Google Photos vs. Google Drive

Google Photos works like a huge online photo gallery program. Unlike Google Drive, Google Photos only support images, videos, and GIFs. Google Photos recognizes faces and has excellent image recognition technology that is perfect for finding people, places and many other things through your gallery. It's an application that will allow you to create your own photo albums and the automatically created albums are then grouped at the top of the page while the albums manually created by users are displayed below.

Google Drive is a cloud storage service provided by Google. Unlike Google Photos, it's generic. Unlike Google Photos, you can freely move, add or create folders in Google Drive. In addition, you can copy or move files as needed. It supports folder hierarchy and enables a user to organize files and folders in multiple folders. It does make managing your storage easier. Google Drive can handle not only pictures and videos, but all file types. Regardless of whether videos, photos or any other file type are used, Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage. After the 15GB free storage space is used up, you can purchase additional storage space.

Why Transfer Google Photos to Google Drive?

Both services use your Google account to sync file and can be used across platforms. Unlike Google Drive, Google Photos supports images, vides and GIFs only and other files are unusable using it. However, for Google Drive, it 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. If you are more inclined to classify and manage files, then Google Drive will be a good choice.

How to Move Google Photos to Google Drive?

As for how to move photos to Google Drive from Google Photos, various ways have appeared on the Internet. Here we have collected 2 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