Quick Guide on Downloading Google Photos to Computer
Google Photo allows Google account holders to keep a huge variety of photos, videos, and other media files in the cloud. All your materials are stored on Google Drive. You are limited only by the amount of free storage, which you can increase if necessary for an additional fee. Thanks to it, you can store information for as long as you need and access it from any device.
Even though cloud storage is the most convenient and modern way to store data, sometimes you may need to transfer materials to physical media, such as your computer, or move them to another storage. Read our short guide on doing it quickly and efficiently if you need it now.
Not many users of Google accounts know that they can download all the information from profiles using the proprietary Google Takeout tool. It covers not only Drive but also Chrome, Google Pay, Maps, Tasks, YouTube, contacts, and more (about 50 items in total). It is very convenient if you want to delete all information about yourself or completely transfer the entire archive to another service. You can use it absolutely for free. Since Google Takeout is an official solution, it works reliably and securely; there is no need to look for third-party products to download your account data.
Using Google Takeout
Since the article is about downloading Google Photos materials, we will only tell you how to download them using the Takeout tool. You need to do the following:
- Open your account management instruments on your computer or laptop. The easiest way to do it is to type myaccount.google.com into the search bar. You can also do it via email; then, you will immediately find yourself in the settings of the desired account.
- If you are not authorized in the required profile on the device you use at the moment, you will need to enter your login and password.
- After logging in, find the “Data & Personalization” section. On the page that opens, you need to pick the option to delete or download data. It’s near the bottom of the page.
- Click “Download your data.” The system will automatically redirect you to the Takeout tool.
- By the way, it has its own URL, takeout.google.com, which you can type in the search bar, and it will move you without having to go through the previous steps (if you are logged into the account). After that, you’ll be prompted to export all the data, so cancel the action. You only need to choose photos.
- View the list of services offered to you and check the box next to Google Photos. If you only want to download selected albums, you can mark the materials you need. Or don’t do it so that the tool will download absolutely everything.
- Scroll down the list and click “Next Step.” Here you will be presented with three configurations:
- Format. You can choose any of the options, but .zip is the best one since most devices recognize it.
- Frequency. It is necessary in case you want the export to take place regularly. Choose a one-time download if you need it only now.
- Delivery method. Content can be shared with you via a link or exported to your Dropbox or OneDrive storage.
- When you have specified all the parameters that suit you, click “Create Export.”
Depending on the total volume of materials, it may take some time. You don’t have to sit at the screen waiting for the end. Google will inform you when the export is finished with email notification. In some cases, downloading a complete data archive can take one day.
As you can see, with Takeout, downloading all of your account content is as simple as possible. Have you ever used this tool? Do you export regularly? Or do you prefer to use another cloud storage?