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I have a lot of photos in Google Drive, in random folders.

I want to move them to Google Photos, because I really like the phone/tablet application - while the web app is... less good.

I have no idea how to do that. I moved them to some magical folder in Google Drive called "Google Photos". I have no idea what that folder does - it seems to be auto-synced with Google Photos in the way Google Photos app -> Google Photos folder, but not the other way (folder -> app) - nothing I put there appears in the actual Google Photos app.

How do I put the photos there? There are both in Google Drive, I can see both "Google Photos" and my old photos in Google Drive web app, but I cannot move them there no matter how much I try.


In this confusing help article which makes the relation between Google Drive and Google Photos even less clear, Google tells me to click on "search" and then "Google Drive". That produces "No results" on both android app and web app.

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Googling the question around seems impossible because something about Google+ seems popping up, I am not using Google+ at all – Karel Bílek Aug 18 '15 at 17:43
This seems to be still the case. I was wondering if the "No results" on the Google Drive search was because I was using google apps for business but a customer support rep told me this simply doesn't work and will be removed. Looking at google photos now, the button seems to be gone. Still no option to sync between drive -> photos – dvcrn Jul 6 at 2:57

The only way I found, which is super stupid and as anti-user-friendly as they go (I guess that's the new Google), is to

  • download the files (it will take a while, will create a big ZIP file and might crash the Google Drive app)
  • unzip them, because while Google Drive gives you zip, Google Photos doesn't allow ZIP (output of an app is not accepted in basically the same app, awesome)
  • upload to Google Photos, hope that it will actually upload and not crash in the middle
  • then you will end up with the photos in both places, so you will need to delete one so it doesn't count twice to your quota

Not a good user experience. But maybe there is a better way?

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Seems it has moved to drive.google.com->settings Google Drive Settings screenshot

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Adding a screenshot or a Google help link would be more helpful. – serenesat Aug 19 '15 at 17:07
I don't seem to have this option – Sathya Aug 20 '15 at 6:36
I don't have this option either – Karel Bílek Sep 14 '15 at 13:11
this is exactly the other way around (“Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive”). OP wants to move photos from Drive to Photos. – törzsmókus Jul 22 at 13:09

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