Migrating to Google Photos is easy with this tool from Apple | Applications and Software

In an unusual move, Apple has created a tool that is able to transfer virtually the entire library of photos and videos from iCloud Photos to another very popular cloud storage service: Google Photos. The idea is simple to the point where it is not even necessary to have a dedicated application, but there are some limitations for a few users.

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If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac, you know how easy it is to go beyond the cloud storage limit offered by iCloud, especially when people like to record videos in 4K, or even in Full HD at 60 frames per second. An alternative is to place a copy of these files inside Google Photos that has not yet abandoned unlimited storage, but this year it will.

Apple sends files to Google Photos via official website

This solution begins to be offered by Apple and officially, taking only a few days and without the need for any special application. First, it is important to note that the photos and videos stored on iCloud Photos are not automatically deleted after the process. The apple company itself treats the transfer function as copying and not migration.

Another important point is the limitation of some types of photos or videos. Apple says Smart Albuns, shared albums, Live Photos, some metadata or RAW images may end up not being copied to Google Photos. The whole process can take between three and seven days to complete, depending on the size of the copied library and this period is long on purpose, since the tool needs to make sure that whoever asked to make the copies is actually the owner of the backup.

To perform the migration, the user must use iCloud Photos cloud backup for photos and videos, have two-factor authentication enabled for the Apple account, and have sufficient space within the Google Photos storage. Files changed or deleted during the process for up to seven days may not reach their destination.

If you have duplicate photos or videos, Apple’s tool will only send one of them. This feature may be important, but at the same time it is also a problem for those who purposely duplicated the files.

At this time, for some reason, the online tool provided by Apple is only available for some countries in the world and the list does not include Brazil (!?). If you are in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, you can now access privacy.apple.com and start the process.

If you were sad about the absence of so many places in the list of countries supported by the migration tool, know that Google Photos already offers something similar within the application developed for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Just open the app, tap on “Library” at the bottom of the interface, then on “Management” and then on “Free Space”.

The feature requires the photos and videos to be available on the device and Google Photos compares what has already been sent, with what has not been. It backs up the missing items and automatically deletes the local files on the device. This method is special for those who do not have an iOS with a lot of available space and allows, at least for now, to upload files in unlimited storage mode and thus not occupy the total in the search giant’s account.

This second method is now available in Brazil and is faster than the seven days of Apple’s official tool – just keep in mind that local photos and videos will be deleted.

With information: Android Police and Engadget.

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