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How Do I Upload Pictures from Google Drive to Google Photos?

Google Drive to Google Photos
Google Drive to Google Photos

User Case: "I have stored many pictures and videos in Google Drive but I want to upload them to Google Photos because I find Google Photos is better to store media files, how can I directly move them to Google Photos?"

Yes, Google Photos is a good choice in terms of storing images, audio files, videos, and other media files because it not only offers enough space to store various photo formats like .webp, .bmp, .rm2, etc. but also supports excellent search engine and file edition functions.

If you also want to upload photos from Google Drives to Google Photos, you may also try to find an easy way to do it. Here in this article, you'll learn 2 free ways to move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos.

Photo Upload to Google Photos from Google Drive in 2 Ways

To upload photos from Google Drive to Google Photos, many people will first think of the way of uploading and downloading. Although the transfer operation can indeed be achieved in this way, it is still not time-saving and professional enough. To better transfer pictures, you can learn about the following 2 ways.

Solution 1. Upload Photos via Google Photos

Typically, you can upload target photos directly from Google Drive via Google Photos.

Before you start, you need to pay attention to the following points:

  • Photos must be larger than 256 pixels.
  • The file type must be .jpg, .gif, .webp, .tiff, or .raw.
  • If you use your Google Account through work or school, you must download it from Google Drive and upload it to Google Photos again.

Once you understand the notes, you can follow the steps below to upload:

Step 1. Go directly to the Google Photos homepage, click "Upload", and then select "Google Drive" in the drop-down window.

Select Google Drive to Upload
Select Google Drive to Upload

Step 2. Select "My Drive" in the pop-up window, then filter all images by file type, and finally select all images and click "Upload" to upload.

Filter Images to Upload from My Drive
Filter Images to Upload from My Drive

Compared to the traditional upload and download method, this method saves most of the time by eliminating the download and file decompression operations. But one downside is that it does not support uploading folders. If there are lots of photos saved in a folder, then it's not easy to do it.

Solution 2. Upload to Google Photos from Google Drive with MultCloud

If you want to upload lots of folders containing images to your Google Photos, then a free online cloud file transfer service-MultCloud may be your best choice. As a multiple cloud storage manager, MultCloud can not only help manage multiple cloud storage accounts in one place within one login but also can help move files between cloud services directly without downloading and uploading.

MultCloud supports 5 core functions: Cloud Transfer, Team Transfer, Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload, so you can use these features to easily perform cloud to cloud transfer, sync, backup, and even remote upload web files to clouds.

When you need to transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos, you can easily do it with Cloud Transfer in just 3 steps.

Step 1. Sign Up. MultCloud is a web-based app and you need to create an account before operating.

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Sign Up

Step 2. Add Clouds. Click on the "Add Cloud" icon and add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud.

Add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud
Add Google Drive and Google Photos to MultCloud


  • You are allowed to add only one cloud at one time, so please repeat the "Add Cloud" operation if you want to add more than one cloud.
  • MultCloud also supports adding other cloud drives, such as Dropbox, Google Workspace, OneDrive, MEGA, Amazon S3, even NAS, WebDav, FTP/SFTP, Shared with me and Shared Drive, so you can add them into MultCloud to better manage multiple cloud storage accounts.

Step 3. Upload to Google Photos from Google Drive by Cloud Transfer. Click on the "Cloud Transfer" button and select Google Drive as the source and Google Photos as the destination. Then click on "Transfer Now" to complete the task.

Move from Google Drive to Google Photos
Move from Google Drive to Google Photos


  • You can set a specific transfer time point or period in "Schedule" so that MultCloud can automatically execute the task at the time you set.
  • The process of transferring runs on the server of MultCloud, so it won’t require any local resources or bandwidth.
  • If you do not want to transfer the whole Google Drive to Google Photos, while selecting the source, you need to select a directory that you want to upload to Google Drive as the source.
  • If there are lots of photos to transfer, as long as the transfer task starts, you cloud close the page because MultCloud can deal with the task in the background.


With the 2 methods mentioned above, you can easily transfer Google Photos to Google Drive. When using MultCloud to perform the transfer task, you can also experience other useful functions of MultCloud: "Team Transfer", "Cloud Sync", "Cloud Backup" and "Remote Upload".

As long as you have cloud storage accounts that MultCloud supports, you can enjoy easy cloud backup, sync, or remote upload. For example, you can backup website to Google Drive, sync multiple Google Drive accounts, or upload files via URL to clouds.

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