Apple Photos vs Google Photos 2019: a cloud backup review

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For years I’ve struggled to find the best solution to efficiently backup and protect all my digital photos.

Google Photos and Apple Photos are the best solutions, period. In this video, I am going to thoroughly compare the two, to confirm which is the best cloud backup alternative, for both amateur and professional photography.

Cloud storage is most certainly better than any local solution available today. I’ll touch on the disadvantages or hard drives or solid state drives as photo storage.

Some of the features we’ll look into this video:
– Assistant vs Memories.
– Support for RAW Photos.
– Support for Live Photos.
– Pricing comparison.
– Advantages of a cloud backup.


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44 COMMENTS

  1. Alright, some clarifications on Live Photos and RAW after some of you pointed it out:

    – Live Photos are visible on the iPhone, but functionality is limited to export video (no frame changing, or loop animations).
    – Also, Live Photos didn't seem to work cross-device. A Live Photo on my iPhone doesn't show up as Live on the web version, and I didn't find a way to export the original from web or Android.
    – Some RAW photos are supported, such as the DNG format. However, the standard sony ARW format is not. I found problems with support for Canon CR2 as well.
    – Furthermore, there are no additional editing tools for RAW photos. Apple does provide some additional exposure settings when the image is in RAW.

  2. why choose? I have always been using google photos its free, now that I use iPhone, so I use both, google photos don't even need you do anything, it's auto

  3. Google photos only backs up, it doesn’t sync and it doesn’t restore. Did you find a way to get the pictures backed up to google photos back to ipad and iphone photos?

  4. I can not believe how people don't care about privacy,,,I would NEVER send my photos or data to a "cloud"…The sheep are crazy..

  5. Yes, I use both Apple and Google photos. One thing rarely mentioned about Google Photos is you can adjust the date and time of the image and change the name; on Apple Photos iOS and web you cannot. Okay, why adjust the time and date. Many folks shoot digital and film (hybrid shooter), with film there is not EXIF data, so one must go into the photo data make those changes, again yes on Google Photos, for iOS Apple photos no. With Apple Photos my workaround is make a Album with folders, or a standalone folder, appropriately name it then add the photos to it. The same applies to Google Photos.

    With Apple Photos and Google Photos prior to importing images one names the images, sounds good. However, upon import both Google and Apple give images their own naming convention thus you cannot search by the name you provided; frustrating.

  6. I'm new to iOS and always liked Google photos and love putting a one word description, which makes searching for a pic MUCH easier.. Does Apple photos do this as well? I didn't think so when I looked at my friend's iPhone. I'm a huge believer in cloud storage. Phones can be prone to drop, damage, stolen, failing, etc.. My last Pixel, I only used 25 GB out of 128 as a direct result of storing all docs, pix, vids in cloud. This is how I'll continue to do so. My new iPhone 11 pro "only" has 64 GB but that doesn't worry me one bit 🙂 b/c of cloud storage, I might use half or 3/4 of the 64, if that.

  7. I have an iPhone 7Plus: so are you recommending I download both apps? How would that work on my phone? I’ve been currently using GP. I didn’t even know about the AP. I heard a couple things that sound like AP has a couple conveniences over GP but right now I’m just going to stick to GP. Good video though.

  8. When I try to play a video that is saved to iCloud photo library it takes forever to load. On Google Photos, my videos load immediately as if they were just like streaming a YouTube video

  9. SO I have a number of albums created using iCloud…I have Google Photos as well. Google does NOT have my albums. How do I transfer albums from Apple to Google?

  10. SO I have a number of albums created using iCloud…I have Google Photos as well. Google does NOT have my albums. How do I transfer albums from Apple to Google?

  11. I have some old videos in MPEG format. This format is not supported by apple fotos, so I can´t view them on my iPad, and even if you install a video player for this, you cannot simply click on the video to open it in the video player.
    Possible solutions would be:
    1. converting the videos to another format .. 🙁
    2. Organizing the videos in another area of iCloud as a File. Then you can add this file to the video player and view it.
    Both are no acceptable ways. I want to have all my (also historical) photos and videos chronologically sorted and I want to be able to open every picture and video with one click. So I decide for Google Photos.

  12. I have an iPhone Xs with 64GB. I have noticed that all photos & videos in my iPhone library are duplicated to iCloud on my phone. Is this also true for Google Photos? Why can it not just link to photos in my iPhone library in stead of every App duplicating it?

  13. I prefer to use the service that’s more about my privacy and one that doesn’t work with government. Also two factor authentication can be a bitch at times even for you to get into even if you know the password. Kind of like my wife. Like that saying goes my wife barely likes me so I know she won’t fuck with u.

  14. You are brilliant to explain the difference between the two options, in a way that I could understand a great presentation. I use Lightroom and have been using smart switch to transfer files from my samsung note 8 to my mac pro. I have google photos on my android and apple photos on my mac but prefer to use Lightroom to edit so the photos app on my mac i don't use. Just need to be able get google photos and lightroom to chat. Any suggestions to make this possible???? or am I missing the obvious. Cheers and many thanks again Marelda NZ

  15. One aspect not covered is how easy/seamless it is to post photos stored on iCloud/Google Photos to social media, e.g. FB or IG just like you post directly instead of external links.
    Will live photos be retained?

  16. OMG after all this how on earth did you not talk about Google's privacy issues, gigantic RED circle, once you upload the 100% now own that image even after it's been deleted, they reserve the right to use, distribute, edit ect ect

  17. Seems like he is an Apple guy. Google photos does support live images with unlimited storage lol. Apple is shitty company just needs your money.

  18. hmmmmm RAW is supported… Your android phone is not an SONY camera nor CANON Camera it is an Android Smartphone which takes DNG (RAW Format) photos and those are supported. Expecting Google to support SONYs and CANONs and FUJIs files for free is just silly xD reason Apple supports them since it will take less time to fill up your space and then pay for the rest…. I use Google Photos and they are awesome but Apple Photos have much much better editing options (LR like) soooooooo I guess I would be willing to pay for that xD

  19. Google photo (Android): autobackup, shared albums with family, auto edits (cool feature). Use on iOS (tablet) and android (phone) windows (pc).

  20. After I up loaded my photos to the cloud and if I delete some of the photos on my phone ( to storage space), will the same photos also be deleted in the cloud? Please advice

  21. Honestly, one thing you haven't mentioned that I personally find a top 3 consideration to have is the privacy policy and terms and conditions. The moment you upload any photo to Google Photos you give up any right to your photographs in a nutshell.

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