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We’ve talked a lot lately about ditching Google Photos for other services, mostly because it was a shock to see this extremely useful subscription to the free storage service (once you hit your 15GB storage cap on all Google services to have). However, this is the way of things. And if you still prefer the convenience of Google to pay for iCloud, for example, Apple has a new tool that lets you copy your photos and videos from its cloud service to the competitor’s.

To get started, go to Apple Data and data protection Website and sign in with your Apple ID. You will see a screen that looks like this:

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Click on that “Request to transfer a copy of your data” Link under the heading of the same name. This will bring up a screen where you can select the transfer destination (Google Photos) and choose whether you want to transfer just your photos, your videos, or both:

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You will then be asked to sign in with your Google account and allow the Apple tool to save data in your photo library:

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As part of the confirmation process for the copy, Apple notes that it could take three to seven days for the transfer to complete – ah, the digital life. You will also need enough free space on your Google Account to hold all of your files. Otherwise, everything will not be copied if or when all of your storage is full. Apple tries to give you a decent estimate of how much space you will need to delete it, but you are mistaken on the “a little more than you need” rather than “right on the money” side when you have to clipping a bit of data in your Google account.

Also, you should make sure you know what is being transferred before taking any drastic step, such as: B. deleting your Apple account (or at least all previously saved photos and videos). As Apple Remarks::

  • The transfer includes copies of photos and videos that you save in iCloud Photos and that are associated with your Apple ID. The 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 and .mkv files.
  • Only the last editing of the photo is transferred and not the original version. Duplicates are only shown as one photo.
  • Photos are transferred with their albums whenever possible. Videos are transferred separately without their albums.
  • After submitting to Google, album and video filenames begin with “copy of”.
  • Some content – including shared albums, smart albums, photo stream content, live photos, some metadata, and photos and videos stored in other folders or locations – will not transfer at all.

These are many provisions. So, if you want to create a true archive of all the media stored in iCloud, you should use Apple’s “Get a Copy of Your Data” option instead. You can then decide what to upload to Google Photos and what may need to be archived elsewhere. Yes, that means you can use your bandwidth for transfers, but you have even more control over your data.

That said, if you have free space or a dummy Google account, a secondary backup for most of your media never hurts.