Google’s unlimited free storage space on Google Photos and it will no longer be up for use after June 1, 2021. What this change of policy means is that Google Photos users will have to figure out a way to store their photos elsewhere as Google will start charging once the 15GB storage cap is exceeded.
Hence, for users who want to avoid paying for the service and yet managing to move their files to another service, Google Takeout is the only solution.
What is a Google Takeout?
It is a service that will allow you to mass-select and archive data from several apps across your Google accounts. One can also download Google Drive files, contacts, YouTube videos and most importantly, all your pictures from your Google Photos.
This is how to use Google Takeout
– You have to make sure that you are logged into your Google Account as this will have all the stuff which you need to save. Now, you have to log into the takeout.google.com.
– After the site is open, you have to click on “Deselect all” option first. What this will ensure that you that other data from other Google apps are not removed.
– Now, scroll down to select Google Photos.
– Then, click on the “Next Step” which is at the bottom of the selection.
– Following this, you have to choose how frequently you want this export to happen and you can pick between two options – export once or even export two months for one year. Also, you will need to pick between .zip files or .tgz files for the format you want your exported content to be exported in.
– After this is done, you have to press on ‘Create Export’.
– Once this is done, Google will send an email to your account to verify your identity and selection decision. “An archive of Google data has been requested,” – you need to approve the rest.