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Google Photos vs iCloud

Google Photos vs iCloud
Google Photos vs iCloud

Google Photos is a useful 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 aim to meet most users’ requirements to the greatest extent.

iCloud is a cloud storage app produced by Apple Inc. As one of the 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 time and energy.

So, which cloud should you use to save your data such as images when facing multiple candidates? If you are encountering this problem, you can refer to the content below which shows you important comparisons between Google Photos and iCloud.

  • 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 select any image in your iCloud Photos. While Google Photos is just a basic storage for you to save photos.
  • Better Management. If you want to manage your photos on desktop, then iCloud Photos on Mac is a way ahead of Google Photos web app. Users can make custom albums on the basis of EXIF data and 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. Which one is better? It depends on your needs. As the end of unlimited storage of compressed photos on Google Photos, Google Photos storage limit issue comes into the picture. And many are turning to other clouds to save their images, especially Apple products users. In this case, moving photos to iCloud from Google Photos is the first choice that most will choose. 

So, how to achieve this goal? Then you can read the following content to learn more.

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on PC

In this section, 2 major methods are provided to help you migrate data to iCloud from Google Photos on computer. Whether you are using Windows computers or Macs, both 2 solutions are applicable. In addition, there is also a solution for insufficient storage on iCloud. If you are interested, please keep reading.

Way 1: Download and Upload

If you only have a few images to transfer to iCloud from Google Photos, 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 to click the 3-dos icon on the top right, and tap the Download button (or you can press “Shift + D” on your keyboard).

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.

Photos
Photos

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

Upload Icon iCloud
Upload Icon

Way 2: 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 one by one. Google Takeout is a special service that is aimed 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.
Step 2: First of all, unselect all and check Google Photos only on the page. Then click Next step at the bottom.

Check Google Photos
Check Google Photos

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: What If 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 better management of their data. For example, once you turn to MEGA (which offers 20GB of free space) to save your pictures, how can you transfer images from Google Photos to MEGA?

Moving data from Google Photos to MEGA by downloading and uploading or using Google Takeout may be useful but it’s time-consuming and troublesome. Thankfully, here’s an advanced cloud file manager that can help you achieve this goal in a hassle way. That is using a third-party service – MultCloud. Though this service currently doesn’t support iCloud and 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 OAuth Authorization System and 256-bit AES Encryption to protect the files and data in-transit and at rest. Meanwhile, MultCloud will never record your private information or any data in your clods. So, you can feel free to use this wonderful service.
  • Efficient and Cost-effective. MultCloud offers users leading transferring speed and can migrate multiple files in an easier and quicker way. What’s more, MultCloud is based on data traffic to transfer files between clouds and offers 30GB per month free.

The Way to Transfer Google Photos to MEGA with MultCloud:

Step 1: Sign up for MultCloud for free. Or you can create a temporary account by pressing Try without signing up.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Head to Add Cloud, here you should add Google Photos and MEGA respectively by clicking each icon and following the guidance shown you in the pop-up window.

Add Google Photos and MEGA
Add Google Photos and MEGA

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

Transfer Google Photos to MEGA
Transfer Google Photos to MEGA

Tips:

1. You can click Options to enjoy more features such as setting up scheduled transferring, using email notification function as well as filter feature that can help you find out certain files quickly.

2. In addition to transferring files, MultCloud also offers basic features like uploading files to Dropbox, downloading video from Google Drive, and sharing folder in OneDrive, etc. Meanwhile, there’re other advanced features such as Cloud Sync and Remote Upload. If you want to remote upload to MEGA directly, the Remote Upload feature can help you efficiently.

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on Android

If you are using Android phones to transfer to iCloud from Google Photos, 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.

Trust
Trust

Step 3: Select photos you have downloaded from Google Photos to upload by clicking Upload on the bottom.

Upload
Upload

How to Transfer Google Photos to iCloud on iPhone

If you are using iPhone, then transferring photos to iCloud from Google Photos 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 to your Google account.
Step 3: Select the photos you want to move to iCloud and click the Share icon on the upper side. And then click Save to device. Then those pictures will be automatically synced to your iCloud.

Save to Device
Save to Device

Conclusion

After reading this article, you now can tell the basic difference between Google Drive and iCloud. Meanwhile, because of some problems on Google Photos such as the "Google Photos lost photos" issue, there are different ways to transfer data from Google Photos to iCloud on PC/Android/iPhone for data protection, and you can complete the transferring task from different devices now. In addition, we offer you a solution when your iCloud storage is not sufficient – using MultCloud.

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