By Kelsey / Last Updated December 30, 2020


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How to move Google Photos albums to Google Drive folders?

“I can't organize or archive Albums into Google Drive. It appears they have changed something because originally when I added Google Photos to Google Drive I remember it working. I think that transferring or syncing Google Photos to Google Drive will help me manage all files so that I don’t need to switch back to the service but back up files to Google Drive directly. Anyone have any suggestions?”

Google Photos and Google Drive

Many people confuse the two in Google Photos vs. Google Drive. They are both used for file storage, and these data will be backed up to Google Cloud. There is still a big difference between the two.

Google Photos: This is a photo album service, through this program, users can view images in other device folders. Google Photos only supports three types of media files: images, videos, and GIF. Not only can you store and sync these files to Google Photos, but you can also share photos with others through this service. In the past, Google Photos provided users with free, unlimited storage space. It is worth noting that after June 1, 2021, the unlimited free storage policy will end.

Google Photos

Google Drive: Google Drive is a cloud storage service for different types of files (such as PDF, ZIP, video, and photos). You can add and sync any type of files to it, and sharing files is also one of the most outstanding features of Google Drive. The provider provides 15GB of storage space for each account for free, and G mail, Google Drive, and Google Photos share this storage.

Google Drive

After Google Photos announced that it would terminate the unlimited free storage of photos and videos, many users realized that they no longer need to use the two services separately to store different types of files. Connecting Google Photos to Google Drive will greatly improve the efficiency of normal use. In the following content, we will show how to move Google Photos to Google Drive in three ways.

Method 1. Download and upload

This is the most common solution, and it is more suitable for users who only need to transfer part of Google Photos data because this method is time-consuming and requires you to have enough local storage.

Step 1. Navigate to Google Photos website and login to your account.

Step 2. Select the photo or video you want to move, then click the more icon in the upper right corner, and click Download. You can also click Album > the more icon > Download All.

Google Photos Download

Step 3. Turn to the Google Drive website and login to your account.

Step 4. Click Upload files or Upload folder under My Drive to upload the local Google Photos files.

Google Drive upload

Method 2. Connect Google Photos with Google Drive

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

Step 1. Log in to the Google Drive website with your account, and then click Settings.

Step 2. Check Automatically put your Google Photos in the Create a Google Photos folder section, then click Done to confirm.

Create a Google Photos folder in Google Drive

Now you can directly access the files in Google Photos in Google Drive, and view, download, delete, share, mark and rename.

Method 3. Sync Google Photos to Google Drive

There is also a simple way to help you sync Google Photos with Google Drive, just by using free online services such as MultCloud.

Step 1. Create a MultCloud account and log in, then select Google Photos and Google Drive respectively.

Step 2. Then follow the instructions to add and authorize your Google Photos and Google Drive accounts to the service.

Add Clouds

Step 3. Under the Cloud Sync tab, select Google Photos as the source cloud and Google Drive as the destination cloud. Click Sync Now to start the process.

Sync Google Photos to Google Drive

How to enlarge Google Drive backup space for free?

After Google Photos ceased to provide unlimited storage space for free, some users must be anxious about where to back up their photos. After all, after learning how to upload Google Photos to Google Drive, the storage in Google Drive may soon be filled with photos and videos. Is there any way to get more backup space for free? The free cloud manager - CBackupper web app can help you.

CBackupper Main Page

CBackupper is a free online cloud service that allows you to add and manage multiple cloud storage accounts on one interface, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. After adding, it can not only combine the cloud storage space in multiple accounts to form an almost unlimited online cloud backup space.

Step 1. Navigate to the CBackupper website, get started to create an account for free and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Click Clouds > Add Clouds, and authorize your clouds and click OK.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Change the display name of your cloud drive and allocate space for backup, then check the Note, and click OK.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Now you have completed the entire process of adding a cloud drive. You can repeat the above steps to add all your cloud drives. The total space of cloud drive accounts merged will be listed under My Clouds.

Combine Cloud Storage

Note: If you want to move a file in Google Drive to another cloud drive account, you could go to the Tasks tab, add backup source (Google Drive) and destination, click Start Backup at last.

Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive

Final Words

This article introduces 3 ways of how to transfer Google Photos to Google Drive, including two automatic methods and one manual method, all of which can meet your needs. If you want to get more Google Drive space for free, you can apply for multiple cloud drive accounts and then use CBackupper to help you combine free cloud drive space and back up files between cloud drives easily and quickly.

Moreover, CBackupper also provides a Windows PC cloud backup program to help users safely and quickly back up data on the computer to AOMEI Cloud (1000GB of large space). You can first experience the 15-day free trial period provided by the service to protect your files.

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