7 Replies Latest reply on Jun 22, 2018 12:17 PM by Reid Anderson

    Google Photos to Lightroom CC

    BradSopkow Level 1

      I currently have all my photos in Google Photos, on their cloud. I want to import all my photos into this new Lightroom CC. How do I do this?

        • 1. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
          whsprague Adobe Community Professional

          Interesting question!!

           

          In photos.google.com, select your images.  In the upper right there is a menu (three vertical dots) where you can select download.  A shift+d does it too.  That will put your google photos on your computer as JPEGS.  On my computer they were put in a "photos.ZIP" file and I had to "extract" them. 

           

          With them now on your computer, you can then import them into Lightroom CC using the add photos button. 

           

          For my little test, I limited it to a few image files and it worked well and quickly.

           

          Good luck and have fun moving your photos. 

           

          Bill

          • 2. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
            slaading Level 1

            I suggest an alternative to Bill's option.

             

            While this option is okay for a small amount of photos (Google Photos won't let you download more than 500 files at a time), you should instead use Google Takeout service: https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout

             

            Click "Select none" then select "Google Photo", choose your export destination (Cloud services or links in an email). Wait. Done !

            Now, import to LR.

             

            The dream would be to have a plug-in that just let you browse/organise/edit your Google Photos directly from LR, but I haven't found it yet. Help!

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            • 3. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
              whsprague Adobe Community Professional

              Thanks for posting an alternative.  I didn't know Google had that.

              • 4. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
                xzkatmyer Level 1

                Anyone can think of any other way for this?

                • 5. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
                  mc901 Level 1

                  You could download Google Drive's companion app so the whole of Google Drive synchronises with your desktop; including Google Photos. Then set the Google Photos folder up to sync with Lightroom.

                  • 6. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
                    jiml88596716 Level 1

                    I can confirm this works pretty flawlessly with Lightroom Classic CC, but I'm still not completely sure how to sync to Lightroom CC. I have Google Drive on my Mac and have set it to sync the contents of my Google Photos account (~150 GB) down to my Mac. In Lightroom Classic CC I imported the Google Photos folder, leaving the photos in their current location. I'm not sure where to go from here.

                     

                    It appears that my photos I have in Lightroom Classic CC have to be added to a "Collection" before they can be sync'd to Lightroom CC. I tried using a smart collection to do it-- all photos dated 2015, for example--but the sync option is not available for smart collections. It is only available for regular collections (and slide shows?). Adding all of my photos to one collection seems clunky and organizing 30K+ photos into regular collections seems too time-consuming. Am I missing something?

                     

                    Ultimately, my goal is to migrate all of my photos from Google Photos to Adobe Lightroom CC and eliminate the Google storage charge I am paying each month. I realize I'm scope-creeping this thread a little, but I think anyone who asks the initial question will want to know these details too.

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                    • 7. Re: Google Photos to Lightroom CC
                      Reid Anderson Level 1

                      This is what I did. It works quickly and easily. If you don't want to sync all your files and folders you can just choose Google Photos during setup.

                       

                      Good call mc901