How to Transfer Google Photos to Another Account

Without having to manually upload and download photos

What there is to know

  • Office : Share on the Google Photos account > Begin > choose pictures > Send an invitation > accept on another account.
  • Portable: Share > Create a shared album > Select photos > Share > connect account > To send.
  • Via Google Takeout: Google Photos > The next step > Create an export > To download > extract file > upload to another account.

This article will show you several ways to move photos from one Google Photos account to another without having to send them separately.

Is there a way to transfer Google Photos to another account?

While you can always manually download photos from one Google Photos account and then upload them to another, it can take a long time. Luckily, Google has tools that make transferring photos easier and faster.

How to Transfer to Google Photos for Computer

With the Google Photos Sharing feature, you can link a second account to the first and transfer photos between the two.

On your Google Photos account, click Share.

The highlighted Share button in Google Photos.

Click on Begin.

The Get Started button highlighted in Google Photos.

Click on Begin again.

The second (yes, there are two) Start button in Google Photos.

In the search bar, enter the name of your other account.

Choose an account to share photos with in Google Photos.

Click on the name to add it to the list of partners, then press Following.

Selecting a partner to share photos with in Google Photos.

Choose the photos you want to share or select All Photos, then touch Following.

Choose photos to share with a new partner in Google Photos.

Click on Send an invitation to give your other account access to the photos.

Send an invitation to the partner to share photos with in Google Photos.

Go to your other account and you will see a New activity notification in the Sharing tab.

New activity highlighted in Google Photos where you will find the invitation to share photos.

Click on the notification and accept the invitation. Now photos from the first account can be seen in the second.

Accept the invitation to start sharing photos in Google Photos.

How to Upload to Google Photos for Mobile Devices

The sharing tool is also available on the mobile app, and it’s even faster to do. When transferring a few photos or an album, this method is highly recommended.

Open your Google Photos app and click Share in the left corner.

Faucet Create a shared album at the top.

Share Google Photos on Android.

Write the title of the photos you want to transfer to the other account, then tap Select pictures.

Select the photos you want to share, then tap Add in the upper right corner.

Selecting and adding photos to share in Google Photos.

Then press Share.

Select the other account you’re sharing the photos with.

Selecting who to share your photos with in Google Photos on Android.

Click on To send at the bottom to send the invite to your other account to access and upload photos.

The latest send button to share photos in Google Photos on Android.

How to Transfer Photos via Google Takeout

Google Takeout is a Google service that allows users to export their account data to a downloadable archive file. It’s a great way to move your entire Google Photos library with just one tap.

Go to the Google Takeout website, scroll down and click on the box next to Google Photos.

Google Photos option in the Google Takeout service.

If you want to see what will be exported, click All photo albums included.

In this same window, uncheck the items you want to exclude from the export, then click OKAY.

Google Photos – Content

Scroll down and select The next step.

Next Step button highlighted in Google Photos when exporting images.

You can select how often you want the export to occur and the file size. This guide will choose to download 10 GB for a one-time export.

Once you have decided on the type of file you want, select Create an export.

Choose the type of file you want to create when requesting to export your photos from Google Photos.

Google will then create the copy of your Google Photos account, but this can take a long time depending on what’s in the account.

For the example in this article, it took about 30 minutes for the Takeout service to complete.

The export progress in Google Photos during an export.

When finished, click the To download button to download the ZIP file.

The upload button highlighted in Google Photos when the batch of photos is ready to be exported/downloaded.

Point

It is strongly recommended to download an application like WinRAR to be able to extract the ZIP file.

Select the app you have that opens ZIP files and click OKAY.

The dialog deciding what to do with the downloaded zip of photos from Google Photos.

After downloading, highlight the Zip file and click Extract to (your application may look different, but it probably uses similar function names).

Highlighted Extract To button in WinRAR.

Select a location to place your Takeout folder, then click OKAY.

Takeaway - Extraction Path

Access the Google Photos account that will receive the photos.

Add photos to a Google Photos.

Drag and drop the folder you downloaded from Takeout to the new account.

Select your download size, then click Carry on.

Choose the size/quality of photos uploaded to Google Photos.

