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Why Move Google Photos to iCloud?

Google Photos vs iCloud
Google Photos vs iCloud

Google Photos is cloud storage for photos and videos. Users can save their important images from PCs or phones to the cloud efficiently. Meanwhile, there are many effective features such as online editing and sharing, which can meet most users’ requirements.

iCloud is a cloud storage app produced by Apple Inc. As one of the most useful cloud services in the market, users can store any files such as photos, documents, audio files, etc. in the cloud. Meanwhile, users can set up auto-syncing from their different devices (Macs, Windows computers, iPhones) to iCloud, which is intelligent and can save much of your time and energy.

So, which cloud should you use to save your data such as images when facing multiple candidates? Look through the important comparisons between Google Photos and iCloud below to choose your ideal cloud service.

  • Native Service. iCloud offers a native service. The camera roll is closely connected to iCloud photos, which means once you post any photo on social media, you can find it in your iCloud Photos. While Google Photos is just basic storage for you to save photos.
  • Better Management. If you want to manage your photos on a desktop, then iCloud Photos on Mac is way ahead of the Google Photos web app. Users can make custom albums on the basis of EXIF data. If users want to edit any picture on their phone, the edits will be automatically synced.

In fact, both services offer brilliant features and have their own pros and cons. However, the Google Photos storage limit issue drives some users to find alternative cloud storage services. In this case, moving Google Photos to iCloud may be your first choice.  So, how to transfer photos from Google Photos to iCloud on PC/iPhone/Android phone easily? Just keep reading, please.

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on PC?

In this section, 2 major methods are provided to help you migrate Google Photos to iCloud on the computer. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, both 2 solutions are applicable. In addition, you can also find solutions for insufficient iCloud storage. If you are interested, check more details in the bonus tip.

Way 1: Move Photos from Google Photos to iCloud by Download and Upload

If you only have a few images to transfer from Google Photos to iCloud, the very first and easy way you can perform is to download and re-upload manually. Here’s what you can follow:

Step 1: Visit Google Photos and sign in with your account.
Step 2: Locate the photos and files you want to migrate from Google Photos to iCloud. Then select them all, click the 3-dos icon on the top right, and tap the Download button (or you can press “Shift + D” on your keyboard) to download photos and videos to your computer.

Download Photos from Google Photos
Download Photos from Google Photos

Step 3: Now, head to your iCloud on the web and select the Photos icon.

Select iCloud Photos
Select iCloud Photos

Step 4: Click the upload icon on the upper side and upload what you’ve downloaded from Google Photos.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

Way 2: Import Google Photos to iCloud by Google Takeout

If you have lots of photos to transfer from Google Photos to iCloud, you can use Google Takeout to export those images quickly instead of downloading them one by one. Google Takeout is a special service that aims to export users’ data from Google products such as Google Drive, Google Photos, etc. So, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to Google Takeout and sign in with your Google account.
Step 2: First of all, unselect all and tick Google Photos only on the page. Then click Next step at the bottom.

Tick Google Photos in Google Takeout
Tick Google Photos in Google Takeout

Step 3: Choose the file type, frequency, and destination. Then click Create export.
Step 4: After exporting those pictures, you can then go to your iCloud and upload them directly.

Bonus Tip: How to Migrate Google Photos to Other Clouds When iCloud Storage Is Insufficient

Although iCloud is professional in storing different data, users will run out of 5GB of free storage very quickly. In this situation, some will upgrade their account; others who don’t want to spend money will turn to other alternatives such as Dropbox, MRGA, Flickr, etc.

If people turn to other clouds to save pictures and other files, then they may need to transfer from Google Photos to other clouds. For example, once you turn to MEGA (which offers 20GB of free space) to save your Google Photos pictures, how can you achieve Google Photos to iCloud migration easily?

The traditional ways of moving Google Photos to MEGA are to download, upload, or use Google Takeout. These normal ways may be helpful but it’s time-consuming and troublesome. Thankfully, here’s an advanced multiple cloud storage manager - MultCloud that can help you achieve this goal in a hassle-free way. Though this web service doesn’t support iCloud currently, which means you can’t transfer Google Photos to iCloud by MultCloud, it’s coming up soon.

MultCloud
MultCloud

Advantages of Using MultCloud to Transfer Files across Clouds:

  • Safe and Convenient. MultCloud uses the OAuth Authorization System and the 256-bit AES Encryption for SSL to protect the files and data of your clouds. So, you can feel free to use this wonderful service.
  • Efficient and Cost-effective. MultCloud offers industry-leading transfer speed. And you can migrate multiple files between 30+ major clouds in an easier and quicker way with a single click. 

 

How to Transfer Google Photos to MEGA with MultCloud

Step 1: Sign up for MultCloud for free. 

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Head to Add Cloud, here you should add Google Photos and MEGA respectively by clicking each icon.

Add Google Photos and MEGA
Add Google Photos and MEGA

Step 3: Now, click Cloud Transfer, select Google Photos as the source, and MEGA as the target. Then press Transfer Now.

Transfer Google Photos to MEGA
Transfer Google Photos to MEGA

Tips:

  • You can click Options to enjoy more features. You can use the email notification function as well as the filter feature to make your Cloud Transfer task smarter.
  • In addition to transferring files, MultCloud also offers basic features to help you upload files to Dropbox, download video from Google Drive, share folders in OneDrive, etc. Meanwhile, there’re other advanced features such as Cloud SyncTeam Transfer, Cloud Backup, and Remote Upload.

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on Android

If you use Android phones to transfer pictures from Google Photos to iCloud, you can also download photos from Google Photos first and then upload them to iCloud. And the detailed steps are as follows:

Step 1: Sign in to your iCloud on the web and enter your Apple ID.
Step 2: Confirm your operations by clicking the Trust button, then go to Photos.

Open iCloud
Open iCloud

Step 3: Select photos you have downloaded from Google Photos and click Upload below.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on iPhone

If you are an iPhone user, then moving photos from Google Photos to iCloud is much easier. Here are the steps you can follow:

Step 1: Go to your iPhone settings, and enable iCloud Library.

Set Photos On
Set Photos On

Step 2: Install the Google Photos app on your iPhone and sign in with your Google account.
Step 3: Select the photos you want to move from Google Photos to iCloud and click the Share icon on the upper side. Then click Save to device in the pop-up window. And those pictures will be automatically synced to your iCloud as soon as possible.

Save to Device
Save to Device

Conclusion

After reading this article, now you can tell the basic difference between Google Drive and iCloud. Meanwhile, because of some problems with Google Photos such as the "Google Photos lost photos" issue, you can try 4 different ways to transfer Google Photos to iCloud on PC/Android/iPhone for data protection. In addition, if you want to transfer files between clouds like Google Drive, Google Photos, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc., you can use MultCloud to quickly transfer data across clouds without any risk of data loss.

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