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How to Backup MacBook iCloud Photos Library to Google Photos?

Looking to Upload Mac iCloud Photos to Google Account. Here is the Comprehensive Guide to Backup Mac Photos Library to Google Photos using Drive for Desktop.
How to Backup Mac Photos Library to Google Photos

MacBook has a Photos app that shows all iCloud Photos libraries and System Library. If you want to back up iCloud Photos from your MacBook to your Google Photos account, you can do so by using Drive for Desktop app. You can back up Mac System Photo Library to Google Photos Cloud with the Google Photos desktop app. Below 3 step guide that will help you upload iPhoto Library.

Install Drive for Desktop on Mac

Here is the Simple Guide to Install Google Photos on Old MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Latest Apple M1 Chip.

  1. Download Google Drive for Desktop from Offical Site.
    Download Drive for Desktop
  2. Once downloaded, click on the file to install it.
  3. Click on the Continue button.
    A new installation window will pop, here click continue
  4. The file will be installed inside Macintosh HD or an equivalent storage location.
    Change Location or Click Install
  5. Within a few seconds, the application will be installed on your macOS.
    Install Google Drive on mac
  6. A Google Drive icon will show up on the top menu bar on MacBook.
    Google Drive Icon on Mac Menu Bar
  7. If it doesn’t show up, look for all apps (F4 Button) and open Google Drive. The icon will show up on the menu bar.
    Press F4 to Open Installed Apps
  8. Now click on the Google Drive icon on the menu bar and click on sign in.
    Sign in to Google Drive
  9. A Google account login page will open in a browser. Log in with your G-Account to confirm the access.
    Select Account
  10. Once the login is a success, you will see a confirmation message on the browser.
    Success Login Google Drive for Desktop
  11. You can confirm the login is a success by clicking on the drive icon on the menu bar.
    Login Success

Method 1. Use Settings to Backup Photo Library

Here is the Simple Drive for Desktop Setting to Backup System Photo Library and iCloud Photos to Google Photos.

  1. Click on the Settings Gear_ICon_Google_drive icon on Drive Window.
    Settings Drive for Desktop
  2. You can select the image quality to upload to Google Storage.
    Select Upload Quality
  3. Now right-tick on Upload Photos and videos to Google Photos under System Photo Library.
  4. Confirm upload to system photo library.
    Right Check upload system photo library
  5. You may have to grant your Mac media access to Google Drive App. Click on Open Privacy Settings.
    Open Privacy Settings
  6. A settings page will open; right-tick Google Drive to grant access.
    Access Photos to Google Drive App
  7. Done! All the system library iCloud photos will be uploaded to Google Photos.
  8. Make sure that Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App.
    Syncing is enabled in Drive for Desktop App

Method 2. Add Photos Library Folder for Backup

Here is the Guide Add System Photos Library Folder as a Backup Folder to Upload all Photos and Videos to Google Photos Cloud.

  1. Click on the Gear iconGear_ICon_Google_drive.
    Click on Gear Icon
  2. Now click on the Preferences option.
    Open Preferences
  3. A new window will open.
  4. Here click on the option My MacBook XXXX.
    Select My MacBook PC
  5. Click on Add Folder option.CLick on Add Folder
  6. Now, look for the Photos Library folder, select the folder named original and click Open.
    Select Photo Library and Open
  7. Right tick the box next to Back up to Google Photos and click Done.
    Select Google Photos and Click Done
  8. The Photos and Videos from the Photo Library will be uploaded to Google Photos.

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