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Uploading video: Google Photos vs. YouTube

Should you upload your videos to Google Photos? or to YouTube? Both offer free unlimited video uploads - with limitations. I've put together a comparison chart to help you decide.

What I think each does best:
Google Photos: automatic backup, private and personal videos
YouTube: large videos, videos you want share publicly, promote or monetize


Uploading video: Google Photos vs YouTube


Google Photos YouTube
Content Policy Google Photos Policy YouTube Policy Center
Automatic Backup Yes, from mobile and desktop No
Upload from Mobile Device Yes Yes
Google+ Profile or Page required No No (but required for comments
& private video sharing)
Use as Google+ Brand or Local Page No (unless  signed in to the Google+ Page directly) Yes
Move videos from one Google account to another No Yes (by moving the channel)
Private videos Yes, private by default Yes, if you set the video to Private
Share private videos Yes Yes if channel is connected to Google+
Chromecast Not in mobile app. On desktop can use the Chrome extension to cast a tab with Google Photos Yes
Built-In Social Features No Comments & Private Messages (if channel connected to Google+)
Embed video on a website No Yes
Unlimited Free uploads "High Quality" are free. "Original" videos count against your storage limit. Yes
Supported File Types List:.mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, .mkv List: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM
Maximum size Maximum file size: 10GB
"High Quality" uploads will be reduced to 1080p if higher resolution
Verify to upload videos longer than 15 minutes
Maximum file size: 128GB
Maximum duration: 11 hours
Maximum resolution: 2160p (4k)
Video Editor Create a movie with video clips, photos and music, but only on select Android devices Video Editor Features: trim videos, combine videos, add music, text and enhancements
Monetize Videos No Yes (eligible content)


Change your mind? If you upload your videos to Google Photos you can easily import your videos from Google Photos to YouTube

Upload videos to Google Drive


Google Drive automatically lets you access your Google Photos (including videos), so if you are already automatically backing up the videos from your mobile device or desktop computer, you don't need to change any settings to view them in Google Drive.

Advantages to viewing your videos uploaded to Google Photos in Google Drive include easy sharing by email and the ability to easily see file size. Your Google Drive folders can be synchronized with your desktop computer or a connected external hard drive.

However, Google Drive does offer its own upload and auto-backup options. Drive allows very large video uploads (up to 5TB) and lets you easily synchronize with your desktop computer or external hard drive connected to your computer.

Google Drive auto backup: available in the iOS Google Drive app or for your desktop computer

Free uploads: "Standard size" uploads are free, including videos less than 15 minutes long and have 1080p resolution or less. If you have backup set to "Full size", videos larger than "standard size" will count towards your storage limit

Supported video formats: .WebM,.MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS,.WMV, .FLV, .MTS (see the linked article for details)

Maximum file size: 5TB (terabytes!)

Maximum resolution: Google Drive recommends uploading in the original format and highest resolution possible, but maximum playback size is 1920x1080.

Video editor: Google Drive does not have a built-in video editor, but you can add caption tracks to your videos.

Sharing: share with an email address or with a link. There is no built-in way to share to social networks



Upload videos in a Blogger or Google+ post


It is also possible to upload video when posting to Blogger or Google+. These uploads are only available through Picasa Web Albums or Google+ Photos.

Get help uploading video


YouTube video upload help:

Google Photos upload help:

Google Drive video upload help:


Posted by Peggy K

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