Apple wants to make it easier for users who want to move their photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos.
To do this, it has integrated a new feature that allows you to transfer all content automatically from one service to another.
Here’s how you can transfer your iCloud library to Google Photos
The steps to use this new Apple service are very easy to follow. Once you sign in with your Apple ID in Data and Privacy you choose the option to “transfer a copy of your data”. Apple will give you a series of instructions to complete the request, including logging into your Google account to start the process.
This process won’t finish for a few hours, so don’t be glued to the screen waiting for it to finish. Apple mentions that it may take three to seven days for the transfer to complete. But don’t worry, you can check the status of the process in that same section, and when the transfer is complete, Apple will send you an email.
It’s a simple process, but there are some details to keep in mind so you don’t panic thinking you’re missing photos or videos when you check the copy in Google Photos. In this transfer process, Apple will only transfer the latest edit of a photo, so duplicates of the original photo will not be passed to the new service.
Following that same line, neither will smart albums, shared albums, metadata, among others, be transferred. And of course, it will not include any content that is not part of your iCloud library. On the other hand, one detail to keep in mind is that it won’t delete anything you transfer to Google Photos, so you’ll still have your iCloud library with the same contents.
And don’t forget to take a look at the Google Photos requirements, before the transfer, so you don’t have any problems in the process. In the first stage, this new Apple feature is only available for certain markets, including the European Union, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, among others.