Importing Google Photos to FamilySearch

January 4, 2018  - by 
Woman looking at photos.

Google Photos, an online photo sharing and storage service, is a good place to store your high-resolution images. Its facial-recognition feature allows you to quickly search your photos for a specific person. And now, you can easily import photos from Google Photos to your FamilySearch family tree.

How to Import Google Photos to FamilySearch

  1. Sign in to
  2. At the top of the page, select Memories.
  3. From the drop-down menu, choose Gallery.
  4. Click the green plus icon, and then select the Google Photos button.
    How to import Google Photos into your FamilySearch family tree.
  5. Enter your Google username and password. You will need to do this only the first time you import photos from Google.
  6. Click Allow to authorize Google to access your information in You will need to do this only once as well.
  7. In the window that appears, select which pictures or albums you would like to import, and click Import Photos.
    How to import Google Photos into your FamilySearch family tree.

You can follow the same steps to import photos from Facebook and Instagram to your Memories gallery. If you use the FamilySearch Memories app, you can also use your phone to import your photos from Facebook, Instagram, and Google Photos.

The addition of Google Photos to the FamilySearch site makes it easier to preserve and organize your important family photos.

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  1. I’ve been hoping for this feature. Thank you! Now, if we could select from specific Google Photos albums, it would be perfect. I have over 30,000 photos. Scrolling through that list to find the photos I want to upload to FS would take forever.

    1. Barbara, currently, this feature supports Google Photos, Facebook, and Instagram. Hopefully, more popular storage sites will be supported in the future!

  2. I probably won’t post any more of my family tree information on-line at FamilySearch until FamilySearch can assure me that what I post is secure. I’m tired of having other people go into my tree and make unauthorized changes to material I have proven to be correct. If I could easily take down what I have posted, I’d do so. FAMILYSEARCH IS NOT SECURE!!

    1. Robert, I understand the frustration. FamilySearch uses a global tree that allows users from around the world to collaborate and make progress together. However, it also means that a user making a misinformed change will impact other users connected to that ancestor. I recommend contacting the person that made the change to discuss their reasons for doing so.

    2. When I first GEDCOM’d my entire database into Family Search (not called that then), we were told our information would always be as we entered it and that others could put their information in also, but it would never replace ours. That all changed and now I feel the same as Robert. My information that I documented over years of research has been changed and deleted and it’s extremely frustrating!!

    3. One of the frustrations of working in FamilySearch is exactly what you explained. It’s happened to me many, many times. However, if you’re really looking to keep a tree that is free from these types of issues, it is possible to make a tree within FamilySearch that no one else can modify. If that doesn’t interest you, there are several stand alone programs that can provide the security you desire. What I like about FamilySearch is that we can all collaborate on our lines. Even though it is frustrating to have someone come in and mess up what you’ve worked so hard on, it’s nice when someone comes in and cleans up an issue you have and makes your tree better. None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. Even things we’re sure are correct sometimes turn out to be incorrect, I know from sad experience, but the humble pie is quite tasty once you see the improvement that was made.

    1. Maxine, are you referring to all of your photos on your computer or on FamilySearch? Either way, doing this allows you to use photos you have saved in Google Photos on I don’t believe it will allow Google Photos to access your other photos.

  3. Awesome! I was waiting for this functionality. Now I can keep all my family stuff in ONE place, along with the relationships. Thanks!

  4. thank you for this great article. I accidentally connected Family Search to an old Instagram account. How can I delete that connection so I can reconnect to my current account?

  5. This is so cool! It will be nice to spend time with my dad, kids, etc to have them record events. And it makes me want to talk to the RS president about having an activity night of showing everyone how to do this (spreading out as they actually do the recording) with a cheat sheet of directions for them to follow as we discuss it (with directions to bring their login and passwords with them for their Facebook, etc sites) and then take home.
    It would be a fun activity for the YM, YW or Primary kids to do, as they tell why they love their moms and dads for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day; if they can access their Family Search accounts.

  6. Facebook works and instagram but not GOOGLE. I have all my photos on Google. Any suggestions? It get to the place where I can click on google but then does nothing.

    1. Hi Tina,

      Thank you for your feedback. When you click on Google, it opens another window for you to grant Google permission to work with FamilySearch. Check your browser search bar to see if it is blocking this popup window.