Apple has added a service that allows you to automatically transfer photos, videos, and albums from your iCloud Photo Library to Google Photos (via MacRumors). The feature has a support document outlining the procedure, which simply involves going to privacy.apple.com, logging in, and going through the “transfer a copy of your data” process. Apple says the transfer will take between three days and a week.
Some Things Won’t Transfer: Apple Says Shared Albums, Smart Albums, Photo Streaming Content, Live Photos, Some Metadata, and Media That Isn’t Stored in Your iCloud Photo Library Won’t Come on the Trip . The Live Photos part is especially amazing. IPhones take Live Photos by default, and Apple is unclear whether the full image will be left behind or just the video clip around it.
For what it’s worth, the transfer tool tells me that 10,793 of my photos will be transferred, which is the exact number of images in my library. Given that more than 2500 of them are live, it seems that Apple is planning to transfer them, but we reached out to clarify it. At the time of writing, we have not received a response.
Apple says the feature won’t delete anything from your iCloud Photo Library; you’ll just make a copy of it, so you’ll still have to manually delete things if you don’t want them to be stored in iCloud anymore. Additionally, the feature is currently only available to people in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
If you are looking to make the leap from iPhone to Android or just want to use Google Photos, this tool should provide an easy way to quickly transfer all your photos to the service without having to upload them again yourself. With just a few clicks, your photos will be on the way to your new home. Just make sure you have enough Google storage space.