Google Photos has been a great photo backup & management app for almost everyone, including Apple users. However, the free unlimited storage option is finally ending in June 2021. Scroll down to know how you can transfer Google Photos to iCloud Photos.
However, before jumping to exporting the data, let’s look at the charges each levy on the storage to make a cost-effective decision.
Google Photos vs. iCloud Photos
Until now, Google photos was a leg ahead of iCloud in terms of pricing. However, their decision to end free storage has leveled the field, and both platform’s cloud storage costs quite similar.
If you are interested in Apple’s subscription services, investing in the Apple One bundle makes perfect sense.
Individual Plan ($14.95/month) – 50GB iCloud storage + Apple Music, Apple TV+, Arcade
Family Plan ($19.95/month) – 200GB iCloud storage + Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade
Premier Plan ($29.95/month) – 2TB iCloud storage + Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple Fitness+.
Now that iCloud has the upper hand with ecosystem compatibility and pricing, it’s more convenient for iPhone users to transfer photos from Google Photos to iCloud. But before we show you how, here are some important points to note.
Things to Keep in Mind:
Check iCloud Storage – It’s wiser to check the storage quota before you initiate the transfer. To check, you can go to the Settings app on iPhone → Name → iCloud.
Try a batch system – While you can transfer all photos at once, it is advisable to do it in batches. This will avoid glitches caused due to a bad connection or other reasons.
There’s plenty of time – The Google Photos changes won’t take effect until June 1, 2021, so there’s no rush. Plus, the new 15GB limit applies to uploads after June 1.
Sync vs. backup – iCloud Photos is developed to sync photos across devices. So, when you delete photos from your device, it is auto-removed from iCloud as well. To ensure your photos are safe, you will have to move them to iCloud Drive.
How to Export Google Photos to iCloud Photos
There are two ways to download photos from Google Photos, depending upon your preference.
Download All Your Google Photos At Once
Go to takeout.google.com on your Mac/PC or iPhone.
Click on Deselect all, then scroll down and select just Google Photos.
Scroll down and click on Next Step.
Here, select the File type & size you prefer, and then click on Create Export.
The export process may take more time, depending upon your library size. Google will send you an email when it’s ready; download the file from the link.
Download Google Photos Library
It’s a bit more time-consuming but perfect for batch transfer.
On Mac/PC using Web
Log in to your account on photos.google.com.
To select multiple photos, select the first photo or video while holding shift, Scroll and select the last one.
Once done, click on the 3-dot icon and Download. You can also press Shift+D to initiate the download.
On Google Photos iOS App
Launch the Google Photos app on your iPhone or iPad
To select multiple photos, long-press on a photo/video and drag down until the last file you want.
Tap on the Share icon and select Save to device to download them on your iPhone. You can also choose to AirDrop or email them.
If you don’t see the ‘Save to device’ option, that means your iOS device already has that image.
If you are installing Google Photos, disable the backup option. This will keep it from backing up the current photos on your iOS device.
How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud Photos
Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
Drag and drop all the photos, videos & folders downloaded from Google Photos.
If your iCloud backup for photos is enabled, photos will auto-upload. To turn-on backup or check its status, click on Photos from the Menu Bar → Preference → iCloud → Ensure that the box next to iCloud Photos is checked.
On iPhone or iPad
Any photos added to the iOS camera roll auto-uploads to the iCloud Photos if the sync is on. So let’s turn that on first.
Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
Tap on Name Banner → iCloud → Photos.
Turn on the toggle next to iCloud Photos.
Note: If you have downloaded photos via the app, they will directly go to the camera roll. But if you have used the Takeout method, you will have to unzip the file, select and save all photos to the camera roll to enable iCloud upload.
Transfer Google Photos to iCloud Photos via Web/PC
Log in to iCloud.com and choose the Photos option.
Click on the Upload button and select the images and videos you want to upload.
iCloud will upload them on its server; it may take time depending upon the number and size of the photos selected.
Have You Transferred Your Google Photos to iCloud?
While iCloud photos is a great way to keep all devices in sync, it is not the perfect photo backup or management option. So you might want to check out other Google Photos alternatives before you decide to move your photos from Google Photos to iCloud.
If you face any issue while transfer or have some queries, please list them in the comment section. We will surely try to help you.
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