You don’t have to keep your images locally on your Mac anymore, thanks to all of the cloud services accessible. That memory space could be put to better use. Google Photographs, for example, allows you to upload and save an unlimited amount of photos and videos in the cloud as long as you match the service’s quality requirements.
Google Photos allows you to sync photos from your Mac to the service in a variety of ways. You have the option of allowing it to upload all of your Mac images or selecting which ones you want to upload. Additionally, if you don’t want to install another software on your Mac, you can utilise the web version.
Upload All Mac Photos To Google Photos With The “Backup and Sync” App
Backup and Sync is a Google programme that allows you to upload data from your computer to your Google account. You can use it to upload all of the photographs in your Mac’s iPhoto and Photos apps. It also allows you to upload photographs from specific directories.
To take advantage of Google Photos’ limitless free storage, you must give Google permission to:
Compress your photos so they’re 16MP.
Resize your videos to have a maximum of 1080p resolution.
You don’t need to manually resize or compress your content as Google will do it for you.
Enter your Google account password and hit Sign in.
If you have two-factor authentication enabled, enter the code on your screen and click on Done.
The app will now let you select what you want to upload to Google Photos. Tick-mark the option for the Pictures folder and then tick-mark both Photos Library as well as iPhoto Library.
Select the High quality (free unlimited storage) option.
Tick-mark the box that says Upload photos and videos to Google Photos.
Finally, click on Next at the bottom.
Upload Mac Photos Using The Google Photos Web Version
If you only need to upload a few photographs to Google Photos and don’t want to download an app, you can utilise the Google Photos online version. It allows you to build albums and upload photos to them directly from your browser.
Open a new tab in your browser and head over to the Google Photos site. Log-in with your Google account if you aren’t already logged in.
Click on the option that says Create at the top and select Album. This is where your uploaded photos are going to be stored.
Enter a name for your new album and click on Add photos to add photos to it.
This will take you to the screen where you can add existing Google Photos photos to your album. Since you want to upload photos locally from your Mac, click on Select from computer at the top-right corner of your screen.
Choose the photos that you want to upload from your Mac to Google Photos.
If you want to add photos at a later time, you can come back to the newly created album anytime and click on the Add photos option to upload new photos to your account.
Upload Chosen Photos From iPhoto To Google Photos
When you utilise the Backup and Sync app to upload your images, you’ll see that it only allows you to upload whole iPhoto libraries. There is no way to manually select photos for uploading from your collection.
Fortunately, there is a workaround for this.
Right-click on your Mac’s desktop and select New Folder. Use iPhoto Photos as the name for your folder.
Launch the iPhoto app using your preferred method on your Mac.
Select the photos that you’d like to upload to Google Photos. You can select multiple photos from any albums you want.
When you’ve selected the photos to be uploaded, click on the File menu at the top and click on Export.
If you want to adjust any quality-related settings, do so on the screen that follows. Then click on Export to bring your photos out of iPhoto.
Choose the iPhoto Photos folder on your desktop and click on OK.
Quit the iPhoto app on your Mac by clicking on iPhoto followed by Quit iPhoto at the top.
Launch the Backup and Sync app and log-in to your Google account.
On the screen where it asks what content you want to upload, untick all the boxes and click on Choose Folder.
Select the iPhoto Photos folder on your desktop.
Hit Next and your chosen iPhoto photos will be uploaded to your Google Photos account.
Upload Chosen Photos From The Photos App To Google Photos
You can selectively upload your photographs from the Photos app to Google Photos if it is your primary photo management app. Because the Backup and Sync app doesn’t enable you to accomplish this by default, you’ll have to employ a workaround.
Create a new folder on your desktop by right-clicking and selecting New Folder. Use My Photos as the name for your folder.
Open the Photos app on your Mac.
Select the photos that you want to upload by clicking on them. You can choose as many photos as you want in your albums.
Once you’ve made a selection, click on the File menu at the top and choose Export followed by Export Unmodified Original For X Photos where X is the number of photos you’ve selected.
Unless you want to change the naming for your photos, click on Export to save them with their default names to the folder on your desktop.
Choose the My Photos folder located on your desktop and click on Export Originals.
Close the Photos app on your Mac.
Access the Backup and Sync app and log-in to your account.
Click on the Choose Folder option and choose the My Photos folder on your desktop.
Continue with the uploading process and your chosen photos will be uploaded to your account.
Do you save your photos on your Mac’s hard drive? If that’s the case, what’s keeping you from uploading them to sites like Google Photos? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.