Download all photos and videos from Google Photos – ABOUT MAG 2020

Looking for a quick and easy way to download all your photos and videos from Google Photos? Maybe you want to create a backup locally or create a personal movie and need all the content stored locally for editing purposes?

Whatever the case, there is a simple way to download all of your content from Google Photos. Note that I talked earlier about how you can download photos and videos from Facebook too.

It is worth mentioning that if you simply need to download some albums, it is easier to do this manually. Click on an album and click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. You will see an option called Download all.

download google album

This will download all photos and videos from that album in ZIP format. The only problem with this method is that you cannot use it to download photos and videos uploaded from the Google Photos app to your phone or tablet.

To download all these photos and videos, you need to use the method that I will talk about below, which is Google Takeout.

Export data from Google Photos

There are two ways to access Google Takeout. The easiest way is to follow the link below:

https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout

The most time-consuming method is to access Google.com and click on your profile photo in the upper right corner.

google my account

click in My account and this will take you to a panel type for all settings related to your Google account.

control your content

Under Personal information and privacy title, click Control your content.

create file

You will see a Download your data box and one Create file Link.

select data to include

The next screen will be the same as if you had followed the link mentioned above. Here you can choose what data to include in your file. By default, everything is selected. Go ahead and click on Select None and then click the toggle button next to Google Photos.

You can click the down arrow and choose Select photo albums if you want to select individual albums. Please note that if you uploaded a lot of photos and videos from your phone, Google Photos automatically creates albums named by the date.

photo albums per day

In my case, I had only created about 450 albums, but I have over 2500 albums on Google Photos because of the camera upload feature on my smartphone. Leave in Include all photo albums if you want to download everything. Scroll to the bottom and click Next.

download file format

On the next screen, you must choose the format you want to use for the archive. If you use ZIP, anything larger than 2 GB will be divided into several 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 click on 225 download links. I tried it once and it’s a pain.

Fortunately, 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 files. Note that using the ZIP method will be much faster, as it only needs to create 2 GB files, which can be done quickly.

If you choose any of the other formats, the limit for a single file will increase to 50 GB. In my case, there are only 11 links instead of 225, which is much more convenient. It takes a little longer for a TGZ or TBZ file to complete, but you’re only talking about a few hours here and there.

By default, you will receive an email with a link to download the files after the file is created. If you wish, you can also directly save the file to Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive, which is cool.

creating file

click on the Create file button and the process will begin. You can close your web browser and the process will continue in the background. You can always go back to Google Takeout and click Manage files to see the progress.

Overall, Google made it easy to download all the data stored on any of their services, a feature that is not available at many other companies. If you have any questions, post a comment. Appreciate!

Paula Fonseca