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Apple and Google are launching a tool to facilitate migration between iCloud and Google Photos

DTP (Data Transfer Project) ensures secure and reliable transfers between iCloud and Google Photos (Source: Data Transfer Initiative)
DTP (Data Transfer Project) ensures secure and reliable transfers between iCloud and Google Photos (Source: Data Transfer Initiative)
Apple and Google are allowing users to directly move photo libraries between Google Photos and iCloud Photos. This rollout utilizes the Data Transfer Project (DTP), an open-source initiative that simplifies data migration across online services. The collaboration is expected to be rolled out within a week and will offer users greater control over their online photo collections.

In a win for user convenience, Apple and Google are now allowing direct transfers of photo libraries between Google Photos and iCloud Photos. The functionality will complement existing transfer options between the two, while also aligning with broader data portability initiatives, like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

The new transfer tool (which will roll out over the next week) will leverage the Data Transfer Project (DTP), an open-source project focused on streamlining data migration across online services. The rollout of this tool will give users greater control over their online photo collections. For instance, people who have been on the verge of switching to a different operating system but dread the tedious transfer process will most likely appreciate this tool. DTP claims that transfers are secure and reliable, minimizing any disruptions during the migration.

While data portability has been around for a quite some time, its effectiveness often relied on cumbersome download-and-upload processes. Any accidental disconnection would lead to restarting the migration process all over again. DTP addresses this concern by facilitating seamless transfers that maintain data integrity. This is Apple and Google's way to prioritize user-centric data management, and while it is not as monumental as RCS coming to iMessage, the feature will definitely be acknowledged by some.

Apple, Google and Meta were founding partners of Data Transfer Initiative (Source: DTI)
Apple, Google and Meta were founding partners of Data Transfer Initiative (Source: DTI)
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Anubhav Sharma, 2024-07-11 (Update: 2024-07-11)