Even though OneDrive (Microsoft) and Google Drive (Google), due to the respective ecosystems, recently grew in popularity, the third-party cloud backup services are still standing strong. And, Dropbox is still the most popular out of this bunch.
And for all good reasons. It’s a great service, with competitive price, multi-platform integration, and versatile file-sharing options. However, to take the most of it, you’ll need the premium service and that comes at a price. Which provokes the question: is Dropbox a better choice for photo backups than Google Photos?
Photo backup: Google Photos vs Dropbox
Let’s start with Dropbox’s storage space. The free storage is rather limited and stands at 3 GB, which is hardly sufficient for photography aficionados. Since the service doesn’t offer any kind of automatic compression and considering the size of a typical photo, you’ll fill up that storage space quite fast.
On the other hand, that’s the exact file format which lets Google Drive (Google Photos) thrive. Namely, Google Photos offer two options when uploading your photos — High Quality and Original.
The High Quality option will compress your photos a bit to reduce their size. Visually, when compared with the original quality, compressed photos are slightly behind. And what you get in exchange is an unlimited storage. That’s a fair bargain in my honest opinion.
The Original option allows you to keep the original size of the uploaded photos, but you’ll 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 in comparison to the High-Quality option. The Original option arguably sits better with professional photography.
So, with all that said, Google Photos look like a much better option. And many will agree, as the photos-migration from Dropbox/OneDrive to Google Photos is quite common nowadays.
This all slowly leads to our subject for today. How to transfer the Dropbox photos to Google Photos and, hopefully, fast? Well, we made sure to provide the two ways (with both pros and cons), so you can choose your the preferred way.
Use desktop clients to perform a local transfer (reupload)
Required desktop applications:
This option is the preferred one since it provides reliability and gives you more freedom. Drawbacks are obvious. In case you have tens of thousands of photos, storing them temporarily on your PC will take lots of space. In addition, prepare for a couple of days of uploading, based on a sheer number of photos and your bandwidth speed.
Here are the complete instructions:
- Download and install both desktop apps. If you have the Dropbox client already installed and all photos are already stored on your PC, move to step 5.
- Open the Dropbox client, sign in, and click Advanced Options.
- Under the Selective Sync, click Change Settings.
- Choose only folders with photos and sync them to your PC. Uncheck all other folders.
- When all files are downloaded, open Google Backup and Sync client.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Uncheck Desktop, Documents, and Pictures. Click “Choose folder” and select photo folders in Dropbox local folder.
- Choose Photo quality and check the “Upload photos and videos to Google Photos” box.
- Click Next and uncheck the “Sync My Drive to this computer” box. Then hit Start.
- Wait until all photos are uploaded successfully. Prepare for a long wait as Google Photos automatically compress photos before storing them in the cloud drive.
Use MultiCloud to transfer your photos directly
This is a valid alternative to download/re-upload routine from the first option. However, we’ve tested it only on a limited number of photos, so we can’t claim that MultiCloud is actually faster than the aforementioned routine. Another thing in question is privacy and data infringement, but based on the service reviews, we don’t have any reasons to believe so.
Follow these steps to transfer your photos from Dropbox to Google Drive with the MultiCloud:
- Install the Dropbox to Google Drive Chrome extension. You can open it from the Taskbar in the top-right corner in Chrome.
- Create a new account and confirm it with the email confirmation link.
- Sign in with the Google Drive account and grant MultiDrive permission to access it.
- Now, click Add Clouds and choose Dropbox.
- Sign in and grant MultiDrive access to Dropbox, as well.
- Now, in the upper bar, select Dropbox and check only folders with photos.
- In the bottom bar, select Google Drive > Google Photos.
- Click on the “Transfer Now” button and brace yourself — it’ll take some time.
- Later on, you can navigate to Google Account Settings and Dropbox Settings on the web and remove all permissions you’ve granted to MultiDrive. Also, you can uninstall the extension if it’s served its purpose.
That’s it. We can only hope that in the future, Google will allow sharing files directly from third-party sources, which will make these operations much easier. Until then, try out the enlisted steps and don’t forget to share your experience in the comments section below.
Note: This article is a part of our Google Photos coverage. If you want to learn more Google Photos tips and tricks, or you have a certain problem with this app, visit our Google Photos Hub for more content.