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Why Use Google Photos Instead of iCloud Photos: Share Photos and Movies

Glenn Fleishman

It's a common problem: you want to share a set of media files with another person or the whole family, but iCloud Photos doesn't support that.

iCloud Photos is a fantastic way to sync your pictures and videos across all of your devices that use the same Apple ID for iCloud, have access to the same media on iCloud.com anywhere from a web browser, and Apple have a backup (or an additional backup, depending on the configuration) of all of your media.

But iCloud Photos is for devices, not people. When it comes to sharing pictures and movies with other people, it's not a robust solution. You can use shared albums that allow you to invite people or create a public album that anyone can access with the URL. This is great for an event or a collection of photos families can share of each other's kids and pets.

However, beyond a relatively small number of images and videos, it is not manageable. With Apple's device and account-oriented approach, it is simply not possible to share the entire media library at the moment. Family Sharing increases the number of services and features it encompasses with each new operating system release, but shared photos are still not part of it.

The best alternative for most people is Google Photos. Instead of being device-centric with a cloud-based synchronization part, Google Photos - like many Google products - is cloud-focused and allows you to access, download or synchronize data on devices or via Google's web apps. You can use Google Drive for macOS and Google Photos for iOS and iPadOS to automatically sync pictures you import to specific folders. But you have to export your photo collection and then import it, Google doesn't have an automated method.

If you have an existing Google Account that you'd like to share it from, Google has an option that allows you to share all of your photos with a single person, whom it refers to as an "Affiliate".

EnlargeGoogle Photos is an easier way to share an entire library than iCloud Photos.

When one person isn't enough, you can create a new, separate Google Account that you and others can log into and use to share photos and videos. The limitation is that Google Drive cannot freely switch accounts in macOS and in some Google applications. If you or others already use Google features in macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, this may not work for automatic syncing. Instead, you can upload media and view the contents of a Google Photos library using a browser because you can switch accounts in a browser.

Google has an interesting unlimited media option for Google Photos. When you're ready to downsize very high-resolution photos and videos, you can save as much media as you want. The limit is 16 megapixels for images (approx. 4920 x 3264 pixels for a standard camera) and 1080p for videos. In addition, the size is adjusted to the limit.

To store all unaltered versions of your media, no matter how large, you can pay Google for additional storage. The company offers 15GB with a free account that includes email, photos, and Google Drive files. In addition, the fee is 2 euros per month for 100 GB, 3 euros per month for 200 GB and 10 euros per month for 2 TB. Google also offers discounts for paying 200GB or 2TB per year. There are even levels with 10 TB (100 euros per month) and 20 TB (200 euros per month).

A bonus for using Google Photos? Its web app is quite fast and fully featured compared to iCloud.com. And it has a much larger set of items that it can automatically detect and search for.

The convenience of Google Photos is paid for with a somewhat looser data protection: While Apple is rather restrictive with user data and shares less than more with third-party entrepreneurs, Google works with several marketers who give users access to non-personal data can get.