By Kelsey / Last Updated December 30, 2020


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How do I move pictures from Google Drive to Google Photos?

“I have photos in hundreds of nested subfolders on Google Drive. I am looking for a way to move all photos from Google Drive to Google Photos. Is there any way I can complete this operation without the tedious manual selection of each subfolder? I just want an easy way to transfer all photos from Google Drive.”

Google Drive to Google Photos

Why should transfer Google Drive to Google Photos?

Google Photos will stop the free unlimited storage plan for high-quality photos from June 1, 2021. However, all photos and videos uploaded before June 1 will still not occupy the 15GB limit. This means that you can transfer photos and videos from Google Drive to Google Photos during this time to save space.

Also, Google Photos is a fully functional photo library application. Uploading Google Drive to Google Photos can help you manage and organize photos easily, and can access them on any device. Compared with Google Drive, Google Photos makes the experience of browsing photos more vivid and interesting, and image sync also allows you to retrieve any photos at any time.

4 ways to migrate Google Drive to Google Photos easily

Transferring pictures and videos in Google Drive is actually not a difficult thing. Whether you want to transfer a single file or all files, or you need to complete the process automatically, there are corresponding free methods. In this article, we will show how to move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos.

Way 1. Download and upload

Whether you transfer photos from your Android, iPhone, or computer from Google Drive to Google Photos, you can follow the steps below on your computer, and the process will be more convenient.

Step 1. Go to, navigate to the folder containing the photos you want to move, and select the photos you want to move, press the Ctrl key to select multiple photos.

Step 2. After selecting all photos > right click > Download.

Google Drive Download

Step 3. Now go to, click Upload > Computer, and select the file or folder to upload.

Google Photos Upload

Way 2. Use Google Backup and Sync

Google Backup and Sync is an official application for Windows and Mac, which can safely back up files and photos between Google Drive and Google Photos. You can even use it to back up photos from an SD card, camera, external drive hard drive to Google Drive and Google Photos.

Step 1. Download and install the Backup and Sync on Windows and Mac computers. Log in to your Google account.

Sign In

Step 2. Select the backup folder, and then select Upload photos and videos to Google Photos > NEXT.

Windows Sync Google Photos

Step 3. Backup & Sync will install a folder named Google Drive on your computer. You can drag photos and documents into it for synchronization.

Google Drive Folder

Step 4. In the next step, you can choose whether to sync Google Drive to the local, click START to sync Google Drive to Google Photos.

Google Backup and Sync Start

Way 3. In Google Photos to enable Google Drive

Go to the Google Photos settings website and enable Google Drive - Sync photos & videos from Google Drive. Once enabled, photos and videos in Google Drive will be automatically synced to Google Photos. You should pay attention to the following requirements when using this method:

  • The photo must be larger than 256 pixels.

  • The photo/video type must be jpg, gif, webp, tiff, or raw.

  • You must be the owner of the destination photos, videos, and folders in Drive.

Way 4. Connet Google Photos to Google Drive

You can connect to Google Photos through the settings in Google Drive, so you can quickly access the photos and videos in Google Drive directly in Google Photos.

Step 1. Log in to your Google Drive account. Click the Settings icon.

Step 2. Check Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive next to the Create a Google Photos folder option.

Create a Google Photos folder in Google Drive

Step 3. Select the photo you want to move and click the three-dot icon, then select Move to...

Step 4. Select Google Photos as the destination, click the Move button, and wait to move photos from Google Drive to Google Photos.

How to get more Google Drive storage space for free?

As mentioned above, Google Photos is about to stop providing users with unlimited storage space for free. If you don’t plan to pay to upgrade your account, you need to find a way to get more Google Drive space for free. In fact, you only need to use a multi-cloud manager such as CBackupper to combine more cloud drive space for free.

CBackupper Main Page

CBackupper is a free online cloud service that allows you to add and manage multiple cloud storage accounts (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) on one interface. And you can merge the free space in multiple cloud drive accounts without accessing your data. Now, you can merge multiple Google Drive accounts by following the steps below.

Step 1. Navigate to the homepage of CBackupper and get started to sign up for an account (if you have an account, please sign in directly).

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Clouds > Add Clouds > Google Drive > OK to authorize your Google Drive accounts to CBackupper for backup, you can also add other cloud drives.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. You can change the display name of your cloud drive and allocate space for backup, click the checkbox before Note, then click OK.

Allocated Space Google Drive

CBackupper also provides an offsite backup solution for Windows PC users. If you need to back up important data daily to prevent them from being lost, we strongly recommend you to use the CBackupper app. It provides professional backup methods and reasonable backup space at the best price, providing 1000 GB of space ($6/month, $60/year).

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Final words

According to the 4 simple ways to transfer photos from Google Drive to Google Photos provided in this article, you can sync, upload, and move Google Drive to Google Photos. When your Google Drive storage space is insufficient, don't forget to use CBackupper to merge the free space of multiple cloud storage accounts to form a huge backup space, or switch to the CBackupper app to back up data to a larger space.