By Kelsey / Last Updated September 4, 2020


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How do I upload an entire folder to Google Photos?

“I have a folder called 2010 which has a ton of subfolders with dates (e.g. 2010-01-05, 2010-03-06, etc.) which are full of photos and videos. I want to drag all these photos to Google Photos and in the end, make an album called 2010. I tried dragging the folder to the browser (like I would drag a photo into it), but nothing happens. So is it possible to upload a folder into Google Photos?”

Can you upload an entire folder to Google Photos?

Google Photos is one of the most popular photo storage and backup tools. It has an excellent interface, some good navigation skills, and smart search, so you can find images by location or objects in it. And, no matter which device you are using, computer, Android device or iOS, Google Photos can store all images safely.

But many users report that when they want to upload photos to Google Photos, they cannot add them as folders. It’s not that Google Photos can’t upload folders, it’s that you haven’t found the right way. If you want to upload an album or multiple photos to Google Photos, you can refer to the following content to learn 3 effective solutions.

How to upload folders to Google Photos?

Each user may use different devices to upload photos to Google Photos. We will introduce how to add folders to Google Photos from mobile phones, computers, and Google Drive according to the different needs of users.

Way 1. Add folders to Google Photos from the phone

The Google Photos upload folder from the phone can be done directly in its application, just follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open Google Photos from the application drawer or home screen, and click the menu icon (three horizontal lines) located in the upper left corner.

Step 2. Go to Settings, and click Back up & sync.

Settings Back up & sync

Step 3. Tap Back up device folders, the photo folders that can be backed up in the device will be listed, toggle the switch behind the folder to be uploaded.

Device Folders

Step 4. Folders with backup enabled will automatically upload photos to Google Photos.

Way 2. Upload folders to Google Photos from the PC

Although you cannot add folders on the Google Photos web application, you can do this through the desktop application Google Backup and Sync.

Step 1. On your computer, download and install Google Backup and Sync.

Step 2. Log in to the Google account used for Google Photos.

Sign In

Step 3. Click CHOOSE FOLDER and select any folder you want to backup.

Choose Folder

Step 4. Under Photo and video upload size, select your upload size.

Step 5. In the next step, you can also choose whether to sync the files in Google Drive to your computer and finally click START to add the folder to Google Photos.

Google Backup and Sync Start

Note: If you delete photos or videos from your computer, they will remain in Google Photos. If you delete a photo or video from Google Photos, it will not be deleted from Google Drive or your computer.

Way 3. Transfer folder to Google Photos from Google Drive

How to add folders to Google Photos from Google Drive, even with different accounts? You can use some free services to transfer folders, such as MultCloud.

Step 1. Create an account of MultCloud, and sign in.

Step 2. In its main interface, click the Add Clouds tab on the top and select Google Drive and Google Photos.

Add Google Drive and Google Photos

Step 3. Create a Cloud Sync task to move photos between Drive and Google Photos. Specify the folder to be moved as the source in Google Drive and select the destination location under Google Photos.

Add Sync Source Destination

Step 4. Click Sync Now to transfer multiple photos in Google Drive to Google Photos.

Google Drive to Google Photos

Get more Google Cloud space for backing up photos

Google Photos is indeed a good solution for storing photos, but if there are too many photos and videos that need to be uploaded in original quality, its free 15GB is far from enough. (Google Photos and Google Drive share the space in the same account.) The long-term purchase of storage space may be a relatively large payment. However, you can use CBackupper to help you get more Google Drive space for free.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup tool, which supports the combination of free space in multiple cloud drive accounts for data backup. You can combine multiple Google Drive accounts, and enough accounts can even form Google Photos unlimited storage.

Step 1. Create an account of CBackupper, and sign in to its platform.

Step 2. In its main interface, click the Clouds tab at the top, click Add Clouds and then select the cloud you want to add (here is Google Drive). Then, follow the simple instructions to complete the authorization.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. You can change the display name to distinguish the account, and click Allocate to allocate the backup space, don’t forget to click OK to save your options.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Step 4. Repeat Step 1 to Step 3 to add all your cloud drive accounts. Spaces in different service accounts can also be combined, and the total space formed by them will be displayed under My Clouds.

Combine Cloud Storage

In the End

Following one of the above methods, it can help you upload folders to Google Photos, regardless of whether you are using a mobile phone or a computer. If there is not enough space for storing photos during the process of using Google Photos, I strongly recommend that you use the CBackupper to merge the cloud drive accounts to combine the space freely for backing up photos.