Auto Sync My Photos To Google Drive From Mac

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Google Auto Backup Delete All Photos From Cloud Or Device Google Launches Backup And Sync Mac App For Photos Drive Macrumors. It is easy to transfer photos to Google Photos from iPhone. For that& you need to enable the “Backup and sync” feature on the Google Photos app on your iPhone. Once this function is enabled& all of your pictures and videos will be automatically back up to Google Photos. This method will work whether you have enabled iCloud photos or not. Nov 21, 2021 Google Drive is an online storage solution by Google. It allows you to store and sync data across your devices with its 15 GB of free storage space, while its integration with Google Docs for Mac gives your friends or coworkers access to the files or folders you designate for sharing. But in case you weren’t aware, Google Photos is a cloud service offered by Google to store all your photos and videos that worked in automatic sync with Google Drive before this new change. Before this new feature was introduced, everything that used to be backed up on Photos would also automatically be backed in Google Drive and vice versa.

The automatic sync of files to and from your Mac with Google Drive is now paused. Follow the same steps as described above to Resume the syncing of files. Uninstall Google Drive on Your Mac.

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Is there any way to automatically download or sync all photos backed up from my phone to Google+ to my Mac?

I know there is an upload tool, but I want the reverse.

Can they be viewed from Picasa somehow?

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You can automatically download your photos from Google Photos (I believe Google+ photos end up there, correct me if I'm wrong) fairly easily. It requires a few different steps to get it set up though. Once it's setup, the sync is done for you.

  1. First you have to install the Google Photos Uploader for OS X.
  2. Next you have to install the Google Drive sync app to sync your Google Drive on your Mac.
  3. Next open Google Photos via your browser and go to settings. From within settings, enable the Google Drive option.
  4. Open Google Drive from your browser and select the Google Photos option. Ensure the settings pane for Google Photos on Google Drive has the Create Google Photos folder enabled.
  5. Lastly, ensure the newly created Google Photos folder in your Google Drive is selected on your Mac's Google Drive settings for sync.

At this point, your photos will sync from your mobile device and desktop to Google Photos, be linked to Google Drive, and sync back down to your desktop for you to pull in to what ever app you want.

Note, as pointed out by @Jer, this will count against your Google Drive storage whereas if you just stored them in Google Photos, you can make use of the unlimited storage. I pay $10 a mo/ for 1TB of Google Drive storage and this works great. I organize all my photos into subdirectories, tag them and manage them via Adobe Lightroom, with Google Drive automatically syncing them to Google Photos on my phone. It also lets me easily select a folder I've organized via Lightroom and share it with other people via Google Drive, instead of having to build out albums and share via Photos.

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You can download all Google+ photos in one go using Google Takeout.


The solution by Johnathon Sullinger has caused photos to sync using Google Drive, which counts towards your 15GB limit. Ended up having to delete and re-upload using photos. So sync cannot work both ways without counting towards drive storage limits as far as I can tell.

Also, at this point in time, Google Photos only end up there if you give permissions from both accounts, which you wouldn't want unless you're only uploading from Google Photos.

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Starting July 10, 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive will no longer automatically sync. We’re making this change to simplify how things work between the two services. You can read more about the changes in our blog post. (

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Here are the facts... it IS bi-directional, and it does NOT count against your Google Drive storage if you are syncing to/from Google Photos and not simply uploading photos into a random folder.

If I take a picture on my camera, it automatically uploads to Google photos once I'm on wifi. It automatically shows up in my 'Google Photos' folder on Drive, AND it shows in my offline Google Drive's 'Google Photos' folder on my Mac.

If I drag a photo into my offline Google Drive 'Google Photos' folder on my Mac, it automatically uploads to sync with my Google Drive 'Google Photos' folder in the cloud, and it shows up in Google Photos online.

And my Google Drive shows that I've used '5.2 GB of 15 GB' allotted storage, but my Google Photos folder contains about 86GB (yes, eighty-six).

If you set it up right, this is how it works.

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I just did this:

FIRST, create a folder on your desktop and name it (mine is 'G+ Pix'). You will need this folder for step #5.

1) Open Google+ Photos to see your list of pix. Select the group of pictures you want to export by clicking on the check mark in the upper left hand corner of the pic. Using the 'shift' key on your keyboard helps you do multiple selections at one time. These pix will remain in G+, because you are downloading copies of the pix. I selected by date in order to keep the download times manageable. It was easier to keep track of what I had selected, also. I had 900 pix to move!!!

