Last night, I learned a lesson: You cannot migrate your photos from Box to Google Photos without manually downloading and uploading them.
Back in the May of 2015, Google Photos appeared with its auto-backup and unlimited storage. With that, Google made a lot of things easier for everyone. For me, a new trivial problem occurred despite all the ease.
Prior to the Google Photos app, I used to back up my photos on my Box.net account. So, I had to store the same photos in my Box despite the Google Photos auto-backups. This was to maintain one place with everything stored together. It was a two-part problem.
- I had to manually upload everything on my Box. This involved rearranging photographs in years and categories as I had done it since 2010.
- Box was a dumping zone while Google Photos was interactive. Photographs on my Box were just stored there without a cool way to look at my photos. Photos however, was intuitive but did not have most of my previous photos.
I set out to solve this redundancy last evening. I searched for solutions and applications that did this. Even though I was ready to pay, most apps I found either didn’t support Box or did not acknowledge Google Photos as a destination. Migrating to Google Drive was useless as photos would then count against my Google Drive storage as opposed to the unlimited Google Photos storage and they might or might not show up in my Photos library anyway. A common bug.
So, after about an hour of scouring through search results for a good enough software that would get the job done and getting nowhere I accepted that I had to, in fact, download all photos off my Box and upload them manually to Google Photos using the Photos Auto Backup tool. Tedious.
The task was boring and painstaking as older photos do not have EXIF data. This data is how a software or app gets to know the extra details it knows about your photographs, like location, date and such.. No EXIF data and downloading over 6 gigs of data on a WiFi connection that could not start a speed test was really making the task appear heavier than it should have been.
Ultimately, I bought a 10GB plan from my carrier, tethered my phone as a hotspot to download the files. It crashed several times. Box has a tendency to do that. Ultimately, at 4:00-ish AM, I had a clean library of photographs stored on Google Photos.
I feel that there should exist an easier way to do this. Some native implementation that reads, “Upload from cloud” or something. That would have been easy. I won’t even mind paying a nominal one-time fee for such a transfer.
To summarize, you cannot migrate your photos from Box to Google Photos without uploading or downloading them. At least not as of, January 2017.
Stay tuned for another post in the Box to Google Photos series where I’ll get into the sentimental side of looking at photographs. Have you had a similar experience where something which should not have been difficult made you waste your day away and pull your hair out of frustration? Let me know below in the comments section.