In years past, it was a giant pain to move photos from one platform to another. Photos were stored locally on your device and that is where they stayed. You could offload them somewhere to back them up (like iPhoto or Dropbox) but there wasn't any super easy way to get them from one place to another.

Well now, there is just that — a super easy way to get your photos from your iPhone to Android device in just a few quick steps.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Android using Google Photos

Google Photos is an insanely great tool for managing your photos — not just on Android — but other platforms as well. It's also a great tool for moving your photos from one place to another, and perhaps the best part is that once you set it up, you can get to your photos from pretty much anywhere.

  • First off, on your iPhone, download Google Photos from the App Store.
  • Launch Google Photos from your Home screen.
  • Tap Get started.
  • Tap OK when asked to allow Google Photos to access your photos.
  • Tap the switch next to Use cellular data to back up if you want to back up your photos over cellular. If you don't want to rack up a serious data bill, leave this off.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Tap Get started, tap OK, tap Continue
  • Tap the circle next to either High quality or Original.
  • Tap Continue. Tap Get notified. Tap Leave Off.

Now the process will being and Google sill sync your photos to your account. Keep in mind that if you have a lot of photos this process might take some time.

Once completed, your photos will be synced up and ready to go. You can access them from Google Photos on your Android device, iPhone, or from the web at

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