Do you want to save all of your Google Photos and videos? Although uploading media to Google’s photo backup site is easy, moving all of your photos off the cloud and onto a hard drive can be more difficult.
What’s the point of downloading any of your Google Photos? Having a copy of your library isn’t a bad thing, even though the cloud is a safe and open place to store your snaps. You’ll be able to browse your photos even though you’re shut out of your Google account. Offline copies could also be more reliable than syncing with the cloud if you’re going anywhere with poor internet connectivity.
Another compelling excuse to save all of your photos from Google Photos is a legal update that will take effect on June 1, 2021. After this date, Google will no longer have unrestricted free storage for “high quality” photographs: all new “high quality” photos uploaded, as well as any current “original” quality pictures, will count against your account’s storage cap.
As a result, if you use Google Photos as a backup for your smartphone photos, you can find that you have used up the 15GB of free storage that Google provides. You’ll either have to find another solution or start paying for a Google Cloud Backup Storage plan, which starts at $1.99 / £1.59 per month for 100GB of storage.
Whatever the cause, there are many methods for downloading all of your Google Photos from Google’s cloud backup, each of which is detailed in the following guide. There is no one-size-fits-all solution; the right method for you will be determined by the size of your library, how you’ve arranged it, and what you want to do with your pictures.
The simplest way to import photographs from Google Photos is one at a time, which you can find to be the most efficient method. Simply open the picture you wish to save, pick ‘download’ from the three dots in the top right corner. However, if you just have a few pictures in the cloud, copying them one by one would be a time-consuming way to save all of your images.
Selecting groups of snaps to save at the same time is an option. Hover over a certain image’s thumbnail in Google Photos on the internet and press the checkmark in the top left corner. After that, you can add more photographs to your collection by clicking them. When you press when holding move, you’ll be able to highlight groups of photos in between the first and last ones you choose.
When you’ve made your decision, press the three vertical dots in the top right corner, then choose “download.” Google can compress all of your photos into a single zip folder that you can save.
Google will now provide a free storage management app starting in June 2021 to help you identify and remove photos that are underexposed or distorted, making it easier to sort through photos and find your favorites.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD ALBUMS FROM GOOGLE PHOTOS
You can quickly import the pre-sorted contents of Google Photos folders if you’ve already organized your photos into folders – or saved any of Google’s suggested “smart galleries.”
To see the complete set, go to the ‘albums’ tab and click ‘view all albums.’ When an album has loaded, click the three dots in the top right corner and pick “download everything.” All of the photos and videos in the album will be compressed into a single zip file for you to use.
The advantage of this method is that you can import your snaps selectively with just a few clicks and keep them organized on your hard drive.
What’s the drawback? Multiple songs cannot be downloaded at the same time. Instead, each one must be opened and saved separately, which can be time consuming if you have a large number of them.