I use Google Drive to keep a backup of my photos that I’ve captured over the years because I ran out of storage on iCloud. While revisiting some of the old pictures on Google Drive, I realized that I couldn’t download multiple photos to my iPhone at once. If you’ve been in a similar situation, I’ve found an easy way to save multiple photos from Google Drive to iPhone quickly. Let’s check it out.
What’s the Problem?
While the Google Drive app has plenty of intuitive features such as in-built FaceID and TouchID, you can’t select multiple images and then download them to the Photos app. Google hasn’t fixed this limitation for some reason, but we can with a simple workaround.
Save Multiple Photos from Google Drive to iPhone
Turns out, Apple allows Google Drive to be mapped in the Files app so you can access all your files in one place. The Files app lets you access files stored in iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and the iPhone storage.
When you open the Files app, you won’t see the option to access Google Drive because we need to enable it first. Open the Files app on your iPhone and tap the browse button on the bottom of the screen.
Now, tap the options button on the top right corner to reveal the drop-down menu. Tap Edit.
You would see Google Drive with a toggle switch next to it, tap to enable it. We can now access Google Drive and all the files and folders stored on it.
To download the images, simply navigate to the folder where the images are stored in the Google Drive folder on the Files app. Then tap the options button on the top right corner.
Select all the photos you want to download by swiping your finger over the checkboxes on the left. After that, tap the share button on the bottom left and tap Save image. The app would take some time to download all the images to the Photos app and you can find them on your iPhone after that. Easy peasy!
Why Save Photos from Google Drive to iPhone
I guess you want to share it via another app or want some of them offline. Either way, now you know there is a quick way to save multiple photos from Google Drive to your iPhone. It’s weird that Google Drive doesn’t have this option built right in the app and you need to use the Files app to achieve this. What do you think? Do you have a better way to download multiple photos? Let me know on Twitter.