1. joemontana57's Avatar
    Coming from a long time Android user, I pre-ordered an iPhone 12 pro.

    Many of the issues that I have seen with people with iPhones is it the pictures going to the iCloud and basically it's a wall garden It seemed like.

    There's a way to direct my pictures,etc, to go into Google photos?

    I'm totally new at this so I'm asking questions just to sort of get a handle on it when I get the phone.
    Joe
    10-21-2020 09:43 AM
  2. Annie_M's Avatar
    I use both iCloud storage and Google Photos. I downloaded the App, and set it up so that all my photos are automatically saved onto Google Photos. It's just a nice security net. You can also save your photos on services like dropbox.
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    10-21-2020 09:47 AM
  3. wenrob's Avatar
    Sure. Just add the apps you want to use and set them to back up. I back up to Prime Photos as well as iCloud. My daughter uses Prime and Google. You don’t have to use iCloud for photos, it’s not like they’d be trapped there.
    Annie_M likes this.
    10-21-2020 10:24 AM
  4. joemontana57's Avatar
    I use both iCloud storage and Google Photos. I downloaded the App, and set it up so that all my photos are automatically saved onto Google Photos. It's just a nice security net. You can also save your photos on services like dropbox.
    Thank you
    10-21-2020 11:25 AM
  5. joemontana57's Avatar
    Thank you.
    Sure. Just add the apps you want to use and set them to back up. I back up to Prime Photos as well as iCloud. My daughter uses Prime and Google. You don’t have to use iCloud for photos, it’s not like they’d be trapped there.
    wenrob likes this.
    10-21-2020 11:25 AM
  6. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    My photos get backed up to Microsoft OneDrive as I get a terabyte of space. I don't use icloud photos as it doesn't play well with a PC. It's not bad, it's just that for me, OneDrive is superior in that regard.
    Tartarus likes this.
    10-21-2020 01:51 PM
  7. camaroz1985's Avatar
    My photos get backed up to Microsoft OneDrive as I get a terabyte of space. I don't use icloud photos as it doesn't play well with a PC. It's not bad, it's just that for me, OneDrive is superior in that regard.
    I do the same. Though now before switching devices I have the photos that are still on my phone synced to icloud so they will be on the new phone as well, and I can save them to it. I'm sure there is some other way to do that as well (save them to a folder on OneDrive, and then download to my new phone maybe), but this seems to be easiest for me.
    10-21-2020 02:19 PM
  8. FFR's Avatar
    I would be more cautious with google photos. It’s much easier to move your photos out of iCloud than it is to move your photos out of google photos.

    Best of luck.
    10-21-2020 02:23 PM
  9. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    I would be more cautious with google photos. It’s much easier to move your photos out of iCloud than it is to move your photos out of google photos.

    Best of luck.
    Just hit download, from any device.
    10-21-2020 04:24 PM
  10. FFR's Avatar
    Just hit download, from any device.
    Will that download the original quality photos to your device or the compressed version.
    10-22-2020 12:00 AM
  11. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Will that download the original quality photos to your device or the compressed version.
    Up to the user in how they choose to store in Google Photos. Original quality, high quality, and I'm not sure if low quality is still an option. Whatever you upload you can download.
    Tartarus likes this.
    10-22-2020 12:16 AM
  12. joemontana57's Avatar
    Just hit download, from any device.
    But the only Apple device I have, or will have, is an iPhone. I have a PC and I have no plans to change that. would I be able to download pictures from icloud onto a PC
    10-22-2020 12:33 AM
  13. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    But the only Apple device I have, or will have, is an iPhone. I have a PC and I have no plans to change that. would I be able to download pictures from icloud onto a PC
    You can access your iCloud Photo Library from a web browser. I believe there is a download option there, however, you may need to be sure you check another box to download the original quality photo.
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    10-22-2020 12:40 AM
  14. FFR's Avatar
    Up to the user in how they choose to store in Google Photos. Original quality, high quality, and I'm not sure if low quality is still an option. Whatever you upload you can download.
    It depends on the price plan the user chooses.

    Another user was complaining that the only way they were able to export original resolution photos from google photos was to do it one by one, don’t know if that has changed.

    But the only Apple device I have, or will have, is an iPhone. I have a PC and I have no plans to change that. would I be able to download pictures from icloud onto a PC
    Yes. If you want the best experience on the iPhone, I would use iCloud, it’s seamless.
    10-22-2020 12:47 AM
  15. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    It depends on the price plan the user chooses.

    Another user was complaining that the only way they were able to export original resolution photos from google photos was to do it one by one, don’t know if that has changed.



    Yes. If you want the best experience on the iPhone, I would use iCloud, it’s seamless.
    Same as Apple. Both charge for additional storage past the base level. That’s it. The only cost. You can download multiple photos at once.
    10-22-2020 08:28 AM
  16. Tartarus's Avatar
    But the only Apple device I have, or will have, is an iPhone. I have a PC and I have no plans to change that. would I be able to download pictures from icloud onto a PC
    You can access your iCloud Photo Library from a web browser. I believe there is a download option there, however, you may need to be sure you check another box to download the original quality photo.
    Apple has made an app available for Windows.
    It’s called iCloud for Windows.
    You can enable iCloud Photo Library on there and assign a folder on your computer to it.
    It will then download all your photos in iCloud Photo Library to that folder.
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    10-22-2020 08:33 AM
  17. joemontana57's Avatar
    Perfect. Thank you! I just remember when Apple used to be so much of a walled garden, but apparently things are changing.
    Apple has made an app available for Windows.
    It’s called iCloud for Windows.
    You can enable iCloud Photo Library on there and assign a folder on your computer to it.
    It will then download all your photos in iCloud Photo Library to that folder.
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    10-22-2020 08:50 AM
  18. FFR's Avatar
    Same as Apple. Both charge for additional storage past the base level. That’s it. The only cost. You can download multiple photos at once.
    iCloud doesn’t compress the photo, you can select the photos to be compressed on the iPhone but not in iCloud, hence it being pretty seamless.


