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Why Need to Transfer Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos?

When it comes to data backup of multimedia content, among the many cloud storage servers, OneDrive and Google Photos are undoubtedly the best in providing top-ranking data synchronization. However, in terms of image storage, Google Photos is most definitely the better pick out of the two. Why is this so? You will find the answer in their comparison.

  • Free Storage Space: OneDrive and Google Photos offer different amounts of free storage space. If you're running out of space on OneDrive and have available space on Google Photos, it makes sense to transfer your photos to Google Photos to free up space.
  • Better Organization: Google Photos has advanced organization features such as automatic grouping of photos by location and facial recognition, making it easier to find and browse through your photos. If you prefer this organization method, you may want to transfer your photos from OneDrive to Google Photos.
  • Easier Sharing: Google Photos also has a simpler and more intuitive sharing interface than OneDrive, making it easier to share photos on Google Photos with others. If you frequently share photos with others, transferring them to Google Photos may make the process smoother and more efficient.

Overall, transferring photos from OneDrive to Google Photos can help you take advantage of the different features and benefits offered by each service, and better meet your storage and organization needs. Then, how to achieve this goal? This post will present 2 methods below, so you can choose one according to your needs.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos by Downloading and Uploading

This is the most frequently used one when the situation that transferring OneDrive photos to Google Photos occurs, and it is undoubtedly the cost-effective one as well. Here is it!

Step 1. Go to https://onedrive.live.com and sign in to your account.

Step 2. Open your "Photos" in the app menu at the top left corner to access your photos.

Photos in OneDrive
Photos in OneDrive

Step 3. Check the photos which you want to download according to your preferences, which allows you to download according to albums, tags, and places.

Step 4. Click "Download" on the top menu bar that shows up after step 4 is done or right-click to select "Download". Your photos will be downloaded to your selected computer drive.

Download Photos from OneDrive
Download Photos from OneDrive

Note: OneDrive would pack your downloaded pictures as zip titles with tags and dates. Before uploading to your Google Photos, what you need to do is unzip them.

Step 5. Go to https://photos.google.com/ and sign in to your account.

Step 6. Click "Upload" at the top right of Google Photos, and choose "Computer".

Upload to Google Photos from Computer
Upload to Google Photos from Computer

Step 7. A file upload window will pop up. Select photos or the folders that have been unzipped on your computer.

Step 8. The uploading will be done soon, then you could choose "Add to album" to add your uploaded pictures to your Google Photos albums or create a new album to categorize them.

Add to Album
Add to Album

Ok, that’s all about method 1. As its undoubted accessibility, there is also no doubt, after the whole process is finished, that you will find this method is such a waste of time and space. Just because of its fussy operations, demanding network speed, and huge memory size of pictures, so the result will be a loss and a failure once one single step is failed.

Method 2. Transfer Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos without Downloading and Uploading

After mastering method 1, and to maximize time-saving, now and here is a new method offered to you, migrate photos with MultCloud. With this tool, you could move pictures from Onedrive to Google Photos without downloading and uploading. And, you can also to perform the following operations easily.

  • Perfect Integration: Manage up to 30+ cloud drives centrally;
  • Random Migration: Do one-time or incremental migration according to your own needs;
  • Real-time Sync: Provide 10 custom sync modes to simplify collaboration;
  • Smart Backup: Restore the backed-up data to the previous version at any time;
  • Remote Upload: Directly download URLs, torrent files or magnet links to clouds.

As a free cloud file manager, MultCloud can hold many cloud servers. And some of its fantastic features may become your favorite in the future:

  • Folders transfer between clouds: MultCloud enables faster folders transfer between clouds, which makes the transfer without downloading your albums of huge size possible.
  • Offline transmission: Off-line transmission, a significant feature of MultCloud, makes your photo transferring possible even without a network connection.

Now, let’s learn to transfer your photos from OneDrive to Google Photos with MultCloud.

Step 1. Enter the MultCloud by signing up or signing in with your email. You can also log in directly with only your Google or Facebook account.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Add your OneDrive & Google Photos accounts to MultCloud separately. Click the "Add Cloud" and choose the OneDrive icon, then authorize MultCloud to connect your OneDrive account. Then, add Google Photos in the same way.

Add OneDrive and Google Photos
Add OneDrive and Google Photos

Step 3. After step 2 is done, click "Cloud Transfer" in the toolbar at the top, select pictures of OneDrive as the directory you want to transfer, and select the albums of Google Photos as the target directory you want to save your photos to. Then click "Transfer Now" to carry out your task.

Transfer Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos
Transfer Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos


  • In the "Options" on the left corner, you could select your transfer preferences, and set email notification and file filtering.
  • Through the "Schedule" beside the "Options", you can set the time when you want to transfer your photos.

Method 2 is a one-click operation to transfer many pictures from OneDrive to Google Photos with the support of "Cloud Transfer" of MultCloud. By this means, you can save a lot of your time. And, if you have some photos in OneDrive to move to Google Photos, you can also use the "Copy to" option to achieve this goal.

Step 1. First, find the pictures folder you want to transfer in your OneDrive within the MultCloud. Right-click the picture folder and click the "Copy to" option.

Step 2. Then, select the Albums or Photos of Google Photos as your destination. Finally, click "OK" to copy pictures to your Google Photos.

Copy Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos
Copy Photos from OneDrive to Google Photos


After the above 2 methods have been presented, it’s easy to see that using MultCloud to transfer photos from OneDrive to Google Photos is the easiest way. As a multiple cloud storage manager, MultCloud doesn’t require downloading and installation.

Since you have known how to transfer pictures from OneDrive to Google Photos, you may also wonder how to transfer photos from Flickr to Google Photos and want to upgrade your account to a premium one so that you will get a super-transfer speed, which would help complete the transfer process quickly.

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