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How to Download Photos from Google Photos to Android/PC

author Carrie Murray
date Thursday, November 23, 2017

I have uploaded photos to Google Photos. Now I would like to download these pictures from Google photos to my new Android phone. But Google Photos only allow me to download one photo at a time. How to download all photos from Google Photos at once?

Google Photos works great in backing up photos to cloud storage and syncing them over all devices, while it neglects users' need to download photos, especially all photos, from the service. When you need to download photos from Google Photos to PC, Mac, iPhone or transfer pictures from Google Photos to gallery, you can follow these tips.

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How to Download All Photos from Google Photos to PC/Mac

Select All Photos and Download from Google Photos

Step 1 On your PC or Mac, open in the browser.

Step 2 Select the photos you want to transfer from Google Photos to the computer. Choose Download.

Download Photos from Google Photos to PC

Step 3 Since there is no select all option on Google Photos, to select all photos to download:

  • Select the first photo on Google Photos;
  • Keep holding Shift key and scroll down to the last photo;
  • Click the last photo to select all photos.
  • Click three dot icon in the top right corner and choose Download.

Google Takeout to Save All Photos to Computer

Google Takeout allows you to download all files/photos from Google Drive, Google Photos, etc. to PC, Mac or other devices.

Step 1 Open Google Takeout in Google Chrome.

Step 2 Select the Google service that you download photos from. To download all photos from Google Photos, choose Google Photos. Click Next.

Step 3 You can choose the file type, size to save the Google photos and how you would like to receive the photos.

Google Takeout Create Archive

Step 4 An archive of photos from your Google Photos will be created. Click Download to save all the photos from Google Photos to your computer.

Google Takeout Download Google Photos

How to Restore Pictures from Google Photos to Phone

Save Picture from Google Photos to Device

Google Photos app has Save to device option for us to move pictures from Google Photos to Gallery, but only one photo at a time.

Step 1 Open Google Photos on your phone. Select the photo you want to download to Gallery.

Step 2 Tap the three dot icon on the top and select Save to the device. The picture will be downloaded to Gallery.

Google Photos Save Pictures to Device

Download All/Multiple Photos From Google Photos with Google Drive

If you want to download all photos from Google Photos to phone, you can make use of Google Drive.

Step 1 Open Google Drive and choose Google Photos.

Step 2 Select the pictures that you want to get from Google Photos. To select all pictures in Google Photos, tap three dots icon > Select All.

Step 3 Tap Download icon to download the picture to your device.

Download All Google Photos to Device

If you don't use Google Drive, you can also restore all your photos backed up to Google Photo to device in these steps.

  • Use Google Takeout to download photos on your PC;
  • Transfer the photos from PC to Android/iPhone.

Google Photos is Confusing? Try A Simpler Backup Method

It is important to back up precious photos, videos on the Android phone. However, Google Photos can be very confusing:

  • It doesn't provide a straight-forward to restore photos from the Google backup;
  • Google Photos sometimes can't upload, sync, backup our photos for unknown reasons;
  • Photos disappear from Google Photos from time to time because of software bugs.

Instead of backing up your photos to unstable and complicated Google Photos, why not switch to a more straight-forward method: backing up the photos to PC? And other than coping all photos to PC, which will occupy much storage of your computer, FonePaw Android Data Backup & Restore can save all your Android photos/videos in a small-sized backup file to the computer. It is easy to back up and restore.

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Step 1 Launch the program and connect your Android phone to PC with USB cable.

Step 2 Click Device Data Backup and choose to back up photos, videos only. Tick Encrypted backup to encrypt the backup. Click Start. A backup file will be saved in a chosen folder.

Select Photos to Back up

Step 3 When you need to restore the photos to Android device:

  • Connect your phone;
  • Choose Device Data Restore;
  • Select the backup of your Android photos. Click Start. (If you have encrypted the backup, you'll need to enter the password)
  • Preview the backed up photos. And select the photos you want to restore, click Restore.

Preview Backed up Photos

Backing up photos to PC is much simpler than backing up the photos to Google. What do you think? Leave your comment below.