How to select multiple pictures in Google Photos

There are several ways to select multiple photos and videos from your Google Photos library.

How to select several consecutive images

  1. You can hover over the first date, a check mark appears to select photos of that date
    Or you can select the first image 
    1. Hover over the first picture
    2. Click the white circle with check mark at the top-left corner of the photo
      The circle will turn blue with a white check mark
  2. Scroll down, for example using the mouse wheel, arrows or Page Down keys, but not more than a few 100 thumbs.
  3. Hold the Shift key and hover with the mouse over a thumbnail. When the thumbnails turn blue you can click. Now all pictures between the first and the last selected picture are selected.
  4. When you go too far and the thumbs do not turn blue, you must scroll back, select one pic after the already selected ones, and continue. In order to go faster you can display more thumbs on a page by using Ctrl-. I managed to select all my photos (30.000) in about 15 minutes, for counting purposes. But note that some actions like downloading are limited to 500. 
  5. Displayed in the top left corner (in the white bar) is the number of photos that is selected. Click X to deselect all.
  6. There is no button to "select all"; Ctrl+A will not select all. Please give feedback to Google to request a way to select all photos with one click. 

How to select several pictures that are not consecutive

  1. Select the first image:
    1. Hover over the first picture
    2. Click the white circle with check mark at the top-left corner of the photo
      The circle will turn blue with a white check mark 
  2. Click anywhere on another image to select it
    Click again anywhere on a selected image to deselect
  3. To select other photos not visible on the screen, you can
    1. Scroll with the mouse
    2. Move the slider on the right
    3. Click into the timeline
  4. Displayed in the top left corner (in the white bar) is the number of photos that were selected.
    Click X to deselect all.

How to select all photos grouped together under a specific date 

  1. Hover the mouse over the date that appears above a set of photos
  2. Click the white circle at the top-left corner
  3. Displayed in the top left corner is the number of photos that were selected

How to select pictures that were recently uploaded or added

  1. Click into the search box at the top of the Google Photos library
  2. Scroll down to the first "Show More" and click it
  3. Click "Recently Added": https://photos.google.com/search/_tra_
  4. The library will now be sorted by the date the photos were added to Google Photos
  5. Use any of the above selection methods


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