How to Store Photos in Google Cloud: A Comprehensive Guide

In today’s digital age, storing photos is easier than ever. With the help of cloud storage, you can store your precious memories with ease and access them whenever you want to. Google Cloud is one such platform that offers users a reliable and secure way to store their images. In this blog post, we will discuss how to store photos in Google Cloud.

Step 1: Sign up for Google Cloud

If you do not already have an account on Google Cloud, sign up by visiting their website at Once there, click on the “Get started for free” button which will lead you through the registration process.

Step 1a: Create a project

Once you are logged in to your Google Cloud account, create a new project by clicking on the “Select a Project” dropdown menu located on top of the dashboard page and select “+ New Project.” Give it an appropriate name that makes it easy for you to identify later.

Step 2: Enable billing

To use Google Cloud Storage effectively for media storage including photos or videos or any other file types requires billing enabled since it costs money after certain limits specified in pricing section. To enable billing navigate over to Billing Settings from left panel of console then add payment method if its new project else just edit settings & update accordingly

Step 2a – Accessing APIs Page:

Next thing is enabling API permissions because only after accessing APIs user can upload/download files using google cloud API SDKs or Utilities offered by third party vendors like Cyberduck etc.
To grant permission go over APIs & Services Dashboard from burger menu -> Select Library option under “APIs & Services” and search “Google Photos Library API,” select once appears.
Then Click “Enable” button followed by creating credentials (OAuth Client ID)
OAuth consent screen needs mandatory fields to be filled before creating OAuth Client ID.

Step 3: Create a Bucket

A bucket in Google Cloud Storage is essentially a container that holds your files, such as photos. Creating one is simple:

Step 3a – Visit Cloud Storage:

Visit the cloud storage page and create a bucket by clicking on the “Create Bucket” button
Give it an appropriate name, set storage class (default recommended) and choose location based on user preference or application requirement.

Step 4: Upload Photos to Your Bucket

Once you have created your bucket, you can upload photos by following these steps:

Step 4a – Accessing GCS Project:

In order to access the project from CLI run:
gcloud init command which will guide through selecting project & other settings required for accessing cloud account

Upload using gsutil utility gives more flexibility over uploading files with specific metadata attached like cache control headers etc.

Upload via API SDKs like python’s google-cloud-storage package provides two options either direct byte stream upload or giving local file path so user doesn’t need coding experience for uploading photos.

Once uploaded navigate back to console -> click on newly created photo object URL hostname ending with image/video format of object will be visible there itself ready for usage operations like download, delete etc.


Google Cloud offers users an easy way to store their photos securely. With its intuitive interface and ease of use, anyone can utilize this platform effortlessly. Follow the above steps properly; you should now know how to store your images safely in Google Cloud without any hassle. So go ahead and start backing up all those precious memories today!

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