Fed up with wading through Facebook's Photos pages? Here's how you can import them to your Google Photos storage
Facebook is great for sharing photos, but clunky as photo storage: the search tool is terrible and the interface means you have to scroll through endless images and albums to find what you’re looking for.
Meanwhile, Google Photos is terrific for storage and search, with its AI and facial-recognition tools, but poor for sharing. Now you can have the best of both worlds, and back up your photos and albums on Facebook to Google Photos.
It’s easy to do, but only on a computer: you can’t do this in the mobile app.
Go to Facebook and click the down arrow at the far right of the blue bar across the top of the page, then click Settings from the drop-down menu. On the next screen, click Your Facebook information in the left-hand panel.
On the next screen, click Transfer a copy of your photos or videos. You’ll have to enter your Facebook password on the next screen, then on the screen that follows click Choose destination from the dropdown menu.
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You've got a choice of four external services you can export your photos to: Koofr, Backblaze, Dropbox and Google Photos.
Click Google Photos and then on the next screen choose whether you want to transfer your photos or your videos from Facebook. Click Next and you’ll be taken to the Google login screen.
Click on your Google account, then click Allow on the next screen. You’ll be taken back to Facebook, where you should click Confirm transfer.
If you’ve got a large photo library on Facebook, it will take some time. But once complete, you’ll see your Facebook albums added to the albums in your Google Photos, named Copy of… while individual photos you posted directly to your Facebook timeline will be added to your Google photos in chronological order.
You can rename your albums in Google Photos if you don’t want to keep the Copy of… naming format. Just click on the album and then click in the name of the album at the top to edit it, then click the blue tick in the top left-hand corner to save the new name.
It's worth noting that Google is due to end the free unlimited photo storage in Google Photos from June 1 2021. Everything you upload before then will remain free, but if you add pictures to Google Photos after that date, it will count against the free 15GB of storage, so if you want to import your Facebook pictures, do it before June 2021.