Google Photos ends its free unlimited storage service. Starting June 1, 2021, the service will charge users a fee once they exceed the 15GB limit. This does not apply to ‘high quality’ photos and videos stored so far, but photos uploaded after June 1, 2021 will count against the 15GB storage quotas. For users who are considering moving their images from Google Photos to other services, the process is quite straightforward and there are several options available that you can export your photos to. Some of the options include Amazon Photos, Apple’s iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Flicker, and OneDrive. The process to export your Google Photos data is fairly straightforward, although it may take some time to transfer all the files.
Steps to Transfer your photos
- To export your photos stored in Google Photos, to visit Google Takeout. You can export a copy of the content in your Google account through this site; applies to Arts & Culture, Calendar, Contacts, Drive, Photos, Google Pay, and more. Make sure you are logged into your Google account while accessing this site.
- To create a new export, you will be asked to select the Google service you want to export. All services will be selected by default, so be sure to click Deselect all on top. After this scroll down until you see Google Photos and select it. If you want to skip this step, you can directly Click here and select Next step.
- Google notes that filtering by albums is currently not supported for transfers. All photos will be transferred when selecting transfer to another service option. However, if you click Multiple formats, you can manually select / deselect the dates of the specific photos you would like to export. Besides the date, there is also an option called ‘Instant uploads’ and ‘Profile photos’ that you can select.
- After selecting Next step, you can choose the file, the frequency and the destination of the export. You can choose to receive the download link by email or add the photos directly to Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.
- There are two frequency options you can choose from. Export once or export every two months for a year (a total of six exports). You can choose between .zip and .tgz files, and 1GB / 2GB / 4GB / 10GB / 50GB file sizes. After this, click Create export. You will receive an email from Google informing you that a Google data file has been requested.
- Once the export is complete, Google will email you (if that’s the option you’ve chosen) the exports that you can download directly from your email. The time it will take to export your data depends on the number and size of the albums; it could take a few minutes or even longer. Raw and edited photos and videos will be transferred along with data associated with each photo and video (such as creation time and comments).
- The data associated with each album, such as titles and descriptions, will also be transferred.