As of June 1, 2021, all new photos and videos you save to Google Photos will be displayed count to free 15GB storage. If you don’t take a lot of photos, it might not be a big deal. And if you own a Pixel phone, your photos still won’t count toward full storage. (Note, however, that these photos are Google’s “high-quality” compressed images, not the original.) But if you want to take a large number of photos, be prepared to pay for Google One storage.
You could decide to just shrug your shoulders and get an order: Google One is not very expensive, and compares reasonably well with other photography services. But if you decide to upload your photos to another service – or simply want to save them to your computer’s drive or other local storage – you’ll need to export them from Google Photos first. Thus.
First, it’s good to know that you can’t simply go to Google Photos and download your stuff. You must use the Google Export Tool.
- Mene Google Takeout. (To access the same page while you’re on Google Images, select Settings, scroll down to Export your data, and click Backup.)
- You’ll find a long list of your Google Apps. they are all checked in advance. If you want to take this opportunity to download all your Google data, just leave it selected; otherwise, find and click the Deselect link at the bottom of the checkboxes.
- Scroll down to Google Photos
- To find out in which formats your data will be exported, click the button that reads “Multiple Formats.” Basically, photos are exported in imported format (PNG, JPG, WEBP), videos are exported in MP4 format, and metadata is exported in JSON text format.
- You can also choose not to export all of your albums. The second button under “Google Photos” will probably read “All photo albums included.” If you only want to export some of your albums, click it and deselect any albums you don’t want to export
- Scroll down and select Next Step
- Now you can choose from several different options: Do you want your information sent to you as an email attachment or to Drive, OneNote, Dropbox or Box; how often you want to export your data (either once or every other month for a year); the type of file to download (compressed ZIP or TGZ file); and how large you want the exported files to be. For example, if the file you are exporting is larger than 2 GB, you can split it into more than one file. I have about 39GB of photos, so the result was 19 compressed files. You can request files up to 50GB, but Google will indicate that compressed files larger than 2GB will be shipped Zip64 form.
- Click Create Export
And that’s it. Google warns that data may take hours or even days to access. I have several thousand photos, and it only took a little over half an hour before my export link appeared in my email. Of course, depending on your Internet connection, it may take much longer to download them all.