How to add a Google Photos Folder to Google Drive

Google Photos is a cloud based service for photo, video sharing and storage which was previously integrated to Google+.

Google Photos can be accessed through dedicated mobile apps (iOS and Android) or via a web browser. Not only it allows you to backup and organize photos from your different devices in a single place and also provide access to various useful features, such as image editing tools to create collages, movies and animation, filters to edit your photos and videos.

Google Photos is also where your Google+ photos are stored. By default photos and videos stored on Google Photos are not available in Google Drive and vice-versa.

There are two ways you can change this to store your Google photos folder in Google Drive:

Method 1 – Access your Google Photos Library from Google Drive

Step 1.  Sign in to Google Drive with your Google Account

Step 2.  Click on the Cog icon located at the top right corner of your screen

Step 3.  Select Settings > General

Step 4.  Scroll to Create a Google Photos folder and tick the Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive checkbox

Please note that modifications made to photos stored in this folder won’t reflect in Google Photos.

Method 2 – Access your Google Drive photos and videos from Google Photos

If you want to vie photos and videos stored on Google Drive in Google Photos, then you will need to enable a small setting.

Step 1.  Connect to Google Photos

Step 2.  Click on the Menu button located at the top left corner (3 horizontal bars)

Step 3.  Select Settings

Step 4.  Toggle Google DriveShow Google Drive photos & videos in your Photos library to on as show below


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