How to download all your Google photos

January 11, 2015   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Websites

Today my wife asked me how she could download all her Google photos into her computer for backup purposes and that’s where I was stumped. It was a very good question from the wife and I admitted to her that I didn’t have the answer. After a few minutes of research I discovered that Google has a tool called Google Takeout which allows you to save your Google data (bookmarks, mail, calendar, contacts, drive, profile, hangouts, google+ circles, google+ stream, google+ pages, blogger, messenger, youtube, google photos, google play books, tasks, location history, maps, and baraza).

So the steps to download all your photos is simply:

1. To go to Google Takeout https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

2.  Login to your Google Account

3. Select what you want to backup. In this case select none at the top right hand corner and then just select Google Photos as that’s what the wife wanted.

Google Photos Backup

4. Select NEXT at  the bottom

5. Then select Create Archive (there is a delivery method setting to either send the download link via email or save directly to Google drive). Just remember that if you save to Google Drive, it will take up some of your storage space.

Download your data

6. Download the files from the email links and that’s it – yes the wife has lots of photos.

Google Photos Email Links

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Google Takeout – ability to backup and download data from Google

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