Sync your favorite photos with Apple Photos

Automatically sync your favorite photos between Apple Photos and Google Photos.

How it works

  • Your favorite (heart) photos in Apple Photos become favorites in Google Photos.
  • Your favorite (star) photos in Google Photos become favorites in Apple Photos.
  • If you unfavorite photos in Google Photos, it unfavorites photos in Apple Photos, and vice versa.

Tip: You must use an iOS device for this feature.

Turn sync on or off

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap your Profile picture or Initial.
  3. Tap Google Photos settings Settings and then Apps & devices.
  4. Tap Apple Photos and then Sync favorites On and then Turn on sync or Turn off sync.


  • If you already use Google Photos, you might see a prompt in the Google Photos app. Tap your Favorites folder to turn on sync and see your favorites in Apple Photos.
  • If you turn off Sync favorites, it takes effect for future photos. Photos that are already favorites stay favorites.

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