Facebook Now Lets You Easily Transfer Photos, Videos to Google Photos

Program launched last year in Ireland makes its way to the U.S.

In another signal that you really own your own data, Facebook is finally making it easy for you to transfer (or copy) your library of Facebook photos and videos to a third-party service.

Photo Transfer
Facebook Photo Transfer.  Facebook

It's now easier to get your photos and videos from Facebook to Google. The social media giant launched a new tool in the U.S. and Canada that streamlines the process for copying all your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos.

Sounds familiar: The ability to move data between services is not all Facebook's doing or idea. In 2018, Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter launched the Data Transfer Project. The initiative is designed to promote data portability between services. It's an open-source project that aims to provide direct and seamless data transfer between services from competing platforms.

Started elsewhere: Facebook initially launched its Photo Transfer Tool late last year in December. It then slowly rolled out across Latin America, the European Union, and the UK. Now it's in the U.S. and Canada.

How does it work: There are, essentially, five steps to copy your photos and videos from Facebook to Google Photos.

In Facebook, select Settings > Your Facebook Information > Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos, enter your Facebook password and choose a destination, then select Confirm Transfer.

One caveat here: Make sure you have ample room in your Google account to support all those transferred photos and videos.

Bottom line: The point here is not that you can move your photos and videos, but that they're yours and you can do what you want with them. It'll be interesting to see what other data portability initiatives come out of The Data Transfer Project, especially while many of us are still stuck at home and have the time to transfer data between all of our favorite platforms.

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