[6 Ways] How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Pixel

If you don’t know how to transfer photos from iPhone to Google Pixel, you may need this guide to make it easily and quickly. And FoneTool can help you airdrop files from iPhone to Pixel or transfer photos from iPhone to PC to make a backup efficiently.

Kathy by Kathy Updated November 29, 2023
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Can you transfer photos from iPhone to Google Pixel?

Are you considering switching from your iPhone to a Google Pixel phone? While it can be an exciting transition, how to transfer photos from your iPhone to Google Pixel may seem frustrating at first.

However, with the right tips and techniques, you can seamlessly migrate your data between the two devices, and open the iPhone HEIC files on Android, even though they operate on different operating systems.

In this article, we will explore 6 effective methods to finish the transfer of your data. And you can transfer photos from iPhone to a Google Pixel during or after setup according to your needs.


How to transfer photos from iPhone to new Google Pixel

When you find yourself in a situation where you need to move photos from iPhone to your new Pixel, you have the convenience of using a cable or application to accomplish this task.

If you have already set up your Pixel, then you can skip to the next part to find solutions. And the mobile app of FoneTool can be the most convenient way to airdrop from iPhone to Pixel.

Method 1. Transfer photos using Lightning to USB-C cable

Steps on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel:

Step 1. Turn on your new Pixel and press Start.

Step 2. Insert your physical SIM card or download your e-SIM from your carrier by following the onscreen instructions.

Step 3. Connect your Pixel to a Wi-Fi network or mobile carrier.

Step 4. Choose to copy apps and data, then follow the onscreen instructions and proceed with the setup process until you’re asked to connect your devices.

Step 5. Turn on your iPhone and plug the lightning end of the cable into it, and plug the USB-C tip into your new Pixel.

Tip: Depending on your cable, you may need to prepare an OTG adapter.


Step 6. On your iPhone, confirm it’s OK to connect and wait a few minutes for the system to process the data on your old iPhone.

Step 7. On your Pixel, log into your Google account. Then choose Photos and tap Copy to begin the transfer.

Method 2. Transfer photos via Switch to Android

If you don’t have a cable, you can also transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel via Switch to Android during the setup.

Step1. Turn on your new Pixel and press Start. Insert your SIM card or download your eSIM from your carrier according to the onscreen instructions.

Step 2. Connect to a Wi-Fi network, select Copy apps and data and continue with the setup process until you’re asked to find your cable, then tap No cable.

Step 3. Hit Switching from iPhone or iPad. If asked, allow access to location and nearby devices. And sign into your Google account on your Pixel.

Step 4. You will be prompted with a QR code on your Pixel. Then use your iPhone’s camera to scan the code and download the Switch to Android app.


Step 5. Open the app on your iPhone, agree to the terms of service and tap Copy data. Then scan the code again to connect both phones by tapping Join.

Step 6. Allow the app to access your data, then choose Photos to copy to your new Pixel and tap Continue.


you may have photos in iCloud, since iCloud data does not copy over, you need to request your data from your iCloud account. The Switch to Android app will guide you through steps on how to get this data so that it’s available on your new Pixel.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel after setup

What should you do if you need to move iPhone photos to Pixel after setup? 4 methods will be given in the following article. 

Method 3. Airdrop from iPhone to Pixel

As a professional wireless transfer app, FoneTool for iOS can help you easily airdrop photos, videos, music, contacts, etc. from iPhone to Android. And the process doesn't need any Wi-Fi connection or consume any cellular data.

Besides, this handy app works well with various Android and iOS devices, including Pixel, Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as the latest iOS 17/Android 14.

Now you can scan the code below to download it on your iPhone and click this link to get FoneTool for your Android.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool on both of your Android phone and iPhone, then allow this app to use WLAN. (Don't need to connect to Wi-Fi, just need to turn on the Wi-Fi option.)

Step 3. Go to Connect Device on Android > Choose Connect to iOS and tap the name of iPhone to establish a connection.

Step 4.  On your iPhone, Go to File Transfer > Choose the pictures you’d like to airdrop to Pixel > Click Send > Then you need to tap Confirm on your Pixel to receive the images.

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With this wide-compatibility app, you can also easily airdrop from iPhone to Samsung.

