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How to Move Photos between Google Accounts?

If you are trying to migrate images from Google Photos to another, this article provides you five ways to help you move photos between two Google accounts.

Author MultCloud

Posted by @MultCloud

Aug, 2, 2019 | 4 mins read

How to Transfer Photos from One Google Account to Another?

Nowadays, people prefer to store data in cloud storage because they can access their data anywhere and anytime. In this way, using cloud drive becomes increasingly popular. Google Photos is an excellent photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. In general, as long as you set the storage settings to "High quality", you can get unlimited photo storage for photos up to 1080p resolution. But to pursue the original resolution and quality of photos and videos, you might choose "Original quality" to store the photos, and this will use storage quantity in the users' Google account. As more original photos are stored, users may prefer to recreate a new account to enjoy more free storage space.

Though it is common to use multiple Google Photos accounts, transferring photos between Google accounts is still not easy. Then, if anyone wants to transfer photos from one Google account to another, is there a straightforward way to migrate photos quickly? Luckily, the answer is YES.

The following part will introduce 5 ways to show you how to move photos from one Google account to another. You can choose a method you like based on your situation.

Traditional Ways: How to Transfer Photos from One Google Account to Another?

Way 1: Download and Upload

Step 1. Log in to your first Google Photos account.
Step 2. Select the photos that you want to move.
Step 3. Click “Download” icon located at the top right corner.


Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

Note: These photos will be downloaded as a zip file, if you want to add them separately to your another account, remember to unzip the file before uploading.

Step 4. Log in your second Google Photos account.
Step 5. Click on “Upload” icon or directly drag all the downloaded images into the second account to upload them.

This way can help you move photos from one Google Photos to another, but you need to operate manually and it is really bothering because the process of downloading and uploading will be affected by the network speed and the volume of your photos.

Way 2: Migrate Photos between Google Photos Accounts with “Sharing” Feature

Yes, you can move these photos by creating a sharing link. There are detailed steps.

Step 1. Browse to photos.google.com in the source Google account.
Step 2. Select the photo you want to move.
Step 3. Click the “Share” icon located in the top right corner of the display and choose and select “Create Link” option.
Step 4. Copy the link in the pup-out window and paste it in a new tab.


Create a Sharing Link
Create a Sharing Link

Note: You can also copy this link and share it with anyone else on any other media.

Step 5: Login your second account and click on “Add to Album” button to add to your second Google Photos account. Then you can view all the shared photos in “Photos” interface.

Way 3: Send a Shared Library Invitation

Step 1: Move to “Settings” interface of your first Google Photos account.
Step 2: Click on “Shared libraries” selection.


Shared Libraries
Shared Libraries

Step 3: Enter the address of your second Google Photos account and click on “Next” button to continue.


Select Partner
Select Partner

Step 4: Choose settings in the pop-out window and click on “Next” icon.


Choose Settings
Choose Settings

Note: In this step, you can choose to share all the photos or just part of them with another account.

Step 5: Click on “Send Invitation” button in the window.
Step 6: Login your second Google Photos account.
Step 7: Move to “Sharing” interface and accept the invitation. In this way, you view all the shared photos from your first account.


Accept Shared Library Invitation
Accept Shared Library Invitation

Step 8: Open up the shared library, select all the photos and click on “Add to library” to transfer them to your account.

Way 2 and Way 3 can help you migrate photos between Google Photos accounts without downloading, but when you login your two accounts at the same time, Google browser might not figure out which account you are using when operating, thus the operation may be a bit of troublesome. But don’t worry, the part below will introduce a new way to help you avoid the problem.

New Way: Transfer Photos from One Google Account to Another with MultCloud

MultCloud is a free multiple cloud manager that allows users to sync or transfer files between cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, MEGA, box, pCloud, WebDav, FTP server, etc. So you can easily migrate your photos from one Google Photos to another account. Let’s see how to move photos from one Google account to another.

Step 1: Sign Up

You need to sign up before using MultCloud


Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Add Google Photos

Enter MultCloud and add Google accounts. Click on “Add Clouds” and add your Google Photos accounts to MultCloud one by one.


Add Google Photos
Add Google Photos

Step 3: Transfer Photos from One Google Account to Another

MultCloud can provide two solutions for you to realize the migration and you can choose one based on your preference.

Method 1: Copy Photos to Google Photos with “Cloud Explorer” Function

If you want to copy several photos, videos or folders to another Google Photos, you can achieve the demand with “Cloud Explorer” function.

Select the photos you want to move in your first Google Photos, right click “Copy to” and select “Photos” folder under your another account as the destination in the pop-out window. Then click on “Transfer” to move them.


Copy Photos to Google Photos
Copy Photos to Google Photos

Note: The "Albums" directory can only store album directories, but not media files. So you can choose “Photos” as your target directory to save your images, photos, videos and other media files.

Method 2: Create Cloud Transfer Task

If you want to move folders or the whole storage of the cloud between drives, you can directly use “Cloud Transfer” feature to perform the operation.

Click on “Cloud Transfer” button on the tab and select the folder under one Google Photos as the source and another as the destination. Finally click on “Transfer Now” to complete the task.


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

Notes:

  • “Cloud Transfer” feature only allows you to transfer folders or the whole storage to other clouds.
  • The whole storage of Google Photos is not allowed to be transferred, so you have to select the corresponding directory under Google Photos as the source and the destination.
  • MultCloud even supports transferring after power off, it will complete cloud-to-cloud data transmission for you. And more, scheduling cloud transfer is also available and it can help you to automatically transfer, sync or backup data between cloud drives at at a regular interval or for a special timing.

Summary

This article introduces five ways to help you transfer photos from one Google account to another. And you can move your photos with any method mentioned above.

Moreover, as a user with several cloud drives, you can also easily manage your clouds with MultCloud “Cloud Explorer” feature. For example, you can link OneDrive accounts, connect Dropbox, etc. And it is possible that sometimes you need to sync between clouds. MultCloud also can help you achieve the goal with “Cloud Sync” feature. So if necessary, you can sync multiple Google Drive accounts or backup Dropbox to OneDrive.

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.