With the ubiquity of Dropbox on multiple platforms and its excellent automatic loading from your phone and desktop computer, there is a decent chance that you have used it to back up your photos. Whether you have a Dropbox folder structure with a defined categorization hierarchy or multiple folders distributed from different eras, it will still be a complicated task to drag and drop individual folders from Dropbox and up to Google Photos.
Although OneDrive (Microsoft) and Google Drive (Google), due to the respective ecosystems, recently grew in popularity, third-party cloud backup services remain in effect. And, Dropbox is still the most popular of this group.
Show Dropbox Pictures in Google Photos
And for good reasons It’s a great service, with competitive prices, cross-platform integration and versatile file sharing options. However, to make the most of it, you will need the premium service and that has a price. What triggers the question: Is Dropbox a better option to back up photos than Google Photos?
Fortunately, with just a few steps and a couple of desktop applications you can let your computer do the work for you, taking images from Dropbox and then moving them quickly to Google Photos. We’re going to show you how.
Photo backup: Google Photos vs Dropbox
Let’s start with the Dropbox storage space. Free storage is quite limited and has 3 GB, which is not enough for photography enthusiasts. Since the service does not offer any type of automatic compression and taking into account the size of a typical photo, it will fill up that storage space quite quickly.
On the other hand, that is the exact file format that allows Google Drive (Google Photos) to thrive. Namely, Google Photos offers two options when loading your photos: high quality and original.
The high-quality option will compress your photos a bit to reduce their size. Visually, when compared to the original quality, the compressed photos are slightly behind. And what you get in return is unlimited storage. That is a good offer in my honest opinion.
The Original option allows you to preserve the original size of the uploaded photos, but will slowly deplete the 15 GB of free storage space. If the resolution of your photos is 16 MP (or less), the differences are barely visible compared to the high quality option. The Original option may feel better with professional photography.
So, with all that said, Google Photos seems a much better option. And many will agree, since the migration of photos from Dropbox / OneDrive to Google Photos is quite common nowadays.
All this leads slowly to our subject for today. How to transfer photos from Dropbox to Google Photos and, hopefully, fast? Well, we make sure to provide both forms (with advantages and disadvantages), so you can choose the preferred way.
Use desktop clients to perform a local transfer (reupload)
Required desktop applications:
This option is preferred because it provides reliability and gives you more freedom. The drawbacks are obvious. In case you have tens of thousands of photos, temporarily storing them on your PC will take up a lot of space. Also, prepare for a couple of days of loading, based on a large number of photos and your bandwidth speed.
Here are the complete instructions:
- Download and install both desktop applications. If you already have the Dropbox client installed and all the photos are already stored on your PC, go to step 5.
- Open the Dropbox client, log in and click on Advanced Options.
- In selective synchronization, click Change settings.
- Choose only folders with photos and synchronize them with your PC. Uncheck all other folders.
- When all the files have been downloaded, open Google Backup and Sync Client.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Uncheck Desktop, Documents and Images. Click on “Choose folder” and select photo folders in the local Dropbox folder.
- Choose Photo quality and check the “Upload photos and videos to Google Photos” box.
- Click Next and uncheck the “Synchronize my disk with this computer” box. Then press Start.
- Wait until all the photos are loaded correctly. Prepare for a long wait as Google Photos compresses the photos automatically before storing them in the cloud unit.
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Now that you have Dropbox configured to synchronize all the folders you have designated as having photos, and you also have the Google Photos Backup application scanning those same folders to upload photos, you can sit back and relax while your computer does the work without dragging and dropping them manually, Without worrying about photos, the only limitation is how quickly your Internet connection allows you to download and upload it. Give it a few hours, or a few days if your library is large, and your Google Photos library will be completed with all your Dropbox photos.