Google Photos is one of the best cloud storage services for your photos and videos. It offers unlimited free storage for high-quality images, smart editing features, and easy sharing options.
However, if you have multiple Google accounts, you might want to merge them into one for easier access and management. In this article, we will show you how to merge Google Photos accounts using two methods: shared libraries and MultCloud.
Why Merge Google Photos Accounts?
There are several reasons why you might want to merge your Google Photos accounts. For example:
- You have created different accounts for personal and professional use, but you want to access all your photos from one place.
- You have switched to a new Google account, but you don’t want to lose your old photos.
- You want to share your entire photo library with your family or friends, without having to manually select each photo or album.
- You want to free up space on your devices by deleting duplicate photos across multiple accounts.
By merging your Google Photos accounts, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- You can view, edit, and organize all your photos from one account, without having to switch between different accounts.
- You can save storage space on your Google Drive by avoiding duplicate uploads of the same photos.
- You can sync your photos across multiple devices automatically, without having to download or upload them manually.
- You can create shared albums and collaborate with other users on your photos.
One of the easiest ways to merge your Google Photos accounts is by using the shared libraries feature. This feature allows you to share your entire photo library with another account, or a specific part of it. The other account can then view, save, and add photos to your library. Here are the steps to merge your Google Photos accounts using shared libraries:
Step 1: Open Google Photos and Tap on Settings
On your Android or iOS device, open the Google Photos app and sign in with your primary account. This is the account that you want to keep as your main account after merging. Tap on your profile icon at the top right corner and select Settings from the menu.
In the Settings menu, go to the Sharing section and select the Shared libraries option. This will open a new screen where you can choose which account you want to share your library with. Tap on Get started.
Step 3: Choose the Account You Want to Merge With
From the Select Partner screen, choose the account that you want to merge with your primary account. This is the account that will receive access to your photo library. You can either select an existing contact from your list, or enter an email address manually. Tap on Next.
Step 4: Customize the Sharing Options
On the next screen, you can customize how much of your library you want to share with the other account. You can either share all photos, or only photos of specific people or from a certain date. You can also choose whether you want to share future photos automatically or not. Tap on Next.
Step 5: Accept the Invitation on the Other Account
Once you have confirmed your sharing options, tap on Send invitation. The other account will receive an email notification with a link to accept the invitation. On the other device, open the email and tap on Accept invitation. Alternatively, you can open the Google Photos app on the other device, tap on Sharing at the bottom, and accept the invitation from there.
After accepting the invitation, you will be able to see the shared library from both accounts. You can also save any photo from the shared library to your own library by tapping on Save at the top right corner.
How to Merge Google Photos Accounts Using MultCloud
Another way to merge your Google Photos accounts is by using a third-party service called MultCloud. MultCloud is a web-based tool that allows you to manage multiple cloud storage accounts from one platform. You can transfer, sync, backup, and share files across different cloud services, including Google Photos. Here are the steps to merge your Google Photos accounts using MultCloud:
Step 1: Create a MultCloud Account and Add Your Google Photos Accounts
To use MultCloud, you need to create a free account first. Go to the MultCloud website and click on Sign Up. Enter your email and password, and click on Create Account. You will receive a verification email with a link to activate your account. Click on the link and log in to your MultCloud account.
Once you are logged in, you need to add your Google Photos accounts to MultCloud. Click on Add Clouds at the top left corner and select Google Photos from the list. Click on Next. You will be redirected to a Google sign-in page where you need to enter your Google account credentials and grant permission to MultCloud. Click on Allow. Repeat this process for each Google Photos account that you want to merge.
Step 2: Choose Cloud Sync and Select Your Source and Destination Accounts
After adding your Google Photos accounts, you need to choose the Cloud Sync option from the top menu. This will allow you to sync your photos between different accounts. Click on the Source button and select one of your Google Photos accounts or photos and videos as the source. Then click on the Destination button and select another Google Photos account or an album in it as the destination.
Step 3: Select the Sync Mode and Start the Sync Process
Before starting the sync process, you need to choose the sync mode that suits your needs. There are six sync modes available in MultCloud:
- Simple Sync: This mode will copy all files from the source to the destination without deleting any existing files in the destination.
- Mirror Sync: This mode will make the destination exactly the same as the source by copying new files and deleting extra files in the destination.
- Move Sync: This mode will move all files from the source to the destination and delete them from the source.
- Cumulative Sync: This mode will copy all files from the source to the destination without deleting any existing files in either side.
- Update Sync: This mode will only copy new or modified files from the source to the destination without deleting any files.
- Incremental Backup Sync: This mode will backup all files from the source to the destination with timestamps, creating multiple versions of each file.
You can choose any sync mode according to your preference, but we recommend using Simple Sync or Mirror Sync for merging your Google Photos accounts. You can also enable some advanced options such as filter, email notification, schedule, etc. by clicking on Options.
When you are ready, click on Sync Now and wait for the sync process to complete. You can check the progress and status of your sync task in the Task Manager.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Merge More than Two Google Photos Accounts?
Yes, you can merge more than two Google Photos accounts using either shared libraries or MultCloud. For shared libraries, you can share your library with up to five partner accounts. For MultCloud, you can add as many Google Photos accounts as you want and sync them with each other.
Can I Undo the Merge of my Google Photos Accounts?
Yes, you can undo the merge of your Google Photos accounts if you change your mind later. For shared libraries, you can stop sharing your library with another account by going to Settings > Shared libraries > Partner account > Remove partner. For MultCloud, you can delete or modify your sync task by going to Task Manager > Cloud Sync.
Will Merging my Google Photos Accounts Affect my Storage Space?
It depends on which method you use and how much of your library you share or sync. For shared libraries, sharing your library with another account will not affect your storage space, unless the other account saves photos from your library to their own library. For MultCloud, syncing your photos between different accounts will affect your storage space, depending on which sync mode you use and whether you delete any photos from either side.
Will Merging My Google Photos Accounts Affect My Photo Quality?
No, merging your Google Photos accounts will not affect your photo quality, as long as you use high-quality settings for both accounts. However, if you use original quality settings for one account and high-quality settings for another account, syncing or saving photos between them may result in some quality loss.
Merging your Google Photos accounts can help you organize and access all your photos from one place. You can use either shared libraries or MultCloud to merge your accounts easily and quickly. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you can choose the one that suits your needs best.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to merge Google Photos accounts step by step. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.