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Apple now lets you transfer iCloud Photos to Google Photos

Smart Albums, Live Photos, photo stream content, some RAW photos are not supported for transfer.



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Apple has introduced a new service that will help users transfer a copy of their iCloud photos and videos to Google Photos.

The transefer service provides a backup method and stores a copy of the content on Google ‌Photos‌, without deleting any content from iCloud. You can only transfer .jpg, .png, .webp, .gif, some RAW files including, .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv format files.

It takes between three and seven days to transfer the files and you’ll be notified with an email when completed. To complete the transfer, you must have two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID account and have enough space in your Google ‌Photos‌ account.

Here is Apple’s instruction on how to transfer your iCloud Photos content:

  1. Sign in with your Apple ID at
  2. Select Transfer a copy of your data. 
  3. Follow the prompts to complete your request.

You’ll be asked to sign-in to your Google account to start the transfer. 

You’ll receive email notification of your transfer request, and another email when the transfer is complete. If you cancel your transfer request before it’s complete and some photos or videos have already been transferred, then they remain in Google Photos. You can check the status of your request at

The transfer service is currently available to customers in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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