How to save Google Photos on iPhone
You might want to save your Google Photos library to your iPhone Camera Roll. While you can’t set Google Photos to automatically download new images to your iPhone, there are plenty of easy ways to save all of your favorite photos to your iOS device.
Google Photos is a feature-rich alternative to the Photos app that is inherently a part of every iPhone. Just like iCloud, it includes a transparent backup service that will keep your snapshots securely stored in the cloud. It also provides users with effective suggestions for creating albums, automated tools for editing, and easy sharing options and methods.
Unfortunately, Google Photos’s policy change effective June 1, 2021 means it will no longer be able to offer free, unlimited storage of âhigh-qualityâ photos. Instead, you’ll only get 15GB of free storage for the new “high quality” photos, which will be stored alongside the existing “original” quality images. Anything above that will require a Google One subscription, which starts at Â£ 1.59 / US $ 1.99 per month for 100GB of storage.
So whether you want to free up space in your Google Photos library or save your favorite photos before fully switching to iCloud, here’s a guide on how to do it.
- Download the Google Photos app for free from the Apple App Store.
- Open the Google Photos app and find the thumbnail of the image you want to download to your iPhone.
- Tap the thumbnail to open the photo, and then tap the menu icon (represented by three dots) located in the upper right corner of the screen.
- You should be able to see a display showing image details, such as creation date and file size, as well as a toolbar with various options. From this toolbar, click on the ‘Download’ button.
- A progress bar will briefly appear on your screen, which will be followed by a pop-up confirming that the photo has been successfully saved to your iPhone Camera Roll.
- Go to your iPhone’s default Photos app and you should see that the photo you just uploaded is waiting in the “recent” folder.
You don’t have to turn on backup and sync settings to save unique photos from Google Photos to your iPhone, but it can be useful. When the option is enabled, Google will automatically check your iPhone Camera Roll to see which images have already been saved to your device. In order to help save data and avoid duplicates, the download option will be visible for the photos you have already taken.