In the U.S. an average person captures more than 25 to 30 photos a day. For that cause, it would be logical to ask, where do we store all of these pictures, and why do we not run out of memory space? Google Photos permits you to save all your images automatically. You can decide later which videos and photos you want to keep and which ones you don’t. Although we almost always take pictures with our smartphones, by connecting your phone with the Google Photos app, you can download the images and videos to your PC.
Download Your All Pictures from Google Photos:
You can download all the images and videos from your Google Photos gallery at the same time. To do so, you require to learn how to use Google Takeout and schedule your exports.
- Open Google Takeout in a browser – type takeout.google.com in the search bar.
- You will see a long list of different file types and Google services, such as Maps, Calendar, etc. so scroll to find Google Photos and select it.
- Scroll down and click on the Next step.
- Choose how often you need to export your images and videos (once or twice a year), also the file type and its size for the download. You can choose .zip or .tgz files and the capacity up to 50GB.
- Click on Create Export.
- The process will begin, and you will be notified that occasionally it can take hours or days, depending on the size of the folder you are downloading. You can continue the process or cancel it. You can also go ahead to create another export.
If you need to download all your files from an Android or iOS device, you can follow the same steps.
How to Download Google Photos One by One:
If you do not want to download everything from your Google Photos service, but only a couple of files, you can select the preferred photos and videos and download them merely. The process is similar for all sorts of devices. Do the following:
- Firstly open your browser and go to Google Photos.
- Open an album and select the favored items.
- Click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the screen.
- Click Download.
Your images and videos will appear in a zip folder in your Downloads.
Of course, there is also a method to download your photos and videos manually if you do not have much of them in your Google Photos account. You can do this by opening each of your albums, selecting all your photos from the collection, then click on the three-dot icon, and select Download.
Another method is to use the keyboard shortcut to download a photo or a video: press Shift + D.
How to Archive Your Google Photos:
You may also desire to move your photos and videos to archive if you do not want to delete them, but rather organize your Google Photos better. Here’s how to archive any unnecessary items.
- Go to Google Photos in your web browser.
- Choose the photos and videos you want to archive.
- Click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner and click Archive.
Note that you can also use the keyboard shortcut: Shift + A.
Further, you can open the Archive by clicking on the hamburger icon in the upper left corner and then selecting Add photos in the top right corner to add items to the archive.
How to Delete Unnecessary Photos:
If you ensure you no longer need the pictures and videos from your Google Photos, you can also remove them, temporarily or permanently.
It is how:
- Open your browser and go to Google Photos.
- Select the photos or videos you would like to delete.
- Tap Trash, and then Move to trash in the upper right corner of the screen.
The deleted items will remain in your Trash bin for almost 60 days. If you are sure you want to get rid of them before this time passes, you can open the Trash, select the items you want to delete permanently, and click on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner. From there, choose Delete Permanently, and tap on Delete again to confirm.
Clean Up Your Online Space:
It’s good to go through your photos and organize them from time to time. Scheduled exports are the best techniques to make sure everything is safe and secure on your PC before you decide to free up your online space and make room for some new memories.
Do you keep your Google Photos organized? How often do you download images and videos on your PC? Let us know in the comments section below.