By Kelsey / Last Updated September 15, 2020

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Can you transfer photos from iCloud to Google Photos?

“I am trying to help my daughter move her photo library from iCloud to Google photos. She currently has several thousand photos stored in iCloud and is paying for storage. She would like to move them to Google photos to free up and downsize her iCloud storage. How can I help her transfer photos from iCloud to Google Photos?”

iCloud vs Google Photos

iCloud is an online storage service provided to Apple users, and Google Photos is a gallery application with additional features launched by Google. Both services can be used to store and manage photos. However, when many people need to back up their photos to the cloud, they start to hesitate about which service to use. Here, we will introduce and compare Google Photos and iCloud to facilitate your choice.

iCloud vs Google Photos

Storage capacity (free storage)

① iCloud: 5GB

② Google Photos: 15GB

On iCloud, you only get 5GB of free storage space. Google Photos provides 15GB of free storage space (uploading the original quality). If you save high-quality versions of pictures (compressed to 16MP) and videos (compressed to 1080p), you can upload unlimitedly.

Supported devices and accounts

① iCloud: Limited to iOS

② Google Photos: Available on iOS, Android, and Web

iCloud is a pre-installed service limited to Apple devices, and the tools it supports are limited. Google Photos is usually available on iOS and Android, which can provide services to a wider audience.

The Pricing

① iCloud: 50 GB for $0.99/month; 200 GB for $2.99/month; 2 TB for $9.99/month.

② Google Photos: 100 GB for $1.99/month; 200 GB for $2.99/month; 2 TB for $9.99/month.

You can also judge based on the listed advantages and disadvantages of iCloud and Google Photos.

iCloud Pros and Cons

Google Photos Pros and Cons

Why move photos from iCloud to Google Photos?

For iCloud users, the free 5GB of free space may soon be used up. For people with limited budgets, Google Photos, which can store unlimited photos for free, is a better choice. Besides, Google Photos can be used on iOS, Android, and web pages. For users who use multiple devices, it will be more convenient for users to store photos in Google Photos.

How to move iCloud and Apple Photos to Google Photos?

Unfortunately, there is currently no service that can automatically move iCloud Photos to Google Photos. You must manually transfer the picture library from Apple to Google Photos. The migration process is not difficult, follow the steps below to move photos from iCloud to Google Photos.

Step 1: Download photos from iCloud

Way 1. Via Web browser

Step 1. Go to icloud.com/photos and log in to your Apple ID.

Step 2. Select the photos you need to move, and then click Download to save them from the iCloud library to your Windows PC or Mac.

iCloud Drive Web

Way 2. Via desktop application

  • On Windows PC: Use your Apple ID to login to the iCloud for Windows, then open the File Explorer, click iCloud Photos under Quick Access and then choose Downloads photos and videos.

Download photos from iCloud for Windows

  • On Mac OS: Launch the Photos app, select Photo s> Preferences from the menu bar, and click Download Originals to this Mac.

Download Originals to this Mac

Step 2. Upload Photos to Google Photos

Way 1. Via Web browser

Step 1. Go to photos.google.com, and log in with your Google account.

Step 2. Click Upload in the upper right corner, select Computer, and upload the folder where the photos are stored to Google Photos.

Google Photos Upload

Way 2. Via Google Backup and Sync

Step 1. Download and install Google Backup and Sync on your computer and log in with your Google account.

Step 2. After logging in, you will be asked which folders to sync, and select the Photo Library. Under the Google Photos section, check Upload photos and videos to Google Photos.

Sync Photos Library

Step 3. You can also select Sync My Drive to this computer to sync Google Drive files to PC, then click START to confirm.

Mac Start

Step 4. At this point, the application will sync iCloud Photos to Google Photos.

Enlarge Backup Space of Photos for Free

Many people move from iCloud to Google Photos for more free storage space, but if you continue to upload photos and videos of the original quality, 15GB will soon be used up. Is there any way to expand the photo backup space? I recommend a completely free method for you - use a third-party tool: CBackupper.

CBackupper is a professional and reliable cloud backup web service. It can help you combine the space in multiple cloud storage services and make full use of your cloud drive resources for data backup.

CBackupper Main Page

Step 1. Go to the CBackupper’s homepage, create an account for free and sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add your clouds, even different accounts. Click Clouds and Add Clouds, authorize your clouds (Google Drive as a demonstration here) and click OK.

Add Google Drive

Note: CBackupper is based on the standard OAuth system and will never save your login information, so there is no need to worry about information leakage. Also, you can cancel access from your cloud drive account at any time.

Step 3. Modify the display name of your cloud drive and allocate space for backup, then click the checkbox before Note, and click OK to confirm.

Allocated Space Google Drive

Step 4. Now you have completed the entire process of adding a cloud drive. You can repeat the above steps to add all your cloud drives and see the combined total space under the My Clouds list.

Combine Cloud Storage

Note: If you want to move a file in Google Drive to another account or other cloud drive, you can go to the Tasks tab, add source and destination, click Start Backup at last.

Final words

Based on the above, you can know whether you need to transfer photos from iCloud to Google Photos. If you need to switch services, you can follow the steps in the article. Of course, with the help of CBackupper, you can combine the idle space in multiple cloud drives to back up photos. This method is completely free!