Now go to Google Photos website, locate the Facebook zip file on your PC, find all the photos in there and just drop them in the browser window. To download all your Instagram photos, use Downgram.
Looking for a quick and easy way to download all your pictures and videos from Google Photos? Maybe you want to create a backup locally or want to create a personal movie and need all the content locally stored for editing purposes?
Whatever the case, there’s a simple way to get all your content downloaded from Google Photos. Note that I previously talked about how you can download photos and videos from Facebook too.
It’s worth noting that if you simply need to download a couple of albums, it’s easier to just do that manually. Click on an album and then click on the three vertical dots at the top right. You’ll see an option called Download All.
This will download all the photos and videos in that album in ZIP format. The only problem with this method is that you can’t use it to download any photos and videos you upload from the Google Photos app on your phone or tablet.
To download all of those pictures and videos, you have to use the method I’m going to talk about below, which is Google Takeout.
Export Google Photos Data
There are two ways you can go about getting to Google Takeout. The easiest way is to follow the link below:
The more long-winded method is to go to Google.com and then click on your profile picture at the top right.
Click on My Account and this will bring you to a kind of dashboard for all settings related to your Google account.
Download Google Photos To Computer
Under the Personal info & privacy heading, click on Control your content.
You’ll see a Download your data box and a Create Archive link.
Google Photos To Mac Photos
The next screen is going to be the same as if you had followed the link mentioned above. Here you can choose what data to include in your archive. By default, everything is selected. Go ahead and click on the Select none button and then click on the toggle button next to Google Photos.
You can click on the down arrow and choose Select photo albums if you want to select individual albums. Note that if you have uploaded a lot of pictures and videos from your phone, Google Photos automatically creates albums that are named by the date.
In my case, I had only created about 450 albums myself, but I have well over 2500 albums in Google Photos because of the camera upload feature on my smartphone. Leave it at Include all photos albums if you want to download everything. Scroll down to the bottom and click Next.
On the next screen, you have to choose the format you want to use for the archive. If you use ZIP, anything over 2 GB will be split into multiple ZIP files. This is kind of annoying if you have hundreds of GBs of data stored in the cloud. In my case, I have 550 GB of photos and videos, so I certainly don’t want to have to click on 225 download links. I’ve tried it once and it’s a pain.
Luckily, you can choose other formats like TGZ and TBZ. You won’t be able to open this using Windows, but you can download a free program like 7-Zip to open the archives. It should be noted that using the ZIP method will be a lot faster because it only has to create 2 GB files, which it can do quickly.
If you choose any of the other formats, the limit for a single files goes up to 50 GB. In my case, that’s only 11 links rather than 225, which is way more convenient. It does take a while longer for a TGZ or TBZ archive to complete, but you’re only talking about a few hours here and there.
By default, you’ll get an email with a link to download the files once the archive has been created. If you want, you can also directly save the archive to Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive, which is kind of nice.
Click the Create archive button and the process will begin. You can close the web browser and the process will continue in the background. You can always go back to Google Takeout and then click on Manage Archives to view the progress.
Overall, Google has made it really easy to download any data that you have stored in any of their services, a feature which is not available with a lot of other companies. If you have any questions, post a comment. Enjoy!
If you traded in your iPhone for a Google Pixel — or you’ve decided to get rid of your Pixel and get an iPhone 7 Plus — there might be the need to switch your cloud photo libraries to the opposite service — Apple Photos to Google Photos, or Google Photos to Apple Photos.
Of course, there’s no reason to just use one service or the other. Apple Photos is very much built into Cupertino’s various devices, whereas Google Photos is a nimble, web- and browser-based service. They can certainly complement each other. But for the sake of simplicity, here’s how to switch all of your content over en masse.
How to Switch from Apple Photos to Google Photos
- Download the Google Photos app for iOS, or the desktop app for macOS.
- The Google Photos Mac app will ask you which photo libraries you want to back up, whereas the iOS app will simply back up all the photos it finds. From here, it’s pretty easy just to find the content on your devices.
Either Google Photos app will likely miss the content you’ve uploaded to iCloud and deleted from your device, however. To get those photos to upload to Google, simply follow these steps.
- On a Mac, launch the Photos app.
- Open the Photos menu, and click on Preferences.
- Switch the toggle to iCloud, and ensure that Download Originals to Mac is selected.
- On an iOS device, open Settings.
- Tap iCloud.
- Go to the Photos menu.
- Tap on Download and Keep Originals.
Alternatively, you could use the iCloud browser client to download pictures individually, or in bulk. Once they’re on your computer’s hard drive, you can upload them pretty easily to Google Photos via the app or a web browser.
How to Switch from Google Photos to Apple Photos
Similarly, switching from Google Photos to Apple Photos isn’t that difficult of a process — but it does require a computer. There’s no way to switch directly from Google’s cloud service to Apple’s. In any case, here’s the opposite process.
- Open Google Drive via web browser on your Mac.
- Open the Settings page.
- Go to the General tab.
- Make sure ‘Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive’ is enabled.
- Download the macOS Google Photos app.
- Ensure that the Google Photos folder is selected when it asks for a list of photos to sync.
- Open the Photos app.
- Click File and Import, and select the Google Photos folder.
If you’re on a Windows machine — instead of a Mac — stop at Step 6, and use iTunes to sync the folder to your iOS device. Alternatively, you can use the iCloud web site to upload your photos to the Photo Library.
There’s also a service called Google Takeout, which you can use to download a compressed folder with all of the images and videos in Google Photos.