2) Select the download button found with an underscored arrow at top right of the Google+ menu bar.

3) You will see this group of photos being downloaded as '' in your download menu at the top right of your MAC screen.

4) When download is complete, the file will read 'Photos' with a blue folder to the left of it. This downloading process can take awhile, depending on the number of pix you export and the level of picture quality you determined when sending pix to G+, initially.

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5) Double-click this file and your pix will appear in list form. Highlight this entire list by using the 'shift' key on your keyboard for multiple selections, and move the list to your designated folder on your desktop. From this desktop folder, you can now manipulate them as your please.

Multiple Selection Tip

Select first picture

Hold down 'Shift' key as you selected last picture.

All items should now be blue and will transfer as one group by holding down the curser on the list as you slide them to the desktop folder.

Anyway, this worked perfectly for me. You have to play the game, man! Ugh!


Google has purposely blocked this by not releasing bio direction sync on any platform even the phones wont sync downloads they just show up in the viewer and you have to select them to download a copy to your phone. Google photos is for auto upload only not auto download. Until people demand this service and another vendor provides it google will never allow it.

The other solution is to install a android emulator, install google photos and click on the photos you want to download. Not sure if a emu exists on the mac tho.


Google+ Auto Backup for MAC. I have been running it on my MAC with current OS and it works well.

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iCloud Photos is magically seamless, but unfortunately, not free once you exceed 5 GB of storage. Here’s how to switch to the less costly Google Photos.

How-to summary:

  1. Jun 09, 2017 On iOS, Photos will automatically start backing up your photo library. On Mac, you’ll need to point it to the folder where your photos are stored. Google Photos is the best cloud photo.
  2. With the Google Photos app on your iOS device, any picture and videos you take (or save to the device) automatically show up in Google Photos like they do in Apple Photos (via iCloud Photo Library.

Sync Google Photos To Onedrive

Apple’s unofficial motto has changed from “It just works” to “Your iCloud Storage is Almost Full.”

Migrate iCloud Photos to Google Photos and Keep Local Copies Synced. On your PC or Mac, you can use Google. From iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos while at the same time keeping local. Aug 28, 2019 If you lose your iPhone in a lake or your Mac bites the dust, your entire photo library doesn’t have to face the same fate. Google Photos is a comparable photo library service with a few key.

I encountered this error message a couple of weeks ago while taking photos on my iPhone. Of course, this is good news for Apple, who would be more than happy for me to increase my monthly bill for more iCloud storage; but it’s bad news for me. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind giving Apple more cash if they had a more seamless web and Windows experience. Unfortunately, I find the entire Apple online ecosystem just way too clunky and confusing. So, as you may have gathered from this article’s title, it was time to find another solution!

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Move Your iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos and Sync Local Copies Using OneDrive or Google Drive

The iPhone has revolutionized the way we snap photos, among other things. Unfortunately, when it comes to cloud storage, Apple has produced mediocre solutions from its early iTools to the disastrous to the less than relevant iCloud. Still, monetizing services is crucial to Apple’s success, and they realize that. Hardware is becoming less and less a part of their future profit margins, while services are beginning to pick up the slack. In the interim, it’s hard for a consumer to invest so much on an expensive device like an iPhone or iPad with meager storage only to be told “If you need more space use iCloud; and if you run out of space on iCloud, buy more!”


Thankfully, the rest of the industry is offering alternatives that don’t require reaching for your pocketbook. Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox have been offering online storage services for years that are easy to use and surpass Apple’s offerings in many ways. Admittedly, Apple’s photo management is seamless, especially when you are using an Apple device. I will certainly miss it, but after spending so much on the hardware, I think Apple should have the basic decency to offer a bit more than the limited 5 GB users have been stuck with for so many years. It is especially worse if you own multiple Apple devices.

Migrating from one online storage service can be cumbersome and risky, though. Cumbersome, because you may have hundreds or thousands of photos and videos that all need to be moved. Risky, because you could miss some and lose them forever.

Before you start the journey to migrate from iCloud Photos to Google Photos, you will need to prepare. Why choose Google Photos, though? Google offers a substantial amount of online space, 15 Gb in total, which is more than enough for my needs. If your storage needs go beyond 15 GB, you really should be looking into paying for additional online storage or you should create local offsite backups. For the average user who captures a fair amount of photos, but not enough to be described as a professional requiring large quantities of online storage, Google Photos should suffice.

