Apple has introduced a new tool that allows users to transfer copies of their iCloud Photos to another service, with Google Photos being the first integration.
As the company described in a new support document, there is a new “Transfer a copy of your data” option on Apple’s privacy website that can be used to transfer media from iCloud to Google Photos.
The process does not delete any content from iCloud, but does transfer a copy of a user’s photos and videos to Google Photos. That could make the tool useful both for transferring services and for backing up.
However, only the most recent edit of a photo is transferred and duplicates will appear as a single piece of content. Currently, smart albums, Live Photos, photo streaming content, and some other types of formatting are not supported. The videos are transferred separately, while the photos will probably transfer together in their own albums.
Users will need two-factor authentication to lock down their Apple ID and a Google Photos account with enough storage space for their iCloud content. The transfer takes between three and seven days.
The service is available in Australia, Canada, the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the US at launch. The service can be accessed online on Apple’s privacy web page.