If you haven’t heard the news already, Google will be shutting down its Album Archive on July 19, 2023. For those that aren’t aware, Google Album Archive stores all the images linked to your Google Account across different Google services. These images can still be accessed from their respective services. But, if a particular service is now defunct (Google Plus, Google Allo etc.), the images linked to it can only be viewed on the Album Archive. With the Archive shutting down, all those images will be deleted as well. Unless you save them first. Here’s a quick explainer on how you can save your pictures from Google Album Archive before it gets shut down.
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Save your images in Google Album Archive using Google Takeout
Step 1: Go to the Google Takeout webpage and sign in using your Google Account.
Step 2: Select the checkbox for Album Archive only.
Step 3: Scroll down and click on Next Step.
Step 4: Select the location where you want to save the images. You can choose to receive a download link if you want to save the images directly on your device. You can also choose to save the images in Dropbox, Google Drive, or One Drive.
Step 5: Select the frequency of exports.
Step 6: Select file type & size.
Step 7: Click on Create Export.
Your Album Archive images will be sent to you through your selected medium.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Google Album Archive?
Google Album Archive is a collection of images from different (older) Google services like Hangouts, Google Plus, Picasa and more.
Is Google Album Archive shutting down?
Yes, Album Archive will be shutting down on July 19, 2023. All your saved images will be deleted following the cancellation.
How can I save my Googe Album Archive images?
You can use Google Takeout to request all your saved data in Google Album Archive. You can choose to have the data backed up on Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox. You can also request a download link that will be sent to you via email.
This is how you can save your pictures from the Album Archive to your device. Any download links emailed to you by Google are valid for 7 days. After the validity expires, you will not be able to download your archived pictures using that particular link. If local backups are not your biggest priority, we’d suggest using an online storage service to save your images.
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