Soon, Apple fans may flee Google, and vice versa.

Soon, Apple fans may flee Google, and vice versa.

Three years ago, Apple and Google agreed, as part of the Data Transfer Initiative, to facilitate the transfer of data between their services.

Starting next week, you can switch from Google Photos to Apple Photos

More specifically, it was about transferring photos from Apple iCloud Photos to Google Photos – and now the other way is also possible:

“Starting today, Apple and Google are expanding their direct data transfer offerings to allow Google Photos users to transfer their collections directly to iCloud Photos. This complements and complements existing first-time transfers from iCloud Photos to Google Photos and brings the reciprocity principle of the core data transfer initiative to life,” the organization said, adding that the tool will arrive next week:

The offering from Apple and Google will roll out next week and is the latest tool powered by the open source Data Transfer Project (DTP) technology suite, joining existing direct transfer tools available to billions of people today from DTI and its founding partners Apple, Google, and Meta.

Data Transfer Initiative

Here's what Apple says about the ability to transfer from its service to Photos:

You can request that a copy of the photos and videos you store in iCloud Photos be transferred to Google Photos. When you transfer photos and videos from iCloud Photos, the photos you store with Apple are not removed or changed, but only a copy of your content is sent to the other service. The transfer process takes between three and seven days. We use this time to verify that the request came from you and to carry out the transfer.

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Apple warns that not all formats may work:

Some data and formats available in iCloud Photos—for example, Smart Albums, Live Photos, and some RAW files—may not be available when you transfer your content to another service. More information about what data is transferred can be found below.

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