Apple has launched a new tool that allows you to automatically transfer photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos. It’s simple, easy to use, and completely free. The new feature is not only suitable for changing the ecosystem but also for backups.
How to Transfer iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos Automatically
Obviously, we are talking about Apple, so it is not as simple as going to the Google Photos application. We have to follow a series of steps and meet certain requirements.
Before using the Google Photos transfer tool, you must have a two-step verification of your Apple ID enabled. Also, you should not forget to have enough space in your Google account since Google is going to discontinue unlimited free storage in Google Photos. If not, the process will be interrupted at some point. However, before starting the process, iCloud will inform you of the size of your collection of photos and videos.
If you meet all these requirements, you should follow these simple steps:
- Open privacy.apple.com in a browser and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Log in with our Apple ID. Remember that you must have two-step verification activated, so you need an iOS device to validate the login.
- Click on “Transfer a copy of your data.“
- Now select Google Photos.
- Choose what type of items you want to transfer (photos or videos).
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Authorize Apple to access your Photos for the process and start the transfer.
While it is true that this depends on the size of the files we transfer and the number of them, the process can take, according to Apple, from 3 to 7 days to complete. When it is done, we will receive an email confirming the process.
As the FAQ reveals, however, the transfer is subject to restrictions. Intelligent albums, Live Photos, and “some” RAW files are excluded from the transfer. In addition, only the last edited photo is transferred, not the original version. Duplicates are only shown in one photo. While photos are transferred in their associated album, videos are transferred one at a time. Albums and videos are also named after the transfer in Google Photos, starting with “Copy of.”
The feature is currently available in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.