How to Transfer Photos From iPhone to Android

Yes, you can keep your photos during the switch

While iOS users can easily share photos via Apple's Airdrop feature, sending images from an iPhone to an Android device used to be a little more challenging. Luckily, Google Photos is now available on the App Store. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, it's an easy way to transfer images across both platforms.

This guide should work on any device running the current version of Google Photos.

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:

  1. Open Google Photos. Tap and hold to select the photo(s) you wish to share.

    Screenshot of the Google Photos app for iOS with two images selected
  2. Tap the Share icon, then select the contact you want to send the images to.

  3. You can choose to send a message with the photos at this time by typing it in the Say Something field. When you're ready to send the photos, hit Send.

    Screenshot of two photos being shared with a contact via the Google Photos app
  4. Your contact will receive a notification on their Android device. Once they tap on it, they'll see your shared photos and can choose to add them to their own Google Photos library. They can also reply to your message and send their own 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, consider creating a Shared Album within Google Photos instead of a message.

  1. Open Google Photos and tap the three-dot menu icon in the search bar.

  2. Select Shared Album.

    Screenshot of Google Photos options for creating a Shared Album
  3. Give the album a title, then tap on Select Photos and add the images you want to include.

    Screenshot of the Create Shared Album screen in Google Photos
  4. Select Add in the top-right corner.

    Screenshot of selected photos for a Shared Album in Google Photos
  5. Next, choose the contacts you want to share the album with, then tap Send.

    Screenshot of contacts in Google Photos

How to Automatically Share Images With a Google Photos Partner

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:

  1. Tap the Sharing icon at the bottom of the app, then select Add partner account.

    Screenshot of the Add Partner option in Google Photos
  2. Select Get Started.

    Screenshot of the process for adding a partner in Google Photos
  3. Choose someone to partner with from your list of contacts.

    A list of contacts displayed in the Google Photos app
  4. Choose your settings. You can give your partner access to all photos, photos of specific people, or photos from a specific date onwards.

    If you selected All Photos, any photo you take shows up in your partner's library. Consider using one of the other options, unless sharing your entire collection is your intention.

    Settings for creating a partner in Google Photos
  5. Select Next.

  6. Confirm the settings you just picked, then tap on Send invitation.

    Final confirmation for adding a partner in Google Photos

Once confirmed, the Android user receives a notification to accept the invitation. After accepting, they can see the shared library in their Google Photos menu.

Selecting the shared library brings up all of its images. When you take photos that include any of the people you selected, the photos automatically show up in the partner library. The Android user can then save those images to their own Google Photos library.

To end partner sharing, go to the partner library on either device and select Menu > Settings > Remove the partner > Confirm.