Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and Videos to Google Photos

Apple this week introduced a new service that's designed to make it quick and easy for iCloud users to transfer their stored photos and videos to Google Photos.

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As outlined in an Apple support document, you can go to Apple's privacy website and sign in to see the "Transfer a copy of your data" option. If you select this and go through all the steps, Apple will transfer your ‌iCloud‌ photos and videos to Google ‌Photos‌.

Transferring photos and videos from iCloud Photos does not remove the content you have stored with Apple, but it provides a backup method and stores a copy of the content on Google ‌Photos‌.

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The transfer process takes between three and seven days, with Apple verifying that the request was made by you. To do the transfer, you must have two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID account and you must have a Google ‌Photos‌ account with enough storage to complete the transfer.

Smart Albums, Live Photos, photo stream content, some metadata, and some RAW photos are not able to be transferred, but formats including .jpg, .png, .webp, .gif, some RAW files, .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv are compatible.

Only the most recent edit of a photo is transferred rather than the original version, and duplicates appear as just one photo. Images are transferred in their albums whenever possible, but videos are transferred separately.

Apple's transfer service is available to customers in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States at this time.

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Top Rated Comments

cmaier Avatar
43 months ago

Great, now they want my google user and password.
Why not just give me the option to download everything?
Who says Apple gets your Google id and password? Don’t you just authenticate with Google and Apple gets a token that you have successfully authenticated?
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mizzoucat Avatar
43 months ago
What about moving photos from Google Photos to iCloud?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deeddawg Avatar
43 months ago
If I wanted Google to have all my photos, I'd already be using their service.

Nice of Apple to provide an option for moving between platforms.

Not that I think it's anything to do with being nice, more likely a defensive maneuver to help against any monopolistic accusations.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vicviper789 Avatar
43 months ago
Ah yes, perfect for when Google cancels the service at a random point in time
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rob_2811 Avatar
43 months ago
This seems like a win for privacy.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
igneousc Avatar
43 months ago
live photos have been around for what? 7 years now? And there's still no decent way to back them up or any decent standard for the format. Moving them outside of an Apple photo library is still a disaster.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)