Editor’s note: If you choose the “High Quality” option instead of saving originals to Google Photos, you get unlimited storage for photos up to 16 MP. If your photos are higher resolution than that, Google Photos will convert your photos to a lower resolution that has a smaller file size but is still suitable for printing (unless you’re printing a huge poster or something). One route to consider: save high-quality photos on Google Photos, and save originals on a local offsite backup.

Of course, there is the issue of privacy and the logistical hurdle of accessing your photos when they are stored on Google’s platform. Make no mistake about it, iCloud Photos and Google Photos are both traps; but in the case of Google Photos, it’s a free trap. That is, free in the sense that you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription. Nothing in life is truly free, and you better believe Google is in some way monetizing your photos through advertising. Either way, if you own an iPhone, you are going to end up between a rock and a hard place.

Install Google Photos App and Sync iOS Photos to Google Photos

The first step to beginning the migration is to download the free Google Photos app from the app store. Google Photos works on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 9 or later. Once you have that up and running, sign in with your Google account then wait while it configures and begins backing up all your photos and videos. The process can take some time depending on the number of photos you have on the device. I had around 4.7 GB of videos and photos, which took a couple of hours on a 3 MB wireless connection. Google recommends keeping the app open to speed up uploads.

Disable iCloud Photo Syncing

After moving all your photos and videos, browse through the photo library to make sure everything is uploaded. The next step is to quit syncing photos to iCloud Photos. The intention is to not end your use of iCloud altogether since the service might still be essential for other iOS services you want to use such as Notes syncing (unless you also want to move to Google Keep).

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On your iPhone, launch Settings > iCloud > Photos and toggle off iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream.

Sync Local Copies on your PC or Mac using either Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive

If you want to keep local copies on your PC or Mac, you can use Google Drive; if you are a OneDrive user, and you are already using that service to manage your iPhones camera roll, you can use the Google Photos desktop clients available for either Windows or macOS to download copies.

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Because I want to have some control over Google Drive, I have decided not to get trapped by Google either; Instead, I chose to use OneDrive to manage my local backup copies on my Windows 10 PC. Whichever client you prefer, both should be sufficient for managing your local copies.

What to Do About Copies on iCloud Photos?

Now that you have your photos backed up to OneDrive or Google Drive, you can work on freeing up some of that free 5 GB of storage Apple offers for other services. But before you do, make extra sure that the photos you want to be backed up made it into your new system. If you don’t need the space immediately, it doesn’t hurt to use iCloud Photos as a temporary redundant backup copy

If you do want to stop using iCloud for backing up Photos, you can disable and delete all photos you have stored there.

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On your iOS device, tap Settings > Storage > Manage Storage > iCloud Photo Library, then tap Disable and Delete to remove all photos and videos backed up to iCloud. Photos and videos will automatically be deleted after 30 days.

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Deleting photos from your iCloud Photo Library can free up a significant amount of space. If you have videos backed up to iCloud, they tend to use the most space. You could consider storing those on OneDrive, Google Photos or locally. In my case, I deleted 16 videos I had backed up in my iCloud Photo Library. This significantly recovered some of the free iCloud space; one video consumed nearly a GB of space.

Mac Photos To Google Photos

Another issue I discovered with iCloud is that the service is somewhat crippled when using non-Apple applications or web browsers. Using iCloud in Microsoft Edge is not the same as iCloud in Apple Safari on a Mac. Recently, Apple updated its iCloud Photos services to offer a similar experience to the desktop Photos app included with macOS. The service, while similar in behavior, lacks some of the old functionality, such as easy multi-selection of photos and the ability to download to a device of your choosing.

Even on the Mac, the service seems purposely designed to frustrate and lock users into the platform, eventually forcing you to give up and pay to stay. Since the introduction of Photos for macOS—which replaced the defunct iPhoto’s app—Apple’s vision is one app, regardless if its Photos on the iPhone, Mac or When you capture a photo or import into the Photos app, it seamlessly syncs between all your Apple devices and iCloud Photos. I admit, it’s quite magical, but I just don’t think its worthy enough to maintain a paid subscription.

So, that’s a look at how to migrate from iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos while at the same time keeping local backup copies. Remember, before you start removing anything from your iCloud Photo Library, make sure you have safely backed up your photos and videos elsewhere.