Google Photos users will lose the free storage they have been enjoying for the past few years later this month. Google announced last year that it will end free unlimited photo backup on Google Photos. That means you won’t be able to use Google Photos cloud storage to back up and store unlimited “high quality” for free after June 1, 2021. Users will have to settle for free cloud storage from 15 GB that Google provides by default. or shell out money for a Google One subscription to get cloud storage for Photos. Google is removing the free usage tier for up to a specific photo resolution, and now all photo uploads will count toward cloud storage space usage. Since it’s almost time for people to start paying for Google Photos storage, we’ll tell you how to download all of your Google Photos to your PC or Mac, so you don’t lose any of your precious memories when the Google switch begins. in.
Now, there are several ways to download all your Google photos from Google cloud backup. Now everyone has different types of libraries in terms of size, organization and what the user plans to do with the photos, therefore there may be different approaches that suit different people in the methods mentioned below. The easiest way for users is to download images from Google Photos (photos.google.com) one at a time. Now while this is a time-consuming process, it is considered one of the most authentic and personalized approaches, in case users don’t want to download each and every image on Google Photos. To download a photo, users need to go to photos.google.com > log in to your google account > open an image > click on the three point menu in the upper right corner> click to download. Users can also select multiple images at once and download them together. However, downloading multiple images together will compress your chosen images into a single zip file.
If users have sorted their Google photos into albums, they can also download the previously sorted collections in album form. In the ‘albums’ tab, users can select ‘View all albums’, where they can see their entire collection. Click and individual album > click on the three point menu in the upper right corner of the screen> click ‘download all’. This will re-compress the files and give you a single zip file.
Now, we are going to download all your Google photos at once. The fastest way to backup all your Google Photos is through Google Takeout. Google Takeout is a tool that can be used to export all kinds of user data that they have saved in Google applications, such as Keep Notes, email messages, Google Chrome history, and more. To download all photos through Google Takeout, users need to go to takeout.google.com> sign in to their Google account> Create a new export. Now, clicking on ‘Create a new export’ will open a list of checkboxes allowing you to select the content you want to download from each of the Google services. If you only want to download photos, deselect everything except Google Photos or click ‘deselect all’ in the ‘select data to include’ tab, then go ahead to select Google Photos from the list. Checking the Google Photos box will include your image library in the download. Alternatively, if you click the button labeled “all photo albums included,” a pop-up window will allow you to select or deselect specific albums in your library, as well as entire years. After selecting albums, click okay > Next step. This will open up a variety of export options.
There is a ‘Delivery method’ drop-down menu where users can choose to receive a download link in their email. There is also the option to transfer the data to another cloud platform such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Box. Users can also select between one-time or recurring exports and select the desired file type. There is also the option to select the maximum size of the download files. For example, if the total data is 12 GB and the user selects 1 GB as the maximum download size of 1 GB, Google will send 12 separate download links for each 1 GB file. Once all this is done, users need to click on “Create Export”, after which Google will display a message saying “Google is creating a copy of Google Photos files”. Then Google will start creating your backup and send you download links as soon as it is ready. It usually takes a few minutes to several hours.
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