Apple has quietly launched a tool that allows you to automatically transfer all photos and videos stored in your iCloud account to Google Photos.
This will be especially useful if you decide to ditch your Apple-made smartphone for an Android alternative and need to move your media to your new device.
A few things to keep in mind, according to Apple:
– Content transfer takes between three days and a week. “We use this time to verify that the request has been made by you and to complete the transfer,” the tech giant said.
– Some data and formats available in iCloud Photos, such as Smart Albums, Live Photos, or some RAW files, may not be available when you upload your content. More information on this is available on the Apple website.
– Transferring photos and videos from iCloud Photos does not remove or edit the content you store with Apple, but sends a copy to Google Photos.
– Google Photos also has a limit of 20,000 photos per album. If you upload an album with more than 20,000 photos, the additional photos are always uploaded but not added to the album.
– The new tool is initially available to customers in the United States, Canada, European Union, United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Australia and New Zealand.
How to transfer your photos and videos:
First, make sure of the following:
– You use iCloud Photos to store photos and videos with Apple.
– Your Apple ID uses two-factor authentication.
– You have a Google account for Google Photos.
– Your Google account has sufficient storage space to complete the transfer.
Next, you need to initiate a request to transfer your iCloud Photos content. To do this:
– Log in with your Apple ID at privacy.apple.com.
– Select “Transfer a copy of your data”.
– Follow the instructions to complete your request.
You will be prompted to sign in to your Google account to start the transfer. After that, you will receive an email notification regarding your transfer request and another email when the transfer is complete. You can check the status of your request through this page on the Apple website.
Tips Clearrecently updated an article on everything you need to consider when switching from iPhone to Android. And if you make the move, be sure to check out this article for the best tips and tricks for using Google Photos.