Creating a Google Photos Folder in Google Drive: A Simpler Way

Creating a Google Photos Folder in Google Drive: A Simpler Way

Hey there! Today, I’m going to show you a super easy way to create a folder in Google Drive specifically for your Google Photos. I know it can be kinda confusing sometimes, but don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

So, let’s dive right in. First things first, open up your Google Drive. You may already have a ton of files and folders there, but don’t fret. We’re going to make space for your photos!

Now, take a look at the left sidebar of your Google Drive. You’ll see a bunch of options like “My Drive,” “Recent,” and “Shared with me.” Scroll down a bit until you find “Google Photos.” It might be hiding under the “More” section. Once you spot it, go ahead and click on it.

Here comes the fun part. At the top of the page, you’ll see a toolbar with a bunch of icons. Look for the one that looks like a folder with a ‘+’ sign next to it. That’s the “New” button, and we’re going to use it to create our brand new Google Photos folder.

Alright, give that button a satisfying click! A menu will pop up with a few options. Among them, you’ll find “Folder.” Go ahead and select that option.

Now, you’ll see a text box where you can type the name of your shiny new folder. Be creative! Choose a name that speaks to your awesome photos. Once you’ve decided, type it in and hit “Create.”

Congratulations! You’ve just created a Google Photos folder in Google Drive. Easy peasy, right? Now you can easily organize and access all your precious memories in one place.

Remember, if you want to upload photos to this folder later, all you have to do is drag and drop them from your computer or any other folder in Google Drive. It’s as simple as that!

So, there you have it. Creating a Google Photos folder in Google Drive doesn’t have to be a headache. Just follow these steps, and before you know it, you’ll have all your special moments neatly organized and ready to be enjoyed.

How to Create a Google Photos Folder in Google Drive

I have to tell you, Google is always coming out with new and improved apps. It’s great, but sometimes it can get a bit confusing. You know why? Because sometimes these new apps overlap with old ones, and it can be hard to keep track of what works with what.

Let me give you an example: Google Photos and Google Drive. They used to be connected and shared the same free storage space. So, if you made a change in your Google Photos folder on Google Drive, it would show up in Google Photos too, and vice versa.

A Change Happened

Here’s the thing though, in July 2019, they decided to separate these two services. That means they no longer sync their content. And guess what? You don’t have to fill up your Google Drive storage with all those pictures you uploaded to Google Photos. It’s like getting double the free storage – 15GB for Drive and 15GB for Photos. Not too shabby, right?

Now, even though the services have separated, any files that were synced between Photos and Drive before will still be in their respective folders. But remember, there’s no automatic syncing anymore. So, if you want to back up something from one service to the other, you’ll have to do it yourself.

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Add Photos from Google Drive to Google Photos

If you have pictures on Google Drive that you want to save to Google Photos, here’s what you can do:

  1. First, open your web browser.
  2. Then, type into the browser bar or click on the provided link.
  3. Next, click on the Upload button located to the right of the search bar at the top of the window.
  4. After that, select the Google Drive option.
  5. Now, choose the images you want to save to Google Photos.
  6. Lastly, click UPLOAD at the bottom right of the screen.

How to Back up Pictures from Google Photos to Google Drive

If you want to back up your images from Google Photos to Google Drive, unfortunately, the process is quite complicated and doesn’t allow for automatic syncing directly from Google Photos. At the very least, you’ll need to download the pictures to your computer and then either upload them manually to Google Drive or use Google Backup and Sync to automatically save them to Google Drive once downloaded.

Download and Set up Backup and Sync

Here’s how you can back up downloaded photos to Google Drive:

  1. Start by creating a new folder on your computer called Google Drive Photos (or any name that suits you).
  2. Then, open your web browser.
  3. Type into the browser bar or click on the provided link.
  4. Under Personal, click the blue Download button.
  5. Click on Agree and Download.
  6. Once the file finishes downloading, open it.
  7. If a window appears asking for permission to make changes on your computer, allow it.
  8. If prompted to restart your computer, do so.
  9. Next, open Backup and Sync.
  10. Sign in with your Google Account.
  11. Click on the More button (three vertically stacked dots).
  12. Then, click on Preferences.
  13. If you already have your Google Drive Photos folder, click on it. Otherwise, click on Choose folder.
  14. Find the folder that contains your pictures, click on it, and then click OK.

Download the Photos

Now, you just need to download the images that you want to upload to Google Drive onto your computer. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to in your web browser.
  2. Hover your cursor over the first image you want to download.
  3. Click on the small checkmark at the top left of the image.
  4. Repeat this for all the pictures you want to download.
  5. Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right of the window.
  6. Then, click on Download. The images will be saved as a .zip archive named
  7. Navigate to the default download location on your computer.
  8. Right-click on
  9. Click on Cut.
  10. Go to the Google Drive Photos folder you created earlier.
  11. Right-click in an empty space and click on Paste.
  12. Once the archive is pasted into the folder, right-click on it.
  13. Click on Extract all.
  14. If you want to keep the pictures in a folder together, you can rename it by changing the last word in the text bar to your preferred folder name. If you want the pictures to be directly in your Google Drive Photos folder, delete \Photos.

After performing the above steps, run Backup and Sync, and your images will be uploaded to your Google Drive storage. If you have more pictures in the future that you want to save to Google Drive, you’ll need to repeat this process.

Let’s Go Round the Houses

It’s not as quick and easy as it used to be, but you can still transfer your images from Google Photos to Google Drive using this method. Surprisingly, it’s easier to do it the other way around. If you have discovered a different method to transfer photos from Google Photos to Google Drive, feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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