Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS How to Transfer Photos From iPhone to Android Yes, you can keep your photos during the switch by Fionna Agomuoh Writer Fionna Agomuoh is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, International Business Times, and others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Fionna Agomuoh Updated on June 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 09, 2020 Jon Fisher iPhone & iOS Switching from Android Tweet Share Email While iOS users can easily share photos using the Apple Airdrop feature, sending images from an iPhone to an Android device used to be challenging. It's not anymore, since Google Photos is available on the App Store. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, it's an easy way to transfer images across both platforms. Instructions in this article apply to any version of iOS and Android that can run the Google Photos app. Some of these directions use the desktop version of Google Photos, but it works the same no matter which browser you use. How to Share Images With Google Photos Most people only want to share a few images at a time with friends and family. Here's how: On your iPhone, open Google Photos. Tap and hold to select the photo you want to share. Once the image gets a blue checkmark in the upper-left corner, add others by tapping them. Tap the share button (the box with an arrow coming out of it). Select the contact you want to send the images to. To send a message with the photos, type it in the Say something field. When you're ready to send the photos, tap Send. Your contact receives a notification on their Android device. Once they tap it, they see your shared photos and can choose to add them to their Google Photos library. They can also reply to your message and send photos. How to Create a Shared Album in Google Photos If you want to send many photos at once to someone with an Android device, and you want to receive some in return, create a Shared Album in Google Photos instead of a message. Open Google Photos. At the top of the screen, select Create. Select Shared album. In the Add a title field, give the album a name. Choose Add photos. To add a photo, select it at the upper-left corner of each photo. (Hover the mouse over the preview image to display a white checkmark in the upper-left corner of a photo.) After you select the photos for your new album, select Done in the upper-right corner. To share the album, select Share. Start typing the name, phone number, or email address of the recipients of the shared folder. Select the contacts from the autofill options until you've included all recipients. Enter additional recipients by selecting + (the Plus sign). You can also Add a message at the bottom to your recipients' invitation. Select the Send button to share the album. How to Designate a Partner for Google Photos Google Photos lets you add a partner to your account. This person automatically receives certain photos, so you don't have to manually share them every single time. To add someone to a partner account in the app: Open Google Photos. Tap your user icon in the upper-right corner. Tap Photos Settings. Select Partner Sharing. On the next screen, choose Get Started. Select the contact's name from the list or type their email into the text field. On the next screen, choose to grant access to All Photos or Photos of Specific People. Tap the switch next to Only show photos since this day to share images you capture after you invite your partner. If you choose the more specific option, choose which photo subjects to share on the next screen. Select Next. The final screen shows a summary of all of the choices you made, including the recipients and which photos you're sharing. Tap Send Invitation to finish. Once confirmed, the Android user receives a notification to accept the invitation. After accepting, they can see the shared photos in their Google Photos menu. To end partner sharing, go to the partner library on either device, and then select Menu > Settings. Open the Shared libraries section and select Remove partner > Confirm. To remove a partner from the Google Photos app, return to the Settings screen, tap Partner Sharing, and then select Remove Partner.