You’ve probably posted a lot of photos and videos on Facebook over the years, but if you want to export those files from the social network to another program, a built-in Facebook tool allows you to easily transfer photos and videos to an outside service like Google Photos.
By housing them in Google Photos, you can then easily view them on any device and save them directly to your computer or mobile phone. Here’s how this works.
Install Google Photos
In order to use Google Photos, you will need a Google Account, which most people should have at this point. Like other Google services, Google Photos uses your account, so open Google Photos and see what photos and videos are already stored there.
Many Android devices have Google Photos already built in, but you can grab the app from Google Play if it’s not there. iPhone users can download it from App Store. Whether you’re in the app or on the web, Google Photos allows you to view images by photos and album, or by ones suggested for you.
Initiate Photo Transfer on Facebook
Transferring your photos and videos works the same from the Facebook website and app, though the initial steps to access the feature differ. On the web, click the down arrow in the upper right and select Settings. From the app, click the hamburger icon in the upper or lower right and select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
At the Settings screen, click Your Facebook Information > Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos. Enter your Facebook password at the next screen and click Continue.
At the screen to Transfer a Copy of Your Photos or Videos, click the drop-down button under Choose Destination and select Google Photos.
Choose whether you want to transfer your photos or your videos. You can only do one at a time. Click Next, then choose the Google Account you wish to use (if you have more than one) and sign in if prompted. The first time you do this, you’ll have to grant Facebook access to your Google Photos library. Click Allow.
You are then taken back to Facebook and asked to confirm the transfer. Click Confirm Transfer to continue.
The transfer of your photos or videos kicks off. At the same time, you’ll receive an email confirming the transfer. If you wish to stop the transfer for any reason, click the Stop button. Otherwise, just hang tight and let it continue.
After the process finishes, a notice appears in Facebook, and the status changes to Completed. Open your Google Photos page and you should now see the photos or videos that have been transferred.
Once your photos or videos are transferred, you can repeat the process to also move the other set of files.