How do I download ALL my Google Photos?

If you own an Android OS based smartphone, you most likely are using Google Photos to archive your photos (and videos) online (at Google Photos). Even though your photos are safely stored online, the question arises, “How do I download all my Google Photos?”. Here at “What’s On My PC” I decided to explore the process that is currently in place to do just that. There is a slight learning curve to this and will require some time; especially if you have years of photos and thousands of photos. For example, in my case, I had 26.6 GB of photo and video content stored at Google Photos that I am still working on. In my case, I had twenty-six 1GB files to download and that is not the end of it. Since I like keeping my photo library organized, I will have to explore extracting the photos and videos from the multiple folders that were included in the downloads. Once I complete this process, I plan to, on an annual basis, download a year worth’s of photos at a time to stay ahead of this.

If you decide you want to explore this, the first thing you need to do is to go to Google Takeout where all of your Google Data is stored. I bet you did not know you could download your Google Data??? Once you are on the site, slightly scroll down to and click on “Deselect all”. If you don’t do this, you will end up downloading not only your photos but all of your data.

Scroll down the page until you see “Google Photos”. Once you see “Google Photos” insert a “checkmark” in the box, then click on “All photo albums included”.

Once you click on “All photo albums included” the following will appear allowing you to select what album dates/years you want to download. Note that the word “album” is used loosely here. Google will automatically group photos by dates they were taken (into what they call albums). Once you ma keyour selection (or leave them all checked), then click on “OK”.

After clicking on “OK”, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “Next step”.

At this point, you will have the option, in the “Customize archive formats”,  of selecting the delivery method, such as “Export type”, File type” and “Archive size”. In my case, I selected “One-time archive” as the “Export type”; “zip” as the “File type”; and, “1GB” as the “Archive size” (see screenshot below).

Once your selections have been made, click on “Create archive”. Google at this point will start creating the archive (split into multiple 1GB zip files) and will send you two emails. One, indicating that you requested the data; and two, an email with the links where you can individually download each file (see screenshot below). The second email can take hours and even days to receive, depending on how large your photo archive is. Keep in mind this will take some time and you only have so many days to complete the downloads.

That is pretty much all you need to know to download your Google Photos… If there is a better way, shoot me a comment…

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