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How to Backup Google Photos Locally?

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam Updated On - 30 Oct 2020

Google Photos is a service that was developed for the Google+ social networking platform. But now is integrated into the Google account. It can save images of multiple formats, size up to 16 MB, and 1080p resolution videos. It has become the default container for Android users to keep their photos taken on their smartphones. As you may be aware, the total space given to a regular Google account is 15 GB for free; so, if the size of photos in the Google Photos app increases, you need to either remove them or take a backup.

Earlier, the images in Google Drive used to show automatically in the Photos app. Later, Google has changed this, and now both apps show the images differently. To take the backup of images, you can either download the individual photos on the PC or use the Google Takeout service.

Google takeout is a support tool that lets you export the app’s data and download it as a zipped file.

Google Takeout

  1. If you have a Google account, type the URL https://takeout.google.com/ in the web browser and click Enter.
  2. The page will show that you can export a copy of the content in your Google Account to back it up and save outside Google. The tool will select all the Google apps by default. You can deselect it.
  3. export a copy of the content in your Google Account to back it up

  4. There is a deselect all button that you can use to deselect all the apps.
  5. deselect all button

  6. Go to the Google Photos app and use the checkbox to select it. It will also show you that it includes images and videos from Google Photos and other services.
  7. Click the Next step button to go ahead.
  8. In the Delivery method, there are multiple options. The available options are Send download link via email, Add to Drive, Add to Dropbox, Add to OneDrive, and Add to Box.
  9. Add to Drive, Add to Dropbox, Add to OneDrive, and Add to Box

  10. For the frequency of the export job, you can choose either Export once or Export every two months for one year. For File Type there are two options – ZIP or TGZ.
  11. ZIP or TGZ

  12. In the File size, there are several size limits (1,2,4,10,50 GB). After making the changes, click the Create Export button.
  13. Create Export button

  14. Click the Download option for saving the file in the zip format.
  15. Download file to save

After downloading all the data from Google Photos, there will be a zip file present in the download folder, and you can see all the images in it.

Limitations of the Google Takeout Method

Google Takeout is a simple utility that accesses all the information in the Google apps and lets you save them on your PC. But you can easily deduce that there is no filter option to handle the large-sized data. And the only available saving options are ZIP and TGZ formats. So, Google Takeout becomes a suitable contender to save Google data only for a small volume of data.

Backup Google Drive Data

The majority of the Google account users save their data in Google Drive due to its flexibility of support to all the file formats. Many users save their images and videos in Google drive also. But taking the manual backup using the method described above is not feasible for a large volume of data.

If you are using a business G Suite account, then taking the backup will be a no issue for you as you can the Kernel G Suite Backup tool. The tool backs up data from multiple G Suite accounts under a Super Administrator. It also offers a filter option and CSV file support to run the backup process swiftly.

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