How to Transfer a Copy of Your Facebook Photos and Videos to Google Photos

Introduction

Over time, you can build up a healthy collection of personal photos and videos on your Facebook account. As a safeguard against losing or deleting these photos and videos, Facebook now makes it possible to back up a copy of all of your photos and videos on the social network to your Google Photos account. The time it takes to transfer your photos or videos depends on how much data your transferring and the speed of your connection. Additionally, you can’t transfer photos and videos together, and if you want to transfer both you’ll need to do that separately. In this video I’ll show you how to transfer a copy of your Facebook photos and videos to your Google Photos account using the Facebook app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and also the Facebook.com website. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Save a Copy of Your Facebook Photos and Videos to Google Photos Using Facebook App for iPhone, iPad or Android

  1. Launch the Facebook app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and then tap the “Menu” icon on your Facebook home screen. Your Facebook menu is displayed.
  2. Tap “Settings and Privacy” toward the bottom of this screen to open a drop-down menu, and then tap “Settings” in that menu. The Account Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Scroll down to the Your Facebook Information section, and then tap “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos.” Enter the password associated with your Facebook account if prompted. The Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos screen is displayed.
  4. Tap the “Choose Destination” drop-down field, and then tap “Google Photos” in the menu that appears. As a reminder, if you want to transfer both your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos, you’ll need to do that in separate transfers.
  5. Tap the next drop-down field and then choose whether you want to transfer photos or videos in this transfer. In this example, I’ll choose “Photos.” Tap “Next” after making your selection. A Sign in with Google screen is displayed.
  6. Enter the email address and password to sign in to the Google account you want to transfer your photos or videos from Facebook into. Tap “Allow” when the Grant Facebook Permission dialog box appears asking if you want to let Facebook add photos to your Google Photos library, and then tap “Allow” again on the next screen asking you to confirm your decision. You’ll be routed back to the Facebook app where you’ll need to tap “Confirm Transfer” to begin transferring a copy of your Facebook photos to your Google Photos account. The status of your request will be displayed in the Activity section on this page, and will show as pending until the copy is complete. You’ll receive an email from Facebook at the email associated with your Facebook account after all of your photos or videos have been successfully copied.

Steps to Save a Copy of Your Facebook Photos and Videos to Google Photos Using Facebook Website

  1. Open a web browser, navigate to Facebook.com, and then log in to your account if prompted. You’ll land on your Facebook home screen.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow at the top of the screen to open a menu, and then click “Settings and Privacy” in the menu. Click “Settings” in the next menu that appears. The Settings screen is displayed.
  3. Click “Your Facebook Information” in the menu along the left side of the screen, and then click “Transfer a Copy of Your Photos and Videos” on the right side of the screen. Enter the password associated with your Facebook account if prompted. The Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos screen is displayed.
  4. Click the “Choose Destination” drop-down field, and then choose “Google Photos.” Next, choose whether you want to transfer a copy of your Facebook photos or videos to Google Photos. As a reminder, if you want to transfer both your Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos, you’ll need to do that in separate transfers. In this example, I’ll choose to transfer my videos.
  5. Click “Next.” Sign in to the Google account you want to transfer a copy of your Facebook photos or videos to, and then choose “Allow” when a dialog box appears asking if you want to give Facebook permission to upload to your Google Photos library. Click “Allow” again on the next screen asking you to confirm this decision. You’ll be routed back to the Facebook website where you’ll need to click “Confirm Transfer” to begin transferring a copy of your Facebook photos or videos to your Google Photos account. The status of your request will be displayed in the Activity section on this page, and will show as pending until the copy is complete. You’ll receive an email from Facebook at the email associated with your Facebook account after all of your photos or videos have been successfully copied.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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