Moving to Google Photos

Moving to Google Photos

As of July 10, 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive no longer sync automatically. As a result of this change that Google made, Mover is no longer able to migrate photos to Google Photos. But we can still help you move data to Google Drive. You can also still manually add photos from Google Drive to Google Photos. For historical information on how Google Photos migrations used to occur, see our blog post below from 2015.

With the recent separation of Google Photos from Google+, lots of people are looking for a reason to take advantage of the free, unlimited storage the service provides for photos. Here’s a quick rundown on how to use Mover to get your photos into Google’s new photo service – free from one Personal Connector to another!

Checking For Google Photos

Google Photos

Most Google Drive accounts should already have the Google Photos option on the left hand side. If you don’t yet, it might be due to the type of account (i.e. Google Drive for Work) or when you signed up for Drive.

Unlocking The Photos Folder


In order for Mover to be able to get at your Google Photos, you’ll need to make sure you’ve added the appropriate folder to Google Drive. To access your Google Photos folder in Google Drive, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • Click the gear icon on the top right, under your Google avatar picture.
  • Click on Settings.
  • At the bottom of the general settings is an option that reads “Create a Google Photos folder.” Check this box and hit Done.
    Create a Google Photos folder

Using Mover To Transfer

Using Mover

To migrate your photos, open up our app and connect your Google Drive account – if you haven’t done this before, we have an article on how to do just that in our Knowledge Base here. You’ll also want to connect whatever service you want to migrate from.

From there, it’s a few simple steps in our app. Piece of cake!

Here’s an example transfer from Dropbox to Google Drive.

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June 3, 2015 – It looks as though you’ll also need to enable Google Photos to see the files in Google Drive. This setting can be found at and it appears at this time that these photos will count towards your storage quota.

February 28, 2018 - Updated to fix broken links.

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