Uploaded photos and videos will appear in the new account.

Takeaway - photo uploaded

FAQs

  • How do I transfer photos from Google Photos to my gallery?

    To get items directly into your phone’s Photos app (whether it’s Gallery on Android or Photos on iOS), download the Google Photos app on your phone. Next, open the photo you want to transfer in the app and select the After menu (three vertical dots). From there choose Save to Device.

  • How to Transfer Google Photos to Computer?

    To download Google Photos on a desktop computer, you can do the same thing as moving them from a phone: go to Google Photos, select the one you want to download, then select Save to Device of After menu.


More information about How to Transfer Google Photos to Another Account

Without having to manually download and upload photos

What to Know
Desktop: Sharing on Google Photos account > Get started > choose photos > Send invitation > accept on other account.
Mobile: Sharing > Create shared album > Select photos > Share > connect account > Send.
Via Google Takeout: Google Photos > Next step > Create export > Download > extract file > upload to other account.

This article will show you multiple ways to move photos from one Google Photos account to another without having to send each one separately.

Is There a Way to Transfer Google Photos to Another Account?

While you can always manually download photos from a Google Photos account and then upload to another, it can really take a long time. Fortunately, Google has tools which make transferring photos fast and easy to do.

How to Transfer on Google Photos for Desktop

With the Sharing feature on Google Photos, you can link a second account to the first and transfer photos between the two.

On your Google Photos account, click Sharing.

Click Get started.

Click Get started again.

In the search bar, type in the name of your other account.

Click the name to add it to the partner list, then tap Next.

Choose the photos you want to share or select All photos, then tap Next.

Click Send invitation to give your other account access to the photos.

Go to your other account and you will see a New Activity notification in the Sharing tab.

Click the notification and accept the invitation. Now the photos from the first account can be seen in the second.

How to Transfer on Google Photos for Mobile Devices

The Sharing tool is also available on the mobile app, and it’s even faster to do. When transfering a few photos or an album, this method is highly recommended.

Open your Google Photos app and click on Sharing in the left hand corner.

Tap Create shared album at the top.

Write in the title of the photos you want to transfer to the other account, then tap Select photos.

Select the photos you want to share then tap Add in the upper right hand corner.

Then tap Share.

Select the other account with which you are sharing the photos.

Click Send at the bottom to send the invitation to your other account in order to gain access and transfer photos.

How to Transfer Photos via Google Takeout

Google Takeout is a Google service which allows users to export their account data into a downloadable archive file. It’s a great way to move your entire Google Photos library in a single move.

Go to the Google Takeout website, scroll down and click the box next to Google Photos.

If you want to see what will be exported, click All photo albums included.

In that same window, uncheck the items you want to exclude from the export and then click OK.

Scroll to the bottom and select Next step.

You can select how frequent you want the export to happen and the file size. This guide will choose to download 10GB for a one time export.

Once you’ve decided which type of file you want, select Create export.

Google will then create the copy of your Google Photos account, but it may take a long time depending on how much there is in the account.

For this article’s example, it took the Takeout service about 30 minutes to finish.

Once done, click the Download button to download the ZIP file.

Tip
It’s highly recommended you download an app like WinRAR so you can extract the ZIP file.

Select whichever app you have that opens ZIP files and click OK.

After downloading, highlight the Zip file and click Extract to (your app may look different, but it’s likely using similar function names).

Select a location where to place your Takeout folder, then click OK.

Go to the Google Photos account that will receive the photos.

Drag and drop the folder you downloaded from Takeout to the new account.

Select your upload size then click Continue.

The pictures and videos uploaded will appear in the new account.

FAQ

How do I transfer photos from Google Photos to my gallery?
To get items directly into your phone’s photos app (whether the gallery in Android or Photos in iOS), download the Google Photos app to your phone. Then, open the photo you want to transfer in the app and select the More menu (three vertical dots). From there, choose Save to device.

How do I transfer Google Photos to a computer?
To download Google Photos to a desktop computer, you can do the same thing as if you were moving them from a phone: Go to Google Photos, select the one you want to download, and select Save to device from the More menu.

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