How to download videos from Google Photos and Manage Your Google Photos In 2021

Written By Alan Williams

Nov 09, 2021 • Proven solutions

Google Photos is widely known as the easiest way to view your photos and videos on your Android smartphone. The service is available on the web as well& and there are apps for iOS& too. Google Drive keeps everything in sync together. How to download videos from Google Photos if you ever want to? If you are looking for how to download photos from Google Photos& the article is here.

Table of Contents

Part 1

How To Download Videos From Google Photos To Your Mac and PC

There are two ways you can use to download videos from Google Photos. Depending on how you use your Google Photos& your photos could be a mixture of photos and videos or all videos. If they are majorly videos& then the best way to download videos from Google Photos to PC and Mac is using Google Takeout to download and export the entire Google Photos library. Then you can delete a few photos and keep the videos. However& if you have very few videos that you want to download& it might make sense to download them one by one to conserve bandwidth and save on time.

Using Google Takeout

Google Takeout works only in a web browser& regardless of the operating system. Follow these steps to download videos from Google Photos to PC and Mac.


Step 1: Visit and sign in.


Step 2: Click “Deselect All” to unselect all your Google data since you want to download only the Photos library.

Step 3: Scroll and check Google Photos.


When you check Google Photos& everything in Google Photos will be selected as default& as reflected by “All photo albums included”. You can click that to choose your folders if you want to.

Step 4: Scroll till the end and click Next Step.

Step 5: Select Delivery Method as Add To Drive (or Send download link via email)


When you Add To Drive in Google Takeout& Google creates a ZIP file that will take up space in Google Drive. So& if your Google Photos data exceeds 7 GB& it might be that the operation will fail since a backup can only be created up to your storage quota (15 GB in free accounts). One way to get around this is to select albums to export such that you can download a few of them and repeat the process to download all of them in batches.

Step 6: Leave frequency (default is once) and change the size to 10 GB to create fewer batches to download. Create Export.

Your ZIP file of videos downloaded from Google Photos will be available in Google Drive. Alternatively& if you wanted a link emailed to you& check your email to open the link and download videos from Google Photos.

Using A Desktop Browser

If you have very few videos to download& you may be better off using the manual method to download videos from Google Photos to PC and Mac using a web browser.

Step 1: Visit and sign in.

Step 2: Find your video(s) and select one or more. It might be a smart choice to bring them under one folder so you can select them together& but one-by-one.

Step 3: Hover the pointer over every video and click the checkmark to select said video.


Step 4: Click the ellipses menu at the top-right corner and select Download. Choose where to download and download videos from Google Photos to your PC and Mac.

Using Backup and Sync App On Windows and macOS

The backup and Sync app work by integrating Google Drive with your File Explorer in Windows or Finder in macOS to sync Google Drive to your PC and Mac (and vice versa). You can use Backup and Sync to download videos if they are in a folder in Google Drive.

Step 1: Launch Backup and Sync app

Step 2: After signing in (if for the first time)& the app will prompt you to sync your computer to Google Drive. Choose as you wish. This step will not affect your downloads& and this is about uploads to Google Drive.


Step 3: Select Sync My Drive to the computer and check if you want to sync specifically or the entire Drive to the computer. This is the step that you must enable to download your Google Drive contents onto your computer and download videos from Google Drive to PC and Mac.

Step 4: After setup is complete& Google Drive is available in the Windows taskbar and your File Explorer& and macOS menu bar and Finder sidebar on Apple computers. You can see your videos and download videos from Google Drive as and when desired.

Part 2

How To Download Videos From Google Photos To iOS Devices

Google does not make it easy to download videos from Google Photos on Android or iOS devices. You need to work through a few steps to get your videos out of Google Photos and onto your iPhone or iPad for storing them anywhere else as desired.

Step 1: Launch Google Photos and sign in.

Step 2: Select the video you want to download from Google Photos. Tap the ellipses and select Share To& and select Save To Files (this is the Apple Files app).


Step 3: Choose where to save and download the video in Files on iPhone and iPad.


Step 4: Select location in iCloud Drive and proceed.

Part 3

How To Download Photos From Google Drive To Android

Downloading videos from Google Photos in Android follows a similar process as the iOS counterpart. You must go through some hoops and use Google Drive in Android against using the Apple Files app in iOS.

Step 1: Open Google Photos and select a video. You may tap the date to select all videos under the date& and you can tap as many dates as you want this way.


Step 2: Tap Share and choose Save to Drive to download video from Google Photos to Google Drive. You can also use another cloud drive if you want. This article covers Google Drive.

Your video(s) are uploaded from Google Photos to Google Drive in the specified location. You can then download videos from Google Drive to your Android device as follows:

Step 1: Open Google Drive and select the Files tab.

Step 2: Navigate to where the video was uploaded from Google Photos.

Step 3: Tap and hold the file


Step 4: Tap the square icon at the top (solid square inside dotted square) to select all videos.

Step 5: Tap the ellipses and select Download to download videos to the ‘download’ folder in your device’s internal storage.

Part 4

Using Wondershare InClowdz To Download Videos From Google Photos And Manage Google Photos

Wondershare has always been about using technology to benefit people in new-found ways& whether it be Dr.Fone Suite& making it easy for anyone to manage data on their phones& or FamiSafe that solves every parent’s nightmares and worries for their children’s safety. Wondershare has a long legacy of serving people with technology.

InClowdz is a new service from Wondershare that aims to solve a growing problem in the 21st century – how to manage multiple cloud drives in one place easily? How to sync data from one cloud to another easily?

Wondershare InClowdz's answer enables one-click sync between cloud drives and seamless management of several cloud drives in one place.

Migrate, Sync, Manage Clouds Files in One Place

  • • Migrate cloud files such as photos, music, documents from one drive to another, like Dropbox to Google Drive.
  • • Backup your music, photos, videos in one could drive to another to keep files safe.
  • • Manage all cloud drives such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, box, and Amazon S3 in one place.
  • • Sync clouds files such as music, photos, videos, etc., from one cloud drive to another.

Step 1: Download InClowdz using this link:

Step 2: Click the Migrate module.


Step 3: Click Add Cloud Drive in source drive to connect your Google Photos and authorize InClowdz when asked.

Step 4: Next& click the Management module


Step 5: Click Google Photos to view your data and perform regular operations such as creating folders& copying files and folders& and other operations such as deleting and renaming. You can connect at least one more cloud drive to enjoy the full potential of InClowdz – copying content from one drive to another in one-click.


Ever since Google Photos was split from the Google Drive interface& users have been frustrated with the lack of easy ways to download videos from Google Photos to their devices. In its bid to tie users to its ecosystem& Google has made it nearly impossible to download videos from Google Photos on smartphones – devices that are the most likely to be using Google Photos. However& the manual method exists via the Google Photos website& and the bulk download option using Google Takeout does salvage the scene a little. Are you struggling with managing your cloud storage? Do you need a solution to copy data from one storage to another without crying? InClowdz is the answer to your prayers. Not only can you transfer content from one cloud account to another& but you can also manage them all together in the app easily. No more jumping through apps and website tabs to manage your data across platforms – all you need is Wondershare InClowdz.



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