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Apple lets you transfer iCloud photos to Google Photos


Apple has added a new service designed to make it easy and quick to automatically transfer photos, videos, and albums from the iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos.

The feature contains a support document that identifies the action, which requires you to go to privacy.apple.com and sign in and transfer a copy of your data.

Transferring photos and videos from iCloud photos to Google Photos doesn't remove content you've stored with Apple, but the service provides a backup method while storing a copy of the content via Google Photos.

This means you still need to delete things manually if you no longer want to store them within iCloud.

Apple says it takes three days to a week to transfer photos, videos and albums from the iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos as Apple checks your application.

To make the transfer, you must have dual authentication running for your Apple ID account and you must have a Google Photos account with enough storage space to complete the transfer.

But some things won't be moved, apple says: shared albums, smart albums, streaming content, live photos, some metadata, and media that aren't stored in the iCloud photo library won't be moved.

Compatible formats include jpg, png, webp, gif, some RAW files, mpg, mod, mmv, tod, wmv, asf, avi, divx, mov, m4v, 3gp, 3g2, mp4, m2t, m2ts, mts, mts and mkv.

The latest image editing is only transferred instead of the original version, duplicates appear as just one image, and images are transferred to their albums whenever possible, but videos are moved separately.

The advantage is currently available to persons in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

If you're looking to go from iPhone to Android or want to use Google Photos, this tool should provide an easy way to quickly transfer all your photos to the service without having to reload them yourself.