There is good news for iCloud Photos users who want to make the switch to Google Photos:that makes it easy to transfer your photos and videos.
Even if you don’t switch fromto you can use Apple’s new tool to back up your iCloud Photo Library. Below I will walk you through the requirements and the steps to follow.
Let’s take a quick look at the requirements
While the transfer tool is simple to use, with just a few mouse clicks to start the process, there are some things to keep in mind before starting the transition.
The list of requirements on the Apple Support page notes that in addition to using iCloud Photos to store your photos and videos, your Apple ID must have two-factor authentication enabled. In addition, you need to make sure that your Google account has enough storage space to handle the transfer.
Start a transfer of your iCloud photos to Google Photos
The best thing about the way Apple has built its transfer tool is that you don’t have to download all of your photos and videos and then upload them individually to Google Photos. Instead, Apple will take care of the transfer after you connect your Apple ID and Google account.
To start the transfer, you need to go to privacy.apple.com and sign in to the Apple ID associated with your iCloud Photos account. Then click on Request to transfer a copy of your data below the Transfer a copy of your data section.
Click on the drop-down menu and choose Google Photosand then click the two check boxes that appear, one for photos and one for videos. Click ContinueGoogle Photos is the only option available right now, but it feels like this tool was built with the intention of adding more services.
Apple shows you how much storage space your photo library is using and reminds you to check your Google account and make sure you have enough space. If you don’t have enough space, the transfer will stop and not everything will be copied. Click Continue after checking your Google account storage space.
That said, Google Photos allows you to keep an unlimited number of photos and videos as long as you select “high quality” and not original; However, there is no option to select the quality in Apple’s tool. Starting June 1, all new photos and videos uploaded to Google will count towards your storage plan. You can log into Google Drive to see how much storage space you have, and I also recommend logging into your Google Photos account and checking your settings to see what quality your photos are saved in.
A popup window will ask you to sign in to your Google account and allow Apple to access your Google Photos library. Follow the instructions.
When you are done, the transfer will begin. According to Apple, the process will take three to seven days. When Apple completes the transfer, you will receive an email to let you know it is complete.
While not the fastest process, it is by far the easiest and most reliable tool I’ve seen. For someone who is, leaving the iPhone behind, what more could you want? To remember, from June 1, 2021, but any photos or videos you transfer before that date will not count towards the limit.