How to Upload Photos to Google Drive From iPhone

Free up space on your iPhone by saving photos to Google Drive

What to Know

  • Upload photos to Google Drive by tapping the + symbol > Upload > Photos and Videos > tap each photo.
  • Automatically back up all your photos by using Google Photos.
  • When backing up all your photos, consider upgrading to a paid Google Drive plan to gain more storage space.

This article shows you how to upload photos to Google Drive from your iPhone.

How Do I Mass Upload Photos to Google Drive From My iPhone?

Moving photos from your iPhone to Google Drive requires you to have the Google Drive app installed on your iPhone as well as have a Google account set up. From there, it's a fairly simple process once you know how. Here's what to do.

Make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi before uploading multiple files as it can be slower and more time consuming when using cellular data.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Drive app.

  2. Tap the multicoloured + symbol.

  3. Tap Upload.

  4. Tap Photos and Videos.

    Steps on iPhone to upload images to Google Drive.
  5. Tap Allow Access to All Photos.

  6. Browse your iPhone albums to find the photos you wish to upload to Google Drive.

  7. To upload multiple photos at once, tap each one.

  8. Tap Upload.

    Steps required on iPhone to upload images via Google Drive.
  9. The photos will now be uploaded to your Google Drive account.

How Do I Automatically Sync Photos From iPhone to Google Drive?

To automatically have all your iPhone photos move to your Google Drive account, you need to use the Google Photos app for iOS. Here's how to set it up.

Generally, when using it for the first time, Google Photos automatically backs up all your photos but if it does not, follow these steps.

  1. Open Google Photos.

  2. Tap your profile image.

  3. Tap Google Photos settings.

  4. Tap Backup & Sync.

  5. Toggle Backup & Sync to On.

    Steps required on iPhone to upload all images to Google Drive using Google Photos.
  6. Your photos will now be uploaded to Google Drive. This could take some time depending on how many photos you have on your iPhone. 

Can I Upload All My Photos to Google Drive?

Yes, but there are some things to consider before doing so.

  • Storage considerations. Google Drive offers up to 15GB of storage space for free. For many users, their photo collection will exceed that amount. It's possible to purchase additional storage but iOS users may prefer to pay for iCloud storage. It's worth weighing up your options.
  • It takes time. With a large photo collection, it can take a long time for all files to be uploaded. Make sure your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network rather than relying on cellular data for uploading photos. 
  • It's sensible to use Google Photos. While you can use Google Drive to manually upload all photos, it's much easier to use Google Photos and have it set up to automatically upload all files. 
  • You need a Google account. Not everyone has a Google account. They're hugely useful but if you don't already have one, you'll need to sign up to Google to use Google Drive or Google Photos. 
FAQ
  • How do I back up my iPhone to Google Drive?

    To back up your photos, contacts, and calendars, open the Google Drive app and go to Menu > Settings > Backup > Start backup. The next time you back up your device, only new photos will be saved, and your old contacts and calendars will be overwritten.

  • How do I set up and use Google Drive on my Mac?

    To use Google Drive on a Mac, download the Google Drive app for Mac and complete the setup process. Place files in the Google Drive folder to access them from your other devices.

  • How do I delete files from my Google Drive on my iPhone?

    In the Google Drive app, press and hold the file you want to delete. Tap any other files you want to select, then tap the Trash icon.

  • How do I print from my Google Drive on iPhone?

    Open the file you want to print in the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides app. Tap the three dots > Share & export > Print.

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