How to upload photos from iPad to Google Drive?

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How to upload photos from iPad to Google Drive?

Uploading photos from your iPad to Google Drive is a great way to back up your images and access them from any device. With Google Drive, your photos are stored securely in the cloud so you don't have to worry about running out of space on your iPad.

In this guide, we'll walk through the steps to upload photos from your iPad to Google Drive using the Google Photos app. We'll cover how to upload new photos automatically, upload existing photos manually, create albums, and access your photos once they're in Google Drive. Let's get started!

Prerequisites for Uploading Photos to Google Drive

Before uploading your photos, make sure you have the following:

  • An iPad device running iOS 11 or later
  • The latest version of the Google Photos app installed
  • A Google account
  • An internet connection (WiFi or mobile data)

The Google Photos app is available as a free download from the App Store. You'll need to sign into the app using your Google account credentials.

Enable Auto Backup in Google Photos

The easiest way to get your photos into Google Drive is to enable auto backup in the Google Photos app. Here's how:

Open Google Photos and Sign In

Launch the Google Photos app and sign in with your Google Account if prompted.

Go to Settings

Tap on your profile icon in the top right corner and select Settings from the menu.

Turn on Backup & Sync

Under the Back up & sync section, turn on the switch for Back up & sync.

Choose Upload Quality

Select whether you want to upload in Original quality or Storage saver. Original will upload full resolution photos while storage saver scales them down to save space.

Enable Cellular Data Usage

If you want photos to upload when you aren't on WiFi, turn on Cellular data usage in Settings. Otherwise, leave this off to only upload on WiFi.

Once enabled, the Google Photos app will automatically back up new photos and videos from your iPad's camera roll to Google Drive in the background.

Manually Upload Photos to Google Drive

If you already have photos on your iPad that you want to upload, you can manually select images and upload them to Google Drive:

Open the Photos App

Launch the Photos app on your iPad and navigate to the photos you want to upload. You can select individual photos or open a full album.

Tap Select

Tap the Select button at the top right to begin selecting photos.

Choose Photos

Tap on each photo you want to upload to Google Drive to select it. Selected photos will have a blue checkmark.

Tap the Share Icon

Once you've selected your photos, tap the share icon at the bottom (a box with an arrow pointing up).

Choose Google Photos

In the share sheet, select Google Photos to upload the images.

Upload to an Album (Optional)

If prompted, choose a specific Google Photos album to add the images to. Otherwise, they will upload to the main Google Photos view.

The selected photos will now upload to Google Drive at full resolution. You can view the upload progress for each image.

Create and Manage Albums in Google Photos

To keep your Google Drive photos organized, you can create albums right in the Google Photos app:

Tap the Plus (+) Icon

Tap the plus (+) icon at the top right and select Album to create a new empty album.

Name the Album

Enter a name for your new album and tap Create.

Add Photos

Open the album, tap Add photos, and select images to populate the album.

Edit & Delete Albums

Tap and hold an album to access options to edit the name or delete the album.

Albums make it easy to organize and group related photos for sharing or searching.

Access Your Uploaded Photos on Google Drive

Once your photos are safely backed up to Google Drive, there are a few ways to access them across your devices:

  • Google Photos App: Open the Google Photos app on your phone, tablet or computer to view your synced photos. Photos will stay organized in any albums you create.
  • Google Drive App: Open the Google Drive app. Your Google Photos are located in the Backup folder.
  • Google Photos Website: Visit to access your Google Drive photos from any web browser.

    Open Google Photos

  • Google Drive Website: Go to and look in the Backup folder for your Google Photos content.

    Open Google Drive on your computer

  • Search: You can search for specific photos, people, places, or things across Google Drive and Photos using Google's powerful search capabilities.

So with just a few taps, you can securely upload all your iPad's photos to Google Drive for safe keeping and easy access on any device.

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Uploading photos from your iPad to Google Drive is incredibly simple with the Google Photos app. By enabling auto-backup, you can effortlessly store your entire camera roll collection on Google Drive for safe keeping and access on all your devices.

Manually transferring selected photos is also easy for moving your existing iPad albums over to Google storage. And creating Google Photos albums lets you organize your photos into searchable collections.

So free up space on your iPad, back up irreplaceable photos, and enjoy anytime access to your Google Photos library from any device. With large free storage tiers and apps for all platforms, Google Drive is the ideal home for your prized photo collection.

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