3 Ways | How to Transfer iCloud Photos to Google Photos

Wondering how to transfer iCloud photos to Google Photos? You will be given three methods to effectively transfer all or wanted photos from your iCloud account to Google Photos.

Demi by Demi Updated April 18, 2024
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In the ever-evolving landscape of cloud storage solutions, users often find themselves seeking efficient ways to manage their digital content from different platforms seamlessly. If you're a user who has decided to make the switch from iCloud to Google Photos, you're in the right place.

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In this article, we'll explore three distinct methods to transfer your iCloud photos to Google Photos, catering to various preferences and platforms.

1# Directly transfer iCloud photos to Google Photos from Apple Privacy page

One of the most straightforward methods to transfer all your iCloud photos to Google Photos is by leveraging the Apple Privacy page. This method allows you to download all your iCloud data, including photos, and then upload them to Google Photos. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Go to the Apple Privacy page on your web browser and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2. Under the "Transfer a copy of your data" section, click Request to transfer a copy of your data.

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Step 2. Select Google Photos as the destination service for your data transfer > Tick the checkbox Photos, Videos or both and click Continue.

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Step 3. Follow the prompts to authenticate your Google account and grant permission for the data transfer.

Step 4. Tap Confirm Transfer to confirm your selections and initiate the transfer process.

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Depending on the size of your photo library, this may take 3–7 days to get completed. You’ll get a confirmation via your email when the transfer operation is executed from Apple.

2# Backup iCloud photos to Google Photos on iPhone

For a hassle-free backup iCloud Photos to Google Photos on your iPhone, the most convenient approach involves downloading and installing Google Photos directly on your device. This method eliminates the need for manual downloading of photos from iCloud Photos. Follow these steps to make it.

Step 1. If you haven’t installed Google Photos on your iPhone, install it first.

Step 2. Head to Settings on your iPhone > Photos > Download and Keep Originals or Optimize iPhone Storage.

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Step 3. Launch your Google Photos app, click on the account profile in the top right corner, press Photos settings, and select Back up & sync. After that, enable Back up & sync.

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3# How to transfer iCloud photos to Google Photos on PC selectively

The above two methods only allow you to transfer all iCloud photos to Google Photos, what if there are some iCloud photos you don't need anymore or you only want to transfer some iCloud photos to Google Photos? FoneTool comes to do you a favor.

Its user-friendly design eliminates the need for intricate steps, saving you both effort and time. Rely on its efficiency to seamlessly download wanted iCloud photos to PC, and then upload photos to Google Photos.

Step 1. Download iCloud photos to PC via FoneTool

• Download, install, and launch FoneTool, and click My iCloud > Sign in with your iCloud account > Enter the verification code to confirm.

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• Click Manage iCloud > Choose Photos > Preview and choose wanted iCloud Photos > Click Download button at the top of the screen to continue.

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• Finally, you can choose a destination to save all of your iCloud photos, and click Download to begin the task.

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Step 2. Upload photos to Google Photos
• Head to Google Photos on the web at photos.google.com, and sign in to your account.

• Click the Upload icon in the upper right corner to select the photos you downloaded from iCloud.

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Bonus tip: Backup iPhone photos to PC via FoneTool

For users who prefer an alternative approach to managing their iPhone photos, FoneTool can simplify the backup process. This powerful tool provides an alternative method to safeguard your iPhone photos on your PC.

Without storage limitation, FoneTool enables you to backup iPhone photos, as well as files like videos, music, contacts, messages, and even everything from your iPhone to PC, USB, etc. You can follow the three steps below to backup iPhone photos to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool, click Phone Backup from the left pane > Choose Selective Backup and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Click the Photos icon to preview and select photos you downloaded from WhatsApp > Click OK to confirm.

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Step 3. Click Start Backup and your photos would be transferred to computer in seconds.

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Transferring iCloud photos to Google Photos may seem like a complex task, but with the right methods, it becomes a seamless process. Whether you choose to use the Apple Privacy page for a direct transfer, leverage your iPhone for a mobile-centric approach, or manage the transfer selectively on your PC using FoneTool, these methods cater to different preferences.

Additionally, the bonus tip using FoneTool allows you to create a local backup of your iPhone photos on their PC before initiating any transfers. By following these steps, you can ensure that your cherished memories seamlessly transition to the Google Photos platform, preserving them for the future.


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