How to Add Google Photos to Photos App in Windows 10

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The ability to add pictures from Google Photos to other applications has been made a bit difficult. Since July 2019, Google Photos and Google Drive have been separated, which means they will no longer sync automatically.

However, there are other ways to transfer your photo files from Google Photos. One of the best destinations is the Windows 10 Photos app which is synced with OneDrive, giving you at least one terabyte of space.

Follow the steps below to smoothly add Google Photos to the Photos App in Windows 10.

Is There a Way to Automatically Sync Google Photos with Your Desktop?

At present, it is not possible to automatically export files from Google Photos to either Google Drive or any desktop app. Moreover, as many of our readers recently pointed out, you can no longer use “Backup and Sync” either.

Backup And Sync App Photos To Google Photos

To verify this change, if you go to “Preferences,” you can see that it is possible to upload pics from your desktop folder to Google Photos. But there is no such option the other way around, which means you cannot enable any automatic downloads. Having said this, there is a chance Google Photos might add such a desired capability in the future, so we will watch this space and update as soon as it happens.

Downloading Pictures from Google Photos

In the absence of automatic syncing, the only available option for importing the picture files from Google Photos is to download them manually. It isn’t as difficult as it seems. Go to the three-dot icon on top and click “Download.”

To save even more time, you can select a specific date, and all the pictures taken on that date (or date range) will quickly download as a Zip file.

Download Pics Google Photos

Create a folder in your PC to save the Zip file and extract the pictures using 7 Zip, WinRAR or other tools. For the above selected pictures, I created a sub-folder called “Photoset1,” which itself is a part of a folder named after Google Photos.

Downloaded Pics Folder

Adding Downloaded Photos to Windows 10 Photos App

Open the Photos app from the Start menu and go to “Folders” from Homescreen. Here, you need to select “Add a folder/include more folders in your collection.”

Add A Folder Photos App

Here, you can see your existing picture folders which were synced with the Photos app. Click “add a new folder” to import the downloaded pics so that they’re well-presented and organized.

Add Another Folder Bali

As soon as you add the new folder, you can see a preview of the photos.

Google Photos In Microsoft Photos 10

To keep all the pictures organized for future downloads from Google Photos, you should also import the main folder which I earlier named “Google Photos.”

Google Photos Organized Windows 10 Photos App

Once the pictures and video clips from Google Photos have been successfully added to Windows 10 Photos app, you can immediately start work with them. The Photos app is becoming popular for editing videos, as Microsoft has introduced it as a replacement for Windows Movie Maker.

Google Photos Added Microsoft Photos 10

Google Takeout Alternative

Alternatively, you can visit Google Takeout and select all your photo albums for download archiving.

Saving Google Photos In Takeout

Next, you need to select the delivery method which includes email, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive. In this case, I chose Google Drive.

Customize Google Takeout Retrieval As Google Drive

After you finish creating your archive, Google will add your archive to Drive and email a link to its location. These archives will count against your storage quota. You can schedule automatic exports to Google Drive as a one-time zip file or once every two months.

Retrieval Schedule Google Takeout

Once you’re done, you only need to download Google Drive to your Windows 10 PC.

Google Drive Location In Computer

Now, you can directly import Google Drive folder into your Windows 10 Photos app. This method neatly solves the automatic syncing problem for Google Photos.

Google Drive Import In Photos App


If you’re using an Android phone, Google Photos maintains an updated collection of your best pictures and video clips. With the simple steps above, you can now directly import your updated collection to your Photos app and edit them right there.

Have you found it useful to transfer your pictures from Google Photos to other applications? We look forward to your observations and comments.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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