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Can I move Google Photos to iCloud?

“I plan to use iCloud instead of Google Photos to store my photos and videos. Could anyone tell me the easiest way to move all my photos and videos from Google Photos to iCloud photo library? Looking forward to your kindly reply!”

Google Photos Icloud

As we all know, iCloud is more friendly to iOS users and users may want to convert Google Photos to iCloud when they switch from Android to iPhone. But since Google Photos offers free and unlimited storage for high-quality photos and videos in 2015, it has been one of the most popular choices for both Android and Apple users.

However, nowadays, it is not hard to find that many users turn to iCloud and seeking the easiest way to transfer data from Google Photos to iCloud because Google announces that the free and unlimited storage will end on June 1, 2021. If Google does not provide free unlimited storage anymore, it will lose its appeal to iOS users.

A step-by-step guide to convert Google Photos to iCloud

The most detailed guide on how to backup Google Photos to iCloud on PC, Mac, iPhone, as well as Android, will be listed in the following contents. Please read on and follow the simple steps to achieve your data migration.

Part 1. Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on computer

Step 1. On the web, head to photos.google.com and log in to your Google account.

Step 2. Hover over photos and click the circular check icon in the top-left corner of images. You can select all by selecting the top left photos in your library and while holding shift scroll/swipe to the bottom of your library and selecting the last image or video.

Step 3. Now you can use the keyboard shortcut shift + D to download them, or use the vertical three-dot icon in the top-right corner and choose Download.

Download From Google Photos

Step 4. A ZIP file that has all your selected photos will start downloading. Then, you need to unzip it at your preferred location.

Step 5. Open icloud.com on the web browser of your PC and go to Photos.

Google Photos App

Step 6. Click on the cloud icon at the top to start uploading new pictures. A window will open. Navigate to the unzipped folder containing the images that you downloaded from Google Photos. Select the photos you want to add to iCloud.

Upload To Icloud

Part 2. Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on iPhone

Step 1. Open the Google Photos app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to the Albums section of Google Photos, and you will find all your photos there. Long-press on a photo to select it. You can long-press then drag to select lots of photos and videos or use the circle icon to select content by date range.

Step 3. Tap the share icon at the top (the square with the up arrow) and choose Save images at the bottom. The images will be downloaded to your Camera Roll.

Icloud Iphone Upload

Step 4. Open the preinstalled Photos app on your iPhone. You will find the pictures downloaded from Google Photos. Turn on the iCloud Photo Library.

Step 5. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Photos. Then turn the toggle on for iCloud Photos. In case it is already on, leave it untouched.

Icloud Photos Option

Step 6. You will get two options: Optimize iPhone Storage and Download and Keep Originals. Use the first one if you want to keep lower resolution pictures on your iPhone while keeping the originals in iCloud. Go with the second option if you have enough storage on your iPhone.

Optimise Iphone Storage

Part 3. Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on Android

Actually, the transferring operation between Google Photos and iCloud cannot be performed directly on Android. However, you can use the same steps mentioned in part 1 to do it on Android. In other words, you need to download your photos from Google Photos to your Android phone and open the iCloud website on the browser of your Android phone to upload photos manually.

Tips on moving Google Photos to iCloud

There are three additional tips that can help you save time or effort while transferring Google Photos to iCloud. You need to pay attention to the tips listed in the following part.

Tip 1. Download all data at once to save time

It will take a long time to download your photos from Google Photos and transfer them to Apple iCloud and the speed is depending on your internet speed. If you need to transfer all your data in Google Photos to iCloud, you can use Google Takeout to download all your data from Google Photos to the local computer at once.

Tip 2. Making sure you have enough storage space in iCloud

As we all know, Google Photos provides 15 GB for free and offers unlimited storage space for high-quality photos and videos. However, iCloud offers 5 GB of free storage space only, and space is shared by many kinds of files besides photos and videos. Therefore, you should make sure you have enough space in iCloud to store all the photos that you moved from Google Photos. If you need more iCloud space, you can upgrade to enjoy more.

Tip 3. Delete the unneeded photos to save space

After the photos are transferred to the iCloud library, these photos are still remaining in Google Photos. You can delete them from Google Photos. But you are suggested to deleting only a few photos at the beginning to verify if they can be accessed through iCloud Photo Library. Or, you can uninstall the Google Photos app or turn off its backup function directly.

Final words

No matter for what reason you want to transfer Google Photos to iCloud, you can follow the detailed steps above to achieve it effortlessly on a computer, phone, or tablet. And don’t ignore those three tips, which can save both your effort and value space.