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How to Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive?

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Jul. 23, 2020 | 2 mins read

Author Delores


Senior Editor at multcloud.com. A movie lover and always be willing to resolve product-related issues.

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How do you transfer Google Photos to Google Drive usually? We have collected 2 free and effective ways on how to transfer Google Photos to Google Drive in this post.

What’s Google Photos?

Google Photos is a photo-sharing and storage service developed by Google. It gives users free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution. With Google Photos, it allows you to store your photos using 2 options. One is original quality, which will take up your storage quota and the other one is free unlimited storage (almost the same of original quality). It allows you to edit photos, create albums, share albums, face recognition, add location details and tags, automatically back up photos, create collages, and much more.

What’s Google Drive?

Just like you have a drive in your computer (C: D: E:), in which you save your data (images, audio, video, etc.). Google Drive gives you 15 GB of free space, in which you can save your data and share it with your friends, you can access that drive from anywhere, just for that you have an Internet connection.

In other words, it’s a free service launched by Google, which allows you to store your files online with cloud storage and you can use these files from any corner of the world. Apart from the file storage, Google Drive also provides you with all the features of Microsoft Office like documents, spreadsheets, etc.

What’s the Relationship between Google Photos and Google Drive?

They all use the same 15GB of free storage associated with your account - you can put pictures and videos in Drive if you want. With Google Photos, you can edit and share photos and videos, organize your photo albums, back up photos and videos, etc. You can use Google Drive to put all your files in one place, upload or sync files to view them from anywhere, manage your photos and videos into a folder.

Why Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive?

Unlike Google Drive, Google Photos supports images, vides and GIFs only and other files are unusable using it. Besides, Google Drive supports layering so that you can copy pictures, images and videos between folders inside Google Drive. Also, if you have Google Drive installed on your device, you can scan documents, files or photos directly. When using Google Photos, you will have to download the PhotoScan app from Google so that you can scan your photos. Given these limitations, many people prefer to move photos from Google Photos to Google Drive.

How to Transfer from Google Photos to Google Drive?

As for how to Google Photos to Google Drive migration, various ways have appeared on the Internet. Here we have collected 3 most commonly used methods and the following will introduce them to you in detail.

Solution 1. Download and Upload

Most people have heard of this method because they usually use this method to move files between cloud services. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Open the official Google Photos website and sign in with your Google account.
Step 2: Select photos that you want to transfer to Google Drive.
Step 3: Click on "More Options" (the three dots in the top right corner).
Step 4: Click on the "Download" button from the pop-up window.

Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

Step 5: Log in with your Google Drive account.
Step 6: Click on the inverted triangle symbol next to “My Drive”, click on “Upload Folder” in the pop-up window, select photos that downloaded from Google Photos to upload, click on “Upload” button and the process will start.

Upload Folders to Google Drive
Download Photos from Google Photos


  • Using this way to download pictures from Google Photos, these pictures will become .zip file. Before uploading them to your Google Drive, you need to unpack it first.
  • This way is easily affected by the network. If your network is not good, it will take a long time to complete the upload process.

Solution 2. Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive with MultCloud

As mentioned above, this method is easily restricted by the network. In addition, the use of downloading and uploading functions will also occupy the space of the local disk. So the second method here will perfectly solve this problem. This way is achieved through a FREE online cloud file transfer service, MultCloud.

MultCloud, as a multi-cloud aggregator, it is not only able to put multiple clouds into one; but also can transfer files from one cloud to another directly without downloading and uploading anymore. It currently supports more than 30+ leading cloud providers, including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, MEGA, Flickr, Google Photos, etc and other protocols as FTP, SFTP, WebDav, etc. Let’s see how to transfer between Google Photos and Google Drive.

Step 1: Create one MultCloud account or you can log in it with your Google account.
Step 2: Click on “Add Clouds” button to add your Google Photos and Google Drive to MultCloud.

Add Google Photos and Google Drive
Add Google Photos and Google Drive

Note: You can add unlimited Google Photos and Google Drive to MultCloud because MultCloud has no limit to the number of clouds to add.

Step 3. Copy from Google Photos to Google Drive with “Cloud Transfer”. Click on “Cloud Transfer”, select Google Photos as the source, select your Google Drive as the destination, click on “Transfer Now” and the transfer process will begin immediately.

Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive
Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive


  • “Cloud Transfer” supports transferring folders or whole drive as the source. If you want to transfer some pictures only, you can make it by using “Copy” and “Paste” function through “Cloud Explorer”.
  • During the transfer process, you can close the page or turn off your PC because MultCloud can deal with the migration in the background.


As you can see, any solution above can help transfer Google Photos to Google Drive. Obviously, the second solution is much better if you have lots of photos to transfer because the whole transfer process is not affected by the network. If you believe MultCloud is better, you can also use its “Cloud Sync” feature, which can make your work and life more efficient.

For “Cloud Sync”, whether you add, modify, delete files from one cloud, MultCloud can always sync these changes to your target location in time. If you want to sync Google Photos to Google Drive, it’s recommended you can use this feature.

MultCloud Supports Clouds

Multcloud Key Features

  • Transfer files in clouds, FTP and WebDav for easily file management & information delivery.

  • Sync two clouds or directories in two clouds through two-way sync or one-way sync.

  • Combine multiple cloud storages into one and manage them like in Windows explorer.