Google Drive and Google Photos are popular among iPhone users to save photos. Unlike iCloud, you could delete photos on the device after upload photos to Google Drive (if you delete photos on your device, the same images would be also removed from iCloud.) What’s more, Google Drive gives every user 15GB of free storage while iCloud only 5GB of free storage. It seems that Google Drive has more advantages than iCloud.
If you use Google Drive or Google Photos to backup iPhone photos, you would also find it’s fine to preview the iPhone photos stored in Google Drive but if you send the photos to another one, especially when then need to open these images on computer, the photos could be disaster.
After iOS 11, photos taken by iPhone camera would be saved as HEIC files because it saves nearly half of space compared with JPG files. HEIC is a relatively new format and it hasn’t been supported by most software, including the professional photo-editing software Photoshop. You need to convert HEIC to JPG on Windows to view or edit the picture.
If you want to use your HEIC photos in Google Drive or on other platforms, read the next sections.
Google Drive really catch the trend. Windows still doesn’t support directly view HEIC images, but Google Drive has been able to store and read HEIC files now.
Steps to Upload HEIC photos to Google Drive on iPhone:
1. Download and install Google Drive on your iPhone from App Store.
2. Sign in your Google account.
3. Click the blue-plus button to select and upload photos to Google Drive.
Steps to Upload HEIC photos to Google Drive on Windows 10:
1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable.
2. Open Photos app by searching it in the search box.
3. Select Import from a USB Device. If you don’t see your iPhone here, refer to this page Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 to fix the issue.
4. Select the photos you want to transfer and then click Import Selected to export photos from iPhone to PC. Usually, your photos would be saved as HEIC files in C:\Users\[user name]\Pictures.
5. Open your browser and go to https://drive.google.com/. Sign in your Google account. Click the button New to upload HEIC photos from computer.
You could see that the photos you just send to Google Drive are of HEIC format, but you could still view them as usual although there are not JPG images.
It would be fine to store iPhone images as HEIC files in Google Drive if you just want to use them on iOS platform. However, if you want to share these photos on other platforms, the rare format might bring trouble. Therefore, you need to change their format.
JPG, also called JPEG is the most widely-used image format in this world. It would be convenient to share your photos with anybody if you convert HEIC images into JPG images and then store them in Google Drive.
FoneTool is the best free HEIC converter. You could use it to convert HEIC to JPG, JPEG, or PNG if you want. As an excellent converter, you could quickly convert many HEIC images at a time and this operation won’t change the quality of these images.
Steps to converter HEIC photos and upload them to Google Drive:
Step 1. Download and install the latest FoneTool on your computer.
Step 2. Open FoneTool and choose Toolbox select the feature HEIC Converter at the bottom.
Step 3. Click Add Photos to put all your HEIC photos into the converter.
Step 4. Set the target format as JPG and then click Start Converting.
Step 5. Open your browser, go to https://drive.google.com/ and upload the JPG images to Google Drive.
Google Drive is a popular cloud storage in the world. It is easy to upload HEIC photos to Google Drive but it would be not so convenient when you want to share your photos with others. Therefore, you need to converter HEIC to JPG before uploading them to Google Drive.
According to this guide, you could use the excellent HEIC converter FoneTool to easily change the format of the pictures.
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