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Switch to Android app could import iCloud data to Google Photos

By Roland Udvarlaki March 17, 2022, 6:30 am
Switch to Android, Google Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 Source: Pocketnow

We reported that Google is working on its own Switch to Android app for iOS back in July last year, and today, we hear some more news about the progress of the integration. A new discovery found that Google might be able to let users import data from iCloud into Google Photos.

9to5Google recently decompiled the latest version of the Google application, which revealed more hints at the new features the company may be working on. Keep in mind that what you see and read in this article may not ever release to the public, and it might stay under development, or be dropped altogether.

Last year, we reported that the Switch to Android app would be able to store and back up contacts, messages, and possibly even the list of applications installed on the device. Most of the data was backed up that was contained locally on the device, and it didn’t include information from services such as iCloud.


The newly updated Google app with version number 1.0.430697386 reveals that the Switch to Android app may be able to offer even more. 9to5Google was able to find a string that suggests that users would be able to migrate photos and videos from iCloud to Google Photos, simplifying the process of moving from one ecosystem to another.

“To copy photos & videos from iCloud to Google Photos, follow the instructions in the Switch to Android app, or learn more at g.co/transferfromicloud.“

The link currently takes you to a “Transfer iCloud photos and videos to Google Photos” support page that explains the process of transferring iCloud content to Google Photos. The site described where the service is available, the supported file formats, and the transfer process and requirements.

Another exciting find is that the Switch to Android app might allow users to transfer content by using lighting to USB-C cable. Google currently recommends Google Drive to back up and share content, and there’s a possibility that we might see the cable transfer method in the near future.


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