Google has updated its Takeout data portability tool with a new feature that allows users to select specific Google photo albums to transfer to other third-party services.
Since its launch in 2011, Google Takeout (also called Google Takeaway in some languages) has allowed users to export and download local copies of their data from the search giant. However, through its partnership with the Data Transfer Project, Google has enabled users to move an image library directly to an external service.
Takeout allows users to export copies of their data from more than 70 Google products, including Gmail, Drive and Photos. According to the company, its data portability tool is used to process an average of more than two million exports per month and more than 200 billion files were exported in 2019 alone.
Transfer specific albums
As part of Google’s new update to Takeout, users can now use the service to transfer specific albums from Google Photos to Flickr and Microsoft OneDrive.
To get started, you must first go to Google Takeout and go to the Google Photos section. Here, you need to click on “All photo albums included” and select “Deselect all” to transfer specific albums. Next you have to choose which albums you want to transfer and click “OK” at the bottom of the list. Now scroll to the bottom of Takeout and click “Next step” and here you can choose which external service you want to export your albums to.
In a blog post Data Transfer Project co-founder Greg Fair announced that Takeout can now export individual albums and explained how this feature can be used to test out new services without taking up your data limits, saying:
“This can help people test a new service or move data if they have slow or metered connections, such as a mobile device in an area without high-speed broadband access. Downloading and re-uploading data can be expensive, if not impossible, under such circumstances. ”