Google Photos free storage will be ending this May. Your important photos, if not downloaded could be lost forever. The company had announced last year that it will end the unlimited free photo backup facility on Google Photos. It means that after 1st June, 2021 you won’t be able to enjoy the privilege of free backup of photos in ‘high quality’. Firstly, there are couple of choices users are left with- either work with the free 15GB cloud storage that Google already provides, or buy a Google One subscription. This article is about how to download all photos to your PC or laptop. “Google Photos Free Backup”
There are several ways to download your photos from Google Storage. The most common way is to download photos from photos.google.com (Google Photos) one at a time. It is a very time-consuming process. To download you need to go to photos.google.com–>Log in to your Google account–>Open an image->Click the three-dot menu button at top-right corner of the screen–>Tap on Download.
Multiple images can also be selected to download them together at once in a single zip file which is a more efficient approach. If you have albums created inside Google Photos then you can download album-wise as well. For this go to ‘albums’ tab & then do the following: Click an album–>Click the three-dot menu option–>Click Download All. You will get a compressed zip file.
Let’s talk about the fastest way out there to back-up all your images. It is by Google’s Takeout tool that can be used to export all sort of user’s data that is saved in different Google apps. This approach involves the following method: takeout.google.com–>Log in your Google account–>Create a New Export. ‘Create a New Export’ will open a list of checkboxes where you can select the contents you want to download from Google’s storage.
If you are only interested to download the images then only check the ‘Google Photos’ box. Following the same process, it also let you select & deselect any photo albums that you might want to download. After selecting albums click on OK followed by Next Step. It opens a range of export options. Users can even choose to receive a download link on their email from a drop-down menu, opting for ‘Delivery Method’. Similar option is present to transfer the data to OneDrive or Dropbox.