    As far as I know you have to select the original resolution when uploading to google photos which would require to pay for storage depending on the size of the library. Irregardless google photos isn’t seamless or straightforward when it comes to googles server side compression.

    10-22-2020 09:03 AM
  19. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    iCloud doesn’t compress the photo, you can select the photos to be compressed on the iPhone but not in iCloud, hence it being pretty seamless.


    As far as I know you have to select the original resolution when uploading to google photos which would require to pay for storage depending on the size of the library. Irregardless google photos isn’t seamless or straightforward when it comes to googles server side compression.

    [IMG=425x1024]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201022/1bc02a1645c82ee6af9772d9a06aa569.jpg[/url]
    You’ve made it abundantly clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. I on the other hand use both iCloud Photos and Google Photos. Original Quality uploads is one a one time global setting.



    Original storage takes up your Google Drive storage. Google gives you 15GB free with a Google Account as opposed to Apple’s 5GB free. Yes I have more, they gave me 1TB because I have Google Fiber internet. Once you reach your storage limit you can purchase more storage from Google. Next tier is 100GB for $1.99 per month. After 5GB’s Apple’s next option is 50GB for $0.99 per month.

    I am well aware you are super Apple fanboy and that’s fine. However, I won’t let you spread disinformation because of it. So before you decide to respond again, please do better research because as I said, I use both services. I have immediate and first hand knowledge on the matter.
    FFR likes this.
    10-22-2020 09:25 AM
  20. Tartarus's Avatar
    Perfect. Thank you! I just remember when Apple used to be so much of a walled garden, but apparently things are changing.
    I have been using iCloud for Windows for at least 5 years now.
    scruffypig likes this.
    10-22-2020 09:29 AM
  21. FFR's Avatar
    You’ve made it abundantly clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. I on the other hand use both iCloud Photos and Google Photos. Original Quality uploads is one a one time global setting.

    [IMG=1024x429]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201022/896b2f35e70a7cc01eb4f98d21619fd0.jpg[/url]

    Original storage takes up your Google Drive storage. Google gives you 15GB free with a Google Account as opposed to Apple’s 5GB free. Yes I have more, they gave me 1TB because I have Google Fiber internet. Once you reach your storage limit you can purchase more storage from Google. Next tier is 100GB for $1.99 per month. After 5GB’s Apple’s next option is 50GB for $0.99 per month.

    I am well aware you are super Apple fanboy and that’s fine. However, I won’t let you spread disinformation because of it. So before you decide to respond again, please do better research because as I said, I use both services. I have immediate and first hand knowledge on the matter.
    Wasn’t the one claiming iCloud compressed photos .

    This was from the google forums and I stand by what I posted, google photos is far from straightforward regarding compression.


    No need to become emotional.
    10-22-2020 09:34 AM
  22. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Wasn’t the one claiming iCloud compressed photos .

    This was from the google forums and I stand by what I posted, google photos is far from straightforward regarding compression.
    [IMG=425x1024]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201022/0940b43e016fe2675f5fe75a8dee4fcd.jpg[/url]

    No need to become emotional.
    It's ok to be wrong. My photos come directly from Google Photos.
    10-22-2020 09:36 AM
  23. FFR's Avatar
    It's ok to be wrong. My photos come directly from Google Photos.
    According to your last post that would be disinformation.
    10-22-2020 09:42 AM
  24. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    According to your last post that would be disinformation.
    Unlimited free compressed storage is not limited original storage. It's a check box. As is keeping original photos local on iphone. Disinformation is saying Google doesn't allow original for free or that you can't download original, or that you can't download more than one photo at a time. Choosing an upload size is straightforward. Buying storage (just like Apple) is straightforward. Saying Google Photos is more more complicated or not free is incorrect. Your screenshot you love so much is specific to the free unlimited storage option, not the original storage that uses your Google Drive storage. When you share the correct information there is no issue.
    Tartarus likes this.
    10-22-2020 09:46 AM
  25. Tartarus's Avatar
    Wasn’t the one claiming iCloud compressed photos .

    This was from the google forums and I stand by what I posted, google photos is far from straightforward regarding compression.
    [IMG=425x1024]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201022/0940b43e016fe2675f5fe75a8dee4fcd.jpg[/url]

    No need to become emotional.
    You’re missing the point about googles photo sync options.
    There is two: first is free unlimited and the second is another one.
    Free unlimited is the one you’re talking about and the other one is what @metllicamilitia is talking about.
    And please refrain from saying someone is getting emotional or not. Saying something like that is pure passive aggressive harassment.
    10-22-2020 09:47 AM
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