Apple Photos vs Google Photos, which is better?

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Apple Photos vs Google Photos, which is better?
Apple Photos vs Google Photos, which is better?

By Tomás Rivero – Apr 10, 2018ShareFacebookTwitter

Finding a cloud service that suits our needs shouldn’t be a very difficult job, the problem is when the two alternatives we have are incredibly good. If you don’t decide between using Google Photos or Apple Photos, today we’ll leave you an article comparing them up to the end.

Both services are quite similar and quite good, but there are certain sections where one could be quite better than the other. Keep reading to find out which one to choose!

Comparison: Apple Photos vs Google Photos


You don’t have to be too clever in this area to know who the clear winner is. Here Google Photos takes the lead , because we can find it on almost any platform, while Apple Photos stick to Apple products only.

The Apple Photos service can be activated on Mac, iOS and Windows, the latter being a somewhat poor version of the application. Meanwhile, Google Photos is on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices. Therefore, although Apple Fotos is more intuitive to use, Google wins in extension .

Albums and sharing

In this section, you might find that Apple Photos is much more intuitive to use , especially if you already use an iPhone or an Apple ecosystem device. However, using Google Photos is a bit simpler than Cupertino’s service, but not too much either.

Both services are capable of creating albums using the metadata of the photos, such as their location, the time, or even if it is a selfie or a normal photo. Sharing these albums is very easy in both applications, offering us the to be able to add users to them if we want to. But if there is something to give to Google Photos, is that its compatibility with Android makes it much easier to view images on these devices.

Here we couldn’t find any clear winner, the result will depend on who you feel more comfortable with when viewing and sharing images.

Editing tools

In the edition we have to declare Apple Photos as the clear winner before we start talking more in depth.

While both services offer us many options and features when retouching the images stored in them, Apple Photos gives us tools capable of giving much more professional and aesthetic results. Even in the mobile application, which brings more basic functions in terms of editing, we can edit a photo much easier and with better results than with Google Photos.

Although we cannot edit with all the tools offered by macOS , we can get great results with it.


Cómo ver tus fotos en todos tus dispositivos de Apple

We’ve long enjoyed smart searches on Google Photos, but with the arrival of iOS 10, Apple introduced this same feature in its Photos application. Since then, Cupertino’s uses artificial intelligence to tag and categorize photos, so you can find what you need when you need it.

However, it would be unfair to say that Apple does it better than Google, when the opposite is true. Google is a strictly cloud-based system, which helps it to improve its AI and to categorize images with better results, besides, it takes more time to do so.

Both feature face tagging, so that we can find our friends and family in a matter of seconds.

In terms of security, Apple Photos is clearly superior . While in Google Photos all this information is stored on its servers, in Apple Photos it is stored on the device. This improves security, but also prevents a little advance of artificial intelligence.

Storage and pricing

One of the most positive things we can find in Google Photos is that it allows us to store infinite images, as long as we upload them at a high quality and not at their full quality (16MP maximum for photos, and 1080p maximum for videos). On the other hand, offers us at first 15GB of storage , which we can later increase to a minimum of 100GB for $1.99.

On the other side we have Apple Photos, which gives us only 5GB of free storage, which will fill up in a matter of months . We can increase the plan to 50GB for only $0.99.

While the maximum storage we can buy at Apple Photos is 1TB, at $9.99 per month, at Google Photos we can increase the plan to 30TB , a real bargain and that gives us a total of $299.99 per month.

But if you’re not a too demanding user and you don’t care if the photo is saved in full or high quality, we can only say that Google is free and unlimited, and it’s also much more flexible than Apple Photos.


If you’ve reached this point, we assume you must be eager to know what service to stay with. If after all you are still a bit hesitant, we will help you to clear it up .

Both services are excellent, and although one may outperform the other in certain areas, the user experience will not be as radically different on a day-to-day basis either. If you have an iPhone and you use the entire Apple ecosystem, we recommend that you stay with Apple Photos.

If on the other hand most of your devices have nothing to do with the apple, you could easily opt for Google Photos .

If all your devices are Apple devices but you don’t feel like paying to upload images to the cloud, then we urge you to use the Google service.

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The good thing about living in the 21st century is that, even though we use separate services, in a matter of seconds we can transfer data and images from Google Photos to Apple Photos, so don’t worry, the change is not as radical as they would have you believe.

Which service do you like best? Leave us your answer in the comments!


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