Facebook’s photo transfer tool for Google Photos is now available in the US & Canada

Facebook’s photo transfer tool for Google Photos is now available in the US & Canada

Back in the early days of cloud storage, before iCloud existed and Google Photos matured, Facebook was the place to store photos online. Even if you don’t use Facebook as much these days, there’s a good chance you still have some photos and videos on the platform. If you’d like to move that content over to Google Photos, there is now an easy way to do it.

Last December, Facebook launched a photo transfer tool as part of its Data Transfer Project. It was available first in Ireland and later rolled out to countries in Latin America, the Asia Pacific, the EU, UK, Latin America, South East Asia, and Africa. Now, the tool is finally available in the US and Canada.

The tool is surprisingly easy to use. On the Facebook desktop or mobile site, open the main settings. On desktop, click the “Your Facebook Information” tab. On mobile, scroll down to the “Your Facebook Information” section. Select “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos.” You will be asked to enter your password. Choose “Google Photos” from the dropdown, enter your Google password, grant permission, and you’re done. When the transfer is complete you will receive an email.

The transfer process isn’t quick. The Activity section will show the transfer as “Pending” until it begins, then it will say “In Progress.” At the time of writing this article, I started the process about 3 hours ago and it’s still not complete. The Facebook photos and videos will appear in Google Photos under albums named “Copy of [Facebook album name].” If you want all your media in one place and you’re already a Google user, this is a handy little tool to check out.


Via: The Verge