Apple has discreetly added a new way for you to transfer photos from your iCloud account over to Google Photos. If youre thinking of switching from an iOS to an Android device, then it could be a handy new tool.

Apple mentions on its support page

that certain formats, like Live Photos, Smart Albums or some raw files, might not be eligible for transfer. However, most common file types are supported, including JPEG, PNG, MP4, WEBP and GIF, among others.

There are some caveats to keep in mind, though, chiefly that data transfers, according to Apple, can take anywhere between three days to a week to complete. The transferred files are also copies, meaning that theyll remain on your iCloud account after the transfer to Google Photos is complete. Thats useful for those who want to make use of both apps, but perhaps less so for those looking to save storage.

Youll have to jump through some hoops in order to transfer your files from Apple iCloud to Google Photos. Firstly, youll need to make sure your Apple ID has two-factor authentication. Then, check that your Google Photos account has enough storage space for a successful transfer.

Now youre ready to start the transfer process. To do so, sign in with your Apple ID at Apples privacy portal

. Then, select the option to transfer a copy of your data. From there you can choose to transfer your files to Google Photos.

Once Apple has prompted you to sign in to your Google account, youll then receive an email confirming the transfer request. Youll receive another email when the transfer has been completed. If you dont see that email for a few days, remember that the transfer can take up to a week to finish.

Thats all there is to it. Sure, its not the simplest way to transfer your photos, but were glad Apple has allowed the option to exist at all. If youre planning on switching from an iOS device to an Android and you make frequent use of your iPhones camera then this transfer method might be something to look into.