You may be migrating from iPhone to Android – or just wanting to save space in your iCloud account. In any case, Google Photos may prove to be a cheaper solution (actually free) and with unlimited storage when compared to iCloud Photos.
Of course, iCloud has great integration with iPhone and Mac, but space is limited and may not account for all your photos. Meanwhile, Google Photos offers the option to store your clicks at no cost, but in high quality, not the original. If you want to switch storage, see how:
Before you begin, you need to download all your iCloud photos to your computer. We already explained this process with details in this post, but basically, it is necessary to install the iCloud manager in Windows (on Mac it comes pre-installed), access your photos and export them to the computer memory.
After this process (which is a bit time consuming, I must say), it gets easier:
- Download the Google Photos app for Windows or Mac;
- Start the configuration by clicking Getting Started;
- Sign in to your Google account;
- If you want to back up only to Google Photos, select Back up videos and photos;
- Click Next;
- Look for where you saved your iCloud photos. Usually it’s somewhere inside the Images folder;
- Select the folders and then click High Quality;
- To finish, click Start.
Ready! Now just wait for your computer to send all the photos that were from iCloud to Google Photos. Then they’ll be available in the (Google) Photos app for Android and iPhone.