Download or export your data offline; Things Google Photos users need to know

Google recently declared a few changes in its policy of giving free unlimited storage service to its Photos app users. From the coming June, the company will charge for the service after the usage of 15GB storage.

You should start using Google Takeout if you do not wish to pay but keep using Google to store their data.
Google Takeout:
It is a service with which the users can select their data at a mass level from across all the Google accounts and archive it. Using the Takeout, you can download contacts, Google Drive files, YouTube videos, and of course, pictures saved in your Google Photos.

How to use Google Takeout

  • Sign in with the Google account with the photos you wish to save. After that, open “takeout.google.com” to export all the data available.
  • As you enter Takeout, select the “Deselect all” option so you don’t remove data from any of your other apps.
  • Thereafter, scroll down and select Google Photos. With this, only that data will be exported. Now, just click the “Next Step” button at the bottom of the section.
  • Under frequencies, you will see two options: Export once and export every two months for one year. While choosing your preference, you also need the format of your exported content – in .zip files or .tgz files.
  • Then, click on “Create Export”. Google will then send an email to your account to verify your identity and decision. The message says, “An archive of Google data has been requested.”

The whole process can take anywhere between a few hours and a few days to complete the export, depending on the size of the data requested.

Finally, Google will send you all your data in an email.