Perhaps you’re sick of Facebook, or you just want to have multiple backups of all your old university pictures.
Either way, there’s a very easy way to transfer your pictures over from the big blue social network to Google’s own Photos app.
Facebook recently joined with other tech companies like Microsoft and Twitter to create the Data Transfer Project that lets you easily move your data around. You can also thank the GDPR here in Europe, which gives all resident in the EU the right to data portability.
The bottom line is that you can go into your Facebook menu (look for the three horizontal lines on the iOS or Android app) and find the option in Settings.
Inside the settings menu, you’ll see an option called Your Facebook Information.
Tap (or click) through that and you’ll see the option to Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos.
Select that option and you’ll be prompted to put in your Facebook password before selecting where you want to put your photos. At the moment, your only option is Google Photos but other services should be coming soon.
If you’re ready to proceed, click Next and grant Facebook the right to access your Google Photos library. Then click on Confirm Transfer and the two services will hook up and transfer your photos. If you’ve got a lot of photos, you can expect this to take a while.
This particular tool is available on Facebook no matter which platform you’re using. So whether you’re on iOS, Android or accessing through a web browser on a PC or Mac, you’ll be able to find the option.
Google has been steadily improving Photos over the last few years to make it an excellent place to host all of your pictures from the last several years.
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