Method 4. Move photos via Google Drive

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google, it allows users to store files in the cloud (on Google's servers), synchronize files across devices, and share files.

If you need to transfer photos from iPhone to Google Pixel, you can upload images on your iPhone to Google Drive and download them to your Pixel.

Step 1. Download Google Drive for your iPhone. Open it and sign into your Google account.

Step 2. Click the + button, and select Upload.


Step 3. Go to Photos and Videos, choose photos and hit Upload.

Step 4. When the upload is finished, open Google Drive on your Pixel.

Step 5. Select the images you uploaded and tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, then choose Download.


Then your photos will be downloaded to the Downloads folder. And from the guidance, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel via Google Drive easily.

Method 5. Send photos using Google Photos

In addition to Google Drive, you can also use Google Photos to move your photos.

Differences between Google Drive and Google Photos:
enlightenedGoogle Photos is a cloud-based photo storage and sharing service, while Google Drive is a cloud storage service for all types of files and documents.
enlightenedGoogle Photos offers unlimited storage space for compressed photos and videos, whereas Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage space for all types of files.
enlightenedGoogle Photos provides automatic backup and synchronization of photos across devices, while Google Drive requires manual uploading and syncing of files.

Steps on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel:

Step 1. Open your iPhone and download Google Photos.

Step 2. Launch Google Photos and sign into your Google account.

Step 3. Google Photos will ask you if you need to sync high-quality photos during the software setup. Go ahead and do so. You can also go to Profile icon > Google Photos settings > Backup and toggle on Backup.


Step 4. When the process has finished, open your Google Photos on the Pixel.

Step 5. All your images will be there and you don’t need to download them. These images can be saved in Google Photos.

If you want to download a photo, tap on it. Press the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner and hit Download.

Method 6. Add photos using iCloud

If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel via iCloud, make sure iCloud Photos is syncing on your iOS device. Go to Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos and toggle the option on. Once your photos are backed up to iCloud, it’s simply to move to your Pixel.

Step 1. Launch the Chrome browser on your Pixel and go to iCloud.com.

Step 2. Log in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Access the Photos section, where all your synced photos will be displayed.

Step 4. Tap on the “Select” option to choose the photos you wish to download. Alternatively, you can select all photos by tapping "Select All”.

Step 5. On the bottom-right corner, tap the three-dot menu button and press Download. Then images will go into the Downloads folder on your Pixel.


Bonus: The best software to backup iPhone photos

As an all-in-one iPhone data management app, FoneTool also offers a Windows app for you to transfer data including photos, videos, music and contacts between iPhone/iPad and Windows PC.

What can you get from using FoneTool?

enlightenedSuper-fast transfer speed: FoneTool offers transmission speeds far superior to other software in the industry. So you can easily transfer 100 photos in 3 seconds.
enlightenedKeep files in original quality: FoneTool will never overwrite your data, preserving all files in their original quality throughout the entire transfer process.
enlightenedNo Apple ID restrictions: You can easily selectively transfer files from iPhone to iPhone or move entire iPhone data to a new iPhone with different Apple IDs.
enlightenedNo data leakage: FoneTool only relies on a USB cable in all process, ensuring your data remains secure without any risk of leakage.
enlightenedWide compatibility: With FoneTool, you can manage all models of iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch data efficiently, as well as iPhone 15 and iOS 17. So it's so easy to view iPhone photos on iPad.

Now you can download it on your Windows PC and learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC to protect them.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone with a USB cable. Run FoneTool, and click Phone Transfer > Move the cursor to iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Check the Photos option. If you want to selectively transfer pictures, click the photos icon to choose. Then click OK to continue.

choose photos

Step 3. You can specify a storage path on the Transfer Settings option. Then click the Start Transfer button to move the iPhone photos to your PC.

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Note: If you need to edit your HECI files on PC, you can go to Toolbox > HEIC Converter to convert your HEIC files to JPG/JPEG/PNG. Then you can import the pictures to Lightroom and edit them efficiently.


That's all about how to transfer photos from iPhone to Pixel completely. No matter whether your Pixel is a new device or you need to move data after setup, you can transfer photos seamlessly and quickly. If you need to transfer contacts from iPhone to pixel or manage your other iPhone/iPad data, FoneTool can be the best software to finish the process.

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