Apple Now Lets You Export iCloud Photos To Google Photos
Apple has begun offering iPhone and iPad users the ability to export their iCloud photos to other services; specifically, Google Photos.
In a new support document that was spotted by MacRumors, the feature is currently only available in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Users will need to have enough space on their Google Photos account to accept the new files and only the most recent edits will be copied over. Only specific file formats will be copied, too.
The transfer includes copies of photos and videos that you store in iCloud Photos, associated with your Apple ID. Formats include: .jpg, .png, .webp, .gif, some RAW files, .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv files.
Initiating the transfer is a case of a couple of clicks, although you will need to have Apple’s two-factor authentication enabled on your account. Instructions on how to do that can be found here: Enable Two-Factor Authentication On Apple ID / iCloud, Here’s How. Apple says that users will receive an email once the transfer is complete, too.
You’ll receive an email notification of your transfer request and another email when your transfer is complete. If you cancel your transfer request before it’s complete, and some photos or videos have already been transferred, they remain in Google Photos. You can check the status of your request at privacy.apple.com/account.
This comes as Apple continues to be put under pressure relating to the way it promotes its own services ahead of those made by other companies.