How to effectively backup and export your Google Photos storage

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Google Photos storage happens to be the most often used photos storage for backup. Which includes numerous amounts of Android and iOS users. Google Photos is most often used across platforms seeing that it has unlimited ‘high quality’ storage feature — at least for another six months. Yes, for those unaware, Google Photos has set bounds to its users when it comes to its free unlimited storage.

Also read: Google Photos is killing its free unlimited storage option starting June 1, 2021

It evidently makes users look for alternative cloud options. While Google has already one, it limits default accounts to up to 15GB, which includes Drive, Gmail and Documents storage as well. For those who want to use Google Photos still regardless of the storage cap, they can opt to Google’s subscription service — the Google One program. However, for those who are considering alternatives, users need to first back up and export their current photos data from Google Photos.

Google Photos Storage — Backup and export

Google provides a tool with which users can swiftly backup their and export their data. Named, Google Takeout, this tool offers users to backup all their Google services data including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive and Google Photos, for instance.

Google Photos Backup and Export — How to

  • The Google Takeout, as the name suggests, lets you back up and export your Google Services data. Finding it is relatively easy.
  • Users first would need to sign in to their Google account. Then, a simple Google Search of ‘Google Takeout’ can give users to utilise the tool by clicking the ‘showcased’ link.
    Google Photos Backup tool
  • After landing on the Google Takeout page, users can find all their Google services in chronological order with an option to checkbox them.
    Google Photos Backup tool
  • It allows users to select which of their Google services’ data needs to get exported. For the time being, we are highlighting only backup and export of Google Photos.
  • Selecting Google Photos will further highlight formats and albums. Here, users can select or deselect individual albums (according to dates) to backup and export.
    Google Photos Backup tool

  • Further, the selection also showcases how users’ Google Photos are backed up, like for formats, videos, metadata and more.
    Google Photos Backup tool
  • Once the Google Photos select is complete, users can head over to the next step by scrolling down to the bottom.
    Google Photos Backup tool

Google Photos Storage — Backup options

  • The next step options include — file type, frequency and destination.
    Google Photos Backup tool
  • Firstly, the destination includes how a user wants to get their backed up photos delivered. Meaning, users can choose to get their files in either a single download link or, if users are choosing to shift their photo options to third party services like Dropbox or OneDrive, they can choose to do so. 
    Google Photos storage backup
  • Secondly, there’s the frequency. This option is useful if users need all their photos at once or if they want their photos backed up and sent to them every two months (it includes six exports) for one year.

Google Photos storage backup

  • Then comes the third one, which is the file type and size. In the file type, users can either choose (.zip) or (.tgz) types to download their Google Photos data. In the file size option, users will get to choose storage options ranging from 1GB to 50GB. Selecting the preferred size option categorises your photos data accordingly, which further gets downloaded in split files format.
  • Moving on, users can hit ‘create export’—following which the export process begins. Google alerts users through their emails about the export process. Depending on users’ individual Google Photos data, this export process can range from hours to days. The search giant will again alert when the process completion takes place through an email.
    Google Photos Backup tool

As suggested earlier, this Google Takeout feature is a handy process for users who want to backup and export their Google services data. With the 15GB cap implementation next year, we can see users either opting to Google One program. Or, exporting their Google Photos storage to third-party cloud services utilising this tool. Let us know your experience, or are you curious to utilising this tool after reading this step-by-step process. Also, let us know did you find it useful or not.

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Vishnu Sarangapurkar
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Vishnu works as a Content Writer for Mr. Phone. His primary interests revolve around covering smartphones and all other gadgets connected to the Internet.