Easily Switch From Google Photos to iCloud Photos With This New Tool

Google today released a tool that allows you to transfer photos and videos from Google Photos to iCloud Photos, complete with albums and descriptions.

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Apple released an equivalent tool for moving from iCloud Photos to Google Photos three years ago, so this was a reciprocal move by Google. The companies released the tools as part of the Data Transfer Initiative, which is focused on ensuring that customers can download their data from one online service and upload it to another.

Google's tool merely creates a copy of your photos and videos for another service. The original photos and videos will remain in your Google Photos account following the transfer process, unless they are manually deleted afterwards.

More details can be found in the Google and Apple support documents for each tool, and on the Data Transfer Initiative blog.

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coffeemilktea Avatar
1 week ago
And here I've been downloading photos from Google Photos and importing them manually into Apple's Photos app like some kind of savage. ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
meetree Avatar
1 week ago

Does anyone know if a Spotify to Apple Music tool exists // would be in the works ?
I used Songshift a couple of years ago.

Soundiiz, Tune My Music, FreeYourMusic, etc. can help you as well, I didn't try them.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sweetfeld28 Avatar
1 week ago
I hope they add Amazon Photos as an option... Prime gives you unlimited Photo backups; but no Videos.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jntdroid Avatar
1 week ago
I started using Google Photos before I went all in on iOS about 10 years ago, so I have 80% of my favorite photos/videos in both places already as Google Photos backs up my iPhone photos/vids.

I'd like to get a copy over to my main Microsoft account as well - the 1 TB for cheap there is nice. Then I'll be fully covered while also being fully surveilled... :p
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bsj80 Avatar
1 week ago
Can’t select Apple to move to… only Flickr, Microsoft OneDrive, and SmugMug….

Update: icloud is listed as “coming soon”.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
one more Avatar
1 week ago

Does anyone know if a Spotify to Apple Music tool exists // would be in the works ?
Try the SongShift app ?️
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)