically recognize faces in your photos. Open the Google Photos app on your device, sign in your account, tap your account profile photo or initials on the top right. Then tap "Photos settings" and "Group similar faces". Turn "Face grouping" on.

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