How to Migrate from Google Drive to iCloud: 3 Easy Ways

This passage will tell you how to move data from Google Drive to iCloud efficiently. You can use the official web to finish the process or use the professional tool to speed up the data transfer.

Kathy by Kathy Updated December 29, 2023
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Why need to migrate from Google Drive to iCloud?

When you need to switch from an Android phone to an iPhone or perform data transfer between different operating systems, transferring data from Google Drive to iCloud becomes a viable option.

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The process might sound a bit complicated, but as long as you follow the right steps, transferring data can be done effortlessly. You can now continue reading to find the answers.

How to migrate from Google Drive to iCloud on iPhone/iPad

One way to shift from Google Drive to iCloud involves downloading and re-uploading files, a process that consumes time and data.

However, an alternative approach involves linking iCloud and Google Drive through the Files app, simplifying the transfer process. Below, you'll find step-by-step instructions for transferring data from Google Drive to iCloud.

Step 1. Install the Google Drive iOS app on your iPhone or iPad and log in with your Google account.

Step 2. Open the Files app and tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner. Then select Edit from the dropdown menu.

Step 3. Enable Google Drive in the Files app by tapping the gear icon.

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Step 4. Access the Google Drive folder in Files and choose Select from the three-dot menu.

Step 5. Pick the files and folders you want to transfer to iCloud, then tap the folder icon in the navigation bar's center.

Step 6. Select Browse and opt for iCloud Drive, specifying a location in iCloud for your Google Drive data. Finally, tap Copy to transfer the content from Google Drive to iCloud.

How to migrate Google Drive to iCloud on computer

Undoubtedly, transferring files manually between iCloud and Google Drive websites is a straightforward process on your computer. However, this method is most suitable for transferring a limited number of files.

If you've installed the iCloud Drive and Google Drive desktop applications on your Windows PC or Mac, the process becomes much simpler.

Method 1. Download from Google and upload to iCloud manually

Step 1. Launch your web browser and access the Google Drive website. Sign in to your Google account if not already logged in.

Step 2. Choose the files you wish to transfer to iCloud.

Step 3. Right-click on your selected files in Google Drive and select Download from the dropdown menu to save them to your computer.

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Step 4. Extract the downloaded files into a folder.

Step 5. Open a new browser tab or window and visit the iCloud website. Sign in using your Apple ID.

Step 6. Click on iCloud Drive, then click the upload button. Navigate to your downloaded files in the window that appears. Click Open to start uploading the files to iCloud. Wait for the upload to complete.

Tip: How to upload data to iCloud efficiently

If multiple files need to be uploaded, you can use the professional FoneTool to finish the process. This tool offers two-factor authentication to protect your iCloud data which is same as the encryption used by Apple. And its fast transfer speed can save you lots of time.

enlightened How long does it take to upload data to iCloud with FoneTool?

Uploading 1000 photos to iCloud through FoneTool takes 40 minutes, while uploading the same number of photos via iCloud's official website takes 6-8 hours.

Now you can download FoneTool on your Windows PC to experience the amazing transfer speed.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Click Manage iCloud to continue.

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Step 2. Click the icon you need to operate > Tap on the Upload button to add your data to iCloud.

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Tip: From this page, you can also use FoneTool to easily access your iCloud Drive data.

Method 2. Transferring Google Drive files to iCloud using desktop apps

Step 1. Begin by downloading and installing the Google Drive and iCloud applications on your computer. Sign in to these apps using your Google and Apple accounts.

Step 2. Access the Google Drive folder via File Explorer. Choose the files and folders you wish to migrate to iCloud.

Step 3. Open the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer and transfer your selected Google Drive files by copying and pasting them into the iCloud Drive folder. Alternatively, you can perform this action by using the drag-and-drop method.


Hope you can know how to migrate from Google Drive to iCloud from the 3 ways above. If you need to move a few files between these 2 platforms, you can finish the process on iPhone/iPad directly. If there are too much data need to be moved, then you can accomplish the task via computer.

For Windows users, uploading data to iCloud may be a time-consuming process, then you can choose the professional iCloud data management app - FoneTool to help you speed up the iCloud data upload process.


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