How to Transfer Photos Between Cloud Drives like Amazon and Google Without Downloading

Switching between cloud storage services can be a hassle, especially when it comes to moving your precious memories from one platform to another. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of transferring your photos from Amazon Photos to Google Photos.

Method 1: MultCloud (Limited Free)

To transfer photos directly from Amazon Photos to Google Photos without downloading, you can try using third-party cloud transfer services.

One such service is MultCloud. We are not affiliated with MultCloud in any way, we just think this tool may be helpful to our readers.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Sign up for a MultCloud account

  1. Visit the MultCloud website (https://www.multcloud.com/) and sign up for a free account.
  2. Log in to your MultCloud account.

Step 2: Add Amazon Photos and Google Photos to MultCloud

  1. Click on the ‘Add Clouds’ button in the top right corner.
  2. Find and select ‘Amazon S3’ from the list of cloud services (Amazon Photos uses Amazon S3 for storage).
  3. Follow the instructions to authorize MultCloud to access your Amazon Photos account.
  4. Repeat the process to add your Google Photos account to MultCloud by selecting ‘Google Photos’ from the list of cloud services and following the authorization steps.

Step 3: Transfer Photos between Amazon Photos and Google Photos

  1. In MultCloud, click on the ‘Cloud Transfer’ tab at the top of the page.
  2. Select your Amazon Photos (Amazon S3) as the source directory by clicking on the source field and navigating to the desired folder.
  3. Select your Google Photos as the destination directory by clicking on the destination field and choosing the desired folder.
  4. Click on ‘Transfer Now’ to start the transfer process.

How Much Does MultCloud Cost?

MultCloud offers a free tier and several paid plans. The free tier allows you to transfer up to 5 GB of data per month. If your photo collection exceeds this limit, you might need to consider one of their paid plans. The paid plans are:

  1. Monthly Plan: $9.99 per month, with a 100 GB data transfer limit per month. Or $17.99 per month for 200 GB per month.
  2. Yearly Plan: $59.90 per year, with a 1200 GB data transfer limit per year. Or $99.98 for 2400 GB per year.
  3. Unlimited Data: $119/ year or Lifetime Unlimited $249 (one time payment, lifetime use).

These plans also come with additional features such as faster transfer speeds, priority support, and more. It’s important to note that prices and plans may change over time, so make sure to check MultCloud’s website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.multcloud.com/price

Method 2: Download then Upload (Free)

Step 1: Download Photos from Amazon Photos

  1. Visit the Amazon Photos website (https://www.amazon.com/photos) and log in with your Amazon account.
  2. Click on ‘More Options’ (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner, then select ‘Organize.’
  3. Choose the photos or albums you want to transfer by clicking on them.
  4. After selecting the desired items, click on ‘Actions’ in the top right corner and choose ‘Download.’
  5. Save the files to a folder on your computer, and remember its location for the next step.

Step 2: Upload Photos to Google Photos

  1. Visit the Google Photos website (https://photos.google.com/) and log in with your Google account.
  2. Click on the ‘Upload’ button in the top right corner and choose ‘Computer.’
  3. Navigate to the folder where you saved the downloaded Amazon Photos files.
  4. Select the photos or albums you want to transfer and click ‘Open.’
  5. The upload process will begin, and you can monitor its progress at the bottom of the Google Photos window.

Transferring photos from Amazon Photos to Google Photos can be done either by downloading and uploading the photos manually, or by using a third-party service like MultCloud.

Both are good ways to transfer photos or files between the two cloud services. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily move your photos and ensure your memories are safely stored in your preferred cloud platform.

Cloud Data Transfer FAQ

Q: Can I transfer my photos from Amazon Photos to Google Photos without losing their original quality?

A: Yes, both downloading and uploading photos manually and using a third-party service like MultCloud should preserve the original quality of your photos during the transfer process.

Q: Will the metadata and album organization be preserved when transferring photos between Amazon Photos and Google Photos?

A: While the metadata (such as date taken, location, and camera information) should be preserved, the album organization may not be maintained when transferring photos. You might need to recreate your albums manually in Google Photos after the transfer.

Q: Can I transfer photos from Google Photos to Amazon Photos using the same methods?

A: Yes, the steps outlined in this article can be applied in reverse to transfer photos from Google Photos to Amazon Photos, whether you choose to download and upload manually or use a third-party service like MultCloud.

Q: Are there any limitations to the number of photos I can transfer between Amazon Photos and Google Photos?

A: While there are no specific limits on the number of photos you can transfer, both cloud services have storage limits. You will need to ensure that you have enough available storage space in your Google Photos account to accommodate the transferred photos.

Q: Is it safe to use a third-party service like MultCloud to transfer my photos between Amazon Photos and Google Photos?

A: Using a third-party service like MultCloud requires granting them access to your cloud storage accounts. Always review the privacy policy and terms of service of any third-party service before proceeding. If you have concerns about privacy and security, you may prefer to transfer your photos manually by downloading and uploading them.

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George Tsay

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