Facebook’s Google Pictures transfer tool now available globally

Part of a program involving Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter established in 2018, the tool allows users to create copies of all of the photos or videos on the Facebook account and transfer them to a linked Google Photos one.

  • 5th Jun 2020

San Francisco: Social media giant Facebook’s Google Photos transfer tool is now available globally to everyone.

Part of a program involving Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Twitter established in 2018, the tool allows users to create copies of all of the photos or videos on the Facebook account and transfer them to a linked Google Photos one.

The idea is to let users easily transfer their data from one service to another.

“People can access this new tool in Facebook settings within Your Facebook Information, the same place where you can download your information. We have kept privacy and security as top priorities, so all data transferred will be encrypted and people will be asked to enter their password before a transfer is initiated,” the company said in a statement.

To begin transferring Facebook photos and videos to Google Photos, users will first need to go to “Your Facebook Information” in Facebook Settings.

Select the ‘Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos’ option and verify identity by entering the Facebook password.

In the next screen, one will have to choose Google Photos as the destination from the dropdown.

After entering Google Photos password, the transfer will begin, and one will receive a notification once the process is complete.

The tool started rolling out in late 2019 in Ireland and was expanded to Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America in March this year. It further expanded to the US in April.

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