View & manage photos & videos stored in your Google Drive

You can view and manage your photos and videos in both Google+ and Google Drive. You can optionally choose to create a Google Photos folder in your "My Drive", which will allow you to organize your photos and videos into folders. And don't worry-- photos that you can see in both Google+ and Drive only count once towards your storage limit.

Deleting photos

If you delete photos or videos from Google Drive, they will also be deleted from Google+. If you delete photos or videos from Google+, they will also be deleted from Google Drive.

View your Google Drive photos & videos in Google+

In Google+, you can create albums, edit your photos, create Auto Awesome photos and movies, and share with people you care about.

Note: If you edit a photo in Google+, your edits will only appear in the photo in Google+, not in the photo saved in your Drive folder. To have the edited photo appear in your Drive folder, download the edited photo in Google+ and upload it to your Drive folder.

Android app
  1. Open the Photos app Photos icon.
  2. At the top left, touch the menu icon > select Photos.
  3. At the top, touch the magnifying glass icon .
  4. Type "#GoogleDrive" in the search box.
  5. At the bottom right of the keyboard, touch the magnifying glass icon  .
Computer
  1. Go to plus.google.com/photos.
  2. At the top, click the drop-down icon > select Google Drive.
iOS app
  1. Open the Google+ app.
  2. At the top left, touch the menu icon > select Photos.
  3. At the top, touch the magnifying glass icon .
  4. Type "#GoogleDrive" in the search box > touch Search.

View your photos & videos in Google Drive

In Google Drive, you can move your photos and videos into folders. Note that the folder names and organization you create will not be reflected in Google+.

Android app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the menu icon at the top left and then Google Photos.
Computer
  1. Go to Google Drive.
  2. Click Google Photos on the left.
iOS app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the menu icon at the top left and then Google Photos.

You'll see your photos and videos from Google+ in Google Drive, including those that were automatically backed up if you have Auto Backup turned on. From here, you can print, share, download, and rename your photos. Learn how

Organize your photos & videos into Google Drive folders

You can copy, move around, and edit your Google photos in Google Drive, but those changes will not be reflected in Google+.

IMPORTANT

  • If you delete photos or videos from the Google Photos folder in Drive, they will also be deleted in Google+.
  • Your automatically backed up photos are private unless you choose to share them. If you have shared your Google Photos folder in Drive with others, the people you've shared with will be able to see any new photos and videos that are added to the folder.
Android app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the Google Photos folder.
  3. Touch the grey i button next to the folder or file you want to organize.
  4. Touch Move.
  5. Select the folder you want to move the file or folder to.
  6. Touch Move.
Computer
  1. Go to Google Drive.
  2. Turn on the setting that creates a Google Photos folder in your "My Drive" folder: (if you already turned this setting on, you can skip this step)
    • Click the gear icon on the right and then Settings.
    • Check the box next to "Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive" and then Done.
  3. Click the arrow next to My Drive on the left.
  4. Select the Google Photos folder. Your photos and videos will be organized into folders that are grouped by year.
  5. Select the photos and videos you'd like to organize.
  6. Click the 3-dot menu icon at the top right and then Move to. Select the folder you'd like to move your photos to and then Move.
iOS app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the Google Photos folder.
  3. Touch the grey i button next to the file or folder you want to organize.
  4. Touch Move to.
  5. Select the folder you want to move the file or folder to.
  6. Touch Move here.

Take action on your photos in Drive

From the "Google Photos" section in Drive, you can take a number of different actions on the photos that appear.

Android app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the menu icon at the top left and then Google Photos.
  3. Touch the grey i button next to the name of a photo or video.
  4. Choose an action from the menu that appears:
    • Share: Share the file with others
    • Share link: Send a link to the file
    • Star: Mark as important
    • Move: Organize into a folder
    • Send file: Send the file from another application
    • Download: Download the file locally onto your device
    • Rename: Change the name of the photo or video
    • Remove: Remove the photo or video from Drive and Google Photos
Computer
  1. Go to Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. Click Google Photos on the left.
  3. Hover over a photo to take the following actions:
    • Download : Download the photo locally to your device
    • Save to Drive : Save a copy of the photo to My Drive, which allows you to organize the photo, and other files, the way you want
    • Other actions : Choose from a number of options:
      • Open with another application
      • Share
      • Star as important
      • Rename
      • Make a copy
      • Remove from Drive and Google Photos
iOS app
  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the menu icon at the top left and then Google Photos.
  3. Touch the grey i button next to the name of a photo or video.
  4. Choose an action from the menu that appears:
    • Share: Share the file with others
    • Share link: Send a link to the file
    • Star: Mark as important
    • Move: Organize into a folder
    • Send file: Send the file from another application
    • Download: Download the file locally onto your device
    • Rename: Change the name of the photo or video
    • Remove: Remove the photo or video from Drive and Google Photos
Mobile web
  1. Go to drive.google.com on your mobile device and sign in if prompted.
  2. Touch the grey i next to a file you want to work with.
  3. You can see the details for the file you’ve chosen including who you’ve shared the file with, or touch Activity to see the last actions taken on the file. You can also touch the menu icon and take one of the following actions:
    • Preview: Get a preview of the file before opening it
    • Get link: Get a copy of a link to the file to share with others by email or chat
    • Download: Download the file locally to your mobile device
    • Print: Print your file using Google Cloud Print or AirPrint (iPhone or iPad)

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