Google Photos and Dropbox are two popular cloud storage services that allow you to back up your photos online. Both services offer free storage quotas - 15GB on Google Photos and 2GB on the free Dropbox plan. However, you may want to transfer photos between these services occasionally.

RiceDrive is a free tool that allows you to transfer files from one cloud storage provider to another quickly and easily. In this article, I'll walk you through the steps to transfer photos from Google Photos to Dropbox using RiceDrive.

Understanding RiceDrive

RiceDrive is a desktop application available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It allows you to connect cloud storage accounts from different providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box and more in one place.

Once you connect accounts to RiceDrive, you can transfer files between them or access different cloud storage services through one interface. The transfers use direct links between the cloud services, so your data does not pass through third-party servers.

Some key features of RiceDrive:

  1. Free to use with no limits on transfers

  2. Supports major cloud storage providers

  3. Transfers use direct links between cloud services

  4. Easy to use mobile app with intuitive interface

  5. Works on Windows, Mac and Mobile

Step 1 - Visit and Open RiceDrive

First, go to the RiceDrive website and sign in RiceDrive with your email.

Once login, open RiceDrive. It will show a blank screen with no accounts connected.

Login RiceDrive

Step 2 - Connect Google Photos Account

Click on the "+ Link Storage" button on the top left. From cloud service List, select "Google Photos".

A browser window will open asking you to sign in to your Google account which has Google Photos. Sign in and allow RiceDrive permission to access your Google Photos library.

Once authorized, Google Photos will appear as a connected account in RiceDrive.

Connect Google Photos

Step 3 - Connect Dropbox Account

Similarly, click "+ Link Storage" again and choose Dropbox this time. Sign in to your Dropbox account and allow access.

Once authorized, Dropbox will show up as connected in RiceDrive.

Connect Dropbox

Step 4 - Transfer Photos from Google Photos to Dropbox

  1. In RiceDrive, click on the "Transfer & Download" and "Create Transfer".

  2. Select the Google Photos account on the left pane. It will show all the photos and albums in your Google Photos library.

  3. Navigate to the photos or albums you want to transfer to Dropbox. Select them by checking the boxes next to the file names.

  4. Once you have selected the photos to transfer, click on the Dropbox account on the right. Select a Dropbox folder as destination and click "Start up" button.

  5. This will initiate the transfer process and copy the photos from Google Photos to your Dropbox account. The time taken will depend on the number and size of photos being transferred.

  6. The transfers happen in the background so you can continue working on other tasks while the transfer is in progress.

Create task for transferring Goolge Photos to Dropbox

Step 5 - Check Transferred Photos in Dropbox

Once the transfer is complete, open your Dropbox account online or the mobile app. Navigate to the folder where the photos were imported.

You should see all the photos copied over from Google Photos to Dropbox. Check that all files were transferred properly without any errors or missing data.

The folder structure from Google Photos is retained in Dropbox so the photos are organized the same way. You can move the files to other folders in Dropbox if needed.

The logs for transferring Goolge Photos to Dropbox

Removing Duplicate Photos

When transferring photos from Google Photos to Dropbox, you may end up with duplicate copies of some photos. This can take up extra storage space.

  • In Dropbox, use the Cleaner tool with RiceDrive. It can scan for duplicate files and delete copies.

  • You can also use another duplicate file finder tool for your operating system. These analyze files based on size and checksum to identity duplicates.

  • Manually go through the folders and delete extra copies of photos you notice. But this can be tedious with a large number of files.

Scan for duplicate files and delete copies

Limitations of Free Dropbox Plan

While RiceDrive provides unlimited free transfers between cloud services, Dropbox has some limitations on its free plan:

  • Only 2GB free storage space is available. Transferred photos from Google Photos will count towards this quota.

  • Larger files and folders may get compressed or downsampled if the storage limit is reached. Image quality may be reduced.

  • To maintain full resolution copies, you will need to upgrade to a paid Dropbox plan with more storage.

So check the storage usage on Dropbox after transferring photos and upgrade if needed.


RiceDrive provides a simple way to transfer files between cloud storage providers quickly and free of charge. By following the steps above, you can easily move your photos from Google Photos over to Dropbox.

The main advantages are avoiding re-uploading from your device and retaining the original organization. Just be aware of the free Dropbox plan limitations when it comes to storage space and file quality.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I'm glad I could explain this process to transfer your photos to Dropbox.

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