Google Photos is a great place to save and store all your photos. It is similar to Apple’s iCloud service, but just for photos. You can save images in original quality by paying extra, or you can save them in high quality (compressed). Google provides a limited amount of free storage to anyone who uses the Google Photos service. In this post, you will be learning how to download Google Photos to Desktop on both a PC and Mac.

One of the best features of Google Photos is the ability to view the uploaded photos from any device that has internet access. You can also download uploaded photos on to devices, including your computer. This can be very useful if you want to edit photos on your desktop. You can take photos from your smartphone, upload them to Google Photos and then download, edit on the desktop.

Google Photos will automatically backup photos and delete old photos on your device, which will help save some storage space on your device. If you’re running low on your iPhone or Android smartphone, you can upload your photos to Google Photos and delete them from the phone. This way, all your photos are securely stored on the cloud and are accessible anytime from anywhere. All you need to view and download the photos, is an active internet connection.

If you’re planning on downloading Google Photos to desktop, then you’ve come to the right place. We will show you how to do it on both Windows and Mac computers. It is fairly simple and will not take a lot of time. There is no stand-alone Google Photos app available on Windows or Mac, but you can view and download all the photos from a desktop browser.

Download Google Photos to Desktop – Mac

Follow the steps below to download Google Photos to desktop on your Mac computer. Make sure your computer is connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding.

1. Head to on a browser of your choice.

2. Log-in using your Google credentials that you used for Google Photos on your device.

3. After logging-in, you should be able to see all the photos that you’ve uploaded to Photos.

4. Click on the photo that you want to download to desktop.

5. Click the three-dotted menu on the top right corner of the photo.

Select Download

6. Select Download.

7. The photo will now be downloaded to your desktop.

That’s about it. You have now learnt how to download a photo from Google Photos to desktop on your Mac.

Download Google Photos to Desktop – PC

The steps to download Google Photos to your Windows PC is similar to how it is on a Mac. There’s absolutely no difference in the steps. Simply head to on your favorite browser and then sign-in using your Google credentials. All your photos should appear on the following screen. You should now be able to click on a photo and then download it to your desktop.

This is the best and easiest way to download Google Photos to your desktop. However, there is another way, which requires that you download a tool. Let’s take a look at this method below.

Use Google Backup and Sync

Google has a useful tool called Backup and Sync, which is available on both PC and Mac. You can use this to backup and view all your stored files on all your devices. You will need to set up this tool before you will be able to view and download Google Photos to your desktop. However, this will also allow you to store files from your computer.
download Backup and Sync

To download Backup and Sync, you will need to navigate to from your desktop browser. Once here, click on the Download button to download and install the tool.

set up sync for Google Photos

After you’ve installed Backup and Sync, you will need to head over to and set up sync for Google Photos. Follow the steps below to do this;

1. Sign in to Google Drive with your Google credentials.

2. Click on the Gear icon on the top right corner.

3. Select Settings.

4. Check the box that says ‘Create a Google Photos folder’.

5. Now launch the Backup and Sync tool on your Mac or PC.

6. Sign in with your Google credentials.

7. Select the option that reads ‘Backup Photos and Videos’ and select a folder where you want the photos to save.

8. Select the image size and quality.

9. Click on Start.

The sync process should now begin and all your Google Photos will now be available via the tool. You can easily view and download them to your Mac or PC. Your photos will be available anywhere and everywhere via any connected device. Hopefully, you have now learnt how to download Google Photos to desktop.