Export Google Photos to iCloud Photos with these options

After launching in 2015 with free unlimited storage and marketing the service around that key feature, Google Photos has become a popular option even for Apple users. However, that’s all changing as the company announced that the free unlimited storage is ending come 2021. Read on for how to export Google Photos to iCloud Photos.

There’s not a rush to export your Google Photos for a few reasons. First, the change isn’t taking effect until June 1, 2021. And second, the new 15GB limit of free storage applies to photos and videos added after the June 1 date. So your content that’s been there before then will remain safe. Read more on the specifics on our sister-site 9to5Google.

However, especially if you have a large media library, it will be good to plan ahead if you’re thinking of shifting your content to iCloud or another service.

With the Apple One bundle plans recently launching it may be a good time to reconsider upping your iCloud storage as Google Photos ends its free unlimited storage (Amazon offers free unlimited photo storage for Prime members, but limits videos to 5GB on the free tier).

For comparison, Google One storage runs $2/month for 100GB, $3/month for 200GB, $10/month for 2TB. There are also yearly payment options at $20/$30/$100 to save some cash.

But if you’re invested in the Apple ecosystem, upgrading your iCloud storage may be a better option. Prices for iCloud storage on its own are $1/month for 50GB, $3/month for 200GB, and $10/month for 2TB.

However, you might be better off looking at the Apple One bundles that include iCloud storage to save more if you use other Apple services like Apple Music, Apple Arcade, News+, TV+, etc.

How to export Google Photos to iCloud Photos

How to download your Google Photos library

Option 1 – download all your Google Photos in one shot

  1. You can head to takeout.google.com to download a full copy of your Google Photos library
  2. To just export photos/videos click “Deselect all” on the right-hand side
  3. Scroll or swipe down, check the box next to Google Photos
  4. Go to the very bottom and choose “Next step”
  5. Choose your preferences for the export including frequency, file type, and size
  6. Click or tap “Create export”
  7. You’ll see an “Export progress” message when the request has been submitted (note the process can take “hours or days” depending on the size of your library), look for an email from Google to know when it’s ready
  8. You can also leave the page open and you’ll see a “Download” button when the export is ready

Here’s how this looks: